The Housewife Assassin's Handbook

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In Book 1 of The Housewife Assassin series:

Every housewife needs an alias. Donna Stone has one--and it happens to be government-sanctioned.

Oh sure, you need to be ruthless to take on Russian mafia bosses, rogue dictators, and terrorists set on destroying the world. But it takes real killer instincts to survive suburbia. Try juggling the fifth grade phone tree during a shootout with skinhead arms dealers, or driving carpool while being chased by Chinese double agents.

Donna’s life wasn’t always this complicated. Five years earlier she was just another woman with two preschoolers, a baby bump, and an adoring husband: Carl, with whom she lived happily ever after in a McMansion in the Orange County, California community of Hilldale. But Donna’s life was changed forever the night she delivered her baby: Carl’s car blew up on the way to the hospital.

Turns out Carl was a “hard man”—an assassin—for the black ops organization known as Acme Industries. The hit on Carl was carried out by the Quorum, a terrorist cell he was tracking. The Quorum’s motto: “Show me the money.” Governments and corporations do as they’re told—or suffer bloody consequences.

Carl left something behind that the Quorum wants badly. To protect herself and avenge Carl’s death, Donna joined Acme. Whereas her hostessing skills rival Martha Stewart’s, her marksmanship is second to none.

A good thing, too, because the Quorum has planted a sleeper cell in Hilldale. For Donna, that’s too close for comfort. Will she be able to save her family before the Quorum blows up Los Angeles?

Acme’s way of flushing out the Quorum is by “bringing Carl back from the dead.” But terrorism makes strange bedfellows--and brings new meaning to that old adage “Honey, I’m home…”


Josie Brown is the author of these novels: The Candidate [2013; Signal Press] Totlandia Novel Series [3 Books, 2012, 2013, Coliloquy] The Housewife Assassin Novel Series [ 2011-2013, 5 books; Signal Press]; The Baby Planner [2011, Simon & Schuster]; Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [2010, Simon & Schuster]; Impossibly Tongue Tied [2006, HarperCollins]; True Hollywood Lies [2005, HarperCollins; 2013 Signal Press] Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series.