#ChristmasInJuly: Special Agent Finnegan 1

Special Agent Finnegan
When Special Agent Finnegan O’Reilly gets shot, and the news brings on his father’s heart attack, he decides to cut out the undercover assignments for a while. The O’Reilly has suffered enough and Finn can’t be the cause of more. Then his boss forces him to take on one more case. Playing a role right in their own pub to expose the serial, suicide killers rampaging New York City, he’s to be their next target. His part – to be a married man who cheats on his wife – seems more like real life than playacting.
Renée Knight has no scruples when on the job as a New York City cop. Her disguises have become a permanent fixture in her life, and no one really knows her except for the father she loves fiercely. The man whose suicide she doesn’t accept nor will she leave alone. If it means going undercover in a pub where the killers hang out, she’s their girl. If it means playing the wife of the pub owner, no problem. But they never intended for her to fall for this guy, she does this all on her own. Now she has to hire the killers to arrange his suicide. And catch them before they carry it out.

Special Agent Finnegan is the second book in the author’s Undercover FBI series. Not having read the first book, I found that this one is easily read as a stand-alone. Finnegan decides to stop taking undercover cases with the FBI after his father’s heart attack. A heart attack that was brought on by Special Agent Finnegan getting shot. His boss has one more case for him which requires him to have a wife.  Renee’s Uncle Jack runs the agency that Finnegan works for and is brought in to act as Finnegan’s wife for his last case. As a NYC cop, she uses disguises to do her job and no one really knows what she looks like.

The storyline was good – Irish pubs, Irish agents, and lots of suspense and action. I enjoyed the pairing/dynamic of Renee and Finnegan together. It had the perfect balance of comedy and suspense, though the entire book. The banter between the two was witty and funny, something I enjoy in a good book. However, I found the sequence of events a little predictable.

I really enjoyed the character of Finnegan’s dad, The O’Reilly. The guy was a hoot! He really was the standout character within the entire story. I can just picture him behind the bar, dishing out stories and advice to his patrons.

Overall, this is a good story that had great chemistry between the characters. Would I want to read more from this series? I’m still on the fence about that.


Author, Mimi Barbour, has five romance series at this time. The Vicarage Bench, a Spirit-travel, Time-travel Series / Angels with Attitude Series – Angels Love Romance / The Vegas Series—fast-paced, thrilling and loved by readers / Elvis Series—make an Elvis Song a book, and her latest suspense series with gritty characters, constant conflicts and emotional highs and lows sharing humor on every page, The Undercover FBI series.

“Mimi says – I’ve taken early retirement on Vancouver Island to spend my days and many nights, hovering over my computer and spinning the stories that have been vying for my attention over the years.

My husband is supportive, drags me out to feed me and plans occasional forays into the outside world. I have a son who makes me happy I was born a woman so I could be his mom, and a niece whose family adds to my full cup of happiness.”

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