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Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Narrator: Jane Oppenheimer, Christina Delaine
Published by Penguin Audio on September 6, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 15 minutes
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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 really enjoyed Killers of a Certain Age! There is a trend towards these stories where an older person is a sleuth or in this case – assassin. I loved seeing the different way the women approached their work, their lives and their relationships. We have Helen, Natalie, Mary Alice and Billie. We mostly have Billie telling us their story.
The women are about 60 and retiring from their work. The “Museum” has sent them on a cruise. They discover they are being targeted for assassination. The story really shows us how smart and skilled they are. We learn about their training and a bit of how their specialties developed. There is also a bit of the things which are getting harder with age.
We see the effect of their personal choices by whether they have partners and how they have saved or spent their money over the years. There’s also the preparations some have made and some haven’t for any circumstance or retirement. One has not told her spouse anything about her work. Another has a spouse who has recently died and she is grieving and distracted.
Now they must figure out how to not be killed. The women need to find out who set them to be targeted and if they can change it, or what other choices they have. They really have to be pragmatic and utilize their knowledge and skill to hope they will survive. I worried for them.
Seeing their personal lives, their work history and their journey to survive was intriguing. I came to appreciate these smart women and how they cared for each other.
I’ve heard these narrators before. I was comfortable with the narration. The primary narrator did all the current scenes and the other narrator did the flashback scenes. The characters were the same past and present so this seemed an unusual split. There was much more in the present and I preferred that narration. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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