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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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: 9,836
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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 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!
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Catdad More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
I finished book 1 and 2 very quickly! I have enjoyed the twists and turns! Keep it up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is light, fun reading. I am looking forward to reading the 3rd book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
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
This is a perfect book for the treadmill, you get so engrossed in the story that the miles fly by!
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story , not realistic for me though .
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KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
For quite some time now, I’ve been looking for a book that is similar to The Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series by Julie Kenner. When I came across this book I thought, perhaps, my wishes would finally be fulfilled. Alas, it was not to be…. So Julie Kenner, if you ever read this, or if someone who reads this knows her, please encourage her to write more in this series. Just for me. But I’m sure many more people would be happy too. This book started out strong, and I had high hopes, then I got to the middle, and Donna’s repetition of how this new guy would just leave, and break her kid’s hearts again, started to get to me. If you were take out all of these instances, the book would be down about 90 pages. I want to read about her adventure, how she seduces a mark, the fight scenes, and how she finally kills him. Sure you can throw romance and sex in, but I want more meat to the story. Also Donna is supposed to be an intelligent woman, but her mood swings were so often, and so childish, that they stopped being funny. A couple of times sure, since we all feel that way, but when it starts affecting her job, the author needed to find some new ways to tell the story. And in regards to Donna’s intelligence, the ending was so obvious, and as a trained spy/killer, she did so many things wrong, that I just couldn’t let my imagination go enough for it to even be semi-enjoyable. I will say Josie Brown did a good job with some of the characters, especially the kids. They each had their own personalities, and they were on point for kids their ages. Also I only found a couple of spelling/grammatical errors, so that was another plus. There are just too many books out there for me to even try the second book in the series to see if her storylines get any better.
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MikyStu More than 1 year ago
Was looking for a comedy romantic mystery all in one book. I have not heard of The Housewife Assassin Series and I as willing to try. I enjoyed it so much! I am starting on book 2 and I can't put it down.
kittiJD More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book on the day it was supposed to be free and I was charged. Be careful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Improbable, but great romp. Strong characters & an interesting story, this book will leave you wanting more. And with names like Carl & Donna Stone & a character's alias of Dee Reed, I'm guessing the author is a big fan of the Donna Reed show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had drama, suspense, humor basically everything i enjoy reading. I am excited to continue on with the series. I would recommend this book.