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Donna and Jack are in the kind of hot mess that can cause an international incident:

A nuclear arms summit, hosted by a politically-connected American billionaire industrialist, provides the perfect opportunity for a rogue operative to assassinate of the newly-elected Russian president on US soil. Acme operative Donna Stone’s mission:

Seek and exterminate the shooter, before all hell–and World War III–break loose.

Also on Donna’s to-do list: file for divorce.

Throw in a couple of play dates and a few naughty neighbors, you’ve got a whole lot of fun.

THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING is available from Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.


“The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing is a laugh out loud, thrill a minute funhouse ride of a novel. It is the second book in the delightfully hilarious Housewife Assassin series, but it can quite easily stand on its own well deserved merits. The characters are zany and crazy, with just the right dose of insanity to make them all that much more entertaining. The story line has more than enough twists and turns, and plenty of action as well as more than a few sizzling love scenes. It’s not often I can find a book that makes me laugh out loud more than a few times. It’s also uncommon for me to go hunt down the rest of a series unless it is, in a word, fabulous. This is exactly what this novel is. Just simply fabulous.

Donna Stone is in deep. As an assassin for the clandestine Acme organization, it is Donna’s role in life to be not only a housewife and mother but also a globetrotting, butt kicking black belt assassin of the highest degree. And she does all this with a killer fashion sense to boot. When Donna and her gorgeous partner Jack run headlong into Donna’s soon to be ex Carl and his terrorist buddies on a mission to save a man considered the scourge of the Earth, the bullets will fly and bodies will fall. Can Donna and her amazing wardrobe survive the machinations of Carl and his terrorist cronies? What will become of Donna and Jack, her delectable partner and stand in husband? Come along on their mission. Sit back and enjoy the ride. It won’t disappoint.” — Night Owl Reviews 5 out of 5 Stars

“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!” — Not Quite Susie Homemaker

“Holy crap you guys! When I read The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook, I really didn’t think life could get any weirder for Donna – suddenly un-single mother in Hillsdale, and secret assassin… But visiting dignitaries and secret plots are heating up her work life, while the spy who loves her heats up her bedroom… And in the midst of all this, Donna is trying to get a divorce for her ex-dead husband, so that she can be with her fake husband who she loves. Yeah, life is complicated, especially when you add in carpool.

Josie Brown’s Housewife Assassin series is hilariously funny, mystery filled, and sexy to boot. I love Donna and her kids, and the hideously awful carpool moms that harass Donna at every turn. This book is so much fun, if you haven’t started the series or you have, but haven’t stayed current, you definitely need to get on this one. It’s a great way to recover from the stress of the holidays – everyone knows laughter is the best medicine!” — Cat’s Thoughts


Josie Brown is the author of these novels:

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

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 Relationship Survival Guide [2013, Signal Press]

The Baby Planner [Simon & Schuster]

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [Simon & Schuster]

Impossibly Tongue-Tied [HarperCollins/ Signal Press]

True Hollywood Lies [HarperCollins; 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.