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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 12/19/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Killers of a Certain Age, Deanna Raybourn's book about aging female assassins trying to evade a killer who has it in for them; I'm reading Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver's newest fiction, described as an Appalachian David Copperfield; and I'm reading Rachel Hawkins's upcoming mystery set in an Italian villa with a sinister history, The Villa.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

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.

The Museum is an elite killing force, but after four decades, Billie, Natalie, Helen, and Mary Alice have methods that are considered old-fashioned.

When the four friends are sent on an all-expenses-paid vacation to mark their retirement, a Museum associate attempts to do them in.

It's kill or be killed, and the seasoned women will have to use their years of expertise and experience to escape alive.

I loved Raybourn's A Curious Beginning, the first in her Veronica Speedwell series, which I can't wait to continue reading.


02 Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Ahhhh, a new Barbara Kingsolver book, and one that's been called an Appalachian David Copperfield! My hopes for loving this book are sky-high.

"Anyone will tell you the born of this world are marked from the get-out, win or lose."

Demon Copperhead is about a young boy born in a rural area--to a teenaged single mom in a single-wide trailer. His father is dead, and he has little more than a growing, fierce desire for survival, his dad's coppery hair, and his natural biting humor to see him through.

Charles Dickens's David Copperfield was Kingsolver's inspiration. I can't wait to read this one!


03 The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

The Villa is the upcoming novel (to be published January 3) by Rachel Hawkins, author of The Wife Upstairs and Reckless Girls.

If you're a fan of the most recent season of White Lotus on HBO, the setting and tone of this book might be especially appealing. The Villa is gothic suspense set at an Italian villa, where dark mystery and wicked turns abound.

Emily and Chess were childhood friends and were once as close as sisters. The stresses and pulls on their time as they've grown have caused them to grow apart, so a vacation together at Villa Aestas sounds like the perfect way to reconnect.

But Emily digs into the villa's complicated and dark history, and as she delves into the past, the growing tensions between Emily and Chess threaten their bond forever.

You can read my review of The Wife Upstairs here, and check out this link for my review of Hawkins's Reckless Girls.

I received a prepublication copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin's Press.


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