Book Review: Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads summary:

Author and single mom Finlay Donovan has been in messes before — after all, she’s a pro at removing bloodstains for various unexpected reasons — but none quite like this. When Finlay and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they had “borrowed” in the process of saving the life of Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob did her a favor and bought the car for her. And now Finlay owes them. Mob boss Feliks is still running the show from behind bars, and he has a task for Finlay: find and identify a contract killer before the cops do. The problem is, the killer might be an officer themself. Luckily, hot cop Nick has just been tasked with starting up a citizen’s police academy, and combined pressure from Finlay’s looming book deadline and Feliks is enough to convince Finlay and Vero to get involved. Through firearm training and forensic classes (and some hands-on research with a tempting detective), Finlay and Vero use their time in police academy to sleuth out the real contract killer to free themselves from the mob’s clutches — all the while dodging spies, confronting Vero’s past, and juggling the daily trials of parenthood.

My opinions:

Overall, the book was a decent read. There was definitely a lot of action in terms of Finlay and Vero trying to stay out of trouble and undetected while sleuthing.

Finlay and Vero are still under the thumb of mob boss Feliks while also hiding from someone who is after Vero. The citizen’s police academy seemed like the perfect place to remain hidden while also being able to do some research for Feliks. Unfortunately for them, as per usual, trouble follows Finlay and Vero no matter where they are.

The story had some entertaining parts, but also some situations that seemed a little too far-fetched and unbelievable to me. In this series, you expect a certain amount of that just because of the “bad luck” the two seem to have, but this book pushed that a little too far, in my opinion.

The cliffhanger at the end of the story leaves me anticipating where Finlay’s and Vero’s adventure will take them next, but also sad that now we have to wait for book #4.

Since I was unable to read the 2nd book (still on the waitlist from my library), there was a lot of confusing elements at first. The story hints at/talks about events that occurred in the 2nd book of this series so I would definitely recommend reading them in order if possible.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Elle Cosimano for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review and opinions.

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