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“Finlay Donovan Is Killing It” by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan is at her wit’s end. The recently-divorced mother of two preschoolers is drowning in overdue bills and behind in a romance novel she is contracted to write. A stranger sitting next to her in a restaurant overhears a conversation between Donovan and her agent regarding the plot of her next book.

The woman thinks she is overhearing a contract killer and wants to hire Donovan to do away with her husband. Donovan is desperate enough to consider it, and the confusions escalate from there.

A little research reveals that the proposed victim is not a nice man and has mob connections. Donovan feels justified in doing away with such a person, but has no real idea how to make it happen, much less how to conceal the crime.

The humor in this book is reminiscent of mystery writer Janet Evanovich’s goofy bail bondswoman Stephanie Plum. She is silly and inept but somehow manages to get out of messy situations and triumph over the bad guys. If you like that sub-genre of mysteries, you might want to check out this book.

Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation.