Discussion: Finlay Donovan is Killing It

Finlay Donovan is Killing It

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Happy holiday weekend! I hope you’re sporting sunscreen and a fully stocked book bag. I adored this month’s unique pick, Finlay Donovan is Killing It. It seriously made me laugh out loud and Finlay and Vero made a such an amazing duo! Based on the ending, it looks like there is more of Finlay to come and I for one, can’t wait!

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Finlay Donovan is Killing It

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Discussion Questions!

1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?


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  1. May 28, 2021 / 7:35 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    Y’all the Nanny WAS MY FAVORITE. I couldn’t get over her!!! I loved their supportive and sweet relationship… even if it was a little twisted, ha!!

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    How do you pick?!?!?!? I think Julian stole my heart for the get go. Also, I love that she shared the WHOLE story with him.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    Okay, so I’m not a mystery or thriller kind of gal, I wish I was, but man… I just can’t get into them. But this one had my from chapter one. It was hilarious and found myself laughing out loud the entire book. I really wish I could find another one just like it. Maybe my favorite read of the year?!

  2. Melissa Terry
    May 28, 2021 / 7:37 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?
    I loved the relationship between Finlay and Vero. Vero not only loved her children, but she swooped in to help Finlay in her time of need. Anyone who would help you bury a body is a good friend-ha!

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?
    Julian was a fun side story to me but I loved the relationship that seemed to be developing with Nick. The very last line of the book made me imagine there will be more occasions for Finlay to cross paths with him in the future.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?
    I loved this book way more than I thought I would! There were so many overlapping storylines and I felt very emotionally invested in Finlay’s story. In a crazy way I felt like the whole plot seemed relatable…the fact the story starts in a Panera was just the beginning.

  3. Mary
    May 28, 2021 / 8:40 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?
    Definitely Vero. Not only did she step in to help Finlay with the kids but she also stood up for her to her ex, and she supported her through the very end.

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?
    I think Julian had the most chemistry with her, but I liked the development of the relationship with nick.
    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?
    This is my favorite kind of mystery. It’s smart, funny, and not trying to scare the pants off you. I liked that Finlay didn’t *actually* kill anyone because it’s much harder to root for someone who did.

  4. Rebecca
    May 28, 2021 / 8:43 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    I loved the relationship between Finlay & Vero! Vero was always there for Finlay no matter what & I loved that friendship!

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    This is such a hard question for me, I LOVED THEM BOTH! Overall, I think I would chose Julian because he liked her just as she was, T-shirt, pizza & all! ❤️

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    I loved the fun twists throughout this book! Finlay was such a fun character because she was so real! You could feel her struggles and just wanted the best for her! Each chapter kept me on my toes! Such a fun read!

  5. May 28, 2021 / 10:01 am

    I loved this book! Super unrealistic but a great read from beginning to end. I agree that I wish I could find others like it. I like suspense thrillers but this one was different and I loved it. I wanted her to end up with the bartender.

  6. May 28, 2021 / 10:12 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    I loved the relationship with the nanny they were both willing to sacrifice so much even to the point of no return.

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    I liked Julian. It gave me some “Younger” vibes with Liza and Josh. I thought he kept her on her toes and also supported and waited for her.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    I loved the playfullness of it and how she was literally just thrown into it all.

  7. Kamber
    May 28, 2021 / 11:04 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    I loved the nanny too! She was there through it all! I also loved how she stood up to the ex!

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    So I was totally expecting it to go somewhere with Nick, I was very surprised by her ending it! I love that Julian let her be her without judgement though!

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    I loved the comedy mixed with romance in the mystery! There’s nothing like it! At first I wasn’t sure I was really going to like her, ha! I was like girl, what are you doing?! Then to see she couldn’t go through with it, I was like phew! But her willingness to do ANYTHING to keep her kids, that was also important to note. It balanced out the murder adjacent part, ha!

    Question for you all… the END… why do you think Stephen’s name was there?! I gasped out loud!!!

  8. Ashley Kersey Davis
    May 28, 2021 / 11:58 am

    1) I loved loved loved the relationship between Finaly and Vero!! I loved being able to watch the trust and fierce loyalty being built with these two throughout the book! I think the author described it beautifully in the book when Finaly goes through all they had been through together and although they didn’t have any pictures together in the house, she realizes they had a much closer, stronger, and real bond than friends that had a bunch of pictures together.

    2) I really liked Julian the bartender from the start. I was rooting for it, and got kind nervous Nick was going to win out. It seemed there was a spark and their flirtations were more genuine and deeper. It seemed Nick was only entertained to get a inside scoop on what the cops knew and didn’t know. I was very happy with the ending. Either way I’m glad she got to indirectly show her ex two different men were vying for her attention!!

    3) I love mysteries!!! This was a refreshing take on a plot for a mystery book!! It wasn’t too dark or suspenseful. I really enjoyed the playful and comedic approach/flavor to a mystery book. I had a hard time putting it down!! It was like Bridget Jones meets Girl on a Train!!

    Excellent pick!! I’m excited for June!!

  9. Mary Beth
    May 28, 2021 / 11:58 pm

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    Vero was awesome. I love how she’s stealing a frying pan and a box of stuff at the beginning of the book but then ready to go all in with helping Finlay. Such a funny duo!

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    I like Julian but every time Finlay called him I was ready to yell. I don’t know if I was Julian if I’d still want to talk to her after the whole story!

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    I haven’t read a mystery since I was into Nancy Drew back in the day….but I just LOVED this book. I was cracking up from the first sentence and kept laughing through the whole thing. I appreciated that it wasn’t really gory and that it was so silly at times! Finlay was such a mess and tried to do the right thing but just kept getting herself in trouble. You couldn’t help but root for her. I really enjoyed this book and kept imagining it as a movie.

  10. May 29, 2021 / 5:40 pm

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    Definitely the relationship between Vero and Finlay. That unconditional support coming in a non-traditional way I thought was pretty cool and a great message. A relationship does not need to be romantic to be fulfilling.

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    Definitely Julian. What a power couple: a murder mystery author and a hot shot lawyer? Sign me up.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    I liked the whodunnit aspect of it, and that it did not end up being too predictable. I won’t lie, it definitely gave me anxiety. If I was Finaly I would have been a mess, but I am glad it all worked out in the end….maybe! That cliff hanger ending hooked me I’m not going to lie.

  11. Kim
    May 30, 2021 / 9:04 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    Vero stepping in to help Finlay was unexpected, but their friendship was a great pairing.

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    I was routing for Nick, but I see how Finlay could be completely honest with Julian about the whole story and not with Nick.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    This book hooked me at the first line: “It’s a widely known fact that most moms are ready to kill someone by eight thirty a.m. on any given morning.” Finlay was a likable and relatable character even when she’s put in such a crazy situation. I liked that there was a lot of humor mixed in with the mystery. I thought it was hilarious that the contract killer note was passed in a Panera. Haha.

  12. Sonia R Ramos
    May 30, 2021 / 11:21 pm

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?

    Definitely the nanny! I loved how they took care of each other. There was definitely a kindred spirit between the two of them.

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests?

    Definitely Julian… he saw right through her and all of her. It was obvious she was in a love drought so it was easy to forgive her shows of affections to both but in the end… Julian was the right choice.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?

    She was a good person trying to the best she could with the resources she had. She just happened to have the best luck ever! I appreciated that the story was told through her eyes and as a writer she was so descriptive that I could smell and feel the stickiness of the pancake syrup in the 1st chapter.

  13. Samantha Weyant
    June 2, 2021 / 9:03 am

    1. This book has several instances of women supporting other women. Which was your favorite?\
    I loved Vero and Finlay they had a good banter that kept the crime plotline light when it would otherwise be too dark for me to enjoy.

    2. Finlay has some flirtations with both Nick, the detective and Julian the bartender/law student. Who was your favorite match for Finlay and do you like how the book handled these love interests? I liked Julian for Finlay. He was the first romantic encounter at the bar the night Finlay was meeting harris and he just stuck with me for the rest of the book holding out hope they would end up together.

    3. This was such a different look at the mystery novel. What did you like about it that was different and how did Finlay’s adjacent involvement in murder make you feel about her character?
    This book is not my normal go-to so I couldn’t read it before bed because I easily get nightmares even from less than scary stories. I liked the how Finlay didn’t actually commit the crime herself but rather had a series of unfortunate events connecting her to the murder. This made her more likeable than had she actually committed the murder herself. I did think she should have been honest with her sister earlier in the story to protect her and her family from the mobsters.

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