For September’s book, The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman, it was a return to characters that the Night Owls first met in last year’s book club selection The Thursday Murder Club. This time around the gang of pensioners are set to task when one of their own, Ibrahim Arif, is cruelly assaulted during a robbery, and when a dead man from Elizabeth Best’s former MI5 days reaches out to her for help.
Highlights for the members were the author’s use of humor and characterization of the elderly cast of characters. Members agreed that it was refreshing to see a more polished representation of senior citizens, as they can oftentimes be portrayed as little more than incompetent or merely utilized for comedic relief. While at times a certain amount of suspended disbelief may be required when the characters accomplish certain physical feats it ultimately does little to detract from the story or from the characters that are all so uniquely endearing to readers.
Overall, the Night Owls gave the second installment in this series a favorable 3.8 out of 5 average rating.