Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two 2020 releases belonging to completely different genres… The Thursday Murder Club is a murder mystery with a very interesting cast of characters, and In A Holidaze is the perfect story to get in that Christmas mood.
Title: The Thursday Murder Club
(Thursday Murder Club #1)
Author: Richard Osman
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: September 3rd 2020
Finished reading: December 7th 2020
“In life you have to learn to count the good days. You have to tuck them in your pocket and carry them around with you.”
I’ve been hearing lots of excellent things about this one, up to the point that I decided to just give in and read it. And it definitely turned out to be a great read! The Thursday Murder Club has that cozy mystery vibe, although you will find that plenty of things will happen before you reach that final page. Sure, I did find especially the beginning to be quite slow and it took me a while to warm up to the story as a consequence, but once I started to get a proper feel for the plot and the many different characters things improved. Because there is one thing for sure: The Thursday Murder Club will have you juggling quite a few different characters, and multiple POVS as well. The chapters alternate between Joyce’s POV (written in form of a diary) and a changing POV, making it easier to both hide certain plot twists and give us a better idea of what is going on. I do love books with ‘older’ main characters and we sure have a lively bunch in The Thursday Murder Club! The plot twists themselves were solid too, and I didn’t see most of them coming at all. All in all a solid start of a series I know I will want to continue once the sequel is published.
“Maybe we should do things because we love them, not because we’ve always done them that way.”
I’m trying not to be Grinch this year and read at least a couple of Christmas themed reads this month… And as I’ve enjoyed their books in the past, In A Holidaze was an easy choice. I most definitely like what I found here! Sure, I can’t deny that I was a bit confused initially and it took me some time to properly warm up to the whole situation, but once the Groundhog Day element was introduced I was sold. The setting with the cabin surrounded by woods and snow was perfect for a Christmas read, and really set the right atmosphere for this story. The characters as a whole were quite easy to warm up to as well, and the romance itself was a great fit for me too. Nothing too steamy, but rather mostly sweet with only moderated heat in the second half. I really liked the Groundhog Day element as well, and the ending was more than satisfying. In A Holidaze is the perfect uplifting, heartwarming and cozy Chrismas read with a refreshing angle; definitely recommended if you are looking for a little something to get you into the Christmas spirit.