Errands & Espionage

Forever: Grand Central. Aug. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781538757215. pap. $17.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Gabby Greene dreams of changing her life. The ex-husband, the housework, the intrusive neighbors, and the kids who have more allergies than respect—she didn’t sign up for all of this. Then two CIA officers show up, dramatically changing her monotonous routine. Turns out Gabby is a look-alike for a dead agent, and the CIA wants her to impersonate the woman to help them investigate a case. Life takes an even more complicated turn when Gabby gets a visit from a Russian mob boss who tells her to double-cross the CIA or her whole family will be killed. Between special-agent school (led by a sexy secret agent) and driving the carpool, Gabby works frantically to complete her mission while still appeasing the mob. Life gets just as complicated as her son’s allergies, and it is up to her mom skills—and her Russian granny—to foil the mob and even her homeowner association.
VERDICT In this delightful spy thriller romance from Tschida (Siri, Who Am I?), disrespectful kids and mob bosses alike fall victim to special agent Gabby Greene, a stay-at-home mom with the lethal combination of a dart gun, just-dyed roots, and a minivan. Bad guys beware.
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