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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead

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The Finlay Donovan roller coaster ride! 

The opening lines of Knock ‘Em Dead had me; full bottled and instantaneously—Had Me! 
Down the rabbit hole I dived, loving every heart stopping, often hilarious, moment. From the phrase, “Christopher was dead,” I was taken, not by aliens, but by the absurdity of it all. I am so captivated by this messy, very relatable, absolutely likeable, Finlay Donovan.
Talk about fiction imitating life, imitating fiction. I swear Finlay Donovan rom com mysteries are like a set of Russian dolls. Always as one problem is unpacked, another kernel of the situation is revealed, only to leave you with the nagging doubt that something is missing from the equation, and is going to completely roll Finlay is up if she’s not careful. She’s so close to a train wreck! It’s just plain uncanny that there’s not more damage, although what there is, is more than adequate. I’m not sure that friend and minder Vero is a help or a hindrance.
Who is Finlay Donovan you ask?
Well then, (not in any order) she’s a writer, single mom, ex wife of a hopeless womaniser, investigator, cougar (Wow!), unwitting criminal, adorable date, ditzy dame who falls from one situation into another, staunch friend, sister (of an FBI agent), daughter of loving parents, and that’s just for starters.
So Finlay continues to have problems with ex husband Steve. Not only that, it seems someone’s put out a contract on him and now Finlay and Vero find themselves trying to protect him, keep the kids safe and find out who’s behind the Mom Chat website, the place that fed up women go to get rid permanently of the men who’ve done them wrong.
A bombing, a near miss shooting, the emergence of the Crime Boss, Feliks Zhirov, into Finlay’s life, not to mention the hot lawyer Julian, and the hunky FBI agent Nicholas add to the color and excitement.
Oh, and all the while Finlay’s agent is wanting novel updates. Which seem to ride pretty closely to Finlay’s lived experiences.
Zany, unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable, somewhat exhausting, read. Forget five stars this is more like a twenty five stars happenstance!

A St. Martin's Press ARC via NetGalley 
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change
(Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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I loved the first Finlay Donovan book and really loved this one! I just wanted to crawl inside the book and be friends with Finlay and Vero.
If you’ve read the first Finlay Donovan book, then you must read this one! 

Finlay and Vero have some crazy twists thrown at them. Finlay is plotting her next big novel and needs some exciting motivation to keep herself going. Maybe Julian the hot bartender or Nick the hot detective? She also has another problem on her hands —someone is trying to take out her ex-husband Steven. Once again this is such a brilliant, fun book!

This is a MUST READ for all Finlay Donovan fans!! Can’t wait to see what Elle Cosimano has in store for Finlay in book #3!

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for this advanced digital copy in exchange for my honest review.

I have posted my review on my Instagram handle: @thrillersandcoffer
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Is the pandemic bringing you down?
Want some laughs? READ THIS!!

Elle Cosimano's FINLAY DONOVAN KNOCKS 'EM DEAD #2 is highly recommended! A laugh-out-loud comedy featuring protagonist Finlay Donovan, mom and novelist of romance/mystery turned hit-mom and partner in crime with her babysitter, Vero.

In this installment, someone wants Steven (Finlay's ex-husband) dead. Even though Finlay wished this sometimes (because he is a scum bag), he is the father of her children, and appears someone has a hit out on him; she has to make sure the children are not in his care.

Surprise, Surprise. SURPRISE! Many twists and turns and another jaw-dropper at the end, providing hope there will be a #3 and many more.

I am all "IN" for the long haul!

Keep them coming—what a wild cast of characters for murder and mayhem. A huge fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, I would not miss a book. So hopefully, Elle Cosimano can pull out many more to come. I am already a FAN.

Like the Stephanie Plum series narrated by Lorelei King, it is always a pre-order. The same here because Angela Dawe is a perfect voice for the Donovan cast. As long as these two are narrating, an auto pre-order and assured highly entertaining experience.

FINLAY DONOVAN KNOCKS 'EM DEAD is the perfect book to read to make you laugh out loud. I went in a bit blind, having not read the first book in the series. You can easily read this without reading the first one, but I wanted to make sure I had not missed anything. So about halfway through #2, I purchased #1 "Finlay Donovan Is Killing It" and am glad I did. Finished it quickly and went back to #2.

FUN, FUN, FUN! I believe I like #2 better than #1, even though both are five stars. I LOVE these characters and got to hand it to the author; she receives an award for pulling this comedy out in the middle of a pandemic. At the end of the book, I enjoyed her notes about how difficult it was to get this inspiration during such a lousy year. Some readers may not think about everything the authors go through when they sit in front of the computer to crank out these masterpieces. They are human and have crap to deal with too. So thank you, Elle Cosimano—BRAVO!

CHARACTER COMPARISON: I wanted to take a minute and provide my take on Finlay Donovan's characters compared to the Stephanie Plum series. I would love to hear your take. Both have a love triangle, mobsters, murder, family, humor, and rollicking adventures with hilarious scenes and characters.

I love Sylvia's character and constantly talking about the "hot cop" and the mom talking about Nick's biscuits (butt). Who knows, Finlay might need to plan a murder for hire to get Sylvia off her case. Both Plum and Donovan's moms of course want them to settle down with the hot cops and both moms like cooking and meddling. I also love Delia so much and her one-liners are priceless. Finlay's mom might be a closer match to Plum's Grandma Mazur's personality than Plum's mom.

Finlay Donovan | Stephanie Plum
Finlay | Stephanie
Vero | Lula
Georgia | Valeria
Nick | Joe Morelli
Julian | Ranger
Steven | Vinnie
Sylvia | Connie
Delia | Grandma Mazur
Parents | Parents
Theresa Hall (realtor) | Joyce Barnhardt (nemesis) or Grandma Bella
Zack | Bob (golden retriever) Sorry, Zack (no human for comparison here).

I like Lulu's (former hooker) love of food (chicken and donuts) and tight clothes and sass, whereby Vero is more dry, serious, and mysterious. I enjoy Finlay's crime/romance writing and the banters with her agent. I adore Grandma Mazur and the funeral homes, but Finlay has lots of action, and am pairing Grandma Mazur with Delia (love her sass and spunk). Both have steamy hot cops and side guys with fun sex, so I think they both are well rounded even though Stephanie is single and Finlay is a mom.

You can view my #AuthorElevatorSeries Interview with Janet Evanovich and the Plum anniversary edition here where we go behind the scenes. I am hoping I can snag an #AuthorElevatorSeries Interview with Elle, for the next installment! I would love to know the inspiration behind this highly entertaining series. If you are a fan of Janet's Stephanie Plum series, you are going to love this one.

I have the audio ARC of The Recovery Agent Janet's new Gabriella Rose series (Plum spin-off) coming (3/22/22) and am excited. I can see spin-offs and many more Finlay Donovan books to come.

THANK YOU. A very special thank you for this introduction into the Donovan world to #MinotaurBooks #StMartinsPress #NetGalley and #MacmillanAudio for a beautiful hardcover copy, an ARC e-book, and audiobook. I love all of them, and especially the audiobook narrated by Angela Dawe for an award-winning performance!

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks
My Rating: 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Pub Date: Feb 1, 2022
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It was such a treat to have Finlay and Vero back for some more of their antics and questionable decision making! The writing style is fast-paced, witty, and there is no shortage of banter between Finlay and Vero. Just like with the first book, I couldn’t put it down. 

After reading both, Finlay Donovan #1 is my fav of the two, but Elle Cosimano did an amazing job of pulling me back into these characters’ lives and I’m even more excited for the third book!! This story left off at a great part for the next book to pick up from. 

Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead is a highly entertaining mystery full of action, twists, and romance.
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I read Finlay Donovan is Killing It last year and absolutely loved it. I knew needed to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I heard it was available. Let me tell you, there is no sophomore slump here. The sequel was just as much fun, just as ridiculous, just as hilarious. It picks up right where we left off and Finlay and Vero are back with their antics to find out who took a hit out on Finlay’s ex-husband. This is the perfect book to balance out the stress that 2022 has started out to be. A book where you need to suspend reality and live in Finlay’s messy and entertaining world of murders, organized crime rings, a love triangle, 2 hilarious kids and a looming deadline for her next book. If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong but it will go wrong in a way that has you laughing the whole time. I need book 3 and I need book 3 now!
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A very lovely sequel, Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead
I was very excited but also a little worried to get access to this eARC to review - the first book was so fresh and over the top fun, that I was a little worried about a sequel being just lukewarm… but it wasn’t it was fresh and fun with it’s own outrageous storyline and I found myself laughing out loud with my kindle in hand yet again !
Finlay Donovan notices an ad for her ex-husband Steve’s murder and wants to stop this (or maybe take the money herself on bad days) and make sure her two kids are not in danger while they are with their dad … turns out ex-husbands don’t appreciate surveillance…
Her banter with her best friend/ live-in nanny Vero is excellent yet again and her new start at a dating life and potentially a relationship seems relatable while being absolutely fun for the reader who may have some of the same insecurities Finlay is facing.
What I admire most is that Elle Cosimano manages to write a book, a sequel no less, that is laugh out loud funny, dark humor, with an over the top storyline and still manages to have relatable characters that can make you think about some of your own insecurities and vulnerabilities if you want to, if not you can just laugh things away and it is still a fabulously entertaining read !
I am already looking forward to book three in the series !
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4.5 stars! This was another fun book featuring all your favourite characters from the previous book in this series. I really enjoyed it but I still think book one was better (& will be hard to beat)! I switched from ebook & audiobook and gravitated more towards the audio for this one. The narration was really well done. I recommend checking this one out!

Thank you to the publisher and @netgalley for providing a free advanced copy of this ebook and audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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Finlay Donovan Knocks em Dead made me laugh so many times. This is the second book in the series and I actually liked this one much more than the first. I was interested in the mystery and I continue to love seeing Finley and Vero’s friendship (which is where most of my laughs came from). Anytime when sarcasm and sass are a first language, I know this book is for me! I’ll definitely be watching for the next Finlay book!!
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I loooooove Finlay Donovan and it was a blast to be back with her and the gang in Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead. I've been yelling from the rooftops for everyone I know to read Finlay Donovan is Killing It. I may have caused some irl book club friends to yell at me when I mentioned it *again* at our last meeting. If they would just read it then I wouldn't have to mention it anymore. So I'll continue being that annoying book pusher until it is marked as read! So if you can't tell, I love this series and will read every Finlay book Elle Cosimano writes until forever.
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I love sleep and am super strict about my lights-out at 10:30 pm bedtime…but Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano had me breaking all of my rules and reading late into the night so I could finish. This is book 2 about Finlay Donovan (Side-Note: have you read Finlay Donovan Is Killing It? If not, stop here and go read it. You will not be disappointed). I am stunned I didn’t wake up my husband snort-laughing at Finlay and the situations she and Vero find themselves in. I think I was laughing and also reading with a hand over my eyes, peeking out between my fingers! How were they going to get themselves out of THAT situation? I just loved this! Mystery-comedy at its best. Publishes today so be sure to get your copy. Thank you @netgalley for the ARC. 

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Nobody can make me laugh like Finlay and Vero. This series just keeps getting better and better. Not only are Finlay and Vero an enviable team, but the supporting cast of characters just keeps book two this series not only fresh, but just as funny as the first. 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to review!

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Thanks @stmartinspress and @netgalley for the e-copy. This book is out now.

Yes, I took this photo on a washing machine. #iykyk

Finlay and Vero are still getting themselves mixed up in shenanigans, but this time someone is trying to kill Finlay’s ex husband. She wants to know who and why, and in trying to figure it out managed to get herself arrested, a dead body, a stolen Aston Martin, and into a bunch of other messes.

To be honest, I didn’t love this book as much as I loved the first one. I knew it was going to be far fetched and unrealistic, which was part of the humor of the first book. But I had a hard time focusing and caring about who wanted her ex dead. I think Vero is sketchy, her relationship with Julian is kind of weird, and I found myself rolling my eyes instead of laughing.

I’m definitely still going to read the next one, and I’m hoping this is just a case of the second book not being as good as the first. Still check it out if you’re a Finlay fan - I’m curious what you think!
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This sequel is one I’ve been looking forward to reading since I heard the news there’d be a follow up to Finlay Donovan is Killing it!

It has all the suspense and hilarity that the first one has. The only thing I could hope for is more of Finlay and Vero! Perhaps a TV series? This would be brilliant on screen.
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Finlay and Vero take us on another wild ride! I just love this series. It’s got mystery, romance, comedy—what’s not to love? Plus, Finlay is an author and a mom—relatable! Suspenseful, twisty and fun—I could not out it down. After reading, Finlay Donovan is Killing it, this second book was one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

Can we all agree this needs to be on TV? It’s got a little bit of a Dead To Me vibe.
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Happy Pub Day to Finlay Knocks 'Em Dead...⁣
If you enjoyed the first one, you will love this one.⁣
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.⁣
Where the first one was funny with a side of suspense, the second one is suspenseful with a side of hilarious ridiculousness. Like the first, you still have to suspend reality because if you think too much about a piece of the plot you'll ruin the fun so just go with it!⁣
Are you able to suspend reality for certain books? I normally can't but had no problem with these two books.⁣

Thank you @netgalley for this copy in exchange for my honest review!
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Genre: Mystery 
Author: Elle Cosimano

Happy Pub Day Finlay Donovan and Elle Cosimano!

Finlay and Vero are back and I couldn’t be happier! If you haven’t read Finlay Donovan is Killing It, stop what you are doing and go read it! This mystery will keep you on your toes when a single mom is mistaken for a hit woman. You definitely need to read the first book before you pick up the second. 

Finlay thought her days as a hit woman were over, but when someone puts a hit out on Steven, her and Vero are back in the game trying to figure it out and keep him safe.

This book was no less chaotic than the first one, and I mean that in the best way possible. Elle kept me on my toes the whole time and I swear, my blood pressure was rising as I was working my way through this.

The way this one ended, there will definitely be a third book, and I’m so excited to see where that one takes Finlay and her love triangle.

Thank you so much to @ellecosimano , @minotaur_books , and @netgalley for a gifted ARC copy!
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Picking up right where the last one left off, Finlay Donovan is still dealing with her ex-husband, Steven, who has somehow become even more unlikeable, and she’s still involved with her plot pitch turned unwanted job as a hit man when someone puts out a hit on Steven. 
Full of returning and new characters, Finlay tries to figure out who put the hit out in the first place, as well as whoever it is who is trying to accept the job to take him out. 
Nick and Julian are back, and it was really fun to see who her editor suggests the heroine of her book chooses in the end! I also loved her Mom and sisters meddling in that department. 
It was also nice to see more from Vero outside of being Finlay’s “accountant”. 
All in all, this was laugh out loud funny and fast paced. Without spoiling anything, I’m hoping for a third book!

Thank you to Elle Cosimano and St. Martins Press for an advanced digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for review.
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{Thank you to Minotaur Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an early copy!}⁣
Finlay is back and she's on a deadline! Her publicist wants her next book finished while it seems that someone also wants her ex-husband finished. With her trusty nanny/bestie by her side, Finlay is determined to find out who wants Steven dead and who might be the one to do it. ⁣
I cannot get enough of Finlay & Vero! They might be one of my very favorite literary duos. Move over Frodo & Sam. These women take "ride or die" to a whole new level. ⁣
I would dare to say that I loved this sequel even more than the first. Cosimano brought back all of the humor and intrigue that made me fall for book 1 but upped the stakes. She possibly even made me switch sides when it came to Finlay's love life. Maybe. Undecided.⁣
This one ended with me laughing and jaw dropping at twists. Thrilled there will be a third book. This series is just too fun! ⁣
If you're already on this friends/hit-woman/mafia ride, you won't be disappointed. If not, get on this train!
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I adored the first Finlay book and was excited for this one. Book 2 picks up where the first one leaves off, with Finlay discovering someone wants to kill her ex-husband. 

Finlay tries to uncover the identity of the person who appears to have put a hit out on her children's father, and dutifully, Vero is there to help. There are the crazy situations that Finn and Vero get themselves into, but this time around the action is a bit flat. There isn't as much funny banter and at times there seems like way too many characters playing a part that it is hard to keep track of Finlay's theory on who the culprit is. Her love interests are also a bit stilted and there is an underlying tension between Finlay and Vero that seems like it should have had more attention. 

I definitely liked the first book better, and this one was entertaining, just not as much as the first. The ending sets up for a likely 3rd installment and I'm a big enough fan that I will certainly read it as well. 3.5/5
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This second book in the series continues the wild and crazy adventures of Finlay Donovan who cannot stay away from trouble. Someone is trying to kill her ex, he thinks it’s her, but she’s just trying to protect her kids. A complicated plot unfolds that proves to be a fun read.
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