« Getting the job done » for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning.

by Elle Cosimano
Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press, February 2021
(via Levine Greenberg Rostan)

Finlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not. She’s a stressed-out single-mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: the new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written, her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.
When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer, and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet . . . Soon, Finlay discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moment, FINLAY DONOVON IS KILLING IT is the first in a brilliant new series from YA Edgar Award nominee Elle Cosimano.
The follow-up, FINLAY DONOVAN KNOCKS ‘EM DEAD, will be published in February 2022.

Suspenseful, funny…. More, please.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Amusing… pleasingly absurd… [a] romp from a skilled comic writer.”―
Publishers Weekly
“[Cosimano’s] main character is so endearing it’s easy to surrender…”―New York Times Book Review

Elle Cosimano is the award-winning author of several acclaimed young adult novels including Nearly Gone, Holding Smoke, The Suffering Tree, and Seasons of the Storm. Elle’s debut, Nearly Gone, was an Edgar Award finalist, and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award and the Mathical Book Prize recognizing mathematics in children’s literature. Her more recent young adult thriller Holding Smoke was an International Thriller Writers Award nominee and a Bram Stoker Award finalist. In addition to her novels, her essays have appeared in HuffPost and Time. Elle lives with her husband and two sons in Virginia.

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