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It’s with great delight that I welcome you to today’s “Celebrating Indie Publishing” post, today I have a review of Last Orders by Caimh McDonnell.  Last Orders is the fourth installment in The Dublin Trilogy ….

Last Orders was published by McFori Ink on 3rd March 2018.


Description:

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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.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

I make no apology for how much I have loved this trilogy, it’s been the funniest crime series that I’ve read.

Followers of the series will be keen to see what has happened since Bunny McGarry was rescued from that warehouse in book two and will have the added advantage of reading this after reading the instalment detailing Bunny’s past.  The story picks up with a horrendously sad event, the funeral of our enigmatic hurley wielding, Cork man… How could Caimh do this to us?!

Right, through fear of giving anything away about the plot, I’ll swiftly gloss over anything remotely relating to the actual details of what happens in this book (absolute cop out, yes, I am aware, but there’s so much happening and so many things that could potentially be spoiled….)

So, book four of The Dublin Trilogy sees the return of the much loved characters Brigit Conroy, Phil Nellis and of course Paul Mulchrone.  As always, Brigit is the voice of reason and wisdom in the group.  Her maturity is perfectly contrasted with the impulsive madness of Paul and the sheltered naivety of Phil.  But nothing, and I mean nothing compares with the wonderful canine character of Maggie!  That is a character and a half, and has to be a strong contender for my favourite in this series, perhaps nipping at the heels of Bunny….
Characterisation is something that has been incredibly strong throughout the books of this series, and I’m so pleased to see that it has developed well.  Each character has become familiar to me, their quirks and mannerisms seem so real and tangible.
These are the sorts of characters that are so very rare, the sort that you would never tire of being in their company.  There is laughter, there is despair, there are moments you feel great dread and or despair but ultimately you revel in their company and enjoy every second of it.

My love of this series has been so strong that I have recommended the books to everyone within listening distance.  My dad has become a huge fan of the series too, asking me if I know when the next book is coming out.

Absolutely highly recommended!!

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Author: Caimh McDonnell

Published: 27 August 2016
Reviewed: 12 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by McFori Ink in return for an honest review

 

Description:

An Irish crime thriller with a difference

The first time somebody tried to kill him it was an accident.

The second time was deliberate.

Now Paul Mulchrone 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.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Caimh McDonnell is a new name to me, and certainly one I might not have discovered if I’d not stumbled upon a a guest post on another blog to publicise the release of this novel and his animosity towards the title of ‘Comedic Crime’.

Set in Dublin, the reader is immediately thrown into the madness of the story of Paul Mulchrone.  A man with one of those nondescript faces, he has a talent for being a chameleon – generally speaking with those in their geriatric years.  He’s a granny whisperer, a volunteer who visits the elderly folks of St. Kilda’s hospice and speaks to them as whomsoever they wish him to be in their final days – nephew, son, grandson etc.  When Paul does a favour for nurse Brigit Conroy he has no idea who he’s really going in to see, other than a man on his death bed, who the nursing staff think of as lonely.

What then follows is a hilarious madcap tale of one man being in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a nurse in tow.

The humour in this book is absolutely fantastic, the comedy in the descriptions of people is sheer brilliance, perhaps it comes from having Irish family but when I read the description of nurse Brigit I immediately got a clear image in my head of what she looked like, how she acted etc.
All of the characters are various shades of interesting, Paul is brought to life through his back story and his humour – a great character that really has the reader empathising at his plight whilst laughing their head off at the implausibility and fecklessness of it all.
Bunny, well now here’s an interesting character…..if you’ve read any of Stuart MacBride’s books, he’s like the male version of Roberta Steel…..the unkempt and slightly rough around the edges idea but he’s got a charm about him too (diamond in the rough perhaps…..the really REALLY rough sort of stuff).

Despite McDonnell’s dislike of ‘comedic crime’, it really does work for this book, but only if you are willing to accept that in this setting that genre is akin to mastery.  The criminal element to the plot is well created, it’s creeping reach flows well to individuals and their situations, the historical case involved in the story was interesting as well as providing a great starting point for Paul’s sarcasm and humour.

What I want to know is how McDonnell can write something that has the reader on the edge of their seat with the pace and apprehension but also the humour?  Surely he isn’t allowed to be that talented?  Seems a little unfair for other authors out there!

Happily, there’s a note at the back of the book to say that there will be more adventures from Paul and Brigit (and Bunny!), thank goodness, there’s no way you can introduce me to such sheer brilliance then cut me off!!

I definitely recommend buying a copy of this engaging crime thriller, it’s a break from the norm and an utterly fantastic read.

You can buy a copy of A Man With One of Those Faces here.

About the Author:

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Author image and information courtesy of http://whitehairedirishman.com

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).

To find out more about Caimh and his books go to his website http://whitehairedirishman.com and sign up to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter @Caimh

 

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