From Edgar-Award nominee Elle Cosimano, comes Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead―the hilarious and heart-pounding follow-up to Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

Finlay Donovan is―once again―struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she’s dealt with lately is that of her daughter’s pet goldfish.

On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he’s a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of hit-women disguised as soccer moms, and a little bit more involvement with the Russian mob than she’d like.

Meanwhile, Vero’s keeping secrets, and Detective Nick Anthony seems determined to get back into her life. He may be a hot cop, but Finlay’s first priority is preventing her family from sleeping with the fishes… and if that means bending a few laws then so be it.

With her next book’s deadline looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is quickly coming to the end of her rope. She can only hope there isn’t a noose at the end of it…

Audiobook Review

4,5 stars

I knew after having read Mogsy @bibliosanctum’s review that this one wouldn’t be as “laugh out loud” as the first one so I wasn’t surprised but …damn was it still entertaining and smart!

This has become one of my favorite series!

I adore Finlay’s inner monologue and sarcasm and her cynical banter with her nanny/accountant/friend Vero! These two are a force to be reckoned with!

As the synopsis said, it began with a dead fish and a contract on Finlay’s ex- husband’s head. Finlay will try to keep Steven alive all while attempting to unmask the contractor and the killer! But every attempt will be thwarted and easy solutions killed very fast! It also doesn’t help that Finlay and Vero are trying to keep Finlay’s cop sister and the hot detective Nick Anthony ignorant of their plot.

If some book said “I didn’t want war, my enemies brought war to me” we could say that Finlay “didn’t want complication and impossible situations but fate brought it to her anyway”!

The way unthinkable bad luck and twists happened to Finlay was equally absurd yet organic! It was really a chain reaction. It could have felt forced or exaggerated yet Elle Cosimano succeeded in making me believe in everything all while cringing or groaning or laughing!

One action, one decision causing another level of stressing situation that could cause Finlay’s demise or imprisonment, even if she never murdered or harmed anyone.

I also never knew where the author would take me next and I never guessed “who did it”. Elle Cosimano sent me on a goose chase.

Finlay is still immensely relatable as a struggling single mom and desperately broke writer. Making her heroine so relatable was half the reason for the success of this series because if we relate, if we think that “it could be us”, we are also wondering how we would react in Finlay’s shoes and…we trudge alongside her.

I was in for the whole ride and I now need the next instalment!

Thanks for reading!


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