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Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead

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This is the second book of the series. We do not know how many more will be. I know the author got the second book deal when she was writing the first one. I could not stop myself comparing this one to the first one. Definitely second book was not funny as the first one. It seems like main plot which is someone trying to kill Finlay’s ex-husband was not strong and there were so many side plots and distractions. The story most of the time was dragging. In my opinion it could be much shorter. I believe if the second one became movie too. It will do better than the book. 
I couldn’t find this one funny. There is a part where they have to deal with dead body (as we get used from the first book) was not believable at all. How they hide, how long and even many people been around the discomposing body, nobody will smell it wtf. I hope the third one do better with this misunderstanding plot than the second one. Because it definitely make me feel it is written to be written.
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Finlay Donovan does it again! Wow what a sequel! I absolutely adore this series it’s so fun and witty. The first book really drew me in and I’m glad to say that the sequel is just as good. I loved the expansion on all of our favorite characters especially Vero I love her. I hope we get to learn more about her in the next book. 
This book was full of twists and turns and a few of them were SO surprising. I’m usually pretty good at spotting twists but this book has some genuine surprises which was great. 
As much as Steven is scummy I really enjoy his relationship with Finlay they have such good banter. I’d love more scenes of them together just going back and forth. 
The romance was more secondary in this one but I liked it because the main story took up so much attention that delving too far into the romance would have felt a bit forced. I like that Finlay isn’t focused on finding a man it makes her more relatable as a character because there’s just so much going on and any sane person would focus more on all that than falling for some guy. Plus she has Vero and those two make an amazing team!
This whole series is a 5/5 for me. It’s entertaining, it’s well written, the characters are great, I really have no complaints! 

Thank you to NetGalley and St Martins a press for an advanced copy!
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I adored the first Finlay Donovan book and this sequel brought all the humor, mystery, action, and sizzle back for a fast and deliciously entertaining read!
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I was thrilled to find out Finlay Donovan was back at it!  I'm giving this book 4 stars only because it wasn't as funny as the first. The author did write this in a pandemic so huge kudos for finding humor to put in this book at all. 
I will be waiting on pins and needles for the third book!
Finlay is a sort of assassin for hire in the middle of a love triangle. She is my favorite literary character lf all time!
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I loved the first Finlay Donovan book and was so excited to receive an ARC of "Finlay Donvan Knocks 'Em Dead." Our favorite accidental hitwoman is back in this book, which brings more laughs than a book about murder should. I'm awe of Cosimano's ability to jump back and forth between Finlay's love life, parental problems and a hit man's attempt to kill her ex-husband without missing a beat. It's so impressive and am already looking forward to book three!

I would love to interview Ms. Cosimano for my newsletter (I regularly feature Q&As) if she's interested. We could time the interview to the publication of the book.
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This second book is as much fun and as funny as the first, plus the author does a great job of catching new readers up without boring those who are already familiar with this outrageously funny character. I look forward to recommending this book to readers who enjoy mysteries with some heart and humor.
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I have been so excited to read this sequel because Finlay Donovan Is Killing it had such a cliffhanger for an ending! Needless to say that you must read the first one before reading this book.

Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read this in advance. Cannot wait to get a physical copy!

I’m not one to enjoy sequels very much, but the plot to this one is so good. Not the kind to make you feel like the story is being dragged on for too long or the plot and twists getting too forced. Finlay’s story is just too good (and funny) to keep going!

The story picks up from the last book when we find that her ex-husband is on a kill list. Being a hit woman herself, she was determined to find out who wanted to kill him, why and keep her family safe. All the while trying to keep up with her upcoming sequel to her novel’s deadline and her double life. 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. I really enjoyed this more than the first one! I think it’s cause Finlay is more confident and sure of herself in this book that she already knew what she was doing. It was just as action-packed and hilarious as the first. It was excellent in squeezing in details from the previous book that instantly refreshes your memory on what had happened then. I personally loved it because that’s what makes sequels hard for me to read. Despite the convenience of it all and the plot being very unrealistic, it continues to work and be very entertaining. The twist at the end got me good on this one, and I’m pretty sure that book 3 is already under way. I highly recommend if you read the first one, you will for surely love this one just as much.
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Thank you to Netgalley & St. Martins Press for this ARC of Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead by Elle Cosimano. This is out 02/01/2022!

I was so excited to get my hands on this and see what Finlay was going to get herself into this time. And boy did she get herself into some stuff. I liked this, but I really wanted a different story because this just felt like the first one kept getting dragged out when I thought that was all wrapped up. This one felt a lot more chaotic than the first one to a fault because I found it hard to care about all of the moving pieces of the story. I was also really disappointed with the character development for Vero and Finlay. I love her and Finlay's bond but I really don't think it had to go where it did. Finlay's. I thought Finlay would come more into her own in this second book and be more sure of herself but her blatant disregard for her career and her fly by the seat of her pants mentality only works for so long and it just wasn't believable to me anymore. 

I would recommend this if you read and loved the first, because there are some things from the first I enjoyed in this one (her family, her drama with her ex, and NICK) but it did leave me wondering if I would read another book in this series (if there is one).
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Yes! Finn is back will another book.
I loved her first book and this follow up was just as cute.
Finn found the online women’s forum that Irina has originally posted when she tried to have her mobster husband killed. So discreetly written, someone can DM and reply with how the job can get done. When Finn sees her ex husbands hit on the forum- she is set to find who set it up and who picked up the job. Yet, Steven doesn’t believe anyone is really trying to kill him. 
Funny mom anecdotes, romance and a killer on the loose….
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Finlay and Vero are back and just as inappropriate as ever! The second book in the Finlay series is quirky, funny and full of laugh out loud moments. 

I would recommend reading the first book Finlay Donovan is Killing It (you will love it) before starting this one.

This book picks up right where the last one left off with all of our lovable characters. While Finlay is working on her novel she comes across a women’s forum where she finds someone has put a hit out on her ex-husband Steven. 

Determined to find out who wants her husband dead, Finlay and Vero are up to their old antics and some new ones. 

These really remind me of The Stephanie Plum series, which I loved. Sexy guys, kooky friends and over the top hijinks. 

These could go on forever you guys and I hope they do! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for my ARC of this book! Release date is February 1, 2022.
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Finlay Donovan is Killing It was compulsively readable - Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead is too. With more of the same wit  that made the first in this series so fun, Elle Cosimano is back with a title that proves to be a little darker in the reading, but no less enjoyable.

I read this one over a weekend and enjoyed every page. 

A sincere and appreciative thanks to the author who wrote about the difficulties of writing funny during dumpersterfire pandemic times. The second I was done reading this, I began looking forward to the next in the series (of which there will, undoubtedly, be one).

This was a great read.


Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an eARC of this title. Opinions shared are influenced by nothing other than my reading experience.
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After reading "Finlay Donovan is Killing It" I immediately fell in love with Finlay, Vero, and their crazy world. This book was HIGHLY anticipated by myself and so many others, and I am so sad to announce, this was not it. 

Even though I was so happy to be back in Finlay and Vero's world of trouble, this book was missing the magic of book 1. It lost a lot of the satire that made book 1 so perfect. I miss the suburban mom being tossed into a world of crime while balancing being a mom. This book was a woman pretending to be an FBI agent and professional hit man. In book 1, Finlay Donovan was lovable because you could see yourself reacting the same way she did. In this book, she was unrelateable and lost everything that made her Finlay. She had nothing to do with her children, and treated her writing career like it was a pain in the ass. All the pieces of her that made me like her, were seemingly gone. 

 Although we got to see all of our favorite characters, including Nick (hot cop) and Julian (hot lawyer). To which nothing happened?! I wanted a love triangle! Instead I got maybe two scenes with Julian, and then a ton of scenes with Nick, where literally nothing happened?! A lot of this book was made up of either scenarios that were boring as hell or extremely graphic scenarios that just didn't need to be there. I just feel like this was such a lost opportunity. This gave me the vibe of knowing Finlay Donovan is a beloved character, and let's just capitalize on that success as quickly as possible. Much like a Mean Girls 2 situation. Can you just leave a good thing alone?! 

That being said, I still love these characters but this felt like a mess. And the ending just made my eyes roll. If there ever is a third installment in this series, I will be skipping. I highly recommend leaving Finlay and Vero where you left them in book 1. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Minotaur book for my early review copy in exchange of an honest review/ OUT Feb 1, 2022
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Finlay and Vero are at it again with the second book in the series! Who could imagine a better duo than these two? This is quickly becoming my favorite mystery series. 

While this story was a little more slow moving in the beginning, it really picked up the pace around the 25% mark. Overall, I liked the plot of the first book more but I’m glad we still got the same humor and high jinks in this well-anticipated sequel. It’s worth the read!
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The Finlay Donovan series is a breath of fresh air to the cozy mystery genre. Reading about a working mom dealing with everyday life and dead bodies shouldn't be this fun,
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Finlay and Vero are back to their antics when someone anonymously posts what appears to be a hit on Finlay's ex husband Steven. Fearing for the safety of her kids, Finlay sets out to uncover the identity of the not only the message poster but the person responding that they can "take care of it."  In the meantime, Finlay is struggling with her next novel and still torn between equally hot detective Nick and law student Julian, while we find that Vero has some secrets of her own. 

Finlay and Vero are such great partners in crime. I appreciate the way Cosimano has written their supportive female friendship and how they have each other's backs, even when it's illegal! They'd literally do anything for each other. I'm glad we get to know more about Vero in this one, and I hope we see much more of her in the future. 

Was some of it unbelievable? Sure. If you're expecting a plotline that's completely plausible, this book isn't for you and you probably didn't read/enjoy the first one. However, this was a great cozy mystery for me and I enjoyed letting myself escape and accept the craziness. 

The sequel to "Finlay Donovan is Killing it" was a delight that kept me guessing and sets up well for a third novel. This was a highly anticipated read for me and I'm thankful to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for this ARC.
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When we left her last, Finlay had found out that the next person being targeted was none other than her ex husband. While he isn’t her favorite person these days, she doesn’t want him dead, or her kids to be harmed in the process. Will She and Vero be able to find out who wants Steven dead before their hired killer has a chance to kill him off?

Oh. My. Goodness. Friends. I loved Finlay Donovan, and let me tell you, I LOVED getting to follow up with her and her crazy life! If you loved the antics and Finlay and her crew in the first book, you need to run, not walk to pre-order this one! I don’t want to give anything away, but you do not want to miss this read!
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I was very excited to receive an ARC of this book because I was a big fan of Finlay Donovan #1. I was captivated by our main character, early 30s writer struggling with juggling her terrible ex-husband, raising her 2 kids and making a living as a writer. She also gets involved with an accidental murder. All the things I loved about the first book in the series is back in book #2!

What I liked:
-This book picks up right after the end of the first book. The author did really great at reminding readers what happened without feeling like we're reading a lengthy recap. 
-New situation, new story, new adventure for Finlay, but it piggy backs off of the plot from last book. My expectations were met!
-The mystery is unraveling up into the final page (quite literally)! 

What I didn't:
-There was a lot going on in this book that made it harder to juggle as a reader. While the last book was great because this very unsuspecting character became accidentally involved in a murder, this book felt different because it seemed the main character wanted to step into the drama this time. There were a lot of moments it felt like Finlay was making a bad decision, would get caught, but then her cop friend would let her off the hook. Man this guy risked his job for her like a million times between the two books. 

Despite that, I am a big fan of this series and am excited for book 3!
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I was so excited to receive this ARC! This is becoming a favorite series of mine! It has mystery and comedy and characters that I love. I love reading about what Finlay and Vero can get into next and Vero’s comebacks are so hilarious. Their friendship is so fun!
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3.5, rounding up to 4 here. 

I was so excited to get this arc!!! I absolutely adored book 1 and I couldn't wait to see what Finlay and Vero were up to next. Unfortunately this one fell a bit flat for me. It wasn't holding my attention as much as the first book. I think it was because this book isn't as funny as the first, and not as cozy either. Instead there's more of a real life danger feel to this where no one listens to Finlay, she makes literally the dumbest, most risky moves ever, and meddles in more places she shouldn't. 

At the end of the book, there are a few notable things worth mentioning. The relationship between Finlay and Vero is unbreakable. They're a great team and it's so nice to see two women be friends and support each other that fiercely. Another thing is the main bad dude from book one is around for this entire book as well. It was an interesting dynamic to see Finlay navigate. Lastly, she once again seems to be broke and has no desire or time to write her book. Her deadlines were on my mind throughout the book, why weren't they on hers? Lol 

After 50% this book picks up and the whodunnit factor really amps up. I was guessing until the end!!!
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“Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘em Dead” by Elle Cosimano

4/5 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

First off, I see you Finlay with all your mom hairs. I didn’t have to try too hard to get this hairstyle 😂

This book picks up a few months after the first book, with Finlay learning that someone wants her ex-husband dead. 
We set off on another mystery to solve, and in true Finlay Donovan fashion things are…well, a hot mess.

This book was similar to the first to me in a lot of ways, but I liked it better than the first book. It of course made me so anxious the whole time I was reading, and the decisions Finlay and Vero make are just so interesting sometimes. 

There were so many twists and turns in this book! Just when I thought I had it figured out, something else would come up and surprise me. It kept me reading and I sped through the book.

I also think that the humor was more subdued and subtle in this book, which is also more my style.

If you loved the first book, you will love this!

Thank you @netgalley for this advanced readers copy. This book will be released on February 1, 2022.
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