Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

Thank you, Minotaur Books, for the gifted copy of Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun {partner}

Genre: Mystery
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 1.31.2023
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆


“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.”


“If you must know, the serving sizes are huge, I went back for seconds, and his biscuits were utterly spectacular.”

Finlay Donovan is back! And with this book, she is trying to figure out who “Easy Clean” actually is. Because of that, Finlay and Vero end up in the middle of a Citizens Police Academy, and as you can guess, a lot of hilarity ensues. There’s romance, adventure, sneaking around, and moments that made me think, “OMG, how did they get themselves into this ridiculous situation?”

Because this is the third book in the series, I should’ve given myself a refresher course on the previous two books. The author, Elle Cosimono, makes multiple references to events from Finlay Donovan is Killing It and Finlay Donovan Knocks’ Em Dead. While I remember some of them, I feel like part of the story was lost because I couldn’t recall what happened from the first book published in early 2021. If you plan to read this, I suggest a refresher of the other two books.

While I enjoy the romance element of the book, my favorite part is the friendship between Vero and Finlay. They are one another’s Ride-or-Dies, and their banter makes up a big reason I love this series. So, whether Finlay ends up with Nick or someone completely different, I hope that her and Vero always have each other’s backs.

🤣 Hilarious
📖 Give yourself a refresher on the previous two books
👯‍♀️ Romantic aspect, but I’m here for the friendship
🚔 Citizen Police Academy setting

I recommend reading the Finlay Donovan series if you enjoyed watching the show Dead to Me.

Format: 304 pages, paperback
Published: January 2023
ISBN 9781250846037 (ISBN10: 125084603X)

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