The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook
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Reading on holiday sure does make time pass quickly. And today I’ve finished reading The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown! Have you read it yet?

So just before lunch, I finished the next book on my summer reading list – this is going well! I absolutely loved The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. It was funny, light and yet gave you a good plot to hold onto and keep you turning the page. My favourite parts throughout The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook were the small paragraphs of advice at the start of each new chapter. The best was along the lines of if you want your husband to help around the house then you have to train him. If he is too tired after a day of work, some gentle persuasion may be needed – food poisoning. Then he’ll never let you cook again. But let me go into more detail.

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook book cover
The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook Book Cover

The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook Blurb

Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one…and it happens to be government-sanctioned. She earned it the hard way: her husband was killed the day she delivered her third child. To avenge his death, she leads a secret life – as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows – and brings new meaning to that old adage, “Honey, I’m home…”

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook by the beach
The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

About The Author

Over two million copies of Josie Brown’s novels are in readers’ hands. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, as well as an independently published author. She’s appeared at #1 on Amazon and iBooks on numerous occasions. Josie is the author of the Housewife Assassin’s Handbook series (Signal Press); the 8-novel Totlandia episodic series (Signal Press) ; the 3-novel Extracurricular episodic series (Signal Press); and the 2-novel True Hollywood Lies series (HarperCollins); as well as The Candidate and The Baby Planner (Simon & Schuster). Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer for television.

Before becoming a full-time novelist, Josie also worked in advertising (JWT, DDB/Needham, BBM&B) and radio (WPLO-AM, Atlanta; WZGC-FM, Atlanta). As a journalist, Josie has interviewed Maya Angelou, Brenda Blethyn, Julian Bond, Kenneth Branagh, Jackie Collins, Costa-Gavras, Craig Ferguson, John Gray, Derek Jacobi, Debbie Reynolds, and John Woo. Her celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook, and Complete Woman, as well as AOL, Yahoo,,, and, where she serves as the Relationships Channel editor.

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook on an ereader by the beach
The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

Josie’s interviews for her podcast, Author Provocateur, and for the International Thriller Writers magazine THE BIG THRILL include such notable authors as Samatha M. Bailey, David Baldacci, C.J. Box, Allison Brennan, Lee Child, Deborah Coonts, Robert Dugoni, Barry Eisler, JT Ellison, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Goldberg, Andrew Gross, Kristan Higgins, Jon Land, John Lescroart, John Lutz, Jason Pinter, James Rollins, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Brad Thor, Julie Valerie, and Debra Webb.

Although born and raised (a Southern expression) in and around Atlanta, Georgia, Josie is proudly one-hundred percent Puerto Rican: her father was born in Ponce and her mother was from Humacao. Does that make Josie a Georgiarican? She thinks so, and happily claims that title. She now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

My Thoughts on The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

This is definitely a light hearted, albeit a relatively unbelievable read. I mean, relatively unbelievable is being kind. However for once we have a single mother being portrayed as a strong character, and I am living for this narrative. I am just as ready as the next person to leave logic at the door when reading, especially on holiday, but for a middle-aged housewife to become one of the CIA’s top assassins with only a few years of training? And she still gets home on time to pick up the kids? Well, it’s stretching it a bit. However, The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook is amusing for the most part and does keep up a reasonable pace. I mean, our protagonist seems to kill most of her victims or escape more through luck than talent. Meaning she’s lucky the villains in the story are even more gullible than she is. As I was saying at the start, the housewife assassin’s tips at the start of each chapter are hit and miss, however they can be quite funny. Occasionally I found myself questioning why Josie Brown decided to include certain tips and quips, but I did on the whole find them funny enough to laugh out loud on the sunbed. For the whole it’s more Agatha Raisin meets the CIA rather than Black Widow but enjoyable nonetheless.

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook
The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

There were sections that made me laugh out loud on the sun bed, which is always a bonus when enjoying a holiday read. You don’t need a book to be serious and believable for it to be gripping, as long as you take it at face value. I, for one, enjoyed the complete change of pace in The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook compared to other crime books I read, so have already bought the next 2 books in the series on my Kindle. Unfortunately the holiday is drawing to an end though, so I might have to keep them to read when we return home.

I honestly don’t want to go back to Northern Ireland. Being here in Ibiza is like being with a larger, slightly more Spanish, family. Also, the weather is fab. Okay, you may argue that 40 degrees is a little warm…. But that can easily be resolved by running for the pool! If you can think of a way for me to stay here indefinitely, please let me know!

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook
The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

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