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Oh, how I thoroughly enjoyed this feisty, entertaining, full-on read. Working mum Alexis returns to the office after maternity leave. She’s one of only a few women agents at Platform Eight, an especially secret part of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She now has to prove she can fit motherhood around the male dominated world of being a spy. Alexis stamps her personality all over the prologue, convincingly setting the scene. She tells her own story in a fast, tongue-in-cheek, bright tone, and I immediately warmed to her. Firmly on side and by her side as she races through her first operation I smirked and chortled as I read. Asia Mackay balances the theme of working mum with spy just perfectly, and I didn’t question it once. Killing It is uniquely fabulous and full of attitude, The Nursery is next in what will hopefully continue as a series, and just can’t come soon enough.
Every working mum has had to face it.
The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave.
But this working mum is one of a kind.
Meet Alexis Tyler.
An elite covert agent within Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. But woe betide anyone who ever tells Alexis Tyler 'you can't'.
She will have it all. Or she'll die trying . . .
And yes, she damn well will be home for bath time.
Closing date: 16/04/2020
An annoyingly brilliant and funny first novel - Hugh Grant
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! It's so new and different and refreshing and I found it such fun (also loved the feminist message) - Marian Keyes
Witty and original . . . one for your suitcase this summer - Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
I loved it. Really entertaining, good fun and captures the mum juggle/guilt perfectly. Would love to go out for a drink with Lex. PS You had me at Monkey Music #TeamLex - The Unmumsy Mum
A riotously fun read . . . James Bond should retire now: Lex Tyler shows him up for the tired old has-been he is. With prose as sharp as her heroine's (actual) killer heels, Asia Mackay puts the sass in assassin as it's never been done before - L. S. Hilton
Witty . . . fun . . . clever. BRILLIANT! - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Killing It will bring to the screen an urgently contemporary, kick-ass action heroine for our times. Lex Tyler is the ultimate female trail-blazer: as dextrous with a breast pump as she is with a gun. We're so excited to be going on a thrilling action adventure with Lex, to cinematise her battle with returning to work, trying to take care of a young baby and, of course, trying to save the country . . . - Rory Aitken, Producer, 42 Media & Production
This might be the best fun I've ever had reading a book. Funny, observant and proper adrenaline inducing thrills, I now solely aspire to be even half the woman Lex Tyler is. A bad ass with a baby: every mother's dream - Georgia Tennant
What new mother can't relate to murder? This is the funny and thrilling story of how one woman does what all women do all the time - manage every single thing - and throws in a bit of efficient killing. Brilliant, wish I'd done more of that . . . - Arabella Weir
Bold and ballsy with style to burn, Killing It takes a sledgehammer to the spy genre and the result is pure brilliance - Chris Whitaker, winner of the CWA John Creasey Dagger
I really think it deserves to be read as a feminist rallying cry to all of those mothers doing such a lot of emotional, as well as physical, work to keep their families happy - Stephanie Butland, author of Lost for Words
Mackay's debut is fresh and fun, and adroitly combines social and parenting comedy with detail-rich derring-do -- John Dugdale - The Sunday Times
Mackay's debut is fresh and fun, and adroitly combines social and parenting comedy with detail-rich derring-do - Sunday Times
With a slick plot, pin-sharp prose and an authentic feel, this fiercely feminist and witty thriller will keep you gripped . . . and rooting for a rather wonderful heroine - Sunday Mirror
With dark humour, a twisty plot and a healthy dose of genuine emotion, this unique novel is a thrilling ride - Heat magazine
This fiercely feminist and witty thriller will keep you gripped - and rooting for the really rather wonderful heroine - Sunday People
Forget James Bond and meet this summer's most fearless, most resourceful and most entertaining superhero-spy . . . In her hilarious, clever and refreshingly original debut, Asia Mackay shows us just what fun can be extracted from the creation of a breast-feeding but strong-willed woman who can successfully combine espionage with motherhood . . . As fast with her mother-of-the-baby quips as she is with a loaded .38 pistol, Lex Tyler is a brilliant new feminist hero . . . Mackay's twist on the traditional male spy genre - starring an agent who uses her equivalent of Bond's Q to rig up surveillance gadgets for 'hands-free parenting' - is entertainment at its most imaginative and enjoyable. With put-downs aplenty, breathtaking action sequences, and fascinating emotional insights into every working mother's innermost guilt complex, this is a hit-woman thriller that certainly hits the spot! - Lancashire Evening Post
Exciting and very funny - http://bookoxygen.com
Killing It is lighthearted, funny and very easy to read . . . I couldn't put this one down - The L Space
With put-downs aplenty, breathtaking action sequences, and fascinating emotional insights into every working mother's innermost guilt complex, this is a hit-woman thriller that certainly hits the spot! - Lancashire Evening Post
Smart, funny and pacy, Killing It is SUCH fun . . . (think James Bond meets Villanelle/Killing Eve) and a total feminist badass protagonist with sharp wit. An immensely satisfying read for fans of Lisa Lutz and Janet Evanovich, or for those who love their crime fiction but would like to find something in the genre that's refreshing and fun - Better Read Than Dead
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
|Publication date:||12th July 2018|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Humour, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Adventure,|
A half-Chinese, half-Scottish Londoner, Asia studied Anthropology at Durham University, after which she started a career in television. She presented and produced lifestyle programmes in Shanghai before moving back to London, where she worked for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as Project Manager on their round the world motorbike documentaries. She started writing Killing It on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. Asia lives in London with her husband, four young children and two dogs. Killing It was her debut novel.More About Asia Mackay