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Finlay Donovan Knock Em Dead – Elle Cosimano ★★★★★

Blurb; Finlay Donovan is―once again―struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she’s dealt with lately is that of her daughter’s pet goldfish.

On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he’s a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of hit-women disguised as soccer moms, and a little bit more involvement with the Russian mob than she’d like.

Meanwhile, Vero’s keeping secrets, and Detective Nick Anthony seems determined to get back into her life. He may be a hot cop, but Finlay’s first priority is preventing her family from sleeping with the fishes… and if that means bending a few laws then so be it.

With her next book’s deadline looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is quickly coming to the end of her rope. She can only hope there isn’t a noose at the end of it…

My Review; Another recent buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads. We both loved book one so much we went straight into book two. These are best read in order and do not work as Standalone reads. Again another brilliant five star read we both loved and enjoyed. The same characters and setting. More drama. But this time it’s too close to home when it involves Finlays ex partner and father to her children.

Can Finlay and Vero turn detectives again and save her ex while keeping her children safe? All while working on her future novels? I just love her character so much she has to be one of my favourites. I’m so excited to see what lies ahead for her in future books three and four. Patiently waiting. A must read. A must buy. Highly recommend. Enjoyed and loved by us both. Hard to forget.

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Her Perfect Twin – Sarah Bonner ★★★★★

Blurb; HER PERFECT TWIN. YOUR NEW OBSESSION.

When Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband’s phone, she wants answers.

Leah already has everything Megan has ever wanted. Fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder.

The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her.

But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret too?

My Review; A 99p buy. I randomly started reading it and I was hooked from the beginning. An extremely clever story about identical twins Leah and Megan. One I found I had to concentrate reading as both the twins are extremely similar. Who’s dead? Who’s alive? Who’s partner is who? But just over half way through this read lockdown and Covid 19 come into the story and flip the whole story.

Very cleverly written as the author had me hating Megan thinking she’s so clever. But then it switched to me hating her partner Chris what an evil character he was. But then the whole story flips again at the end and OMG I was not ready for it at all. That ending blew me away and made this a five star read for me. Extremely clever. Clever. Clever. I know. But I could have never have come up with this plot at all. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. One that will be hard to forget. Fast paced, be over before you know it.

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Finlay Donovan is Killing It – Elle Cosimano ★★★★★

Blurb; Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

Fast-paced, deliciously witty, and wholeheartedly authentic in depicting the frustrations and triumphs of motherhood in all its messiness, hilarity, and heartfelt moments, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It is the first in a brilliant new series from award-winning Elle Cosimano.

My Review; OMG. This was another buddy read with Mel from Melanie’s Reads and I so wish I got around to reading this so much sooner than I did. What a brilliant book. Amazing. Outstanding. I get the hype over this one. Very clever story. One we both devoured and loved. I can relate to the motherhood part of this story so much, parts had me laughing. But the whole murder, cash, author and romance character in one… LOVE IT. Loved her character, very unique.

A must read. A must buy. I’m very happy there is a second book which we have already nearly finished and is just as good as book one. A well deserved five stars from me and a high possibility of this going into my top reads of the year. One that will be hard to forget. Highly recommend.

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