Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

Macmillan Audio. (Finlay Donovan, Bk. 3). Jan. 2023. 8:38 hrs. ISBN 9781250881748. $19.99. M
Single mom and suspense novelist Finlay and her nanny and assistant Vero are back, and they’re still in deep with the Russian mob. To the delight of audiobook listeners everywhere, author Cosimano’s words and Angela Dawe’s narration form an equally powerful partnership (though it’s much more skilled than Finlay and Vero are). Finlay is known for muddling through her escapades, using her skill at plotting thrillers and Vero’s chaotic knowledge to save the day. That won’t be enough this time since her target may be part of the police force. But luck is on her side since she’s attending a citizen’s police academy; luckier still, Finlay’s love interest, detective Nick Anthony, is running the camp. Dawe gamely spins listeners through the layers of humor, from Vero’s sarcasm to Nick’s dry observations, all of which bookend Finlay’s hijinks. It’s unlikely that anyone could perform Finlay’s voice better than the incredibly talented Dawe.
VERDICT The latest installment in Cosimano’s “Finlay Donovan” series (following Finlay Donovan Knocks ’Em Dead) will undoubtedly have listeners rolling with laughter. An excellent recommendation for anyone pining for the next Stephanie Plum novel.
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