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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead

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Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead is the second book in the series and I am here for however many installments Elle Cosimano wants to write!
We have got all the fun components of the first book, but somehow amplified in the second. Finlay slips deeper and deeper into this secret revenge world, which this time around is hitting even closer to home than before and Vero heads into this mess  right alongside her... again. The dynamics between Finlay and Vero are fantastic!
The story is quirky and the writing hysterical.
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This is a strong follow up to Finlay Donovan is Killin It. This follow up  has the same vibe with quirks and shenanigans that Finlay gets into. Some decisions that Finlay made or things that occurred were pretty out there/stupid, but I think that's what you'd expect from a stressed out mom wrapped up in an insane murder conspiracy. I just love all of these characters.  Even the love triangle, which I typically do not enjoy in books, just works so well and I love both love interests.  The ending/reveal totally surprised me and also just fit so perfectly with the story! I can't wait to keep following Finlay in all her adventures.
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Thanks to St. Martin's Press for an advanced copy of Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead. 

Finlay is back for more in her latest adventure. This time, someone in on a dark web chat has put a hit out on her ex-husband. Finlay suddenly finds herself trying to protect her ex while also trying to figure out and solve who put the hit out and who the hit man is. I found myself smiling throughout the book ..and the ending will surprise you!
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I loved the first book in this series, Finlay Donovan is Killing It, so when I found out there was a second book I requested it immediately.  

I loved this book! I loved it even more than the first one! Finlay is still charming and witty and goofy and even though I can’t possibly understand how all these problems keep happening to her, I’m here for it! It’s funny without being too over the top. The characters are so well developed and you really feel like you get to know them and you root for them! It was a great escape in the cold month of January but this would also be a great beach read. I love love loved this book and really hope there will be a third one!

Thank you #netgalley and #stmartinspress for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Finlay Donovan needs no introduction.  She's smart, funny, and constantly getting herself in trouble!  I loved book one, so it's no surprise that I love book 2. Knocks ‘Em Dead ends perfectly with another cliffhanger to book 3!!  Woohoo - I can't wait!! 🎉

I listened to the first half of the story. I liked Angela Dawe’s narration, but Finlay and Vero's voices sounded different in my head.  So I gravitated towards reading the story vs. listening to the story. Simply a case of it's me, not you.  

I finished the book on the plane to Puerto Rico. The lady sitting next to me inquired what I was reading since I was laughing every 20 mins. I told her I highly recommend Finlay Donovan Is Killing It and Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead!  The scenarios are a bit far-fetched, but that's precisely what you want when you are on vacation and need an escape!
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Another rollercoaster romp with our favorite not-an-assassin and her very out of the box nanny/accountant/sidekick. These two make the most unlikely but perfect crime fighting duo. This really needs to be read after the first book as the foundation for the characters and the action is this book is laid out. Otherwise, a reader is going to get confused pretty quickly. While I still feel like most of what takes place in this second book, like the first book, is preposterous, this makes for a complete mindless fun fluff book. A great cozy to enjoy either cuddled up on the couch or sunning on the beach. I can not wait to see what is in store for this merry band of misfits!
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In Finlay Donovation Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano we’re immediately thrust back into her vivid, precarious world. I love the snark and light-hearted tone of this series and found this to be a wonderful sequel. There’s mystery, romance, and the antics you would expect from Finlay Donovan. The story was a little meandering, but I love the tone of these books. The action and characters keep me intrigued as I listen. Angela Dawe is a pitch-perfect narrator for Finlay. The audiobooks for this series are so fun! 

Thank you Minotaur Books / Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for providing this ebook / audiobook ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead picks up a month after the first book, Finlay Donovan is Killing It. We follow Finlay and her nanny/sidekick/partner-in-crime Vero as they try to sleuth out the identity of the mysterious person that put a hit on Finlay's ex-husband, Steven. Meanwhile, Finlay's love life and day job as an author are still a bit of a mess and Vero is starting to act a bit sketchy about money and her past.

I was SO SURE I had this one figured out halfway through. I was practically smug about it. "Ah, yes, Elle Cosimano had me the first time, but I see through her twists and tricks now!" I'm not ashamed to admit that I was completely wrong in the best way. The reveals had me gasping and laughing out loud and I had a very fun time with this book.

I will say, I think I liked the first installment a smidge better than this one, but if you enjoyed Finlay Donovan is Killing It then you'll definitely still like its sequel. This one has a couple more mysteries to juggle as it wraps up loose ends from the first book and sets up problems for the next book to address, so I don't think we get quite as much room for the comedic and romantic elements that I loved so much about the first one. That said, this is still a fabulous book with very fun characters at the heart of it. I definitely recommend!
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🎧 I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I knew going in it’s a bit on the ‘silly’ side but it’s fun. Of course we expect Finley to get herself in precarious and hilarious positions and she doesn’t disappoint! This will keep you entertained the whole way through.
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My favourite duo are back! While I may have loved the first book just a little more, ‘Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead’ is everything I was hoping for in a sequel.

After finding a post on a women’s forum soliciting a hit on Finlay’s ex-husband, Finlay and Vero take it upon themselves to find out who the original poster is, and who expressed interest in the job. What ensues is more run ins with the Russian mob, kidnapping, arson and lots of close calls.

This book has everything that I love in a book. Some mystery, bit of romance, action and humour. You definitely have to suspend your belief with this one, and once you do, this book is non stop fun.

I thought I knew where the ending was going, but I was genuinely surprised by the final reveal. And of course, we are left with a cliff hanger, which is fine by me if it means a third book!

This series has quickly become one of my favourites and I’m so looking forward to the next one.

Thank you to Minotaur Books, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Finlay and Vero are hilarious and manage to get themselves in some ridiculous situations again in this sequel to Finlay Donovan is Killing It. This story is full of tension, excitement, and lots of laughs. As a bonus, there’s a splash of romance thrown in, too. 
I started the ebook, then put on the audiobook while I was driving and working, then got home and finished reading the ebook. The story just keeps moving and I couldn’t stop until I knew how it all worked out! This is a great book if you like mysteries but want a light fun read. 

Thank you to @minotaurbooks for the digitial ARC and to @macmillanaudio and @netgalley for the ALC. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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Loved this! This book is the perfect light, smart, and funny read. It is a follow- up to “Finlay Donovan is Killing it” - Finaly is back struggling with a case of writers block, juggling a few romantic interests, and trying to outsmart the hitmen trying to kill her ex-husband.  If you were a fan of the first novel in the series, we definitely recommend this one. Looking forward to the next book.
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Finlay Donovan Knocks "Em Dead is the exciting, highly anticipated sequel to the 2021 mystery, Finlay Donovan is Killing It. Truthfully, I enjoyed this book SO much more than the first book in this series. I loved how fast paced and exciting it was and I truly couldn't put it down. Finlay is a hot mess and it often feels like she is the walking embodiment of Murphy's Law, but somehow she ends up on top of every situation she is met with. 

As with the first book, there is a certain amount of suspended-belief that I had to deal with as some of the situations are impractical, but I wasn't as annoyed with them as I was in the first book. Additionally, in the beginning of the book it felt as though Finlay was trying to catch the reader up on what happened in the first book and as someone who had read the book somewhat recently, it felt a bit unnecessary, but I can see how it would be helpful to someone who didn't read the book two weeks ago.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable addition to the Finlay Donovan series and I can't wait to see if we get a third book!
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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead by Elle Cosimano

📚⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Spoiler alert: This review includes plot points from the first novel if you haven't read it (but also if you haven't, what are you doing with your life?). No spoilers for book two.

In the highly anticipated follow up to Cosimano's first hit Finlay Donovan novel, Finlay and her kids' nanny Vero are pulled into shenanigans once again. As they discovered at the end of the last story, Finn's ex-husband now has a hit out on him, so they use their new found knowledge of their town's criminal underbelly to try and figure out who contracted the hit and who was hired. On top of that, Finn is trying to protect her family, write her next novel, navigate her dating life with the hot cop and young lawyer, and manage the household when Vero starts slacking off and acting shifty.

As often happens with sequels, I really enjoyed this book, just not quite as much as the first one. I remember laughing more while reading book 1 because of Finlay's own dismay and shock at her circumstances, whereas she seemed a little more prepared in this one. All that said, this was still a very satisfying sequel which I stayed up way too late to finish in one sitting. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC! 

This book comes out in less than a week: Feb 1/22!

#BookReview #FinlayDonovan #FinlayDonovanKnocksEmDead #ElleCosimano #Mystery #NetGalley
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This second book jumps right in where the first leaves off. I absolutely adore all of these characters; Finlay and Vero are #friendgoals (but without the dead bodies and mafia stuff). We get a little more of a love triangle in this one, which usually irritates me, but I found I didn't mind debating between Nick and Julian. I'm still flabbergasted by all the ridiculous situations Finlay gets herself into as she tries to protect those she loves, but I do love it. I can't wait to dig a little deeper into Vero's past in future books! 


Thank you to NetGalley for my e-arc of this book. All opinions here are my own.
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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead is a delightful sequel! There is much to enjoy about this installment--Finlay and Vero are back to their usual shenanigans, the banter is as fun as the second time around, the book is quick and the chapters are short and well-paced, and Cosimano's writing voice remains stellar.

I found a bit of the plot to be a little *too* far-fetched. Yes, this is about a writer-turned-hitwoman so a bit of my belief is suspended, but still. I found myself surprised at where parts of the story go. Also, how many cars can Finlay and Vero possibly run through within a series!? Ha! Otherwise, if you liked the first one, you'll enjoy this one, too.

I listened to the first book on audio, and I found myself to be missing it while reading the second book. If you are like me, you may want to snag this one in audio format.
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Huge thank you to @netgalley @minotaur_books for this free advanced copy!}

•Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead-Elle Cosimano
•Cozy Mystery
•Available February 1st
•3⭐️/5

There is nothing better than a cozy mystery with great characters, laugh out loud moments, and story that makes you feel like you’re right there in it.
Even though I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first book I’ll definitely be continuing this series if we get a 3rd book.
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This fast-paced and action-packed drama had me completely immersed in all aspects quickly becoming a page-turner as I could not put this book down. The first chapter set the tone for the hilarity that ensues when Finlay tries her best to prevent her ex-husband from being murdered. The mystery was cleverly written with plenty of opportunities for guessing who was doing what to whom with an eclectic cast of characters who had pivotal roles in the telling of this tale. Several mishaps in Finlay’s pursuit of a mysterious and unknown person had me in stitches and kept me in the game as I followed along with the hints provided by the author. The more the story progressed, the more frantic the search was to find this person. And oh, those twisty turns, the visually descriptive narrative, and the engaging dialogue, all enhanced how well this story was being told. This was brilliantly executed, especially when the identity of the person involved was revealed.
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After absolutely devouring Finlay Donovan is Killing It, I was so thrilled to pick up the second in the series! Thank you so much to @minotaur_books and @macmillan.audio for the digital and audio copies of Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead!

This book picks up where the first left off, and we are back to following the adventures of Finlay and Vero. These characters are so fun and so well-written, and it’s easy to get caught up in their silly, wild, sometimes dangerous, amateur-sleuthing activities. The book as a whole is a great blend of twisty suspense and mystery with humor. I loved the plot so much, and it was so much fun watching it all unravel. 

The audiobook is performed by Angela Dawe and comes in at 9 hours and 21 minutes, and it was fantastic to listen to. The time absolutely flew by! I’d highly recommend giving this one a listen if you’re an audiobook fan (and even if you’re not)!

Thank you to the publishers and #netgalley for the ARC of this title. This is a voluntary review and all opinions are honest and my own.
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This book was everything the first book and continued the Finlay Donovan series perfectly. It was a great sequel, equally as enjoyable, funny, and cozy as the first. 

My only critique is that I thought this sequel tried too hard in the beginning to subtlety call back the major events of the first book. Because it does this blatantly a reader could get away without reading the first book, so this may be a good thing. But for me it’s something that was distracting a bit.

However, once the book progressed & the second story found its stride apart from the first it was truly an enjoyable read.
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