Today is Ellen’s turn on the blog tour for Caimh McDonnell’s latest book, The Day That Never Comes! As well as Ellen’s review, there is also a guest post from Caimh AND a TWITTER giveaway for a signed book, UK AND IRELAND ONLY, so watch out for the rules at the end of this post!
About the book:
Remember those people that destroyed the economy and then cruised off on their yachts? Well guess what – someone is killing them.
Dublin is in the middle of a heat wave and tempers are running high. The Celtic Tiger is well and truly dead, activists have taken over the headquarters of a failed bank, the trial of three unscrupulous property developers teeters on the brink of collapse, and in the midst of all this, along comes a mysterious organisation hell-bent on exacting bloody vengeance in the name of the little guy.
Paul Mulchrone doesn’t care about any of this; he has problems of his own. His newly established detective agency is about to be DOA. One of his partners won’t talk to him for very good reasons and the other has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth for no reason at all. Can he hold it together long enough to figure out what Bunny McGarry’s colourful past has to do with his present absence?
When the law and justice no longer mean the same thing, on which side will you stand?
Click the links below to get your copy:
About the author:
Caimh is a man who wears many hats. As well as being an author, he is an award-winning writer for TV, a stand-up comedian and ‘the voice of London Irish’ rugby club. A Man With One of Those Faces is his first novel and he proudly considers it the best thing he has ever done. It is a crime thriller set in his home town of Dublin and is laced with a distinctly Irish dark sense of humour.
In TV land, he has written for some of the biggest shows on British telly, including Mock the Week, The Sarah Millican TV Programme and Have I got News for You. He has also written a load of kids TV, including a cartoon series which he created and was BAFTA nominated for.
I absolutely loved A Man with One of Those Faces so when Kate asked if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing the second in the series the answer was hell yes!!
It was great to see the gang (Paul and Brigid) back together, Bunny McGarry is actually missing in action and there are a few new characters to get to know. The story switches between events of 2000, where we do get to see my favourite no-holds barred copper Bunny in action, and the present day. After their involvement in the Rapunzel case in the previous book, the gang were supposed to be setting up their own private investigation company but as is to be expected where Paul is involved this doesn’t entirely run to plan.
Caimh’s ability to juxtapose crime and humour is fantastic, this isn’t a cozy crime novel with funny bits, or comedy with dark parts. We have the brutal murders, sliced off eyelids, a man tied to a mast with his own intestines, dodgy dealings, mysterious Puca and then Maggie…a Guinness slurping, pork scratchings chomping Alsatian with boundary issues! Maggie may have been my favourite character in the book but only because we didn’t see much of Bunny!
This book could be read as a standalone but why would you do that? Get them both read!! Five stars all the way.
Catch Ellen’s review for A Man With One Of Those Faces HERE.
Caimh’s Guest Post:
Turning The Air Blue
Swearing – or as my mother calls it, often accompanied by a clip around the ear, the effing and jeffing – is something that readers, critics and authors often get into a right barney about.
Personally, and I know not everyone will agree, I see it as an organic part of the language and I’m happy to have my characters occasionally ‘turning the air blue’, and not just the villains.
My books are set in my hometown of Dublin and I pride myself on coming from one of the fonts of truly great swearers. If swearing was an Olympic sport, we’d be disqualified for foul language – that’s how good we are. In all seriousness, ‘bad language’ can give a real sense of a place and its people. Irvine Welsh’s classic Trainspotting just wouldn’t work if the language was sanitized. Similarly, Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy is a masterpiece full of warmth and joy, but the language is never less than a tad fruity. That’s not to say that I want my characters indiscriminately spraying out invectives, but I very much doubt anyone in history has been shot in the foot and proclaimed it ‘frightfully inconvenient.’
So, fair warning, my books do have some ‘bad language’ in them, but, as with everything in a novel, I think you can be creative with it. For example, one of the central characters in my books is a foul-mouthed Garda detective called Bunny McGarry. Just swearing doesn’t really fit him. It seems far more appropriate to his large personality that he would go to town with his expletives and thus Bunnyisms were born.
The very first one I used was in fact taken from a Christian Brother who taught my brother maths. He would regularly call whatever student happened to be annoying him ‘a one-eyed son of a cock-eyed Suzie’. Read that again, it’s actually not as rude as you initially thought. It also makes very little sense, yet it is still one of the finest swears I’ve ever heard. I’ve invented numerous others along the way. Bunny accuses someone looking glum of ‘sitting there like a eunuch at an orgy’. Someone is ‘as happy as a horny dog at a one-legged man convention’. An annoying colleague is ‘little hairy-arsed goat humper’ and when there is suspicion of foul play something ‘smells worse than a wino’s arse on Sunday’.
The great thing about Bunnyisms is that they don’t even have to make a great deal of sense. What they have is an energy and a sort of malevolent poetry to them. They’re great fun to make up too. Feel free to have a try. It is essentially a game of sweary word association where there are no wrong answers.
Along with the Bunnyisms, there’s the feck issue. The makers of Father Ted managed to successfully convince the British censors that feck was not the same as the word with a ‘u’ instead of that ‘e’. Lord knows how they managed it, any Irish person, especially my mother, will tell you that it definitely is.
Still though, the rest of the world seems to feel that Irish swearing has a certain lyrical beauty to it and if a character is to be ‘real’, then I’ll continue to write them talking like a real person – albeit one who might get the occasional clatter around the ear from my Ma.
Caimh has a signed copy of his book to give away to one lucky reader.
To enter, you must RETWEET the pinned competition tweet.
Giveaway is open to UK and Ireland only.
Competition closes at Midnight GMT on Feb 3rd, any entries after that will not be counted.
The winner will be notified on twitter and passed on to McFori Ink, Caimh’s publisher.
Huge thanks to Caimh, Ellen and Elaine at McFori for tofay’s blog tour post!
Good luck! 🙂