Book Review: Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy by Faye Brann

Title: Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy

Author: Faye Brann

Genre: Adventure, humour, women’s/family

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 368

Publication Date: 2nd September 2021

My Rating: 4/5

Hi everyone,

I loved reading Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy! Read below to find out more about the book and my thoughts.




Winner of the 2020 Comedy Women in Print Prize

Vicky Turnbull has never regretted giving up her career for family life in the suburbs. And apart from being outstandingly good at paintball, no one would ever know that in a past life she was an undercover spy and has been trained to kill a man with her bare hands. Not even her husband, and certainly not the other mums at the school gate.

But beneath the school runs and bake sales, Vicky had never quite said goodbye to the past. So, when a newcomer on the PTA sets alarms bells ringing and MI5 comes calling, she’s determined to prove that despite her expanding waistline and love of pink gin, she’s still every bit the cold-eyed special operative.

When the assignment gets uncomfortably close to home, Vicky must decide if she has got what the job takes after all, and if home is really where her heart is…




Oh, this book was everything I hoped it would be and more.

I’ve always wanted to read a book where the hero/spy is personable and feels like someone you might walk past on the street and never suspected a thing about. This perfectly encapsulates Vicky, mum-of-three, PTA member and former undercover MI5 spy! Whilst navigating family life, Vicky is invited to a paintballing party where her former sharp shooting skills come back into action. There might be room for one last undercover mission for Vicky, closer to home than she may think…

The storytelling in this is phenomenal. I didn’t want to put the book down I was so eager to find out what Vicky was going to do next. It felt so effortlessly funny and easy to read that it was a joy to be whisked along on Vicky’s adventure alongside her.

I hope this is a series because I would love to read more of Vicky’s future exploits. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

Thank you to the author, publishers and Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Happy reading,

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