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Val's Pick: "Killers of a Certain Age" by Deanna Raybourn

Imagine you are enjoying a relaxing vacation on board a luxurious cruise ship. You look across the pool and notice four sixty-year-old women enjoying the sunshine and some drinks. You assume they are sweet older women enjoying their retirement and discussing their grandchildren who are waiting back home for the souvenirs "grandma" will surely bring back to them. Then something else catches your eye and - just like that - those four women are forgotten.

If those four women you briefly noticed are Bille, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie - the main characters from the book Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn - you really shouldn’t dismiss them so quickly.

Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie worked as assassins for an organization called the “Museum” for the past forty years. Their job was to rid the world of people who make the world a bad place. They were very good at their jobs - until they reached a “certain age” and were told to retire. But someone at the Museum doesn’t think retirement is enough and wants them dead. The book alternates between glimpses of their previous missions and their search to find out who exactly wants them dead and why.

This book had everything I like in a book - strong female friendships, a little bit of action, a little bit of mystery - and a powerful message that women should never be underestimated, regardless of their age.

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