Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

By Elle Cosimano,

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"Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

One of Suspense Magazine's "Best Thrillers of 2021"
One of New York Public Library's Best Books of 2021
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6 authors picked Finlay Donovan Is Killing It as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I enjoyed being along for this wacky ride as Finlay accidentally gets herself hired as a contract killer, disposes of a body, and navigates the criminal underworld–all while raising her two small children and dealing with her infuriating ex-husband. There’s a love triangle in this book, but the relationship I enjoyed most was the friendship that develops between Finlay and Vero, her former nanny turned partner in crime.

This story is completely absurd, laugh-out-loud funny, and very suspenseful. 

This is the first book that was chosen by my brand new book club, The Very Suspicious Book Club (AKA VSB), and we are devouring this series.

The book is mysterious, witty, and so fun to dissect in a group setting. We meet every ten chapters and try to analyze clues that Elle may have left us as to whodunnit.

She’s sneaky with the breadcrumbs she leaves and never easy to predict. There are three of these books so far, and another coming in the new year - truly a treat! A fun page-turning read.

A newly divorced novelist with two young children and writer’s block, Finlay Donovan isn’t killing anything yet. She’s a mess. Adding to the stress of single motherhood, Finlay has a deadline. Her latest murder mystery will secure her the advance she desperately needs to make ends meet and support her kids. Only she hasn’t written it. Kids, a cheating ex, and general chaos have buried her muse. Talking with her agent about (fictional) murder and (book advance) money at Panera leads to a monumental misunderstanding—she’s mistaken for a hit-woman. One uh-oh situation to the next, Finlay’s messed-up life gives a…

From Jessica's list on mystery featuring everyday heroes.

Finlay is a struggling novelist and always-broke single mom, at the mercy of her smarmy ex. Overheard talking about the plot of the novel that’s stalled on her computer, she is mistaken for a hit woman. Lured by an enormous payout, she goes along with the charade, thinking she can bow out at any time. Of course consequences are everywhere as Finlay finds a sidekick and together, they masquerade in a shady bar, find themselves at a grave site, and come too close to crime for comfort. The second book in the series is Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead.…

From Judy's list on outrageous cozy mysteries.

This book is fun, fast-paced, over-the-top funny, and completely enjoyable. As a parent, it’s easy to relate to Finlay’s moments of what the absolute heck is going on? She navigates real-life problems in a funny, bordering on desperate, way that kept me reading. The swoons between Finlay happen with more than one love interest which isn’t typically my favorite but Cosimano makes it work so well. The dialogue is biting and witty and I definitely know who I want her to end up with.  

From Jody's list on making your inner sleuth swoon.

A catastrophic misunderstanding inside a Panera leads to one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time! Finlay—the kind of mom who tapes her kid’s hair back into place after she has a fight with the scissors—is a hysterical narrator. Watching her bumble her way through a crime was an absolute delight! **Bonus: There’s some sexy stuff, too! Janet Evanovich readers will devour this series!!

From Bethany's list on for a hearty laugh.

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