Thursday, January 28, 2021

ARC Review: Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

Elle Cosimano
Publication: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (February 2, 2021

Description: Edgar-Award nominee Elle Cosimano’s adult debut Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a witty, fast-paced mystery series, following struggling suspense novelist and single mom Finlay Donovan, whose fiction treads dangerously close to the truth as she becomes tangled in real-life murder investigations...

My Thoughts: Romantic suspense author Finlay Donovan is in the middle of a hard stretch. Her ex-husband wants custody of their two children, the bills are piling up, and her latest book is completely stalled.

When she is discussing her book with her agent in the local Panera's, a woman overhears the discussion and thinks that she's a contract killer. She offers her $50,000 to get rid of her husband. Finlay thinks it is crazy. But...$50,000!

She decides to check out the husband and sees him doctoring his date's drink. She manages to switch drinks on him and dumps him in the back of her minivan when he passes out. She decides to return him to his wife. Only before she can, someone closes the garage door on the running van and the man dies.

Now, she's really stuck! Luckily, her babysitter comes along and offers to help her bury the body for 40% of the take. They choose an empty lot on her husband's sod farm. Things spiral from there...

Between the police investigation, conflicts with her ex and his new fiancé, another woman wanting her killer dead, and her agent's pressure to get her book turned in, Finlay is quickly in over her head.

This story had a great bunch of characters. It was amusing if highly unrealistic. It was fun to follow along as Finlay got in and out of all kinds of trouble. 

Favorite Quote:
I could practically hear Steven's voice in my head telling me I was being ridiculous, imagining the worst and making up stories. It was the argument he always fell back on, the one he'd unloaded on me when I first suspected he'd slept with Theresa behind my back.

Only this time, I hated that he was right.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Oh fun! This sounds like a riot! I can't wait to read it! Great review!

  2. Ok, well this sounds like a hilarious story of comedy of errors. Curiouser and curiouser. :)


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