Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery (Hardcover)

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Finlay Donovan is many things. She's a divorced mother of two, an author of romance murder mysteries, and now--accidentally--a hitowman. Outrageous, laugh-out-loud funny, and filled with twists and turns, this is one that you don't want to miss. I LOVED it!

— From Sofia


"Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

One of "The Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021" —Parade
One of "The Most Anticipated Debuts of 2021" —Bustle
One of "The Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021" —Goodreads
One of "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021" —Crimereads

“Funny and smart, twisty and surprising.”—Megan Miranda

Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moment, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.

About the Author

ELLE COSIMANO is an award-winning author. Her YA debut, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award finalist and winner of the International Thriller Award. Her novel Holding Smoke was a finalist for the International Thriller Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and Time. Elle lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband, two sons, and her dog. Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is her adult debut.

Praise For…

One of "26 Murder Mystery Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down"—Country Living
One of “The Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021” —Parade
One of “The Most Anticipated Debuts of 2021” —Bustle
One of “The Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021” —Goodreads
One of “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021” —Crimereads
One of “The Highly Recommended Books of 2021” —Brit + Co
One of “The Best Books to Read in 2021” —Betches
One of “The Must-Read Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021” —Frolic
One of "The 18 Best beach Reads of Summer 2021" —PureWow
One of "The 14 Books Our Readers Loved in March"—Bookbub

“A twisty delight.”

“[Cosimano's] main character is so endearing it's easy to surrender...”
New York Times Book Review

“The book is as much comic novel as crime novel, a touch more Janet Evanovich than Agatha Christie. Elle Cosimano has a deft feel for the risible twist…”
Toronto Star

“If you love thrillers, but wish the genre would lighten up a little then you absolutely must read Finlay Donovan Is Killing It.”

“Fast-paced, fresh, full of humor, and original.”
Jill Orr in St. Louis Magazine

“Part comedy of errors, part genuine thriller… Deftly balancing genre conventions with sly, tongue-in-cheek comments on motherhood and femininity, Cosimano crafts a deliciously twisted tale.”

“Suspenseful, funny.... More, please.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Amusing… pleasingly absurd... [a] romp from a skilled comic writer.”
Publishers Weekly

“[A] fun adult debut… readers will enjoy this breezy romp.”
Library Journal

“Part screwball comedy, part morality tale, the amusing ’Finlay Donovan Is Killing It’ is also a tale about parenting, bad divorces, reinventing oneself, rising above misery and, well, becoming a hit woman. It’s a solid, thoughtful and funny yet poignant mystery that never once becomes a one-note story.”
South Florida Sun Sentinel

“Smart-alecky and shrewd, tense and twisty, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It portends serial success for Cosimano and additional adventures for Finlay..”
Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

"Elle Cosimano came up with one of the freshest, most fun, and interesting premises for a mystery this reviewer has ever seen. Her writing is terrific, the characters well-rounded and completely credible, and the story will grab readers and not let go until the end of this romp."
Manhattan Book Review

“An easy, enjoyable read.”

“The funniest crime series debut since Stephanie Plum strapped on her bounty-hunting gear, and you’ll love every minute of it.”

“A witty, fast-paced mystery.”
The Nerd Daily

“Dishes out giggles, laughs, and outright guffaws in exactly the right amounts to help us escape the news of the day.”
The Big Thrill

“The tone of Finlay Donovan is Killing It lies somewhere between hilarious and heartfelt, or conversely satire and seriousness. Elle Cosimano draws the reader in with some unabashedly uproarious set-pieces before pulling back the layers to reveal a deeper emotional core. Regardless of the nuance, Cosimano’s prose is always elegant and addictive.”
BOLO Books

“If I were a gambling woman, I’d put all my money on this one as this summer’s top read.”—WhatsupMoms

“Read in a single night, applauding along the way. For anyone who’s ever wished to turn her life around, Finlay Donovan is the master. From failing everything, to succeeding brilliantly, she proves you only need to get mistaken once for a contract killer, to solve all your problems.”
Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When You See Me

“Funny and smart, twisty and surprising—Finlay Donovan is a character to root for. This suspenseful romp made me laugh but also kept me on the edge of my seat with its many surprises. I can’t wait for the next book!”
Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest

“Clever, perfectly plotted, and laugh out loud funny, Finlay Donovan is Killing It is one of those books that will make you smile long after you’ve turned the last page. This series is pitch-perfect and will be devoured by fans of Janet Evanovich. Elle Cosimano hits it way, way, way out of the park!”
Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before and Emma in the Night

“Fresh, fast-paced, and darkly fun with a deeply flawed but compulsively likeable heroine, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is a madcap thriller that will keep you flipping pages long past your bedtime!”
Katherine St. John, author of The Lion's Den

“Edgar-nominated author Elle Cosimano’s adult debut has everything I love—a plucky protagonist, perfect plot twists and Panera! Finlay Donovan is not only killing it—she just may be my new favorite character. You won’t be disappointed.”
Kellye Garrett, award-winning author of Hollywood Homicide

“Reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum character, but with a fresh feeling. The ending packs a wallop and leaves us at a truly surprising cliffhanger… already anticipating Book #2 in what I hope will be a long-running mystery series.”
Mystery and Suspense

“This is a mystery with a slightly different bent: it is hilariously funny.”
The Herald Scotland

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250241702
ISBN-10: 1250241707
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English