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Spy Mom: The Adventures of Sally Sin

Spy Mom - Beth McMullen

Spy Mom is actually two full length books, 610 pages in all, Original Sin and its sequel To Sin Again. Both feature Lucy Parks Hamilton, aka Sally Sin, an irresistible character combination--half a tough, smart former spy who can still dispense with a gang of teenage would-be carjackers on her own, and half a totally devoted but overwhelmed mom of a rollicking preschool age son.


In Original Sin, Lucy's son Theo is three when she is forced out of retirement to deal with a spy case from the past. While she loves nothing more than holding her jam-covered toddler in her lap while he sleeps, she finds herself forced to alternate parental responsibilities with shady deeds that would be illegal if she weren't doing them for the good of the world. And probably they're illegal anyway, but oh well. Concessions have to be made when you're trying to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction. To further complicate Lucy's situation she's hoping to prevent mass mayhem while still keeping everyone in her new life, including her loving, save-the-Earth husband, unaware of her past career and alternate skill set.


It's two years later when To Sin Again opens, and all the moms in Lucy's mom-group are obsessing over that all important question--what kindergarten class or school would get their child get into the best college. Meaning Lucy is already anxious, nauseous even, when her domestic world is rudely interrupted again. Strangely though, after making just one phone call for her former spy agency she is told to go back to her new life. This time around she doesn't want to. She's never known about the early years of her own personal history and there are hints that this mission may hold clues to her past. Danger again alternates with parental tasks that are often almost as daunting, like chaperoning preschool field trips. Family plays an even bigger role this time around and several secrets are revealed before the story is finished.