I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on September 6, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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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.
I thought that this was a really clever and entertaining book! I can just imagine this group of 60-year-old women working as assassins. As they enter retirement, it appears that the hit is on them and they need to work fast if they want to stay alive. Watching them work together and create plans to deal with the situation was a lot of fun. I am so glad that I decided to pick up this entertaining story.
Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have spent the last 40 years working for the Museum. The Museum is actually an organization of assassins. While they are on their retirement cruise, they spot a hit man and quickly understand that the organization has turned on them so they must work together in order to stay alive. I really enjoyed the methods that they employed as they tried to figure out why they were finding themselves in danger.
This story is told from Billie’s point of view. Most of the book is set in the present day but there are some scenes that take us back to their training and early days on the job. All of the women in this book were fascinating characters and I loved that they were able to juggle their careers with their daily lives but everything is finally coming together. I had fun just thinking about some of the methods these women used to get the job done not to mention the situations they always had to be prepared to deal with. I found this story to be exciting and I was eager to see just why the Museum had turned on them.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. I thought that this was an incredibly entertaining story featuring really unique and likable characters and a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I cannot wait to read more of this talented author’s work.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.
Great review Carole I just saw this reviewed on another blog and wondered if it was present day or set in the past. Now I know! Thanks I love her writing and will be putting this on my wish list
Yes, I believe that this is her first contemporary novel.
It seems everyone is enjoying this book. Great review, Carole.
It was just a lot of fun!
Great review you have here. I have been seeing reviews for this one all over. I do like seeing women being able to juggle careers and family life as it can be tricky but it can be done.
Glad it was a solid read for you Carole!
It was really great to see older ladies in the spotlight!
I’ve heard this one’s a lot of fun. I’ve got it on my TBR list. 🙂
I hope that you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it!
I had fun with these characters. Wonderful review Carole!
They were great characters!
This sounds so fun and I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve really her books and this looks a bit different from her usual books but so good!
It was very different but just as wonderful!
This sounds fun. I’ve enjoyed her Veronica Speedwell series, so I’m going to give this one a try for sure.
I do love her Veronica Speedwell series but thought that this book was a fun change of pace!
I also thought it was very clever and entertaining and I liked the found family they made.
Yes, it was great the way the characters were able to rely on each other.
Yes! I loved this one too! It was such fun and gave me hope that I could maybe be a badass at 60 (or at least now, at 52, lol)!
Wait Raybourn? I had missed this!
What ? This book sounds amazing! I am always wanting books with older characters,