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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead

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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead

In 2021, Elle Cosimano introduced Finlay Donovan to readers in FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT. Finlay is a struggling novelist, locked in a domestic quarrel with her estranged husband Steve, and trying to navigate life through all the typical dangers that young families face.

Early in the book, Finlay has a meeting with her agent, Sylvia, who is pressing her to get her new novel out of the word processor and to the publisher. They discuss the book in a crowded restaurant. A customer overhears parts of the conversation and mistakenly believes that Finlay is a contract killer. Soon she receives a $50,000 offer to kill the woman’s husband. This enjoyable and witty story begged for a sequel.

"Cosimano has penned another fun, easy-to-read story with quite a few twists and turns."

FINLAY DONOVAN KNOCKS ’EM DEAD is that sequel. This time, it is Steve who apparently has drawn the ire of a contract killer. Finlay and her live-in babysitter/business partner, Vero, are aware that the contract has been offered, and they are doing their best to identify the assassin. Steve may be a terrible person who has ruined Finlay’s life, but he is still the father of her two children and she does not want to see him harmed.

Finlay’s police officer sister, her parents, her agent and her two romantic interests have all returned from the first book. And lurking in the background are the real criminals, Russian mobsters, who add just enough danger and gunfire to make Finlay’s life a never-ending chase from crisis to crisis.

In FINLAY DONOVAN KNOCKS ’EM DEAD, Vero has some secrets of her own that have Finlay very concerned. Finlay also has her book deadline to meet, and amazingly she finds time in the early morning hours to formulate thousands of words to satisfy her agent and publisher. Of course, the plot of her unnamed novel bears a striking resemblance to what readers see on these pages.

Cosimano has penned another fun, easy-to-read story with quite a few twists and turns. Finlay Donovan and her supporting cast seem destined for even bigger things. FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT has been optioned by the producers of “Pretty Little Liars” for a TV show, so readers can start playing the speculation game connecting actors to characters. I am looking forward to seeing the book come to life on the small screen.

Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman on February 11, 2022

Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead
by Elle Cosimano

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Women's Fiction
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250242185
  • ISBN-13: 9781250242181