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Four Fun Friday memes to join #15

Fridays are about sharing the first sentence(s) of a current book I'm reading and a snippet from page 56 or 56% on e-reader from the same book. Fun, right? And I'm joining the BBH (Blogger Hop) to answer this week's prompt. As always, everyone is welcome - hope to see you there and sharing first sentences.......

Today's Book is:

Currently Reading:

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Genre: Mystery

Published 2022; 348 pages


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.

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.


First Sentence(s): "November 1979: "My mother always says it's common as pig tracks to go around with a run in your stocking," Helen says, eyeing Billie's ripped hosiery critically. Billie rolls her eyes. "Helen, it's murder, not cottillion.""

Page 56: "He looked tidy, but a little thicker through the shoulders than most of the crew we'd met. That heavy ass wasn't built from hauling around crates of tangerines, either, I realized. He bulged in places I didn't like. Forty years ago, men in my line of work were meant to blend in, the muscles slim and practical, fit for shimmying into an upstairs window or slipping out of tight spaces. The new recruits were freighted with gym muscles that did nothing but slow them down in a chase. They relied on guns and grenades, preferring to blow things up and make a mess instead of handling their business with a little finesse."

Today's Question: Do you post every day on your blog and/or social media?

I wish I did, but no. It varies, but usually I participate in Top 10 Tuesday, four Friday memes in one post (like today) and four weekend memes in one post (Sunday Post, Sunday Salon, Stacking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday). Then I try to publish at least two reviews (that's the hardest one!) I also have a couple of monthly memes I join: 6 Degrees of Separation and Monthly Wrap Up. All this means I usually post 4-5 times a week maybe.

Book Beginnings (share the first sentence(s) hosted by Rose City Reader

First Line Friday (share the first sentence(s) hosted by Reading Is My Superpower

Friday 56 (share a blurb from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted by Freda's Voice

Book Blogger Hop (BBH) asks a question of general interest or discussion hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

Hope you'll join in one or all of these fun memes and take a minute to visit the other participants. I'm surprised how many times a first sentence can send me looking for a book.

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