Monday 8 May 2023

Book ~ "Finlay Donovan Is Killing It" (2021) Elle Cosimano

From Goodreads ~ Finlay Donovan is killing it ... except, she’s really not. 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. She soon 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.

Finlay is a newly divorced mother of two. Steven, her ex-husband, left her for a real estate agent and is suing her for custody of their two young children. She is also an author who is having trouble financially, a fact Steven constantly reminds her about. 

When Finlay's agent forces her to meet at a restaurant to discuss her long overdue book, she gives her a high level description of it. Unbeknownst to her, a woman named Patricia is listening and doesn't realize it's the plot of a book ... she thinks Finlay is a contract killer and hires her to kill her husband for $50,000. Finlay could use the money and knows she could never kill anyone but decides to check the husband out anyway. The husband ends up dead and concerned she will be blamed for it, Finlay starts trying to figure out who actually killed him.

This is the first in the Finlay Donovan series and I liked it (so will read the others). It's written in first person perspective in Finlay's voice. I liked the writing style ... there is a mystery but it's also amusing. I enjoyed the characters and liked the interaction between Finlay and Vero, her live-in nanny and now partner in crime. I wasn't expecting the whodunnit and was okay with it.

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