Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun (The Finlay Donovan Series #3)

Elle Cosimano


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.

From USA Today bestseller and Edgar-Award nominee Elle Cosimano, comes Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun—the highly anticipated, hilarious, and heart-pounding next installment in the beloved Finlay Donovan series…

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Cosimano does it again! I love finding the gems of humor in thrillers and at book 3, she’s still keeping pace.

Finlay and her friend Vero are just about the dumbest criminals of all time. One, because they’re trying to not be criminals, and two, because they think it’ll get them out of whatever mess they’re in. But it just makes it worse. I’m still laughing through this series.

Finlay’s love interest is in charge of a citizen’s police academy. This is the perfect cover to get in and be able to search out a killer but also get content for her next book deadline. The scenes are ridiculous and sometimes over-the-top but we read to be entertained. In my opinion, Cosimano is still accomplishing that. It may not be as good as book one but it still has me looking forward to each installment.

It’s even somewhat predictable but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying it. It’s full of laugh-out-loud moments, criminal ridiculousness from Finlay and Vero, and single parenting in-between.

AUDIO REVIEW: Well done! Angela Dawe is perfect at making their antics sound hilarious. There is great inflection in her voice and she emphasizes hilarity when needed. She is great for this series!

General content summary: F words= 10, physical violence (bites, threats, weapons), person crushed by heavy weight (groan heard, legs seen), naked man (no details), alcohol (multiple), intimacy (some details), large fire with people threatened. 

Thank you to Minotaur Books for the digital copy and MacMillan Audio for the ALC!

The book releases January 31, 2023.

**As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

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