“The Bullet That Missed” by Richard Osman
The Tuesday Murder Club is at it again. The four British retirees—Ron, the union leader; Ibrahim, the psychiatrist; Joyce, the nurse; and Elizabeth, the spy, have an unusual “hobby”: they challenge themselves to solve criminal cases that have baffled the police for years. The case they’ve zeroed in on this time is the mysterious disappearance of local television news reporter Bethany Waites, a cold case that has gone unsolved for almost 10 years.
They begin their unorthodox investigation with Mike Wighorn, television personality and Bethany’s boss. Mike says that on the night of her disappearance, Bethany told him she had the “news scoop of a lifetime,” that she was on her way to a top-secret interview and would be back in touch as soon as she could. The next thing he knew, the police discovered Bethany’s wrecked car and concluded she was in a fatal accident, but there’s no evidence of a body anywhere. Could Bethany still be alive?
Each of the four members of the Murder Club have a unique talent they bring to an investigation. But there’s no question that, if officers were ever elected, Elizabeth would win the presidency. Her many years spent operating in the murky world of spies and criminals have given her a vast network of sources to call on when necessary. She’s also a crack shot and wouldn’t flinch if she had to pull the trigger of a gun to protect her friends.
As the investigation continues, the group’s search leads them to an inmate at a woman’s prison (who blames Ron for putting her there), a mysterious man only known as The Viking, and Viktor Illyich, one of Elizabeth’s former contacts and possible ex-lovers, to name a few.
“The Bullet That Missed” is the third in this series by British television host Richard Osman. Its fast-moving plot may at times leave a reader breathless. But hang on; it’s worth the ride!
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