cover image Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

Elle Cosimano. Minotaur, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-250-24170-2

This amusing series launch from YA author Cosimano (Seasons of the Storm), her adult debut, has a pleasingly absurd premise. Wronged wife Patricia Mickler overhears Finlay Donovan, a down-and-out romantic suspense novelist, talking about her next book with her agent in a suburban Virginia sandwich shop. Mistaking Finlay for a killer for hire, Patricia offers the author $50,000 to kill her no-good husband, Harris. The money is just what Finlay needs to deal with her ex, who’s trying to renegotiate their custody agreement. Of course, Finlay has no intention of actually killing Harris, but fate intervenes—and when she witnesses Harris attempting to drug a woman in a bar, Finlay is launched into a screwball mystery involving Russian gangsters, more angry wives, and a disturbingly attractive police detective. Finlay’s antics require a suspension of disbelief that some readers may find difficult to sustain, and others may be troubled by seeing issues such as date rape and revenge porn handled with such a light hand. But those willing to enter into the spirit of Finlay’s world should enjoy this romp from a skilled comic writer. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. (Feb.)