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The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing (a Funny Romantic Mystery) (Housewife Assassin Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Josie Brown
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

IN BOOK 2 OF THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES:

* DONNA'S MISSION: Stop a rogue operative before he assassinates of the newly-elected Russian president -- on US soil!
* DONNA WANTS A DIVORCE: But first she's got to serve a summons to a deadbeat dad... who's also a terrorist!
*AS FOR DONNA'S LOVE LIFE: Turns out the spy who loves her has a bombshell secret of his own...

Read an excerpt at HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com


Editorial Reviews

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REVIEWS FOR BOOKS BY JOSIE BROWN'S BOOKS
 
"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." --Examiner.com
  
"A funny, engaging, and often bittersweet tale..." --Cincinnati Public Library Spotlight Feature
 
For more on Josie Brown's books, go to her website: JosieBrown.com

From the Back Cover

MORE PRAISE FOR THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN SERIES:
 
"This is a super sex and fun read that you shouldn't miss!" - Mary Jacobs, Bookhounds Reviews
 
"It's a fast-paced read, and the gadgets are awesome...The perfect combination of mystery and humour." - Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
 
  "...The chemistry between Donna and Jack is enough to set water on fire... A healthy dose of humor and ridiculousness in a book that won't be put down - so go pick it up now!" - Cat's Thoughts
 
If you love funny mysteries with espionage and action and adventure--not to mention hard-boiled women sleuths--check out THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING!
 
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OTHER FUNNY ROMANTIC MYSTERIES BY JOSIE BROWN:
 
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HANDBOOK (Book 1) Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one, and it happens to be government-sanctions. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to the old adage, "Honey, I'm home..."
         
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING (Book 2) 
On Donna's to-do list: First, exterminate a rogue operative out to assassinate the newly elected Russian President. Next: file for divorce!
 
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S KILLER CHRISTMAS TIPS (Book 3) 
'Tis the season for mistletoe...and murder! There will be no peace on Earth if Donna doesn't find a shipping container filled with heat-seeking missiles!
 
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL GUIDE (Book 4)          
London. Paris. Guantanamo Bay. Donna Stone is looking for love -- and terrorists -- in all the wrong places. In this fourth full-length novel of The Housewife Assassin series, Donna Stone finds out that breaking up is hard to do. Then again, so is dating a terrorist, let alone eleven of them! Does this make Donna a serial dater, or a serial killer? Worse yet, an old flame gets in the way of Donna's chance for true love. But she doesn't cry...She gets even.
  
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S VACATION TO DIE FOR (Book 5)
An NSA scientist has disappeared with a deadly plague virus. Donna and Jack must find him before it is unleashed on Fantasy island. But first they'll have to deal with a nude sunbathing serial killer, a Lord of the Flies 'tween takeover, poison dart-throwing pygmies, and a hunt club with the most unusual prey. And you call this a vacation?
 
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S RECIPES FOR DISASTER (Book 6)
Housewife Assassin Donna Stone's executive mission is crystal clear: stop the assassination of both US political parties' presidential candidates. When she discovers she has a long-term vendetta with one of the targets, can she put her animosity aside long enough to save the candidate's life?
 
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S HOLLYWOOD SCREAM PLAY (Book 7)
Lights, camera and non-stop action await Donna and Jack when they are hired as espionage consultants on a movie set. There will be plenty of close-ups, and too many close calls as they use the movie's many location shoots to track down crucial intel needed to take down the Quorum. But nothing--including a lascivious leading lady, deadly stunt doubles, or being on Interpol's Most Wanted list-will stand in their way.
 
THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN'S DEADLY DOSSIER (Series Prequel)
In this full-length prequel to the series, Acme Industries' black-ops agent, Jack Craig, is tasked with investigating the mysterious death of his organization's most prolific hit man, Carl Stone--only to fall in love the the dead man's wife, Donna--a woman he must never contact, but who may hold the key to her husband's disappearance. When Acme approaches Donna to join their organization as an assassin, Jack's undercover mission changes both their lives forever.

Product Details

  • File Size: 955 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Signal Press (October 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MBUTS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun with twists you actually don't see coming! October 20, 2012
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So many books in this genre fall into the same formula and once you've read more than two of them, the books become predictable. Not so in this book {or any of Josie Brown's books for that matter}. I was actually very surprised by the twists in the book and found my jaw hanging open in shock on more than one occasion. The characters are so well written that I found myself getting emotional as the story went along- I felt angry, sad and happy for the characters and almost became protective as well. Definitely a great read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading! November 19, 2012
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This is a very good series and I can't wait until book three! I love the Chapter tips, they are very entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining November 5, 2012
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I liked the first in the series so much I had to read the next. Easy reads and entertaining. You can't say women aren't multitalented! Am now looking forward to the next in the series. I think you will enjoy the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining February 26, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It had some twists and turns and did keep me guessing somewhat. I would definitely read one of Josie Brown's books again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lmho (laugh my head off)!! February 22, 2013
By manowar
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a very funny and entertaining story, full of adventure, petty jealousies and steamy scenes. ms brown, this story should be a t.v. series. i would definitely watch it. i love the tidbits of info she gives beginning of every new chapter. keep up the good work and when is the 4th book going to be on sale? please give me an update. and oh please i hope you will write more books on the housewife assassin series. don't cut it short. thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read! February 20, 2013
By Vee
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I truly enjoyed reading this book. I didn't want to put it down. I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn't reading it, anticipating the next time I'd get back to it. It was funny and engaging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Assassin ... I mean Abby February 18, 2013
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Not only will Josie Brown have you imaging how to deal with a nasty co-worker, you will learn the best way to handle those pesky laundry stains from spilled wine or blood!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series February 18, 2013
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A good writer makes for ease of reading. Fast paced action breaks the mundane day to day life to a whole new level. I laughed, cried and laughed some more. Great read to bring a lighter mood into our hurried world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny, and a good read.
Published 2 days ago by rita smetana
5.0 out of 5 stars the housewife assassin's guide to gracious killing
very entertaining, well written, moved fast and laughed all the way through it. can't help falling in love with the characters I will read more of Josie Brown's writing for sure.
Published 6 days ago by Linda Vain
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Intriguing
This series (so far) has been amusing and intriguing. I am really enjoying the series and hope to continue!!!
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book. Couldn't put it down. Ordered and read the third one too!
Published 27 days ago by Mark Hrebin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and funny..
Love her books..really funny and great reads..
Published 1 month ago by Delores Tacoma
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy - I could just be me
Just couldn't make it through this. I guess I was not prepared to go along with the humor. The flow of words did not invite me in or engage me as most books do. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TCW
5.0 out of 5 stars Quircky, Unique Plotline
I enjoyed this book greatly and look forward to reading the series. Quirky, unique premise for the books and the characters were believable.
Published 1 month ago by wanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Light reading
Published 1 month ago by Richard L. Barnhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
would like to have known what happened next?
Published 1 month ago by bird lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Beans!
I loved this whole series! Fun reading!
Published 1 month ago by barbara pursell
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More About the Author

My novels are:
- The Candidate [Steamy Political Thriller; 2013 Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Book 1/Fall [2012, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Book 2/Winter [2012, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Book 3 / Spring [2013, Signal Press]
- Totlandia/Book 4 / Summer [2013, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Handbook [Book 1; 2011, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing [Book 2; 2012, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Killer Christmas Tips [Book 3; 2012, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide [Book 4; 2013, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Vacation to Die For [Book 5; August 2013, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Recipes for Disaster [Book 6; November 2013, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Hollywood Scream Play [Book 7: March 2014, Signal Press]
- The Housewife Assassin's Deadly Dossier [Series Prequel; June 2014, Signal Press]
- The Baby Planner[2011, Simon & Schuster]
- True Hollywood Lies [2011 / 2005, Signal Press]
- Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [2010, Simon & Schuster]

In fact my novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being adapted by producer Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic series for television.

Like most authors I know, I'm a voracious reader. My favorite classic authors are Edith Wharton, John le Carre, Martin Cruz Smith, Jane Austen, Graham Greene, P.D. Wodehouse, Margaret Mitchell, Glen David Gold, and Raymond Chandler.

As for contemporary authors, I think that both Martin Cruz Smith and John Le Carre are two of the best writers alive, and I love the writing styles of Helen Fielding, Jackie Collins and Allison Pearson. I think John Lescroart and MJ Rose are amazing, both as authors and author advocates.

I'm a cinephile (I see everything--chick flicks, action films, art house movies, almost every kind of foreign film) and I'm a walker and hiker--anywhere from four to eleven miles a day.

Otherwise, I'M WRITING. Or researching for my next books....meeting the wonderful people who let me know that what I write resonates with them...or hanging out in my fave bookstores (which is any bookstore in any town I happen to be in, at the time).

I've got a sweet romantic husband (who both cooks AND walks the dog, come rain, sleet or flood), and two great funny kids, a boy and a girl. Yeah, I know, I'm lucky, and I should count my blessings. (Believe me, I do!)

I'm also the author of three non-fiction books: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Mr. Right [Alpha/Pearson]; Marriage Confidential: 102 Honest Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know [Signal Press]; and Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolatans: A Modern Girl's Dream Dictionary [St. Martin's Press]

As a journalist, my celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com

You can connect with me here, or on:

- Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/JosieBrownAuthor
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/JosieBrownCA

PRAISE FOR JOSIE'S BOOKS:

The Baby Planner

"Brown takes baby mania to its illogical, hysterical extreme in this bubbly romp....But what begins as a light foray into Bugaboo country turns into something bigger than a satire of status-obsessed Bay Area yummy mummies as Brown takes a dark look at the fears of parenthood and family, with Katie's heartbreaking longing for a child unveiling a disturbing reality about her marriage and family. Still, the message from the somber realities is one full of hope: love makes a family, commitment keeps it together." --Publishers Weekly

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives

"Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK Magazine cover. Truly entertaining reading."--Jackie Collins, Hollywood Wives

"Josie Brown's writing is whip-smart as well as wickedly funny, and just as you are enjoying the ride she takes you on, she shatters your heart with her insight into modern lives." --Tatjana Soli, New York Times bestselling author and 2011 recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction for The Lotus Eaters

"Already touted as the perfect summer beach read, this character driven (sometimes steamy) book can best be described as the offspring of an affair between Desperate Housewives and a Jennifer Weiner novel....A quick look into the sometimes catty world of wealth where priorities get shifted, friendships get broken and marriages, like their mansions, get rearranged. It was light and fluffy (with some excellent dialogue.)..." -- GoodHousekeeping.com

"I loved it! Josie Brown captures the highs and lows of love, lust and marriage with heartwrenching pathos. I'm recommending it to all my friends as the perfect beach read!" -- Lisa Rinna, acatress, and author of the novel Starlit



True Hollywood Lies

The tone is confessional, the writing laced with venomous humor..."
--Wall Street Journal

"Brown captures the humor of working for a megalomaniac...[A] well-paced, entertaining story..." --Publishers Weekly

"A fine piece of literary work." --New York Post


Impossibly Tongue-Tied

"Brad, Angelina, Britney and Kevin may want to check out Josie Brown's new novel, Impossibly Tongue-Tied, for its ripped-from-the-headlines plot that mixes their scandals together..." - PAGE SIX, New York Post

Josie lives in San Francisco, California, with Martin and our two children.

Martin, my husband: THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO FINDING MR. RIGHT, and MARRIAGE CONFIDENTIAL: 102 HONEST Answers to the Questions Every Husband Wants to Ask, and Every Wife Needs to Know.



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