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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1ST edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smart, sassy, sexy Sally Sin is an absolute delight of a heroine whom I predict will be around delighting readers for a very long time. And her first adventure, Original Sin, is pure entertainment gold."
--John Lescroart, author of the New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy novels

"Smart, sassy, sexy Sally Sin is an absolute delight of a heroine whom I predict will be around delighting readers for a very long time. And her first adventure, Original Sin, is pure entertainment gold."—John Lescroart, author of the New York Times bestselling Dismas Hardy novels

From the Inside Flap

After falling in love and making a quick exit from her nine-year career in the USAWMD (United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction), ex-spy Sally Sin does her best to become Lucy Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in San Francisco. No one, not even her adoring husband Will, knows about her secret agent escapades--chasing evil masterminds through perilous jungles, escaping assassins, and playing dangerous games of cat and mouse with her old nemesis, Ian Blackford, a notorious and dashing illegal arms dealer.


In her new life as Lucy Hamilton, she squeezes inside forts crafted from couch cushions by her three-year-old son Theo, makes organic applesauce, and frequents the zoo. But sometimes her well-honed spy reflexes refuse to lay low. She can't help breaking into her own house to check on the babysitter or stop herself from tossing the yoga instructor who gets on her nerves. And when Ian Blackford, who is supposed to be dead, once again starts causing trouble for the USAWMD, the agency becomes desperate to get Sally back on the job.


How can Sally or Lucy or whatever her name is save the planet while at the same time keeping her own family's world from spinning out of control? Pick up your copy today and find out how messy modern parenting really can be!


Every bit as much fun as a spy-mom thriller ought to be, Original Sin is a fast-paced mystery with a dose of romantic tension to keep things lively. A great read for mothers and spies, and anyone who has ever dreamed of being either.

More About the Author

Beth McMullen used to have a normal life. Until she had kids. Then, everything changed. She has channeled her often hilarious and sometimes distressing experience with parenting into two novels that tell the tale of a life she is definitely not leading. The title of her upcoming release (Hyperion, June 12, 2012) says it all: Spy Mom, the story of a stay at home mom who used to be a spy.

The idea of a San Francisco mother with a secret life was born about six months after Beth's son. Thinking 'how hard can it be?' she left a job in Silicon Valley for full time mothering. Well, we all know the answer to that question, don't we? Had she realized at the time it would be a while until she spoke to adults again about anything other than diapers, organic baby food and the odd, sometimes embarrassing effects of chronic sleep deprivation, she probably still would have opted for the baby. He was really cute, after all.

But right around the time when that cute baby learned to sit up, Beth realized she was frequently checking under the bed for where she might have left her sanity. Thinking it was probably important for her son to have a mother who hadn't lost all of her marbles before he even started to drive, she decided to go back to work.

Two years later, Original Sin was acquired by Hyperion and published in July 2011. The sequel, Spy Mom, will be released June 12, 2012.

Beth lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and very old cat. At any given moment, you can find her driving to soccer practice, doing math homework, volunteering for school yard duty or working on the third book in the series as well as another novel.

It's all good.

(Beth loves to do book clubs! If you are local (Bay Area, Northern CA), she can usually arrange to come in person. If not, Skype is the next best thing. Contact her on the Send Communique page on this website to set something up!)

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email: beth@bethmcmullen.com

Customer Reviews

At times it felt like there was almost too much character development.
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The characters are great fun, and well developed, with wonderfully personalities that create this great interaction.
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I for one can't wait to read the next story to see how it will all end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Bergbauer VINE VOICE on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Original Sin by Beth McMullen

I was thrilled to get this book to review as I loved the premise and haven't read anything like this before.
Lucy Parks Hamilton used to be Agent 26, code named Sally Sin, working for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Now, she is a stay at home mom enjoying her three-year-old son Theo and her husband Will Hamilton.
One of the rules for leaving "The Agency" is that they may call you and you must answer the call.
So after a blissful few years, Lucy is called by her mentor and boss, Simon Still, and the adventure ensues.
In the first chapter or two I thought the humor was a little contrived but as I read further I was very amused by the writing and main character.
It became an easy flow of humor and dialogue. I especially loved the interaction between Lucy and her son Theo. Quite a few chuckles to be had. But it isn't all laughs, there is an absorbing mystery to be resolved. Also, Lucy's nemesis, Ian Blackford, makes for interesting back story as they recount the spy days.
I really had a hard time putting this book down and I am adding this author to my must read list. I can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Smiley girl on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Hamilton is a stay at home wife and mother of a rambunctious three year old, but what no one knows (including her husband) is that she used to be a Sally Sin, Spy! Is that a great premise or what?? The story flips back and forth between her current live and her past life as a spy. At some point her two lives meet up. I really loved this book. In the beginning, I was a little confused with the flashbacks, but as the story goes one, I was more and more hooked. By the end, I didn't want the book to end! Ms. McMullen has set this up for the start of an excellent series. I can't wait until the next Sally Sin book! : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn V. Leboye on July 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Loved it! Very funny and Sally/Lucy is a gem of character. Really liked her chemistry with Ian Blackford. I read the book in two days. It was great to get lost in a good book. Looking forward to the next Sin book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn McNamara on July 21, 2011
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What a fun book. I heard about this book sometime ago and was very excited to pick it up on its release date. Lucy Hamilton, aka Sally Sin, is married, lives in San Francisco and is a stay-at-home mom to 3-year old Theo. Seems pretty normal, right? Well, there's more to Lucy than meets the eye. Unbeknownst to her husband and friends she is a former spy for a covert group of the USAWMD (USA Weapons of Mass Destruction).

I found this book kind of exciting as I learned about Sally Sin's past and how it's come to creep its way into her so-called normal life. The book is easy to get into and fun to read. The past and present is woven together with several of the characters. The pace keeps moving with enough information about the characters to keep you satisfied but still leaving some mystery.

I'm really looking forward to this series. Her next book, To Sin Again, is due out next summer. It's a perfect summer read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Spies. Though in reality they are supposed to blend into their surroundings and call no attention to themselves, in literature and film they are often too dashing, beautiful and extraordinarily stylish, not to mention clever and resourceful, to hide in the shadows. In ORIGINAL SIN, the first Sally Sin Adventure by Beth McMullen, the image of the spy is turned on its head in the titular character. Though many debonair and classic spy-types are present here, McMullen's Sally Sin is an undercover agent like no other.

This is the story of Lucy Hamilton, aka Sally Sin, a former spy for the USAWMD. Handpicked right out of college for service, Lucy traveled the world securing intelligence and offing bad guys. A bit bumbling perhaps, and occasionally lacking the expected confidence and grace, she nevertheless is a very good spy. After nine years of untiring work, Lucy retires from her job, marries the man of her dreams, and settles down to raise their son, Theo, in San Francisco. But leaving behind a job, even one where her co-workers were always being killed and villains were constantly kidnapping her, turns out to be more difficult than she thought it would be.

Lucy's cultivated paranoia is justified when her old boss, the enigmatic Simon Still, shows up and tells her he has a job for her to do. Try as she might, she cannot say no, especially when she learns it involves her nemesis, Ian Blackwell, thought dead for years.

With Simon's appearance and the fact that Blackwell is nearby, Lucy begins to recall what brought her to the USAWMD and all the adventures and dangers she experienced. At the center of her career was Blackwell, often her captor but never taking the chance to kill her when he had it. What is it that brought them together so often?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaity on July 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sally Sin traded in her life as a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction after nine years for the life of a stay at home mom to her three year old son as Lucy Parks. Sally faced some of the worst criminals in existence, all of whom wanted her dead, as well as regular kidnappings from her very own nemesis. Sally eventually met a man and finally wanted out of her life of danger, however, one of the conditions was the possibility of being called on for a mission should her expertise be needed. Caring for her son has been her mission for the past several years and it's been no less troublesome and difficult. How is Lucy going to come out on top when her old boss shows up unexpected and unwanted claiming that Ian Blackford, the nemesis, isn't as dead as they thought and that he is looking for her?

There are lots of wonderful things I can say about Original Sin but only one thing really matters. It was hilarious. Laugh out loud in public and not even care that people are looking at you like you're crazy, hilarious. Many books are meant to be humorous but either it's not my kind of humor or it just isn't funny. I was expecting Original Sin to be lighthearted and cute, both of which it was at certain points, but I wasn't expecting to be giggling to myself every page I flipped. My favorite humorous aspect of the book was that there were so many simple everyday mom truths that normally you never think twice about, but Sally makes them hilarious with her sarcastic, witty inner monologue.

The book didn't really have that much in common with the USA show Covert Affairs but I often found myself comparing it to that tv show. Both have a fabulous female main character who is clever, witty and a little bit sarcastic.
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