The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown was probably written with a different gender reader in mind…I think? In this series (Housewife Assassin Series) we meet Donna Stone who, upon her husband’s death, she is confronted with a grim reality…take up the reigns of his former employment or have her family starve…hence the housewife assassin thing. Stone often finds herself scorned by the other mothers when she is late for school or community functions…it’s a tough life killing bad guys and then having to pick up cupcakes for the prom.
“What are the most important skills you need to be a CIA field op, you ask? Perhaps the Japanese martial arts of bujutsu, karatedo, jujitsu, kendo, and laido? How about firearms, or explosives handling, parachuting, or crashand-burn driving? If you can keep it from the boys, I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s none of the above. In all honesty, the skills you need to be a crackerjack CIA agent are the exact same ones that make a good mommy. For example, recruiting spies from other foreign agencies is a lot like coercing your son to eat his vegetables: at first he may be reluctant, but as soon as you convince him that it is the quickest route to dessert, he’s ready to jump onboard.”