Today I am sharing my review of a very special book, a book featuring one of my favourite fictional characters. But today this post is much more than just my review.
Caimh McDonnell is a comedian who has very successfully turned his hand to writing with the creation of the most lovable rogue, Bunny McGarry. With a number of hilarious books published over the last few years, Caimh made the decision to create something very special, a novella capturing the wit and humour of Bunny, that would help provide much needed funds for a charity that is doing incredible work with the homeless, the Peter McVerry Trust.
Bloody Christmas is a limited edition standalone novella that is now available until December 31st. All proceeds will go to the Peter McVerry Trust and, for the bargain price of £3.99/€3.99/$4.49. (available now on Amazon), you will be both entertained and supporting a very worthy cause this Christmas.
Bloody Christmas is set just after A Man With One of Those Faces, book 1 of the bestselling Dublin Trilogy series that melds high-octane action with an acerbic Irish wit.
BAFTA nominated Caimh McDonnell novella to raise funds for Peter McVerry Trust
McFori Ink is delighted to announce the forthcoming release of BAFTA nominated TV writer and former stand-up comedian Caimh McDonnell’s Christmas novella Bloody Christmas.
All proceeds from the novella, which is launched on the 25th November, will go to the Peter McVerry Trust, an Irish housing and homeless charity committed to reducing homelessness and the harm caused by substance misuse and social disadvantage.
As a Dubliner, Caimh choose to support the charity because “I wanted to do something, in some small way, to help in the fight against homelessness that seems to be getting worse all around the world. I was incredibly impressed by the work that Peter McVerry Trust does, not only just addressing the problem, but also the deeper causes that can contribute to it.”
[ About the Book – Bloody Christmas ]
The fast-paced crime-thriller is set in Caimh’s home town and follows on from the first book in the internationally bestselling The Dublin Trilogy series A Man with One of Those Faces. It mixes darkly comic crime with a distinctively acerbic Irish wit.
It’s Christmas Eve and DS Bunny McGarry is in the mood to celebrate – he’s back on active duty having successfully proved that throwing a senior officer off a building was an appropriate step to take in the course of an investigation. His festivities are interrupted when someone attempts to assassinate him while he’s trying to take a leak – is nothing sacred?
The thing is, the assassin isn’t all he initially appears, and Bunny soon finds himself in a race against time to trace a kidnapped child before the people who ordered the hit realise that he is considerably less dead than they had hoped.
He’s making a list but he’s only checking it once because time is of the essence and some people need a refresher in the meaning of Christmas.
[ My Review ]
I have read all of the books in this series so needless to say I am a huge fan of Caimh McDonnell’s writing. I immediately fell for the charm and roguish approach to life of his main character, Bunny McGarry. How does one describe Bunny McGarry?
Well I think Caimh does it best when he says that ..
‘All you need to know is that he is Cork’s answer to a question nobody asked. A distinctly Irish anti-hero with a heart of gold and penchant for righting wrongs by any means necessary’
In Bloody Christmas Detective Bunny McGarry is awaiting the news that he has passed a psychiatric examination to allow him back to work. Bunny’s methods of finding out the truth can be quite extreme, with him not always taking the appropriate action, as befits a Detective of An Garda Siochána. Ofttimes his rather unorthodox approach pushes the wrong buttons, and now he is on suspension from active duty. With Christmas fast approaching Bunny is itching to inflict his temperament on some poor unsuspecting soul. Bunny is ready to catch some criminals.
A rather unsavoury incident in his local pub places Bunny right back in the thick of things, after an attempt is made on his life. Bunny, never one to shy away from a challenge, or any type of danger dives straight in and the reader is again treated to another highly entertaining and fast-paced experience.
Bunny McGarry is tough. He is fearless. He is a man that many fear. Yet underneath all this hard veneer is a man with a heart of pure gold. Bunny will always defend the weak. He will always protect the child and he always looks out for his own. When Bunny discovers that there is blackmail involved and child kidnapping at the centre of this latest case, Bunny is annoyed…very annoyed!
In typical Bunny McGarry style he barges straight in on the action and soon finds himself up against a notorious Dublin crime lord. With plenty of action and McGarry’s trademark wit, Bloody Christmas is a stellar addition to this fabulous series by Caimh McDonnell. It can be read as a standalone but I can guarantee you that if you do read it you will want more.
Bloody Christmas is the perfect coffee-time read. Packed with one-liners and Irish wit, Bunny McGarry will never stop providing the reader with entertainment and pure escapism from the everyday. Guaranteed to give you a laugh..what are you waiting for? With such a worthy cause benefiting form Bunny’s charm, Bloody Christmas is a must for all this festive season.
And just in case you need any more convincing, how does this appeal..😊
McGarry was a big lummocks of a man, with a thick Cork accent and a scruffy, second-hand look about him….six foot two and fat, but in a usable way; he carried the kind of bulk that could slam through a door or be thrown behind a punch as required. His left eye was lazy which gave people the impression he was slightly unhinged. That impression was frequently backed up by his behaviour’
[ Bio ]
Caimh McDonnell’s books have achieved best-selling status on Amazon in the US, UK & Ireland and Australia. He was recently shortlisted for the Amazon Kindle Storytelling award and his Dublin Trilogy and McGarry Stateside series have sold over 300,000 copies and been optioned for TV.
Bloody Christmas will be released as an e-book on the 25 November and it will be a limited-time release, available up until 31 December 2019. It is available from Amazon for £3.99/€3.99/$4.49.
Twitter – @Caimh