The Housewife Assassin's Handbook (Book 1 - The Housewife Assassin Series)

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook (Book 1 - The Housewife Assassin Series)

by Josie Brown

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The Housewife Assassin's Handbook (Book 1 - The Housewife Assassin Series) by Josie Brown

Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips. "Secrets, sex, money and scandal! Josie Brown is truly entertaining reading." -- Jackie Collins


Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one...and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way. Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life: as an assassin. Espionage makes for strange bedfellows--and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home..."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012412539
Publisher: Signal Press
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Series: Housewife Assassin Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,411
File size: 1 MB

About the Author


“Secrets, sex, money and scandal…Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue makes for truly entertaining reading.” —Jackie Collins

“Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family… Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together.”—Publishers Weekly

“The writing is laced with venomous humor...”–The Wall Street Journal

“A fine piece of literary work.” –New York Post, Page Six

“If you like Desperate Housewives, then you’ll fly through this gossipy novel full of Wisteria Lane-esque characters living in a suburban jungle. Brown entertains up to the satisfying ending.” —

“A funny, engaging, and often bittersweet tale…” —Cincinnati Public Library Spotlight Feature

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Housewife Assassin's Handbook 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Josie Brown has managed to embroil her character into the life of a government assassin taking on all that is bad in the world, but has been able to keep her humanity intact. She has allowed Donna to focus on being a good Mom and instilling morals and values to her kids. At one point Donna is put into the position of caring for two men. Her decision appears to some reviewers as being morally wrong, but taken into context with her emotional turmoil of not being allowed to grieve the loss of her husband (or even acknowledge his death), and the importance of her current mission, I think the author did a great job of showing how hard Donna tried to make the moral choice. Josie's characters are very believable, and her plot is great. I definitely recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I loved most about this book is that it so clearly illustrates that there is a dark side in each of us. The heroine, Donna Stone, could be just another mom next door, except for the fact that she is also a black ops assassin. Maybe it's a premise that you've seen before, but not like this. The spy vs. spy stuff rings true, as does the neighborhood shenanigans. In other words, it's a well written dark farce. I'm glad it's a series, and I'll certainly read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is great. Loved the story read it in one day. A must read for some mystery love and some really funny times also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this whole book in a little over 24 hours...I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next one!
Andree47 More than 1 year ago
I love Josie Brown's books! I I've been dying for this to come out, and I wasn't disappointed. It's got all the dark suburban farce found in her Secret LIves of Husbands and Wives, with sexual playfulness of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Sexy and smart!
Catdad 3 months ago
This book is written from the point of view of two separate characters, from two separate series, and co-authored. I have read Deborah Coonts "Lucky" series, but not any books by Josie Brown. I was not disappointed. These two characters were both entertaining, and even better when they finally got to work together. It took a while for the two to meet, even though they crossed paths at the beginning of the book. This book has a good mystery and keeps you guessing throughout. So, if you enjoy lots of good bantor, humor and good characters, this is a good book to read. I really enjoyed it!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I finished book 1 and 2 very quickly! I have enjoyed the twists and turns! Keep it up!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This series is light, fun reading. I am looking forward to reading the 3rd book in the series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book is fantastic! Only Josie Brown Can write this stuff.I don't get enough sleep when I'm reading one of her books. But it's worth noting that I sometimes dream about the book. Josie Brown is the best!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Can't wait to read the next book in the series. Josie Brown is an excellent story teller and this book was hard to put down.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love it!!!! Great read
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Hpergo More than 1 year ago
It was after a round of romance bingo that I decided to pick up one of Josie Brown’s books. It was the wittiness of the titles that drew me in. I purchased this one not knowing what I would think of it, but several pages in and I was hooked. It is a quick read, funny and the characters are lovable and relatable (not in the killing sense). I am hooked and will be purchasing more in this series! Two thumbs and one hatchet up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different liked the people and story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This started off crazy & then I couldn't put the down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this spy novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect book for the treadmill, you get so engrossed in the story that the miles fly by!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it, read it, loved it
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
AWFUL! First page was about sex! I didn't make it to page 2. THANK GOODNESS IT WAS FREE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but entertaining
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the charaters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story , not realistic for me though .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago