Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano publication: February 2nd 2021 by Minotaur Books
Edgar-Award nominee Elle Cosimano’s adult debut Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a witty, fast-paced mystery series, following struggling suspense novelist and single mom Finlay Donovan, whose fiction treads dangerously close to the truth as she becomes tangled in real-life murder investigations...
During the craziness of 2020, I have been struggling to find books that hold my attention. Finlay Donavon Is Killing It not only kept my attention but it kept me wanting more. I loved this fun mystery. Imagine an author who is struggling to make ends meet while her ex-husband is asking for custody of the kids. Finlay cannot even keep her household together and then gets pulled into a tangled, twisted, and fun web of lies, secrets, and murder.
I laughed, I cringed, and I kept turning page after page of this wonderful book. I did not know how it would turn out, I could not even guess what would happen, I had no clue how it would end but I knew that I had to get to the end to find out. As I got closer to the end I slowed my reading down. I devoured each word just to make the book last longer. I was not ready to walk away from Finlay her crazy life. There were so many things that as a mom I could relate to. The everyday mom life is not easy and Finlay is not quite slaying it. Her fails as a mom made her realistic while the drama if her life made me laugh.
** Thank you Allison Ziegler at Minotaur Books for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Elle Cosimano
Elle’s debut thriller NEARLY GONE was a 2015 Edgar Award Finalist, winner of the ITW 2015 International Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was awarded the 2015 Mathical Book Award recognizing mathematics in children’s literature. Her novel HOLDING SMOKE was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and the International Thriller Award. Her novels have appeared on several statewide school and library reading lists.
Elle grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs, the daughter of a maximum security prison warden and an elementary school teacher. She spent summers working on a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay, baiting hooks, scrubbing decks, and lugging buckets of chum. A failed student of the hard sciences, she discovered her true calling in social and behavioral studies while majoring in psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Fifteen years later, Elle set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing.
In 2019, after living in Mexico for six years, Elle settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia with her husband, her sons, and her dog.
Elle writes thrillers, mysteries, and speculative fiction for adults and teens. You can learn more about Elle and her books here.
Elle is represented by Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.
Photo courtesy of Powell Woulfe Photography.