Book Review: Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

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Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Publication Date:February 2, 2021

Genre: Humor/Mystery

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The Verdict: Ridiculously funny with a touch of thrill.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It Dead Synopsis

Finlay Donovan is a single mother of two who is struggling to balance her writing career and her family life. Her life is thrown into chaos when she is mistaken for a contract killer after discussing the plot of her new book with her agent over lunch. In an attempt to make ends meet, Finlay accidentally accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband. However, she quickly realizes that real-life crime is much more difficult than her fictional stories, and she becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

As she navigates the dangerous world of crime, Finlay also has to deal with the challenges of being a single mother. Despite the chaos and stress, she finds moments of humor, heart, and authenticity in the ups and downs of motherhood. With a fast-paced and witty narrative, “Finlay Donovan Is Killing It” is the first in the Finlay Donovan series by award-winning author Elle Cosimano.

***Finlay Donovan is Killing It SPOILERS BELOW***

Finlay Donovan is Killing It Review

For Finlay Donovan is Killing It spoilers, read on. The first book in the Finlay Donovan series sets the scene of Finlay’s life with her two young children. She’s a single mom, struggling to make ends meet with her career in writing. Her life turns upside down when she’s talking to her publisher in Panera about her next thriller book and someone overhears her and thinks that she’s literally a hitman. From that moment on, Finlay gets wrapped up in a job that requires her to kill a woman’s husband, and before refusing the job she meets the guy to see what he’s like.

The man then actually dies and she has to get rid of the body, cue in her babysitter Vero to the rescue to help her bury the body. From there we follow the two women and their investigation to find out who hired them, all while maintaining Finlay’s single mom life. It’s hysterical and such a fun read. I love the tie into her single mom life, and the mix of heart-racing moments. I thought it was going to be too over-the-top, but it hit the right balance.¬†


Yes, there are two books currently out in the series: Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead and Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun. Author, Elle Cosimano, is set to release 3 more books in the Finlay Donovan series by 2025.