Original Sin

Original Sin

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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
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 no-good masterminds through perilous jungles, escaping evil 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
Every bit as much fun as a spy-mom thriller ought to be, "Original Sin" is a fast-paced adventure story for mothers and spies, and anyone who has ever dreamed about being either.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 25mm | 499g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1401324215
  • 9781401324216
  • 3,246,283

About Beth McMullen

Beth McMullen graduated from Boston University with a degree in English Literature. After landing a gig with Reader's Digest, she eventually realized she'd rather write books than condense them. She relocated to San Francisco, California and worked in Silicon Valley to pay the bills, trying to do as much writing and traveling as possible. Finally, after getting married, she and her husband decided to take one year and see as much of the world as they could before they ran out of money. It's a big world.
Beth currently divides her time between writing and taking care of her two children, Max, 5, and Katie, 3.
She holds an MLS from Long Island University and lives with her husband and children in Davis, California.
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771 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 22% (166)
4 38% (294)
3 28% (216)
2 9% (67)
1 4% (28)

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In the 'old days' we would have described this book as "Laugh Out Loud" funny, and I can't think of a better way to describe it now; in places I was laughing so hard the tears where streaming down my cheeks. Original Sin is a good-old fashioned spy novel, dressed up as a hilarious comedy. 'Sally Sin' was once an almost kick-butt super agent for USAWMD (United States of America Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction). She had her nemesis', Ian Blackford and the Blind Monk, but she managed to get out of trouble, and most of the time the mission was accomplished. But now she's stay at home mum to toddler, Theo, and married to eco-warrior husband Will. Unfortunately, the agency wants her back. "Simon looks alarmed. Put him in a room full of armed terrorists and he's right as rain. Expose him to a mostly toilet-trained toddler and he freaks." Although most of the story is written in a relatively predicable manner, it still manages to have original plot and punchy jokes. The characters are great fun, and well developed, with wonderfully personalities that create this great interaction. Original Sin is a story that really is woven together, with the plot twists, the comedy and the character development all creating a wonderfully delightful and entertaining read. If you're a fan of Kerry Greenwood or Janet Evanovich you will NOT want to miss out of Beth McMullen. This is great stuff!show more
by Alison Sammes
Original Sin is an exciting debut by Beth McMullen introducing Lucy Hamilton (AKA Sally Sin), once a spy with the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction (USAWMD), now a wife and stay at home mother. Signing the waiver that gave the Agency permission to recall her for duty seemed reasonable at the time of her retirement but now her handler Simon wants to use as her bait to expose an old nemesis and she is reluctantly pulled back into the shadowy world of arms dealing and assassins. With just the right combination of adventure, humour and mystery I was thoroughly entertained by Original Sin. It has a strong, fast paced plot that is firmly grounded within the realm of possibility, but it's the characters and their motivations that intrigued me most. Lucy/Sally was recruited by the Agency at college and retired when she fell in love with Will. Despite her choice to be a stay at home mom to her 3 year old son, she has never really left behind the lessons she learnt as a spy and remains on edge, unable to make close friends or leave her son unattended at daycare for even a few hours. Lucy's struggles as a mother allow the reader to relate to her, despite her exotic former career. I enjoyed Lucy's observations of motherhood and the ability of a three year old to be as exhausting as running for your life through a Cambodian jungle. Lucy/Sally is capable and smart, though not without vulnerability, and is a well developed, likeable character. There is plenty of mystery surrounding Lucy/Sally not the least the question of her real identity and the fate of her parents. Sally's cat and mouse relationship with Ian (her nemesis) is fun and thrilling. Ian's motivations are shrouded in mystery and I love that it's never really made clear exactly which side he is on. Despite what Sally is told, I read an ambiguity into his motivation that leaves me questioning if he is really a villain or a man who is simply working outside the constraints of the Agency mission. I really look forward to seeing how his role unfolds in subsequent installments. If you are a fan of 'Alias' or 'Covert Affairs' then you are likely to enjoy this novel. Original Sin is a clever and fun debut to a promising new adventure mystery series and McMullen has left herself plenty to work with to move it forward.show more
by Shelley Cusbert
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