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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

A struggling crime novelist’s biggest hit treads closer to truth than fiction when she becomes a suspect in a real-life murder investigation. The first in a deliciously addictive new series.

Finlay Donovan’s done the research and she’s got the skillset to solve it, but can she write her way out of the story before her deadline?

When overheard discussing the details of her manuscript with her agent over lunch, struggling suspense author and single mother Finlay Donovan is mistaken for a hitman and receives a job offer to dispose of a “problem” husband. The woman slips Finlay a name with the promise of a tempting payoff. But when Harris Mickler turns up dead in the back of her minivan, Finlay can’t take credit for the crime. Turns out, Harris had plenty of enemies, but when his disappearance becomes the plot of Finlay’s unexpected breakout novel, she’s forced to get creative to bury her involvement–and his body. With a hot-shot detective on the case and a book of evidence against her, if she doesn’t unmask the real killer soon, Finlay’s first big hit might be her last.

“Clever, perfectly plotted, and laugh-out-loud funny, Finlay Donovan is Killing It is one of those books that will make you smile long after you’ve turned the last page. This series is pitch-perfect and will be devoured by fans of Janet Evanovich. Elle Cosimano hits it way, way, way out of the park!” Wendy Walker

Rights details

World English Language: Minotaur (Macmillan), February 2021
UK: Headline
Russia: Eksmo
Romania: Bookzone
Complex Chinese: Spring International, Taiwan
Hungary: Agave Konyvet
Brazil Portuguese: Melhoramento
Czech: Host
Japan: Tokyo Sogensha
Large print: Thorndike

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The Author

Elle Cosimano

Elle Cosimano  is the author of several gripping YA novels that have been excellently reviewed. NEARLY GONE and NEARLY FOUND were published by Penguin. HOLDING SMOKE and THE SUFFERING TREE are with Disney-Hyperion.

Elle is the daughter of a prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rides a Harley. She majored in Psychology at St Mary’s College, Maryland, and set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. With her husband and two  sons, she divides her time between Mexico and the Washington DC area.

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