cover image Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

Elle Cosimano. Minotaur, $26.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-250-84603-7

Cosimano’s zany third Finlay Donovan caper (after 2022’s Finlay Donovan Knocks ’Em Dead) finds Finlay—budding romantic suspense novelist, harried divorced mother of two young children, and reluctant criminal—trying valiantly to keep her new year’s resolutions: no more junk food, no more men, and no more bodies in her minivan. This won’t be easy, as she’s being pressured by Russian mob boss Feliks Zhirov to locate and possibly dispose of a mysterious contract killer known as EasyClean, who’s been cultivating hit jobs through one of Zhirov’s websites, “a popular women’s forum that had doubled as a front for the Russian mob.” Finlay believes that EasyClean may be a local Virginia police officer, so she jumps at the chance to participate in a citizens’ police academy course organized by the Fairfax County PD. It doesn’t hurt that the coordinator of the event is charming Det. Nicholas Anthony. While trying to ferret out a killer, she must contend with a pushy ex-husband and a literary agent who demands a sexier ending for her new novel. Finlay’s strong narrative voice carries the reader through the colossal silliness. This is good, fast fun. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary. (Jan.)