Finlay Donovan is Killing It
Finlay Donovan, book 1
by Elle Cosimano
Finlay Donovan, a struggling single mother and suspense novelist, is mistaken for a contract killer.
The trope of ordinary people getting in over their head when they enter the crime world is such a delight for me. The overall setup of this reminded me a lot of the show Good Girls, a show that I’ve been missing since it got cancelled. A struggling suburban mom desperate for some cash to at least alleviate her troubles for a while with a quick dip in the criminal world finds that she’s gone deeper than she intended. It’s ridiculous, a little dangerous, and you just have to roll with the punches, much like our main character.
Although this isn’t an edge-of-your-seat mystery, there are some twists and turns to complicate the plot. I do wish it were a tiny bit darker so I felt more concerned when Finlay is in immediate danger. However, it’s a fun time if you can just suspend your disbelief on some of the places this story goes and enjoy the ride. I had a great time with this and ended up reading it all in one go. I am a little annoyed that I unknowingly started another series, but it was such a fun break from high fantasy and darker thrillers that I’m not complaining at all.
I can’t talk about too much more without spoiling anything, but if you also love this trope and want a lighter murder mystery, definitely give this one a try. And if you don’t want to get into another series, just don’t read the epilogue, which gives the hook for the second book.