Book Review: 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy (Bombay Assassins #1) by Leslie Langtry


Death by Chocolate is her favorite dessert. And those knitting needles aren't just for craft projects. To most people, Gin Bombay is an ordinary single mom. Then again, they don't know she's from a family of top secret assassins. Somewhere between leading a Girl Scout troop for her kindergartner--would nooses count for a knot badge?--and keeping their puppy from destroying the furniture, Gin now has to take out a new target. 

Except this target has an incredibly hot Australian bodyguard who knows just how to make her weak in the knees. But with a mole threatening to expose everything, Gin doesn't have much time to let her hormones do the happy dance. She's got to find the leak and clear her assignment...or she'll end up next on the Bombay family hit list.

Release Date: July 31, 2007
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from author

I started this book not knowing what to expect.  I knew that I liked the summary but felt that the execution would be tricky.  I felt like it would be hard to strike the right balance between a chick-lit feeling book and a serious book about a family of assassins.  I'm happy to say that Leslie Langtry got this one right.  'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy was light-hearted, laugh-out-loud funny but still just serious enough for its subject matter, and left me with a smile on my face.

I love a first-person narrative, and I love it even more when I actually like the main character.  Sometimes, I just don't like them, you know?  But I liked Ginny.  She had a no-nonsense personality, which I really appreciate in a female lead, and I also appreciated her attention to detail with regards to her work as an assassin.  I loved reading about her hidden lab! 

The funniest parts of this book were Ginny's interaction with Diego.  She has not had a relationship since her husband died of cancer five years ago, and her hormones wake up with a vengeance when she meets Diego in a bookstore.  On that note, I love to read about characters who love to read!

Anyway, Ginny and Diego have an instant attraction and she's not shy about telling him how she feels.  My favorite part of the book was when they were declaring their feelings for each other and she does a happy dance: she thinks she doing it in her head, but she is actually doing the dance and accompanying squeals of happiness out loud.  Diego's reaction to her reaction was hilarious!

I guess what I'm trying to say about Ginny is that she is very genuine.  There's no faking anything with her: what you see is what you get, and I loved her for that.  She says what she thinks, without being mean, but is always honest.

The mystery component of this book was well-handled.  There was definitely a surprise at the end: Langtry took the book in a direction I wasn't expecting, which made things interesting.

Overall, I really enjoyed 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy.  I was really excited to see that it is part of a series and plan on reading more from Leslie Langtry. 

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