Finlay Donovan Is Killing it by Elle Cosimano - A Book Review

I enjoy reading books about authors and the literary world they work in. I also love a good mystery. Finlay Donovan Is Killing by Elle Cosimano combines these two interests and wraps it up in one entertaining package. This book is the author’s debut into adult fiction and I sincerely hope that she will continue writing in this genre.

Plot Summary

Finlay Donovan is a single mother of two in deep financial debt. She’s already taken and spent the advance on her next book, but can’t find the time or a story to write about - particularly now that her estranged husband has fired the nanny. She meets with her literary agent over lunch to discuss the book she’s supposed to be writing and is overheard by a woman who believes she is a contract killer. Out of a need to get out of financial debt, she inadvertently finds herself accepting the offer to kill this woman’s husband for $50,000.

What transpires is a humorous set of events that delves Finlay deeper and deeper into a world she doesn’t belong. With the assistance of Vero, her once fired and now live in nanny, Finlay finds herself being able to write a story similar to reality. But will she get herself out of this mess in time to complete her book?

Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is well developed, and the characters were both interesting and likeable. There were many humorous moments in the book which I appreciated. I loved the addition of Vero as Finlay’s partner in crime - she’s supportive, gutsy and a little crazy. While parts of the story were a little predictable, it didn’t decrease my level of enjoyment for the book. The set up is there for a sequel to this book and I will be watching with interest for one. 

What I Liked About Findlay Donovan is Killing It

  • The combination of a mystery mixed with humour
  • Strong female characters
  • Excellent character development
What I Would Have Liked to be Different
  • The story was a little predictable
I Recommend Findlay Donovan is Killing It to:

Those readers that enjoy a light-hearted mystery novel.


Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here. This book publishes on February 2/21.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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  1. Love the sound of this one, Jodie, what a great plot idea! Perfect for snuggling up with on a winter's evening :)

  2. This sounds like such a great book to read when you want something simple to enjoy. Great review

  3. Mysteries are my favourite book genre so this sounds right up my street! I love the way your review reads, I can't wait to see which other books you recommend :)


  4. Great review! I enjoyed reading this! The storyline and characters sound really interesting and exciting! I like how it has humor as well. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Ooh! I love how you write your reviews. This one sounds so interesting and seems like a fun read! Thanks for sharing x

  6. Seems like an interesting read. I enjoy reading mystery books and seeing that this has humour it will be fun to read.

    Anita x niannilifestyleblog

  7. This sounds like a really cute read. I like reading lighthearted books like this, especially when I want a quick escape. Thank you for sharing!

  8. What a great review! I saw this book on a list of upcoming releases recently, it sounds like such a fun and interesting story! I'll have to check it out! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! :)

  9. Oh this sounds like so much fun, I love it! Definitely will have to give this one a go - thanks for the recommendation. Great review!