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Dan Walker, 43, took to his Twitter account in order to congratulate Richard Osman, 49, on the success of his debut crime novel The Thursday Murder Club. The BBC Breakfast host teased the comedian by referring to him as “Oser” which may have been a step too far, as he quickly questioned using the moniker online.
Have I crossed the line?
Dan initially wrote in view of his 668,500 followers: “Congratulations Oser.”
Richard, keeping up the joke, responded: Thanks Walko!”
The BBC broadcaster then questioned: “Have I crossed the line with ‘Oser’?”
But thankfully the Pointless presenter reassured him: “Not at all, Wazzo!”
Dan, who seemingly was relieved by this, replied: “Good to hear it Wizard of Osman.”
Underneath the thread between the pair, fans congratulated Richard on his new literary offering.
One commented: “Bravo Richard.”
Another replied: “Just finished the book. I laughed. I cried. People died. I can honestly say that is the best mystery novel I have read in years and I read all the authors you refer to in the book. Well played sir.”
A third said: “Fantastic book sir! I absolutely loved the witty writing style, wonderful characters, and neat plotting. Many thanks for the laughs.”
Richard’s book is in stores now and has been garnering rave reviews, with a rating of 4.3 stars on Goodreads.
The success of the novel means that Richard will now be writing two more Thursday Murder Club books.
He has had the fastest-selling adult crime debut since BookScan records began.
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Speaking recently on his decision to write a book in the murder mystery genre, he said: “I’ve always loved something that attracts millions of people.
“I love cool things, like [the creator and star of I May Destroy You] Michaela Coel. But also I love Michael McIntyre,” he added.
He described his latest offering as being a “gripping read” and “unashamedly mainstream”.
Richard admitted to Radio Times: “I’ve always, as much as I fight it, been mainstream.”
“There’s no kudos in that and it’s easier to do something trendy, but that’s how I grew up.”
The process of creating the book was so exciting that Richard has said that he wants to be “writing novels for the rest of his life”.
He told the Guardian that the writers who had the greatest influence on his writing were British crime stars including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Ruth Rendell and Reginald Hill.
However, he also has a soft spot for British humorist writers including Muriel Spark, PG Wodehouse, Alan Bennett and Victoria Wood.
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