Finlay Donovan is not killing it. In fact, not to mince words, her life is a mess. As she tries to juggle single parenting after her husband abandons her for a younger, blonder real-estate agent, she has a hard time keeping up with the demands of two toddlers, a writing career that’s going nowhere, and an ex who is more and more impatient with his requirements to pay her expenses. A custody battle is looming, he has fired her nanny, and her daughter just cut off all her hair and gave herself a nasty head wound. Finlay is late to meet her agent. She shoves the knife and rag into her diaper bag, drops the kids off at day care, and shows up late to Panera.
As she and her agent discuss the plot and missed deadlines of her latest murder mystery, she notices a woman at the neighboring table can’t seem to drag her attention away from them. The woman passes Finn her phone number. Turns out she’d noticed the bloody rag and knife in her diaper bag, overhead the conversation, and assumed Finn is some kind of assassin for hire. She wants to get rid of her husband. To the tune of $50,000! Of course Finn isn’t going to do anything about it. Of course not, although the money would solve so many of her issues. To complicate things, the woman has paid half in advance. It wouldn’t hurt to investigate the husband a bit, right? Right? Before she knows it, Finlay ends up with a real-life mystery on her hands.
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is actually a really fun read. From its madcap premise to some seriously heart-racing chase scenes, it’s a fast-moving ride that manages to hit all the right notes of justice. It also manages, just barely, to stay (mostly) within the realm of the realistic, and ends with a little twist that had me curious about a sequel. I recommend it as a fantastic way to escape your humdrum life for an afternoon.