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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead

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Once again, Finlay is struggling to finish writing her next book and manage the day-to-day of being a single mom of two. On top of all that, someone wants her ex-husband dead. As she tries to track down his hit-woman, she and Vero, her nanny, become a little more intimately involved with the Russian mob than they’d like.

This was a really fun read! Finlay gets herself into some hilarious precarious situations. Despite all the hit-women and Russian mob run-ins, Finlay always puts those who are most important in her life first. She doesn’t bat an eye as she risks it all to keep her loved ones safe.

I definitely got the vibe that a third Finlay installment will be coming our way! So exciting!!

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Charming, adorable, smart, and funny author turned magnet-for-trouble, Finlay Donovan, and Vero, her kids’ sassy nanny/partner-in-crime are back, and it was just what I needed! I love these two.

This time around, someone on a questionable women’s chat forum appears to have put a hit out on Finlay’s ex-husband, Steven. Her efforts to protect him from this mystery person lead her and Vero into increasingly sticky and macabre situations, à la the first book. In fact, things pick up right where the last one left off, so some familiar faces return mixed with a few new ones.

Are the events and explanations completely preposterous? Yes!! That’s kinda what makes these stories such a delight for me. No one would get away with what Finlay and Vero do time and time again, but half the fun is the creative ways in which Cosimano can get these two out of the messes they make, and they are some doozies!

On the romantic front, Finlay’s love triangle with Nick, the cop, and Julian, the law student, continues, and I already know which one I wish she’d choose. Did she pick him? That would be telling ….

Some have said this doesn’t quite capture the magic of the first book. I get that. Elle Cosimano writes in her acknowledgments how difficult it was to write a comedic story during pandemic lockdowns, a stressful election and other difficult world events, but I thought she did an admirable job, and I can’t wait for her to write the next book in the series!


This publishes in two days, on February 1st. Thanks to St. Martins Press, Minotaur Books, NetGalley and author Elle Cosimano for this ARC. My opinions are given honestly and freely.

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Finlay and Vero are the dynamic duo I didn’t know I was missing in my life! Picking up on the cliffhanger that the first book left, Finlay and Vero find themselves wrapped up in more hilarious shenanigans!

The duo find themselves on the hunt for who put out a hit on finlays ex husband, steven. High action from the beginning to finding a storage cooler, to a shoot out who knew a housewife’s life was so intense!

I loved in this book we got more of vero and her life. I also loved getting more from officer Nick. I hope this series continues bc I’m completely obsessed with Finlay!

The only disappointment for me is where is finlay’s wig scarf?!? 😱😱

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Read this if…you loved Finlay Donovan Is Killing It.

Finlay and Vero are back at it! This sequel picks up shortly after the first book ended. Finlay’s life is still pretty much a hot mess. She finds herself struggling to come up with the plot of her next novel all while keeping two little humans alive and juggling complicated relationships with two very different men. And that’s just a normal day! The drama intensifies when Finlay’s ex-husband becomes the target of an anonymous hit man (or woman?). For the sake of her children, Finlay and Vero decide to do some investigating on their own and end up on a deadly adventure that includes arson, fast cars, frozen body parts, and the Russian mob.

I loved the first book in this series so much that I was worried the sequel wouldn’t be able to live up to my expectations, but I was wrong! From the very beginning, I was instantly reunited with the same charm and humor that made me fall in love with Finlay and Vero in the first place! The plot was solid and suspenseful, although I will admit that there were times when I got a bit confused because all of the subplots were difficult to keep track of. It all came together in the end though and the book left me excited for the next one. I like Finlay, but Vero is my favorite and I hope we get to learn more about her character in the next installment!

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This was one of my most anticipated reads in 2022 because I LOVED the first book. I devoured that one and laughed out loud. So when I got approved for this e-ARC I was PUMPED.

Unfortunately, this one fell a little flat for me. A big indication is that I tried to pick it up several times and it wasn’t grabbing me. I didn’t want to write it off though because I am a HUGE mood reader, and a fan of the series.

I will say that the story is not BAD, but it just felt like the shark was jumped, if you know what I mean. I missed the funny moments that drew me in in the first book.

And then I got RE-SUSPICIOUS of everyone again in the second book and it made it hard for me to root for any of the characters!

I will say that the second part of the book really was a fast read and did draw me in because I had to know what would happen, but I still ended the book feeling a little confused…so I’m assuming there will be a third book.

I’m also not a super big fan of love triangles, but I will have to say, I’m Team Nick. Thank you. Hahah

Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for this gifted e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!

This book publishes on 02/01/22!

3.5 rounded up to 4

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It is not an easy feat to follow up on such a hit like Finlay #1! It took me a few tries to get into this one. I enjoyed it when I was reading it but found it hard to be motivated to pick it up. It wasn't as funny as the first, but loved Finlay's resourcefulness and the antics her and Vero got into. I may not beg for an arc of the third, but I'll definitely read it.

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Finlay Donovan is one of those characters that sticks with you. A unassuming mom of two who doesn't really have it together, and yet she does. In this second novel, about a month after the previous book ended, Finlay and her babysitter/accountant, Vero, are trying to figure out who wants Finlay's ex-husband dead. All of this happening while Finlay's agent, Sylvia, is trying to collect the next manuscript. This had a little bit of romance, some laughs, and a whole lot of surprises by the end. It did seem more of a continuation of the first book than a sequel, but I enjoyed it overall. Consider me ready for book 3!

4 out of 5 stars.

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After reading the first book by this author at the end of last year, and the cliffhanger it ended on, I couldn't wait to see where the story would lead.

It's safe to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one too! I loved that the plot picked right up and moved fast! Finn and Vero are one of my favourite twosomes! They end up in the most ridiculous of situations and use hilarious antics and wits to figure it out. On more than one occasion, I was smirking away at the way things were unfolding. And Vero's one liners are so great!!

If you haven't read the first one, do it! The hot cop and attractive lawyer make appearances along with the mobsters. This book was so fun!! And I'm already ready for the next one!!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy! I'll be waiting on pins and needles to hear about book 3.

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Finlay Donovan is at it again: this time, trying to stop whoever's plotting to murder her ex-husband.

Finlay is back and—dare I say it?—better than ever! That same sharp, sarcastic realness I loved the first time was back in full force. And this time she embraced it! I loved that she's leaned into the absurdity of everything going on in her life. The action picking up shortly after the end of the last book worked perfectly.

There were several things, again, that I found a bit outlandish, but this time they tended more towards the behavior of characters we know, like Vero and Steven, than the actual events of the story. Still, I enjoyed every minute and couldn't put it down!

Definitely one of my favorite series and I'm eagerly awaiting news of more to the story!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead was a truly forgettable read. It was fine listening to it as an audiobook because I enjoyed the narrator, but if I had tried to read it physically I would have definitely DNF'd it as quick as possible. The characters were all interesting, so I think that was probably one of the most redeeming parts. However, so much was going on and there were so many side plots sometimes it felt hard to follow. I’m highly disappointed as I was certain I would love this book to pieces. I’m glad so many others have been able to connect with this book and cherish it. Just not the book for me.

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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead is a terrific sequel that furthers the hilarious misunderstandings and bad luck Finlay Donovan often finds herself in. With the help of her friend/accomplice/babysitter, Vero, the misadventures continue when Finlay's ex-husband's life is endangered. Rather than doing the seemingly easiest thing, going to the police, Finlay once again goes becomes her own detective following clues, bodies, and suspects to save her husband and cover up her own past involvement.

What I enjoyed most were the humorous mishaps and dark comedy that appear in this book. It is a purely enjoyable read that is hard to take seriously, yet it grabbed my curiosity and need to know who was behind the deadly incidents surrounding the family. The plot was meticulous and intricate, and was so happy to see more flirtations occurring between Finlay and Nick. Why this was not a five star for me is that the overall feeling is very similar to the first book, and Finlay still made some decisions that (helped the plot) seemed like foolish choices.

Thank you Minotaur books for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.

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I loved this book!! Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead is so fun and is the perfect sequel to Finlay Donovan is Killing It! This story picks up flawlessly from the first book, and Elle Cosimano once again transports us to Finlay’s world of diaper changes, novel writing, and trying to stop murders for hire. This book is such a joy to read and I loved the mystery!

Once again, this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, leaving me so excited for a third installment, but wrapping up the key points in this book as to leave the reader satisfied and wanting more all at the same time. So well done! I love how strong Finlay is and all the strong, amazing women in this book. Elle Cosimano has done it again and I am here for it!

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Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Ms. Cosimano for the opportunity to read an ARC of this title. An honest review was requested but not required.

In Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead, your favorite accidental hitwoman/crime solver is back at it. Once again, she’s cleaning up messes and making more at record speed. Literally. The pace felt a bit frenetic at times, with Finlay constantly playing catch-up and trying to outpace professional detectives, the mob, AND a mystery assassin whose sights are set on her ex-husband.

You definitely have to suspend your disbelief to truly enjoy the story. After all, no normal woman would be able to outgun so many professionals, not even with the world’s canniest sidekick. Nonetheless, it’s a fun ride. We revisit a few characters from book #1 (don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t say WHOM, exactly) and both of Finlay’s sometime love interests are back as well. The kids are a little less present in this book, which as a tired mom I can totally appreciate (and even envy), but at the same time, makes things even less realistic. The minutiae of caring for the kids on top of everything else really made book #1 hit home for me and I missed that here.

I actually think that where this book (and its predecessor) shone was in its portrayal of Finlay’s friendship with Vero. The two of them are just FUN to read about and anytime they were on the page together, I found myself smiling (yes, and sometimes shaking my head, but still).

I’d love to see where Finlay ends up or at the very least what crazy hijinks she’ll get up to next. I don’t really know how the author could top this one but I’m sure she’s got a plan. It does make me wonder just EXACTLY how meta is this story? (The author is writing about an author who’s an accidental hitwoman writing about a zany accidental hitwoman…) Regardless, sign me up for book #3.

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I loved Finlay Donovan is Killing It last year so I have been really excited for this sequel. This is such a great escape read. It’s fun, funny, and once again Finlay is caught up in wild situations that she has to somehow get out of. I do recommend reading the first book before this one, I think the characters and some situations might be confusing if you haven’t read the first one.

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Finlay Donovan is back again, still juggling her life as a single mom and struggling author with her live-in nanny and confidant, Vero, by her side. However, when she learns via an online chat that someone wants her ex-husband, Steven, dead, Finlay enters yet another whirlwind of secrets, breaking the law, and dead bodies.

Finlay and Vero are a hilarious dynamic duo, and I was thrilled to read about their second round of escapades. The two are the perfect pair, constantly getting involved in deadly shenanigans, and I love these two characters! This was yet another action-packed, laugh out loud, and wild ride, and with a cliffhanger ending I *hope* it will lead to a third installment in the series. Overall, a sold sequel to the beloved FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT, and I would recommend reading both!

Thank you to NetGalley & Minotaur Books for my gifted e-ARC!

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3.5 stars: My rating for Finlay Donovan Is Killing It was 3.5 rounded up, so, to me, this book was almost as good!

I was expecting more (more laughs, more tension, more Julian...), but I will happily read the next book of the series!

I had trouble with the pacing, but the last 20-25% had me glued to the pages. The plot was interesting, I wanted to know how it would end, and the characters were as nice as I remembered (but I was missing Julian: I loved his relationship with Finlay in the first book). On the other hand, I know it's supposed to be far-fetched and absurd, but impersonnating someone with a wig and fooling prison guards to enter without an ID... for me, this went too far for my taste! I can deal with far-fetched situations, I know it's a light read, but I need the movie playing in my head to be at least a tiny bit believable. I was rolling my eyes!

Anyway, Cosimano still makes me want to continue with her Finlay Donovan series. I loved how the book ended and the cliffhanger makes me curious to read more of Finlay's adventures!

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Another book in the Finlay Donovan series by Elle Cosimano! Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead is a funny, entertaining novel about this single mother who tries to solve a mystery, this time involving her ex-husband.

When you are looking for a light book that will keep you intrigued, this is exactly what you should grab!

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…

Out on 2/1

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Thank you to Netgalley, Minotaur Books, and Elle Cosimano for an advanced e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Finlay Donovan is back again! #thankgod She is truly the character we all did not know how much we needed in our lives. Finlay is just so relatable and hilariously funny. She has, of course, teamed back up with her live in nanny, Vera, to save her ex husband? Yep. I said it, save her ex husband... from the Russian Mom. Sure, just your average day in the park for this "soccer mom".

There is also the fantastic love triangle that really solidifies in this book between Finlay, sexy cop Nick, and super cute bartender/lawyer in training Julian. Personally I am #teamjulian 😍

If you read the first book... you definitely won't want to miss this one. If you haven't read the first book, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Go! Read that book! Then read this one, duh!

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Finlay Donovan is back. It's only been a month since Finlay was mistaken for a hitwoman and became embroiled in a murder mystery to rival one of her own stories.

Now, she's struggling a bit with the sequel. Someone has put a hit out on her ex-husband, and it seems like someone is already on the job. In trying to discover who, Finlay finds herself a member of an underground chat forum which seems to specifically cater to women who want the problems in their lives taken care of...quietly. Luckily, Finlay has nanny turned friend/accomplice Vero on her side. Except, Vero is definitely keeping something from her.

With Detective Nick Anthony back in Finlay's orbit, and another body thrown in their laps again, Finlay and Vero will have to make some tough deals if they want to come out of this free and clear.

This sequel has been one of my most highly anticipated books of the year. I loved the first one, and I loved this one too.

There was a lot from the first book that wasn't entirely solved by the end, and Knocks 'Em Dead continues developing those story threads, almost actually knitting themselves into a fine throw blanket by now :).

I've been really impressed with how Elle Cosimano forms and twists the storyline, really taking into consideration all varying aspects and making the conclusion very plausible and worthwhile. All while dropping hints of where things will go in the next book.

A huge hint dropped is peeling back the layers of the mysterious Vero. She's been Finlay's right-hand person from the start, but really they've only known each other a short time. And while burying a body will bond people together, there's still a lot left open about who Vero is. I'm hoping the next book will give us more of these insights. I also read it as a possible spin-off with Vero at the foreground and Finlay on the assist, but either way, I'm here for it.

Finlay is a character that you root for. You want her to come out on top, you want to see her succeed. I feel the pressure of balancing being a mother with her writing career. Elle Cosimano writes about these things with compassion and understanding. But then we get the added pleasure of seeing Finlay become embroiled in solving her own mysteries and all the danger that goes along with it. I love seeing a smart, resourceful woman who is also self-employed and a mom getting stuff done.

Being a romance fan, I don't even mind the fact that Finlay's in a sort-of love triangle between law student Julian and Police Detective Nick (although I do have my favorite of the two). At the end of the day, this is about Finlay and I like that nothing takes away from that fact. Her choices are her own.

Honestly, I cannot wait to get another book in this series! If you haven't yet started it's highly recommended and definitely required to start at the beginning. If you are up to date. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride!

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I'm so excited that Finlay was back in this witty, hilarious quirky sequel. Where Finlay is back making bigger messes to clean up her messes she made. This was a little bit more fast paced then the first and I was all onboard flipping through the pages, laughing seeing what Finlay and Vera got up to. Can't wait to see more of Finlay and what she gets into in the future

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