B O O K R E V I E W : Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead

I am so thankful to Minotaur Books or sending me an advanced reading copy of Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano which goes on sale tomorrow, February 1, 2022.

Finlay had hoped to leave the world of hired killings behind, but someone put a $100,000 bounty on her ex-husband, Steven. Even though she sometimes wishes he were dead, Finlay won’t let anyone take her children’s father from them, even if that means diving into the computer forum for hit(wom)men disguised as a women’s support chat or getting close to the Russian mafia—all while trying to finish her next manuscript.

Although Vero, her nanny, accountant, and BFF is as game —and sassy—as ever, Finlay can tell her secrets weigh on her. Meanwhile, Julian, the sexy-as-an-underwear-model law student and hot cop Nick vie for Finlay’s attention while Steven grouses in the background and her children underfoot.

Most of the cast of Book One returns, with more background on Vero as well as new adversaries—like the hitman EasyClean and Kat, the Russian lawyer who is even smarter and more ruthless than she is beautiful plus a teenager hacker who perhaps knows more than he should.

The Finlay Donovan series is outrageous and fun with such endearing characters and a fabulous friendship between Finlay and Vero. I’m fact, Vero’s teasing provides some of the funniest moments!

True, if you want a very realistic crime novel, this is probably not the book for you. However, if you want an amusing, feel-good, pick-me-up mystery with laughs, hijinks, and a dead body or two, you’ll want to read FINLAY DONOVAN! It has the same sensibility as Dial A for Aunties or the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock movie The Heat.

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