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'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy (Bombay Assassins #1)

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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,201 ratings  ·  296 reviews
For wisecracking single mother/professional assassin Gin Bombay, who comes from a line of career killers stretching back to ancient Greece, an invitation to the family reunion brings problems that go well beyond Aunt Jean's unappetizing potato salad. For starters, reunion business will include the mandatory blood initiation of Gin's five-year-old daughter, cementing her to ...more
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published November 28th 2010 (first published July 1st 2007)
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Megan
I read this because the author offered a free download of it, and while the tone was fun (my favorite moment was a mention of setting up an assassin training room for five-year-old girls with a Disney princess theme), the humor was far too much about gags and set-ups. It's supposed to be a light hearted romp, I know, but the shallowness and the plot holes made me feel like I was wasting my time. I love light entertainment, but I still require logical sense, and I couldn't buy into the concept of ...more
Rebecca
I'll admit, I pulled this off the library shelf because I thought the title was kinda cute.

My mistake.

I'm going to plow ahead with the spoilers here, since I highly recommend not reading this, and so you will not be particularly spoiled.

The author wants a breezy, ditzy tone a la Bridget Jones. She fails. Miserably. Gin Bombay is the most vapid, self-centered, shallow excuse for a human being to walk the planet. She's useless. She spends several hours lying on her kitchen floor because some hot
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Araka Schroeder
I'm really surprised by the number of good reviews this book has gotten. I was only maybe two or three pages in when I realized that the writing style was going to be a complete train wreck to the very end. Imagine my horror when I discovered the author shares my zip code; she's not making us look very good here in Iowa and I can't help but be a little embarrassed for her.

I tore through this book in hours because the reading level was equal to that of a story written for a 6th grader. Everything
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Ashley
I LOVED this book! It was hilarious, I think this is one of the first books that I was literally laughing out loud and people would look at me weird.

Virgina (Ginny) Bombay is your typical, average, widowed mother of a five year old daughter named Romi. She is always there to pick up her daughter from school, buys cookies from the bakery to have her daughter take them to school (her archnemisis told her to hand make them this time), spends time with her cousin Liz and Paris as well as her brothe
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Crystie
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Nicole Michele
This was one of the funiest books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down and couldn't stop laughing. It was a quick read for me (about 3-4 hours) but totally worth it... I can't wait to read more from Ms. Langtry and her location based Bombay Assassins! Amazing Read! Normally I want more with the couples within books but with the Bombay's I wanted more family time... LOL! One of the best families in all the books I have read.
Eric_W
We all read different kinds of books depending on mood, school, time of day, etc. Sometimes something light is required. This series fits the bill.

Virginia (all the family members are named after cities or geographic locations) is a member of the Bombay family whose tradition and business is they are assassins. All independently wealthy thanks to the family trust fund, each receives assignments from the "Council" made up of senior family members. Part of the family reunions, normally held every
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Lori Whitwam
Maybe just a shade under 5 stars, but I had to give it more than four. What a hoot! Reminded me of the Spellman Files, only more deadly. Buy into the absurdity of a family that has been a tightly-run bunch of assassins for a few thousand years, in which failure to attend the family "reunion" signs your death warrant... overlook the moral ambiguity of being a hired killer (hey, it's mostly only bad guys), and get to know the great lead and supporting characters, and it's a ton of fun. Throw in a ...more
Vicky Loebel
Widowed mother Gin Bombay is happy to make ends meet by working in the family business and the fact this business involves poisoning, garroting, exploding, and/or otherwise boosting people into the greater beyond doesn't bother her one whit.

The fact her five-year old girl is about to be required to take the family blood-oath and start training as an assassin bothers Gin a whit more.

The fact a handsome and exceptionally moral Aussie bodyguard has entered her life and started curling her toes bot
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Trixie Vardon
No Spoilers...

First up I want to say that this was a freebie, and one that I'm pleased to have in my library. Okay, on with the review.

This was a tough one, as I'd read the premise and there were some aspects to it that I wasn't exactly comfortable with.

But it's just a book right?

So I sat down to read it, and soon became entranced by the characters... Knowing that the thing i had an issue with was going to be just around the corner sometime soon, and being the chicken Lilly livered person that
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Kelley
This book was available through Kindle as a free download, so I decided to give it a try. I found the plot interesting enough to read the whole thing, but as a whole, it was fairly grating. It's a nice book to read as filler between better books, or when taking a long trip, but that's about it. Apparently, it's part of a series, but I don't care enough to go beyond this one.

What aggravated me the most was the lack of conviction of the narrator when describing her routine as an assassin. She's m
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Caroline
There's a scene in this book in which the heroine is so awestruck by the handsome man who sits down at her Borders coffee-corner table that she ends up sprinkling salt in her latte.

That scene could serve as a metaphor for the entire book, which is an astonishing and unlikely mix of funny, fast-paced, chick-lit set against a totally off-the-wall background that could have come directly from a superhero comic.

Ginny Bombay is a widowed mother of a cute daughter. She's also a member of a family that
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Daniel Munroe
I really enjoyed this book. Not because it is a wonderful piece of literature - it doesn't even pretend to be - but because it is a great piece of escapist comedy fiction, based on a completely implausible premise, whilst populated with likeable and fairly believable characters.

I loved the matter-of-fact first person view of this almost normal soccer-mom assassin, locked into her age old family business of contract killing.

Put your common sense on hold, ease up your grip on morality, and enjoy s
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Melissa
I absolutely LOVED this book. I haven't read something so entertaining since opening my first Stephanie Plum Series book.

It's the story of Ginny Bombay, a plain ol' american soccer mom, who just happens to also be from a family full of professional assassins. The writing is witty, suspenseful, and emotional. Ginny tells her story as she tries to balance her duties as a mom, her desires in a new relationship, and the responsibilities as a member of the Bombay Assassin family. You wouldn't think
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Gina's Library
I read this book for the author for an honest review. I loved the title of this book and wanted to know more about it. This book was fast paced and funny. The charcter of Ginny is down right hysterical.

Ginny's family is a family of assassins. It goes back many generations. This family makes it sound so easy to kill someone, physically and pyschologically. The Council (elder members of the family) have found out there is a mole within the family. It is now Ginny's job to find out who he/she is an
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Rebecca McKinnon
4.5/5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! Yes, I realize, a lot of people will complain that it's kind of shallow and ditzy, and that the plot isn't the very strongest you could find.

But trust me, it's funny. It's what I call "brainless reading," meaning that you don't have to really concentrate in order to get what's going on, which we all need sometimes. Especially if you have kids running wild around you.

Maybe it's because I love spy-type stories, but this one just struck home with me. I'll de
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Robbie Bashore
It was free for my Kindle, and I was looking for fluff reading, after reading more intense stuff. I suppose I can't expect much under those circumstances. The writing was so-so. The main character was inconsistent and not necessarily like-able. The plot did keep me pondering a bit, and so I kept reading. I'm surprised by all the high ratings here on goodreads. Although, it looks like it's a series, so it must have something going for it.
Sharal Hunter
The next time you think your family is awful, spend a day with Ginny Bombay and her family. Hopefully, you will get out alive. Being a member of this family brings a whole new meaning to family reunions. This family really takes care of their own. Miss a meeting or family reunion and they will take care of you…permanently. Growing up in this family, Ginny learns very early what is expected of her. At age 5, she is initiated into the family business to begin the training program. At age 15, our y ...more
Liz
Nancy Pearl coined the Rule of 50 - give a book at least 50 pages before giving up. In my opinion, there are few books that this rule won't up to this. Case in point - 'scuse Me While I Kill This Guy.

Gin Bombay comes from a family of assassins that have been active since before Jesus was born. She is not particularily happy about this, especially since her daughter is five, the year when Bombays swear a blood oath to protect the family secrets and begin training. A lovely distraction turns up in
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Sara Strand
OK, now I will start off by saying I say that movie One For The Money that was based off of Janet Evanovich's books and it was absolutely horrible. No white girl should ever fake a Jersey accent and I don't care how perky her boobs are. Admittedly I've never read any of Janet's books and the movie sealed the deal on that but I can tell you that I like Gin's character a lot better. Sure, some of the humor is maybe a tad overdone in some parts but I absolutely loved it.

You know why? Because I fee
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Jack
Part of my low rating has to do with the formatting on the Kindle. It's atrocious: three levels of indent, multiple margins, etc. Formatting shouldn't play a part in rating, but when it affects how you read the story, sadly it does play a part.

Gin Bombay is an assassin. And a mother, a widow, a soon-to-be Daisy Scout leader, a daughter, a sister. (Women are so multi-faceted.) And she has a job to do. And the family reunion is coming up, where she is required to induct her daughter into the famil
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Bet Lantaff
3.5 stars

A first person series of books about a family of assassins whose first names are based on locations like Rome, Louisiana, Paris, Delaware, etc. Sounds unusual, but being burned out on the raging genre of paranormal books out I thought I'd try this one. I'd seen good reviews and recommendations and thought I'd give it a go.

I really liked it. I'd have given it a better rating but the book took too long to set up and not enough time to finish. Snarky and funny, the heroine took too much ti
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Willow
I kinda liked this book. I mean, it was okay as a quick read and some of the characters were pretty good. The idea of a family of assassins is interesting and I liked it. I loved the main character's kid, and I'd read more if there were additional stories about her. Other than that, there was way too much foreshadowing and the big reveal wasn't much of a surprise.

Also, what the hell is up with empowered women characters getting all mindless at the sight of a handsome man? And then she becomes i
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Tina
3.5 stars

The Bombay family of Assassins makes for a fun read. This first book in a series features Soccer mom and lethal assassin Ginny Bombay. She has a couple of weeks to unearth a mole in the family, while juggling a romance with a hot Aussie bodyguard.

The humor was laugh-out-loud. Truthfully, that was my favorite part of the book. I liked the author's sometimes hammy, sometimes corny humor. I love the fact that they have a family reunion/convention complete with keynote speakers and ice brea
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Christina Lormejuste
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Amanda
A fun story about a dysfunctional family of assassins. I loved all of the quotes at the beginning of the chapters from various movies. They definitely added to the overall humor of the book. I'm happy the author didn't go into detail on the romance scenes, although the main character got annoying as she constantly fantasized about Diego. Nothing too drastic and detailed, but extremely annoying. The book kept you guessing as to who the mole actually was, but didn't drag it out. I'm still surprise ...more
Lance
This story about a single mother who happens to be a professional assassin is laugh out loud funny, has a good storyline for both romance and mystery and will also have you cheering for the heroine Ginny to not only fall in love with her squeeze Diego but also to nail the family mole who is ragging out their secrets to the FBI.

I found nearly every aspect to be unrealistic...from every first name was after a Geographic location to training five year olds (including Ginny's daughter) to be assassi
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Angelia Sparrow
A very funny romance about a family of assassins. Ginny has a great narrative voice and her dilemmas may stretch belief, but once you're swallowed an entire family that begins training their children to kill at age 5, and names everyone after geographical locations, are you REALLY going to blink at a couple coincidences?

Ginny is an ordinary widowed soccer mom, coping with overbearing room mothers, a hunky new boyfriend, a Daisy troop, a new puppy and an upcoming family reunion where her kinderga
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Sarah
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I totally did. I downloaded this book (for free from Amazon for Kindle) because I thought the title was funny. It was a great book! Nt high literature, and I agree with the review that said the formatting (as well as grammar and other editing errors) were a bit of a distraction. However, the story was quick, the characters were intriguing, there was enough wit and sarcasm to keep me laughing...all-around, an enjoyable book! I downloade ...more
Melissa
Ginny is a single mom trying to juggle raising a five year old girl, dating and her job as an assassin. She comes from a family of assassins and tradition states that she has to begin her daughter's training. In the meantime she has begun to date a man who is a body guard for her next assigned victim. This author tries to bring humor to the plot and she balances the character's problems well. Ginny may know how to kill someone in fifty different ways but she is having difficulty being in charge ...more
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Leslie Langtry is, in fact, a mom and a Girl Scout leader, but she has never assassinated anyone, either professionally or for recreation. Okay, she knits, but she almost never garrotes anyone with the circular needles.

Instead, she lives with her husband, Tom, and two children, Margaret and Jack, in the Quad Cities - with no immediate plans to train either child as an assassin. She wants to make t
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“A teenage boy with a Mohawk sat across from me, sneering. I’d seen that look before. Why was it a problem to knit in public?
“My grandma knits.”
I ignored him.
“So what are you making, Grandma?” Mohawk’s voice was ugly.
I arched my eyebrow. “A cashmere cock ring. Your grandma ever knit one of those?”
The kid’s eyes grew wide, and he suddenly became very interested in a four-year-old issue of Teen Vogue.”
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