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Review: Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

Book: Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun

Author: Elle Cosimano

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for an advanced audio copy.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martins Press for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.


Kristen's Review:

Finlay Donovan is a struggling writer. Vero is Finlay’s children’s live-in nanny who is also studying accounting. Together they find themselves in deep trouble. They have to do a job for the mob. That job brings them to the police academy to look for EZ clean (the name of the contact killer) who is hiding out there. EZ clean has targeted Finlay’s ex-husband. On top of that, Vero and Finlay are trying to escape a loan shark so they think it was a great opportunity to go to the police academy for the week.

This is a great murder mystery with a lot of laugh out loud situations between Finlay and Vero. They are a great duo. This was my first entry but I will be going back to the beginning. I can't wait to see how it all started. This is the third book in the Finlay Donovan series.

Final Score: 4/5


Brian's Review:

Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun is the third book in the series and that’s where I messed up a little. I did not read the other two before this. While you don’t need the first two to fully understand the story, don’t be like me. Read them first. Elle Cosimano does a great job at subtly catching you up if you an idiot like me but I found myself really wishing I would have read the first two.

There is a lot going on and I don’t even know where to start. To summarize quickly and do the story no justice at all, Finlay is an author with writer's block, she is in debt to a Russian mobster, she has feelings for a cop named Nick, Nick has no idea of anything Finlay has done, and she has done some not so great stuff.

Someone is working for the Russian mobster and Finlay is trying to figure out who it is all while trying to stay alive, be a single mom, and trying to control her love life.

If it sounds like there is a lot going on it’s because there was. It was generally not confusing even with having no knowledge of the first two books. I do want to go back and read the first two. The only thing holding me back is the actual character of Finlay. I just did not find her all that likable. in her words, she is a criminal. I did however like her best friend Vero, who is also a criminal but just a little more likable. All of the supporting characters were great, especially Nick.

I do recommend this book but I also recommend not being an idiot like me. Start at the beginning!

Final score 4/5

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