Disaster Inc by Caimh McDonnell~Ellen’s Review

Hi guys,

Ellen has a review for you all today of Disaster Inc by Caimh McDonnell and I’ll be sharing it with you a little further down!

About the author:

Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats. Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, he has taken the hop across the water and now calls Manchester his home.

He 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. His debut novel, A Man with One of Those Faces, which was nominated for a CAP Award in 2017, is the first book of the Dublin Trilogy series. The sequel and prequel, The Day That Never Come and Angels in the Moonlight, were published in 2017. The books are fast-paced crime thrillers set in Caimh’s hometown of Dublin and they are laced with distinctly Irish acerbic wit.

Caimh’s TV writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme,A League of Their OwnMock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, Caimh has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He has brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

Follow Caimh’s witterings on @Caimh

Facebook:  @CaimhMcD

About the book:

He’s a good man having a bad day with the worst hangover. 

All Bunny McGarry wants is a spot of breakfast and a decent cup of tea. So imagine how annoyed he gets when two masked men attempt to rob the New York diner he is in? Unfortunately, dealing with that problem just leads to a whole lot more. One of the diner’s other customers isn’t who she appears to be, and the odds aren’t great that she is going to live to see another breakfast. 

So just how much trouble is she in? 

Well, you know how they’re always telling us to pay attention to our pensions?   Some ex-employees of the US government are really taking that advice to heart by using their mayhem-creating abilities to maximise their investments. When one of their fund managers has a momentary crisis of conscience and confesses all to a woman he hardly knows, they will stop at nothing to deal with the problem.  Amy Daniels is in big trouble and the only thing keeping her alive is a man who is supposed to already be dead.

Disaster Inc is the first book in a new series featuring Bunny McGarry, beloved by those who enjoyed the critically-acclaimed Dublin Trilogy of books. It melds high-octane action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. 

Click the link below to order your copy:

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Ellen’s Review:

Now we all know I love Bunny McGarry and he’s back with a bang (and an EPIC hangover) in Disaster Inc! Bunny is in New York, no mean feat as according to official records he’s dead, and looking for the love of his life Simone Delamere. We catch up with Bunny in a diner where all he wants is breakfast and a cup of tea in the hope of recovering from aforesaid hangover, what he ends up with is being in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, the ensuing brawl and a damsel in distress!

Amy is the lady in need of help; a dominatrix just trying to fund her way to a law degree but thanks to the loose lips of a client dealing in some dodgy insider information she is being framed for a crime she didn’t commit. Bunny to the rescue! Of course it’s never going to be straight forward, this is Bunny McGarry we’re dealing with. Crazy comedic capers commence (try saying that after a few pints of Guinness and a few whisky chasers)and it wouldn’t be a Caimh McDonnell book without the bonkers characters and antics we’ve come to know and love.

Disaster Inc is book five featuring Bunny and can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend that you read the four books in The Dublin Trilogy first. I know..one’s a prequel sssshhhhh just roll with it. So go make yourself a lovely cup of tea and settle down with this cracking book! Qll the stars and LOLs for Disaster Inc and bring on book six!

Last Orders by Caimh McDonnell~Ellen’s Review

Hey guys,

Second post of the day is Ellen’s review for Last Orders by Caimh McDonnell. These books sound fab so I will definitely be adding them to my TBR!

About the author:

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Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats. Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, he has taken the hop across the water and now calls Manchester his home.

He 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. His debut novel, A Man with One of Those Faces, which was nominated for a CAP Award in 2017, is the first book of the Dublin Trilogy series. The sequel and prequel, The Day That Never Come and Angels in the Moonlight, were published in 2017. The books are fast-paced crime thrillers set in Caimh’s hometown of Dublin and they are laced with distinctly Irish acerbic wit.

Caimh’s TV writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme,A League of Their OwnMock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, Caimh has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He has brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

Follow Caimh’s witterings on @Caimh

Facebook:  @CaimhMcD


Ellen has read and reviewed the first three books, and you can check out her reviews by clicking the links below:

A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell

Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell 


The last book in this series is Last Orders, and it is out now, published by McFori Ink. Here’s what you need to know about that one:

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As a wise man once said, just because you’re done with the past, doesn’t mean the past is done with you.

Paul can’t let an incident from his past go. When he finds out a rival detective agency played a key role in it, he drags MCM Investigations into a blood feud that they can’t hope to win. Soon they’re faced with the prospect of the company going out of business and Brigit going out of her damn mind.

When long-buried bodies are discovered in the Wicklow Mountains, Bunny’s past starts closing in on him too. Who can he trust when he can’t even trust himself? When he finds himself with nowhere left to run and nobody he can turn to, will the big fella make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the ones he loves?

When all that’s left is the fall, the fall is everything.

And even the mighty fall.

Last Orders is the thrilling conclusion of the critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. It’s best enjoyed having read the other books in the series, particularly the prequel Angels in the Moonlight.

Click the links below to order your copy now:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Ellen’s Review for Last Orders:

A certain part of me doesn’t want to write this review, not because I didn’t love every word of it but because this it for the Dublin Trilogy. Finito. The finale. An Deireadh!* I’m a member of the Bunny McGarry fan club (sssh it’s not just me!)and have been throwing the hashtags #TeamBunny and #BunnysGirls around like confetti since the first book (A Man With One of Those Faces). To see Bunny’s headstone on the cover and for the opening to be Bunny’s funeral broke me before I’d even got started. That I felt this way about a fictional character is testament to Caimh’s skills as a writer, Bunny is the perfect anti-hero and I probably shouldn’t love the sociopath as much as I do!

To fully enjoy this book I highly recommend that you read the three previous novels A Man With One of Those Faces, The Day That Never Comes and the prequel Angels in The Moonlight. We have watched Bunny, Paul, Phil and Brigit conquer a variety of problems in their roles in MCM Investigations and there is no respite in Last Orders as they are in a tit for tat feud with a rival private investigations company which ends up threatening their futures in the business. Add to that two bodies found in the Wicklow Mountains that appear to have a historic link to Bunny…the past well and truly starts to catch up with him and he seems to be descending into madness.

Along with the tugging at your heart strings are the usual laughs and high jinks; Maggie the flatulent dog, Phil’s failure to grasp life’s simplest lessons along with Paul and Brigit’s bumpy road to reconcile. I’ve loved being on this journey with the gang and am truly sad that it has come to an end…..or has it!? Bravo on this outstanding series Mr McDonnell, I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.

 *I am LOVING the fact that Ellen put Irish into her review! 🙂

Caimh McDonnell’s Last Orders~Guest Post

Hi guys,

Today I’m bringing you another laugh out loud guest post from Irish author Caimh McDonnell. While I haven’t read this series (YET, dear reader!!!), I know Ellen and plenty of other fab folk have, and raved about them all. Here’s all you need to know about Caimh and his books…


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Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats. Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, he has taken the hop across the water and now calls Manchester his home.

He 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. His debut novel, A Man with One of Those Faces, which was nominated for a CAP Award in 2017, is the first book of the Dublin Trilogy series. The sequel and prequel, The Day That Never Come and Angels in the Moonlight, were published in 2017. The books are fast-paced crime thrillers set in Caimh’s hometown of Dublin and they are laced with distinctly Irish acerbic wit.

Caimh’s TV writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme,A League of Their Own, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, Caimh has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He has brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

Follow Caimh’s witterings on @Caimh

Facebook:  @CaimhMcD


As I mentioned above, my super guest reviewer Ellen has read and reviewed the first three books, and you can check out her reviews by clicking the links below:

A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell

Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell 


The last book in this series is Last Orders, and it is out now, published by McFori Ink. Here’s what you need to know about that one:

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As a wise man once said, just because you’re done with the past, doesn’t mean the past is done with you.

Paul can’t let an incident from his past go. When he finds out a rival detective agency played a key role in it, he drags MCM Investigations into a blood feud that they can’t hope to win. Soon they’re faced with the prospect of the company going out of business and Brigit going out of her damn mind.

When long-buried bodies are discovered in the Wicklow Mountains, Bunny’s past starts closing in on him too. Who can he trust when he can’t even trust himself? When he finds himself with nowhere left to run and nobody he can turn to, will the big fella make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the ones he loves?

When all that’s left is the fall, the fall is everything.

And even the mighty fall.

Last Orders is the thrilling conclusion of the critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. It’s best enjoyed having read the other books in the series, particularly the prequel Angels in the Moonlight.

Click the links below to order your copy now:

Amazon UK

Amazon US


A Blurbering Wreck

People often ask me ‘what’s the hardest thing about being a writer’?  To be clear, that isn’t the most common question I get asked, in fact those are;

1/ How do you say your name?

2/ Are you going to buy that pie?  You can’t just stand there and ogle it.

3/ Seriously, that’s how you say your name?

4/ Have you seen the packet of biscuits that was just here?

5/ Are you absolutely sure that’s how you say your name?

But number 6 is that question about what’s the hardest thing about being a writer. Prepare to be shocked, but it’s the writing. I know, who could’ve seen that coming? The follow-up question is generally along the lines of ‘which bit of the writing?’

That’s a bit trickier. For me it’s not fight scenes – although my editor did give me a strict ‘one nut shot per novel’ rule, it’s not argument scenes – you should meet my family, and it’s not even love scenes – although to be fair, while there is reference to nookie in my books, I’m far too bashful-lapsed-Catholic to go into what-goes-where details, as I’d imagine is clear from my insistence in referring to sex as ‘nookie’.

No the hardest bit of the book to write isn’t actually even in the book, it is on the back cover. I cannot describe how utterly tortuous it is to write the blurb. It’s not supposed to be a summary, you’ve got to make it sound exciting, it has to capture the spirit of the book, you have to put a question in the reader’s mind that they need answered, you can’t use the word gobshite or certain retailers get upset – it’s an absolute minefield.

In fact, there’s an argument to be made that the worst person to write the blurb for a book is the person who actually wrote the book. You’re simply too close to it. It’s incredibly difficult to boil down what you think is good about it into a few pithy sentences. In all honesty, it’s a bit like trying to write a dating profile for your own partner. Actually, that’d be easier (woman with the patience of a saint seeks nice person for strictly no-nookie relationship who knows how to fix the light in the utility room. No Carls from run club need apply).

Just the thought of writing another blurb is far more intimidating than the idea of writing another 100k word novel. I do wonder if the difficult back-cover ballet is part of the reason for those annoying ‘This is a twisty thriller with a twist that you won’t see coming’ subtitles that seem to have become so popular. With no disrespect to any author who uses them, as clearly they must work, but I can’t be the only person who is turned off by them? I’m really tempted to put a book out with the subtitle ‘It’s got a beginning, a middle and an end, all of which happen where you’d expect but there’s a dog in it, that people really like.’ Or perhaps, ‘this is a novel, it’s got a plot and some characters, that’s what a novel is’ or who can forget, ‘the book everyone is talking about, the one that finally reveals once and for all where Wally is.’

My point ,dear reader, is that you must respect that we authors are tortured souls and we’re giving blood, sweat and tears all in the hope of entertaining you and of course ‘giving you a shockingly shocking twist that you won’t see coming’. If you take nothing else away from this, please do remember not to judge a book by its back cover and also, Carl from run club is a creep and I don’t trust him. I’m pretty sure he has a twist I do see coming.


As always, many thanks to Caimh for a funny and insightful guest post, and to the lovely Elaine at McFori Ink for having both myself and Ellen along for Bunny’s journey! 🙂

You guys can check out Ellen’s review on the blog soon too!

Happy reading!

~Blog Tour Ellen’s Review~ Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell 

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Hi everyone,

Today is Ellen’s stop on the blog tour and I’ll be sharing her review a little further down. Also, I have a HILARIOUS guest post from Caimh!

First though, here’s the all-important bookish information!

About the book:

For Detective Bunny McGarry, life is complicated, and it is about to get more so.

It’s 1999 and his hard won reputation amongst Dublin’s criminal fraternity, for being a massive pain in the backside, is unfortunately shared by his bosses. His partner has a career-threatening gambling problem and, oh yeah, Bunny’s finally been given a crack at the big time. He’s set the task of bringing down the most skilled and ruthless armed robbery gang in Irish history. So the last thing he needs in his life is yet another complication.

Her name is Simone. She is smart, funny, talented and, well, complicated. When her shocking past turns up to threaten her and Bunny’s chance at a future, things get very complicated indeed. If the choice is upholding the law or protecting those he loves, which way will the big fella turn?

Angels in the Moonlight is a standalone prequel to Caimh McDonnell’s critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit, and it is complicated.

Click the links below to get your copy:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the author:

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Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats. Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, he has taken the hop across the water and now calls Manchester his home.

He 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. His debut novel, A Man with One of Those Faces was released in 2016 and it is the first book of the Dublin Trilogy series. The follow-up, The Day That Never Come was published in 2017. Both books are fast-paced crime thrillers set in Caimh’s home town of Dublin and they are laced with distinctly Irish acerbic wit.

Caimh’s TV writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme, A League of Their Own, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, Caimh has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He has brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

Follow Caimh’s witterings on @Caimh

Facebook:  @CaimhMcD

 

Ellen’s Review:

My name is Ellen and I love Bunny McGarry. There I said it. There should probably be some kind of support group for #Bunnylovers – hang on that doesn’t quite sound right but you know what I mean! Having been firmly ensconced into my heart after reading A Man With One of Those Faces and The Day That Never Comes it was a delight to get to know young Bunny and his particular brand of policing.
As always with Caimh’s book there is the perfect mix of crime and humour and I still can’t get over how successful this is. One minute we have a hard as nails local thug commandeering armed robberies and the next a flying sheep. It never gets ridiculous, it works. Every. Single.Time. So yeah; it’s a gritty crime story but it has a hilarious undercurrent and a heart of gold. Did I mention I love Bunny McGarry?

In this prequel we are introduced to a love interest for Bunny (erm….back off love) in the Southern beauty shape of Simone, a gorgeous jazz singer who is very secretive about her reasons for being in Dublin. Reasons which can only spell trouble for Bunny. Simone lives with a bunch of nuns (The Sisters of the Saint) who are in a league of their own. Including such delights as Sister Bernadette’s homemade mace, Sister Assumpta’s stripping antics and sleepy Sister Margaret. The nuns are part of the colourful cast of characters that we always find in this series. I have had a favourite one in every book and for this one I pick Magpie Mary, a tiara wearing homeless old lady. It was great to get a sneaky peek of Paul Mulchrone too and the hurling scenes had me rolling with laughter.

 

So you must have guessed by now that I REALLY enjoyed this book, it gets #allthestars and once again Mr McDonnell has left me gagging for more!

Previous reviews:

A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonell Review


Telephonic Spree

 

I read an article recently where an author went through a list of morning routines she had in order to inspire her creativity; I’ll be honest, I was dead jealous. I’m really not a morning person at the best of times and frankly, I invariably don’t end up doing much writing until about midday, which means I’m wasting quite a bit of time faffing about. As a ‘creative professional’ you’re always trying to find a way of getting into that blessed ‘flow’ state as quickly as possible, and then staying there for as long as possible. You know the one I mean, everyone has experienced it regardless of what they do – where you’re brimful of ideas and any problems you encounter are laughably easy to fix. It feels like your brain is firing on all cylinders. You’re like Bradley Cooper in that film Limitless; you are to all intents and purposes a superhero/God/Stephen Fry.

 

I have tried meditation but  I honestly just sit there going ‘so, this is meditation?’.  A morning walk, caffeine, listening to the right music, reading a few motivational quotes – I’ve tried them all. I’ve had some glimmers of success but nothing consistent. In fact, do you know the only activity I’ve found that gets my mind immediately in the zone? My version of the little blue pill that makes Bradley Cooper into a tornado of genius? Telephone rope-a-dope!

 

I shall explain; my wife and I have a landline in our flat because, as we all know, you have to have one to get broadband. The only use the landline gets is when we use it to ring a mobile that has gone into hiding. Nobody has ever been given our landline number and we’ve had ourselves removed from all registers to stop us getting sales calls. Yet, we still get calls most days  – we just get those calls. You know the ones – scammers who have got your number from somewhere and who are looking for easily scared and vulnerable people to take advantage of. Most people see these as a nuisance, I don’t. It is very, very rare in this world to have someone on the other end of the phone who you know is a nasty piece of work, an utter waste of space. My advice is, don’t get mad, get creative!

 

I literally skip to the phone now when it rings, my head instantly a maelstrom of ideas. The purpose of the subsequent conversation is seeing how much time of the scammer’s time I can waste and how creative I can be. I have answered as Jorgen the Swedish ski instructor, Tourettes Terry, Barry on a rollercoaster (I pretended to be on a rollercoaster), Confused Colin who kept opening an actual window as opposed to one on the PC, and my personal favourite, Narcoleptic Niall (I explained the situation to the very understanding scammer who then shouted ‘wake up Niall’ seven times in the conversation when I kept falling asleep).

 

Normally the scammer is a ‘BT Engineer’ or ‘from X bank’. Once though, I did get a phone call from ‘the government’ informing me that I had been given a grant of ten thousand pounds for reasons that never became clear. In case you’re wondering, I explained how I was going to use the money on fake boobs – for me (three pairs), the cat, the dog and on the front of the house. The beauty of this is that, although the person on the other end thinks you’re insane, that was also one of the options they were hoping for, someone crazy enough to give a stranger bank details or download a dodgy bit of software. I’m really hoping ‘the government’ rings back as I have a lot more ideas on what I can spend the money on. I want to launch the first manned privately funded space mission to the sun!

There are also numerous musical options – for example, I tried to see how long I could go for only speaking in U2 lyrics. That is dead tricky by the way, he hung when I told him I couldn’t live with or without him – men really are bastards! I’ve also used it as an opportunity to stretch my own musical wings though, I do enjoy putting the scammer ‘on hold’ and then providing the hold music myself. I’ve done show tunes, freeform jazz, a brief and regrettable foray into gangster rap  – the point there is that there are no wrong choices in telephonic improv.

 

So, when they hang up, as they always do – I’m left creatively inspired and feeling morally fulfilled as I’ve made my day start with a bang and I’ve hopefully made a terrible human being more fully aware of the contempt they are held in by the rest of society.


 

Huge thanks to Elaine Ofori and Caimh McDonnell for having Ellen on the tour! 🙂

Make sure to check out these great blogs too:

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The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonell Review & Giveaway &Guest Post

Hey everyone,

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:

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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.

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Ellen’s review:

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

Caimh McDonnell

 

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.   

 

GIVEAWAY:

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! 🙂

 

A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

Hi everyone,

I’ve got a fab review from Ellen for you all today for A Man With One Of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell. Here’s all the bookish info 🙂

About the book:

The First time somebody tried to kill him was an accident.
The second time was deliberate.
Now Paul Muchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history…
…or else they’ll be history.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

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About the author:

Caimh McDonnell is an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats.
His writing credits include The Sarah Millican Television Programme, A League of Their Own, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the animated series ‘Pet Squad’ which he created. He was a winner in the BBC’s Northern Laffs sitcom writing competition.

During his time on the British stand-up circuit, he has firmly established himself as the white-haired Irishman whose name nobody can pronounce. He regularly supports Sarah Millican and Gary Delaney on tour and has also brought the funny worldwide, doing stand-up tours of the Far East, the Middle East and Near East (Norwich).

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Ellen’s review:

I’ll be honest and admit to not doing any research apart from reading the blurb; I went in clueless and was pleasantly surprised. I certainly never expected to laugh as much as I did at a crime novel!  The characters work well together and the mix of buttock clenching gangster violence and light relief of the one liners/observational comedy was fantastic.

 

Paul Muchrone is a clueless, accidental man on the run with the crime loving nurse Brigit in tow. Helping them (or is he?) is Bunny McGarry and his hurley stick called Mabel. It’s difficult to pick a favourite character from the colourful cast but I couldn’t leave out Dorothy. Paul’s “adopted” granny who is beyond bonkers but has a heart of gold. Her habit of replacing the first letter of a swear word with an M to appear ladylike was particularly hilarious, in fact mucking hilarious!

 

A fast paced read that kept me guessing until the very end and I was please to read that there is going to be another book featuring Paul, Brigid and Bunny. There really should be a film…Colin Farrell is rumoured to be interested…

A 5 star read! 🙂