The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook (Review)

INFO:

  • Title: The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook
  • Author: Josie Brown
  • Pages: 184
  • Genre: Murder Mystery, Action, Humor, Women’s Fiction
  • Price: Free (as of 11/17/2014)

DESCRIPTION:

Murder. Suspense. Sex. And some handy household tips.

Every desperate housewife would love an alias. Donna Stone has one, and it’s government sanctioned. Oh sure, you need to be ruthless to take on Russian mafia bosses and terrorists set on destroying the world. But it takes real killer instincts to survive suburbia.

the housewife assassin's handbook coverREVIEW:

An entertaining, action-packed book that housewives will love. Donna Stone works as an assassin for Acme following her husband Carl’s murder which is kept secret from her Beverly Hills community. Juggling three kids and a criminal syndicate while mourning her late husband, Acme assigns Jack to go undercover as Carl in an attempt to lure out Carl’s killers. The plot twists and twists and twists to keep you on the edge of your dizzying seat.
This is the first book of nine and I really enjoyed how Brown injected humor and innuendo into deadly situations. Several plot twists kept my attention while the neighborhood gossip kept me entertained. I was a little annoyed at first with Donna’s judgment of other women and tendency to cry, but by the end of the story I understood why Brown gave her these characteristics. Donna becomes more human through these traits which even help her be a better assassin in some situations. I was also impressed with how Brown was able to capture Carl’s personality given he spends most time off-screen. Overall this book was a great read and I look forward to the next installment.

Loved:

  • Female protagonist’s balance of powerful and emotional to keep her real
  • Plot twists keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what’ll happen next
  • Humor, scandal and sex all have their place in this serious and emotional rollercoaster
  • Clever operations strategies keep you focused on the mission’s main goals
  • Use of characters, big and small, to advance the plot

Didn’t Love:

  • Female protagonist’s propensity for crying although it was a useful way for the author to make her more realistic
  • A few too many characters at first made the story a little confusing and difficult to follow

Excerpts:

  • “Any woman can be both the perfect housewife and an accomplished assassin, because both functions require the same qualities: creativity; a never-say-die attitude; and an attention to details, no matter how small…” (opening sentence)
  • “Would anyone blame me if I accidentally backed over her, just this once? Okay, twice. But that’s just to make sure that the job was done right.”
  • “Once again I’ll have to choose between comforting my child in her time of need and saving the world.”
  • “And never forget: a scared society is a meek society.”

RECOMMENDED FOR: housewives, summer reading, mothers

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