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Murder, suspense, sex–and some handy household tips.

“Secrets, sex, money and scandal! Josie Brown is truly entertaining reading.” — Jackie Collins


– EVERY DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE WANTS AN ALIAS: Donna Stone has one…and it happens to be government-sanctioned.

– BUT DONNA EARNED IT THE HARD WAY: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child.

– TO AVENGE HER HUSBAND’S MURDER: Donna 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 is available from Amazon, Kobo Books and Barnes & Noble.


“This is a super sexy and fun read that you shouldn’t miss! How do I love this book, let me count the ways: (1.) A kick ass woman that can literally kick ass as well as cook and clean. Donna gives a whole new meaning to “taking out the trash”. (2.) The book is set around Los Angeles, mostly in a gated community suspiciously like Coto de Caza, full of housewives that could be ‘real” and for the setting alone, a big giant WIN! (3.) Super sarcasm, snarky dialogue and making fun of all that is wrong in the OC, politics, as well as current world affairs.” — Mary Jacobs, Book Hounds Reviews

“Donna has been living an extremely complicated lie for the past six years. She’s been telling her friends and neighbors that her husband Carl is just out of the country on apparently very extended business, and telling her kids that their daddy will be coming back. Oh, and she’s really “just” a housewife (you know, because that’s not a job in and of itself). In reality, her husband was killed on his way out of town running from a terrorist group while she was giving birth to their third child, and she’s been working as an agent for Acme for the past couple years.

Six years after her husband’s death, Donna is notified that the Quorum has placed agents in her neighborhood, and the best way that Acme can think of is to plant an agent in her house to bring Carl back from the dead… And when Jack moves in, the mayhem really begins.

First and foremost, if I was a housewife, I would want to be Donna. I’m not kidding guys, the girl can shoot, seduce, and kill, all while balancing the demands of carpool and managing the suburban mommies and their opinion of her and her kids. Her hostess skills are to die for, and many have fallen for her seduction routines. So what if the neighborhood busybodies think she’s cheating on her husband? The reality is, he’s dead, and she can’t even mourn him in public. They can get over it.

Enter Jack, who is a fantastic and well known agent, and sexy to boot. The chemistry between the two of them is enough to set water on fire, and make Donna question everything she’s thought about her life since Carl’s death.

Add in a healthy dose of humor and ridiculousness, some mayhem, and some really cute kids, and you’ve got a book that won’t be put down – so go pick it up now!”
— Cat’s Thoughts

“The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown is a fun, sexy and intriguing mystery. Donna Stone is a great heroine – housewives can lead all sorts of double lives, but as an assassin? Who would have seen that one coming? Certainly not those in Donna’s neighbourhood.

This book totally reminded me of the movie Mr & Mrs. Smith. Not that it is a copy of the movie, but that it has all of the thrills and enjoyment of the movie. It’s a fast-paced read, the gadgets are awesome, and I could just picture Donna fighting off Russian gangsters and skinheads all the while having a pie at home cooling on the windowsill. As a housewife myself, this book was a fantastic escape that had me dreaming “if only” the whole way through. The book doesn’t take itself too seriously, which makes for the perfect combination of mystery and humour…” –Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea


Josie Brown is the author of these novels:

The Housewife Assassin Novel Series, including

The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook
[2011, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing
[2012, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin’s Killer Christmas Tips
[2011, Signal Press]

The Housewife Assassin’s Relatonship Survival Guide
[2013, Signal Press]

Totlandia (Novel Series), including
Book 1 / Fall; Book 2 /Winter; Book 3 /Spring [2012, 2013, Coliloquy]

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; 2010 Diversion Books]

Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic series for NBC-TV.