Killers of a Certain Age

Books on Tape. Sept. 2022. 10:16 hrs. ISBN 9780593626283. $95. THRILLER
Fans of Raybourn’s historical mystery series featuring the feisty Veronica Speedwell (An Impossible Impostor) will relish this contemporary thriller about an all-woman assassination squad confronting an unexpected mission as they near retirement. The Museum, a global covert organization, recruited Billie, Helen, Mary Alice, and Natalie in the late 1970s to dispose of any remaining Nazis, and, later, other evildoers (e.g., arms dealers, drug lords, dictators). The Museum honors their service with an all-expenses-paid cruise on which they quickly learn they’ve been double-crossed and are now assassination targets themselves. The majority of the narrative comes from Billie’s perspective, which Jane Oppenheimer delivers with spot-on emotion and energy. She suspensefully relays the team’s furious quest for answers and empathetically conveys the joys and regrets shared by these resourceful women who, as elite global assassins, understandably struggled with work-life balance and now feel cast aside in a youth-obsessed society. With her beautiful, deep voice, Christina Delaine reads the non-Billie chapters with verve. Each narrator also shows perfect timing, presenting the story’s many laugh-out-loud moments.
VERDICT Featuring two great performances, Raybourn’s latest is recommended for mystery lovers of all ages, as well as anyone (assassin or not) trying to balance their professional and personal lives.
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