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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: the most hilarious murder-mystery heroine of all time! (The Finlay Donovan Series Book 1)

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In chapter 32, Julian recites a quote inspired by the principles of Hanlon’s razor: “Let us not attribute to malice and cruelty what may be referred to less criminal motives. As funny as this book was, it also managed to be a clever mystery without ever feeling overwrought and also kept me guessing throughout, although the beauty of this book is the thrill of the ride. As single-moms are known to do, however, Finlay figures it out, all whilst barely holding herself together on the inside.

You know that scene at the beginning of The Lion King where Rafiki walks out to the edge of Pride Rock and hoists baby Simba in the air to be presented to all the animals of the Pride Lands? Finlay, in the opening scenes of the novel, missed a meeting with her editor and reschedules it for a local Panera, and while they’re chatting over their soups and bread about the murder mystery, a woman overhears them.Elle Cosimano has certainly solidified herself as a master of comedic crime fiction, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Not long after the Panera incident, Finlay is able to rekindle her relationship with her fabulous nanny, Vero and the two become, quite literally, partners in crime. An unlikely eavesdropper, Patricia, mistakes the mention of the large cash advance during the discussion as a bounty. It ends with a cliff-hanger in anticipation of the second book Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead which is expected to be published in February 2022.

A fun and madcap ride from beginning to end ― CultureFly --This text refers to the paperback edition.And will truth be stranger than fiction as Finlay suddenly finds all the inspiration for her novel she could ever need. From the empty dining room, I watched Delia twirl what was left of her hair around a sticky red finger. Before long, Finlay has a body to bury, a new nanny/roommate/partner-in-crime named Vero, a possible hot bartender boyfriend, a possible hot police office boyfriend, but only if she can avoid being arrested for a murder she didn’t commit and avoid being killed for getting mixed up with the wrong people. While meeting with her editor at Panera and discussing plot ideas, she is mistaken for a contract killer and is “hired” by a mystery woman to kill her husband.

A thin bead of blood trailed over her forehead and I smeared it up with an old burp rag before it could drip in her eye. Grab your blonde wig, scarf, dark glasses, Panera pastry, and a group of fellow readers…and start killing it! You never want to be the asshole that leaves a message promising to kill someone for being late, only to find out they've already been murdered.At the bar, she finds the husband with another woman, and, after distracting the other woman, she ends up talking to him and switching their drinks. From her unfinished book to her ex-husband’s nanny-firing antics, every page is filled with outrageous situations that had me gasping for air with laughter.

I laughed throughout, and also had major anxiety throughout as Finlay got herself into deeper waters from one ridiculous situation to the next. 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 with. Oh sure, there are lots of suburbanites who would instantly turn to a life of crime if only given the opportunity.I think if Nick had just been a regular detective, instead of a horny one sharing pertinent evidence with a civilian, who was galavanting around putting pressure on Finlay and Vero, it would've worked much better. If you enjoy likable and well-developed leads, a bit of murder, a little romantic tension, and some laughs. It had used words like idyllic and peaceful to describe the neighborhood, because in the glossy pages of a real estate magazine, no one can see through the windows to the exhausted stabby mommy, or the naked sticky toddler, or the hair and blood and coffee on the floor.

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