Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice

Macmillan Audio. (Finlay Donovan, Bk. 4). Mar. 2024. 9:05 hrs. ISBN 9781250332134. $19.99. M
Fans of Cosimano’s (Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun) series in audio will be delighted to hear that Angela Dawe is back, narrating a protagonist who’s matured as an amateur detective yet still finds herself in outrageous, hilarious situations. It’s gratifying to see Finlay drawing on her experience in outmaneuvering threats to navigate her latest deadly adventure. This time she and her friend Vero are headed to Atlantic City with Finlay’s mother and her ex-husband tagging along. They’ve just learned that Vero’s loan shark is dead when Finlay’s policeman love interest Nick and his colleagues, including a mole for the Russian mob, arrive. Soon, Finlay and Vero are dodging cops, mobsters, and Atlantic City’s own criminal networks while protecting a dog in possession of vital evidence. The novel ends by closing major lingering story arcs even as it sets up a new one. At this point, no one else could give Finlay and the rest of the cast their voices like Dawe. Finlay and Vero are instantly recognizable, Zhirov and his mole have their own distinct menace, and Nick with his flirtatious smolder.
VERDICT Revisiting Finlay, as performed by Dawe, is an iconic experience.
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