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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
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Book Description

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


* 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...

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From the Inside Flap

"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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"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!
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..."
On Donna's to-do list: First, exterminate a rogue operative out to assassinate the newly elected Russian President. Next: file for divorce!
'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!
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
In order to flush out an internationally renowned hacker who is wreaking havoc with top secret documents inside the United States' Intelligence Community's secured database, housewife assassin Donna Stone infiltrates three very successful high tech corporations, including one with an operating system that contains artificial intelligence designed to meet your every need--even if it kills you; another with a CEO who plans to broker the country's intelligence secrets to the highest bidder, be it a terrorist or enemy state; and an interactive game start-up with an avatar on the deadliest mission of all: kill Donna. Can she save the world from terror--and at the same time protect her children from the painful knowledge of the father who deserted them?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Signal Press (October 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MBUTS6
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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 fun weekend read March 30, 2014
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ok so how much do i love this book- well it is number 1 on my fb book profile- warning this series has a lot of steamy sex scenes - but if you handle that ---welcome to the wild ride of donna stone - super assassin and mom- do not want to give too much away- love the cleaning tips such as getting rid of wine or blood from the rug-- basically --- You'll enjoy this series if you like lots of action, romance, hot spies, smart kids, plots to overthrow the government, men who think they're more important than they really are and women who get even on their soon to be ex--- as well as the snarky neighbors
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs UP!! March 26, 2014
By Heidi
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I have read a few of the Housewife Assassin's books, and will definitely read more when I have a chance to get into a few books at a time. This series is mysterious, romantic, and funny, all rolled into one!

Josie Brown is one creative author!! A series like this could only be written by someone with a whole lot of imagination!!

Definitely recommended for all of you housewives out there, who enjoy escaping your daily routine through a good book after the family is asleep!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant read November 12, 2013
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Josie Brown has kept out interest up in this book, which is the secondd of the series. Keep them coming! This is light, quick, interesting reading and one you will get a kick out of. Most of it is highly improbable but still within he realm of the possible. A good read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" and "Wesley's Wars"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Judy R
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I can't remember when I read 6 books in the same series, one right after the other. I loved each and every one. I suggest starting with the first one and working your way through to the 6th. I eagerly await the 7th which is due out in March 2014. Funny, suspenseful, sexy, it's all there and makes for 6 great reads.....and, hopefully, 7 in March.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny fantasy
The second in a series of Donna Stone books, this one has enough action to make sure that you are not going to put it down until you finish it. Fast read, funny. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Big reader
5.0 out of 5 stars never dull, story
Juggling her family and her job keeps this housewife on her toes. Throw in romance, swingers and a big school project for the moms to plan and set up, you can expect a very active,... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Margaret June Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read. Enough action to keep you interested and the sub plot is entertaining.
Published 18 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book. It is definitely a fun to read. It keeps you in suspense to the very end. It is a humorous story with a twist or two. I would highly recommend this book. Read more
Published 20 days ago by DEPCHF
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough of this series!
This series is hilarious! I love the household tips! The characters are so much fun and Jack is about as steamy as they come! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Dianne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny, and a good read.
Published 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Mark Hrebin
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and funny..
Love her books..really funny and great reads..
Published 2 months ago by Delores Tacoma
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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,,, and

You can connect with me here, or on:

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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.)..." --

"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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