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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead

By Elle Cosimano

A Funny Romp Through the Misadventures of Finlay D.



Finlay Donovan juggles her writing career with being a single mother of two. Thankfully she has a live-in nanny, Vero, who can always rely on. Finlay is getting quite the reputation as someone who can take care of wayward husbands. But now, she has become aware that someone has placed an ad on the dark web to find someone to murder her ex-husband, Steven.

While there are days she wishes he was dead, she refuses to let anyone harm the father of her children. Particularly when it might put their children at risk. She is determined to find who posted that ad and report them to the police.

“My life isn’t some cute, curated Instagram page, Julian! You’re right, it’s a hot freaking mess! It comes with baby gates and childproof locks. It comes with car seats and diapers, and a controlling ex-husband, and a meddling, nosy, opinionated mother, and a sister who’s a cop! It comes with things I’ve done that you probably don’t want to know about. And maybe it’s better that there are parts of it you can’t see right now.”


FINLAY DONOVAN KNOCKS ‘EM DEAD is a funny romp through the misadventures of a thirty-one-year-old writer/mother trying to protect her ex-husband. Finlay and Vero’s characters and their exploits will have you rolling your eyes.

Elle Cosimano had written a story that crosses many genres. It’s part comedy, part cozy, part romance, part women fiction, and part mystery. She brings in technology and the dark web as well as the Russian mob and it all fits together. Fans of hairbrain comedy will love this one. Finlay gets in over her head without a thought and will take you on a wild and crazy ride.

I recommend reading the first book in the series FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT before reading this one. I did not and felt as if I was missing something important. Cosimano reports that more books in this series are underway, so now is the time to catch up. The books are also being made into a television series by the same producer who did Big Little Lies. Casting is happening soon too. I wonder who will play Finlay?

The narrator Angela Dawe is the narrator for the book. Her voice, pacing, and delivery are perfect for the book. Dawe treats listeners to an assortment of accents and personalities.

Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan Audio for an advance copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

“You’re handling Steven all wrong, sweetheart. There’s no sense locking horns with an ox. Fighting with him only gives him exactly what he wants.” “What’s that?” “Your attention,” she said with a sympathetic smile. “He’s like a toddler, Finlay. He’s done playing with his toy, but he doesn’t want anyone else to have it, and he’s going to throw a tantrum until he gets his way.”

Publisher Macmillan Audio/Minotaur

Published February 2, 2022

Narrated Angela Dawe

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