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Title: Killers of a Certain Age
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Publication Date: September 6, 2022
Page Count: 365
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Older women often feel invisible, but sometimes that’s their secret weapon.
They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they’re sixty years old, four women friends can’t just retire – it’s kill or be killed in this action-packed thriller by New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated author Deanna Raybourn.
Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for forty years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer in an age that relies more on technology than people skills.
When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. Only the Board, the top-level members of the Museum, can order the termination of field agents, and the women realize they’ve been marked for death.
Now to get out alive they have to turn against their own organization, relying on experience and each other to get the job done, knowing that working together is the secret to their survival. They’re about to teach the Board what it really means to be a woman—and a killer—of a certain age.
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn is a humorous and action filled thriller novel. The story in Killers of a Certain Age is one that is told by changing the point of view with the majority from Billie’s perspective and then with some flashing back to the past the various characters in their past.
Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have come to that time in life to slow down and have decided to retire. The ladies certainly have had a busy work life and deserve to think about relaxing, they have all worked as elite assassins for an organization known as the Museum for the last forty years.
In celebration of their retirement the Museum is sending Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie on an all expense paid vacation. Shortly after arriving on their vacation though the ladies spot another assassin and come to the conclusion the Museum is now after them.
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn is one of those books that as soon as I saw it I just knew I had to read it. Thankfully this novel was exactly as I thought it would be being full of humor and plenty of action for our more mature group of gals. The story wasn’t totally an original one as I have come across the retiring assassin plot before so not a total five stars but definitely a fun one I’d recommend.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including the Edgar, two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha, two Dilys Winns, and a Last Laugh. She launched a new Victorian mystery series with the 2015 release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING, featuring intrepid butterfly-hunter and amateur sleuth, Veronica Speedwell. Veronica’s second adventure is A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING (January 2017), and book three, A TREACHEROUS CURSE, was published in 2018 and nominated for the Edgar Award. A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION was released in 2019, and A MURDEROUS RELATION appeared in 2020 and AN UNEXPECTED PERIL published in March 2021. The latest Veronica Speedwell adventure, AN IMPOSSIBLE IMPOSTOR, will be published in February, 2022. Deanna’s first contemporary novel featuring four female assassins who must band together to take out their nemesis as they prepare for retirement, KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE, will be published in September of 2022.
You can find her her social media links, blog, contests, and upcoming appearances at deannaraybourn.com.