Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Title: Finlay Donovan is Killing It

AuthorElle Cosimano

Year Published: 2021

Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map) USA (VA)

Summary (from Amazon): Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moment, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.

Review:  I love the concept of this book and that it was born out of a meeting the author had in a Panera where she and some author friends were talking about their books and hoped no one overheard them and thought the stories were real.

This is a quick read that is entertaining and a good mixture of a mystery and a campy story. Finlay's life is a real mess and so is she. She is dependent on everyone around her to pay the bills, take care of her children, and motivate her to get her next novel completed. Though normally I would cringe at a woman being so incompetent, but Finlay doesn't seem desperate or stupid, just in a really bad place currently. The solution to her problems? Her young nanny, Vero, and she team up and they get it together in the strangest way.

Being mistaken for a contract killer would normally send someone over the edge, but Finlay and Vero take it in stride and make it work, making for fun reading that isn't too intense, but has a good storyline along the way.

Challenges for which this counts:
  • Cloak and Dagger

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