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“This Golden Girls meets James Bond thriller is a journey you want to be part of.” -Buzzfeed
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Don’t underestimate women over 60—especially when they’re trained assassins. Deanna Raybourn’s wildly funny mystery centers around longtime besties Billie, Mary Alice, Natalie, and Helen as they prepare for their retirement cruise. The friends work for the Museum, which is actually an elite group of assassins, and it looks like someone wants to make their retirement very permanent. Raybourn mixes stiletto-sharp satire and jokes about menopause with lightning-fast, no-nonsense action as her Golden Girls–like posse employs their old-school skills to take out the threat. Killers of a Certain Age is an exciting and endearing story of believable friendship and cunning operatives.
Edgar finalist Raybourn (the Speedwell series) makes a dazzling excursion out of the Victorian era with this uproarious contemporary thriller. Billie, Mary Alice, Natalie, and Helen have been a cozy quartet of "avenging goddesses" for more than 40 years, one of the "most elite assassin squads on earth," recruited in late 1978 by an "extra governmental" organization called the Museum. Soon after they're forced to go on an all-expenses-paid retirement cruise in the Caribbean, they discover they've apparently been targeted for death by the Museum board. They immediately go into investigative overdrive, relying on their expert training and experiences to uncover the means and motives behind their potential demise. Flashbacks to several of their high-profile cases, including a Zanzibar hit on an aging baroness that comes back to haunt Billie, keep the reader guessing. Colorful regional details and vividly portrayed secondary characters flesh out this rollicking tale. Fans of Helen Tursten and Richard Osman will relish watching these badass women in their 60s ("no one notices you unless you want them to," Billie observes) swing into action. Raybourn has outdone herself. Agent: Pamela Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Assoc.
Brilliant Menopausal Assassins
Such a fun read! Present day and past assignments tell us the stories of these four distinct women. A noble cause goes slightly sour and it’s up to the women to set the organization right. What a delight!
Killers of a certain age
Being of a certain age I loved it. Fast paced and funny. Left me wanting more.