March’s Book Club Pick

Part rom-com, part mystery, and fully hysterical…

Hello, March and Ashley Brooke Book Club friends! I have been eagerly awaiting this month because FINLAY DONOVAN IS BACK! Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun by Elle Cosimano was just released and I’m so excited for us to read it together. This is one of my favorite series of all time, and I credit Elle for turning me into a mystery-genre girl. This series is seriously laugh-out-loud funny, and I truly can’t think of a better book (or series) to pop into your beach bag this spring.

The premise of Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun is this: 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. His task for Finlay? Find and identify a contract killer before the cops do.

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.

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March’s Ashley Brooke Book Club Pick: Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun by Elle Cosimano

If you’re a longtime follower of the Ashley Brooke Book Club titles, then you probably knew this book was coming! Trust me when I say this you don’t want to miss out on our favorite duo’s latest adventure. Elle’s books are heart-felt, witty, and true page turners… and I hear that a Finlay Donovan #4 is underway for release in 2024, which makes me so happy!

The Finlay Donovan Series

If you haven’t read the last two books in this series, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It and Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead, then scoop those up! I loved them both, and also so enjoyed reading about Elle’s inspiration behind the series (which came to her in Panera of all places!). There’s more about Elle and all of her books and writing here, and you can also follow her on Instagram here.

I love that the Finlay Donovan series is equal parts heart, mystery, and humor. The below books also hold the same… have you read any of these? What other books would you say are twisty page-turners with an irresistible, yet totally relatable, heroine? Let us know over on the over on the Ashley Brooke Book Club Instagram!


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  1. Oh I’m so excited-I love Finlay!! This will be the perfect spring break title.
    I also loved The Maid…flew threw it and it became one of my favorites for 2022. i

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