Richard Osman’s new Thursday Murder Club novel, plus the rest of this month’s best new crime fiction


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You’d never know it from reading crime fiction, of course, but most bullets miss their target, which is probably why they manufacture so many. Happily, Richard Osman’s aim is true with The Bullet That Missed (Penguin Viking, £22), his third offering in the Thursday Murder Club series. Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce and Ibrahim are four pensioners who live in the peaceful English coastal town of Fairhaven, and who stave off the boredom of retirement by investigating cold case murders, each bringing a certain skill set to the party — one an ex-psychiatrist, another a veteran rabble rouser, another a former spook...