What I'm Reading Now: 12 Jun 19

The innocent-- David Baldacci
Spinsters in jeopardy -- Ngaio Marsh

The plot of The Innocent sounds a lot like the movie The Professional (Leon): professional hitman takes responsibility for young teenage girl after her parents are killed. At least, that's what I thought, and since I had some problems with the movie, I was a little reluctant to read the book. Only Baldacci's reputation persuaded me to give it a chance... and I'm glad I did. Will Robie is an assassin employed by the US government, and he's feeling his age creeping up on him. On a routine assignment, he has qualms and refuses to kill his target - and a sniper from another building promptly  does it for him. Robie goes to his escape route, taking a bus out of town, and spots a teen who is obviously also running away. When the bus they've just left explodes, Robie takes her with him, and the game kicks into high gear. Robie has to find out who's playing him and who the real target is while protecting the girl, and up until now, the only person he's ever protected is himself. It's a very good read, and one that I finished in a sitting.

In Spinsters in jeopardy (yet another Roderick Alleyn mystery by Ngaio Marsh), Alleyn takes a working holiday to France with his wife and young son. Troy and Ricky aren't supposed to get involved in Alleyn's investigation of a drug ring, but when Alleyn gets too close, Ricky vanishes. There's a bizarre cult in the chateau on the cliff, a murder witnessed from the window of a train, a ghost that illuminates himself, and locals Theresa and Raoul who get themselves thoroughly involved in the investigation. As always, I enjoyed Marsh's writing, although I will gently point out that writing child characters is not precisely her strong suit.