Sassy, No Spoilers: Finlay Donovan is Killing it

book reviews, contemporary, funny, mystery

Author turned accidental murder investigator? Sassy babysitters? Yes, please.

Whew! It’s been a minute since my last review. After a particularly fun cross-country move to Texas (where I learned, wearing a tshirt and cloth shoes, that it does snow in Amarillo), I have found myself reading a lot of “fun” books, before the “serious books” take over my life in January (MFA low-residency program, here I come). This is one of those fun books.

The closest thing I have to Finlay’s wig scarf

Finlay Donovan is Killing it by Elle Cosimano was gifted to me by the fine folks at NetGalley. I am a real sucker for any story that features a fumbling protagonist, especially one that finds herself in the middle of a mobster/hitman situation. Poor Finlay, she just wants to write Thriller-Romance novels and pay her bills. But when someone overhears her talking about her work at Panera, of all places, Finlay finds herself in a real bad situation. A bad situation that would pay her $50,000 if it went well. That money could also help her win custody of her children against her evil ex-husband, and his even-more-evil fiance.

If she made good choices, the book would be a terrific bore. But of course, dear reader, Finlay fumbles (nervously) right into the thick of it. Will she get out of it with her money—and her life?

The things I enjoyed about this book were the humorous moments, the sassy babysitter, and Finlay’s tendency to always do the wrong thing, but for an honorable reason (her children). It’s a fun story, a little sexy, and you will find yourself glued to the pages as you wonder, well how the hell is Finlay going to get out of that?

I believe this is the first in what will be a series, and I look forward to seeing how Finlay gets out of the next pickle.

Such a fun and light read, I would recommend it to anyone needing a little escape from 2020. Also those who:

  • Loved Desperate Housewives (I am guilty of this, no shade)
  • Enjoy sassy true crime podcasts
  • Wonder what would happen if someone accidentally hired a housewife as a hitman
  • Need to laugh

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.