Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Original Sin by Beth McMullen

by:  Beth McMullen
published by:  Hyperion
publish date:  July 12, 2011

On the surface, Lucy Hamilton looks just like all the other stay-at-home San Francisco moms. She takes her three-year-old son, Theo, to the beach, to the playground and to the zoo. She feeds him organic applesauce and free-range chicken. She folds laundry and plays on the floor with Matchbox cars until her knees ache. What no one knows about Lucy, not even her adoring husband, is that for nine years Lucy was Sally Sin, a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction. And that's just the way she wants to keep it - a secret. But when Lucy's nemesis Ian Blackford, a notorious illegal arms dealer, hits the USAWMD's radar, the Agency calls Sally Sin back to action to lure Blackford out into the open. Racing against time, Lucy must fight to save herself, her loving family - and, oh right - the world. Hilarious and resonant, ORIGINAL SIN is the story of one woman’s quest to find that most elusive work-life balance in the face of danger, intrigue, and proper recycling habits.

Stephanie Plum fans heads up, Sally Sin will be your new BFF.  Hands down the funniest book I've read this year. I've been telling everybody about this one.  It was so much fun.

Lucy AKA Sally Sin is desperately trying to fit into her "normal" life as a stay at home mom in San Francisco.  I think my favorite part was how she drops him off at daycare and then watches him from the coffee shop across the street for the entire time.  Not reading or doing puzzles or anything else to occupy her time, just watching him, the whole time, to make sure no unauthorized personnel enters the building. 

The characters in this book are great.  This is the first book in a series and I can't wait to read more from Beth McMullen.  I think this is the start of fantastic new journey and I can't see what kind of hijinks Sally Sin gets up to next.

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