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  • Title: I Have Sinned
  • Authors: Caimh McDonnell
  • Publisher: McFori Ink
  • Publication Date: 23rd June 2019

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

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Nothing is ever easy.

Bunny McGarry has finally got a lead in his mission to find the Sisters of the Saint but the lead, one Father Gabriel de Marcos, isn’t willing to play ball. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Bunny has to put the padre under surveillance with a little help from some old friends. Father Gabriel runs a boxing club at the bad end of the Bronx, battling to keep kids out of gangs – noble, thankless work. Thing is, saints don’t typically have assassins sent after them. What sins are hidden in the padre’s mysterious past?

The Sisters of the Saint are many things but pushovers they ain’t. To regain their trust, Bunny must save the priest from the demons that are on his tail. Keeping the cantankerous priest alive would be difficult for anyone, never mind that Bunny has to resist the urge to kill him, himself. He has to manage all this while living under the rules that chill him to the very bone. No drinking. No swearing. No violence.

I Have Sinned is book two in the McGarry Stateside series, a continuation of the smash hit Dublin Trilogy which also featured Bunny McGarry. It melds high-octane action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. 

My Thoughts:

I do love catching up with my favourite poteen swilling, expert swearer of an Irishman, and in Caimh McDonnell’s latest book to feature Bunny McGarry, fans of the character are in for a mega treat. Bunny is still n America, and still asking questions about where to find the Sisters of the Saint, and leaving chaos in his wake at times.

With McDonnell’s trademark dark humour and wit, the characters come alive to dramatically play out the story of Father Gabriel de Marcos and his boxing club run through his church in the Bronx. The children there don’t have the easiest of lives, and the danger posed by the various gangs vying for supremacy makes for a very tense community setting.
Father Gabriel is an odd character, and as the reader gets to know him better through his thoughts and interactions with others, it becomes clear there’s more to him that first meets the eye. The exchanges between him and Bunny are particularly brilliant, there is a natural humour that comes out with these two and I found that on several occasions I laughed out loud.

After their appearance in Angels in the Moonlight, I have been curious about the Sisters of the Saint and patiently awaiting their appearance in another book to find out more about them and their mission. McDonnell does not disappoint, the new faces that we meet in the convent are fantastically vibrant and buzzing with exciting energy. Getting to know these new characters and becoming reacquainted with older ones makes this such a thrilling read and the quick pace that the plot moves along with makes it almost impossible to put this down.

McDonnell seems to have found the right mix of humour and hard hitting themes that conveys the seriousness of each situation faced by his characters, whilst giving readers relief in the form of dark humour and wit. I don’t know how he does it, but he makes readers feel a deep sense of connection with characters they’ve only just met, you become invested in their fates and although some of the people around them may be a toxic influence, you still feel empathy for their heartaches, confusions etc.

A fantastic crime caper that ensures readers are kept on the edges of their seats, both with tension and by barely clinging to the cushions to save them falling onto the floor with laughter.

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Today on Celebrating Indie Publishing I am thrilled to share a review of a book that I immensely enjoyed. Disaster Inc by Caimh McDonnell is fifth book to feature his enigmatic character Bunny McGarry and is a true comedic delight for his fans.

Disaster Inc was published by McFori Ink on 16th September and is available to buy now!


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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. 

My Thoughts & Review:

I bloody love Bunny McGarry, this is a character that I can happily say that I would probably follow into any genre, even if he were to start flying a spaceship or riding rodeo, though perhaps not if he were to swerve into a Fifty Shades of Grey type book … I do have limits.
Disaster Inc is another hilarious offering from the comic genius that is Caimh McDonnell, the Irish/Cork wit that he weaves effortlessly throughout the narrative will have readers chuckling out loud and reading out to anyone around you.

Bunny McGarry is now across the pond in America, but as always, drink has played a part in his downfall and he finds himself without his phone or money and no means of getting in contact with the only person that can help him. And if that wasn’t complication enough, he finds himself on the wrong side of a gun when two balaclava clad men storm the cafe he’s eating breakfast in.
The fast thinking Irishman soon realises that something isn’t right and sets about causing mischief, or sure, doesn’t mischief find him?

What then follows is a madcap adventure with McGarry not keeping a low profile as he was told to, instead he’s coming to the aid of a damsel in distress who has some dangerous people looking for her.

The writing is clever and the pace is almost breakneck speed, readers are thrown into the vortex with Bunny McGarry, but it’s enjoyable. The level of detail in the plot is fantastic, investment banking is something that I never thought I would find interesting to read about but somehow Caimh McDonnell managed to make it almost exciting.

And for the record, I completely agree with Bunny’s horror at the lack of tea … it’s just wrong!

A wonderful start to a new series and one I cannot wait to read more about!

You can buy a copy of Disaster Inc via Amazon UK

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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.


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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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Welcome along to my stop on the blog tour for quite possibly the best book I’ve read this year, “Angels in the Moonlight” by Caimh McDonnell.  I am delighted to be able to share my review of this fantastic book with you, and even more excitingly I have a wee interview with the Caimh too!


Book Feature:

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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 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, and it is complicated.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Angels in the Moonlight is a vastly different addition to the Dublin Trilogy in that it features Detective Bunny McGarry in a different light.  Yes, he is still the wise cracking, dangerous looking Cork man.  Yes his behaviour often leaves a lot to be desired, but there is a side to him that betrays the hard man image and it is written so beautifully that readers might forget for a moment who they are reading about.

From the opening pages of this book readers quickly fall into step with the wisecracking and quick witted detective as he takes on the role of negotiator with a vulnerable individual, granted he may not be everyone’s idea of the best person for the role, but he brings his own flair to the situation (as well as some manky sandwiches!) and I soon found I was laughing like a lunatic at what was written on the pages in front of me (a side note, this is perhaps not the best book to read when your other half is sleeping beside you, trying to hold in laughter will cause injury and or choking).

With a gripping and thrilling plot, readers are soon delving into the world of drugs, corruption and vendettas.  DI Fintan O’Rourke and the ever charming Bunny are up against one of the most skilled armed robbery gangs in Ireland, a case that will prove to be one of the most daring and dangerous they’ve worked together.
This case coupled with Bunny’s attempts to woo Simone, a jazz singer come bar manager makes for some brilliantly entertaining reading.  It is through his contact with Simone that we see a distinctly different side to Bunny.  He has a heart, a caring side and a softness about him that he would probably prefer to keep hidden. His coaching of the St Jude’s Hurling Team is a great example of one of the many sides to this character, his devotion to keeping the young lads away from crime is enriching to see, even if his methods are somewhat questionable.  By opening up this side of his main character, Caimh McDonnell takes this book to another level.  Each book of this trilogy has been superb, but there is something special about this one, it is more than just a police procedural, more than a crime caper, it’s a book with themes of friendship, history and heartache intricately interwoven throughout.

As it says above in the blurb, this book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to deprive yourself of this series?  The writing is tremendous; Caimh McDonnell has a gift for storytelling and leads his readers on a merry journey through his books, regaling them with humour and wit.  The descriptions of each character and their traits allow readers to conjure some wonderfully vivid images, and I know that I’ve a clear idea in my head of Bunny McGarry, both sight and sound.  There are a wonderful array of personalities in this book, even a young Paul Mulchrone and Phil Nellis make an appearance (fans of the previous books will make the connection here), but for me Bunny McGarry stole the show.

 

I would urge you to buy copies of all books in the Dublin Trilogy, it’s a series you do not want to miss out on!

You can buy a copy of “Angels in the Moonlight” via:

Amazon

My absolute heartfelt thanks to Elaine Ofori and Camih McDonnell for the opportunity to read an early copy of this immensely hilarious book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.


Author Feature: caimh

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 Comes 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

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

Being in control! For about a decade, I had sitcom scripts optioned by several different TV companies in Britain and you spend your time constantly making changes – some you agree with, some you don’t. Often times, you can find that what originally made an idea attractive to all concerned in the first place, can get lost under the weight of notes about notes. With a novel, while I have editors and readers whose opinion I of course value highly, ultimately, I’m the one in control and I can decide what I think works or doesn’t work. Only a TV writer knows how precious a thing that is.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?  

Being in control! In particular, the proofing stage. Again, I’ve got a couple of great editors and a fantastic proof reader but ultimately as an indie author, you have to be the one to go through the final manuscript and be responsible for every last dotted I and crossed T – and in a 100,000 word novel, there is a lot of them. If I never see another semi-colon, I would die a happy man!

If you could have written any book what would it be and why?

Oh, that’s a toughie. I think I’d have to go with Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane – he is a stunningly good writer and for me, I think that is his best work. As a writer, you’re always aware of a plot and predicting where the story is going to go – be it in a novel, TV show or film. It is very hard to switch off and enjoy something without analysing it on some level. The ending of Gone Baby Gone completely blindsided me but at the same time, made perfect sense. It takes a special kind of genius to make an ending seem both surprising and yet feel totally right in hindsight.

How do you spend your time when you’re not wrapped up plotting your next book?

As my wife is always pointing out, I have no hobbies. Everything I like to do I’ve effectively made into a job. I’m still very much a professional comedian which is a nice change of pace from writing, and I’m also the announcer for my second-family, aka the professional rugby team London Irish. As I write, I am just back from our triumphant return to the English premiership in Twickenham. Frankly, that is my favourite thing to do. I get to work with my heroes and while on one level it is stressful, on another level, I’m ultimately not in control of anything. While I announce the scores, I’m not responsible for going out and making them.

Do you have a set routine for writing?  Rituals you have to observe? I.e. specific pen, silence, day or night etc.

Through trial and error, I’ve discovered I can’t write on my rather lovely Mac with the enormous screen that’s nice and easy to read. I need to work on a laptop, with the internet blocked and Brain.fm’s specially designed music for concentration playing on my headphones. I get distracted very easily so to get the work done, I try and shut myself off from any and all opportunities to forget what I’m supposed to be doing. I do often catch myself casually wondering if I ended up in prison, would they let me have a laptop? If they did – think of all the work I’d get done! I’d miss London Irish though of course, and my wife.

 

A huge thank you to Caimh for joining me today and sharing a little about himself, it’s been a blast!

 

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