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The Day That Never Comes by Caimh Mcdonnell – a review BLOG TOUR

As you may know I am a big fan of a crime book (if you are reading this and are not aware of that fact then clearly you have clicked on the wrong link and really should press the back button now) I am also a big fan of crime books that make me laugh. Crime thrillers can be a dark world at times, but some of the best authors – such as the fabulous Mark Billingham – do their best work with a bit of humour thrown in. There are of course other authors who don’t just throw a bit but throw a lot of humour into their novels, and if this is the kind of thing you like then look no further than A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh Mcdonell.

If of course you have already read that one as previously recommended by acrimereadersblog then this is your lucky day, there is finally a second instalment available. Therefore when I had the chance to get a free copy of Caimh’s latest book I jumped at it, well clicked anyway this being the digital age and all, and I was certainly not disappointed.

The Day That Never Comes is the second novel to feature the slightly off the wall Irish trio of Paul Mulchrone, Nurse Brigit and now retired detective Bunny McGarry. The three had set up their own private detective agency. However Bunny has disappeared, Brigit is refusing to speak to Paul due to a rather inappropriate text and Paul is currently homeless with only an angry German shepherd for company. Meanwhile Dublin is suffering a heatwave, whilst the trial of three slightly unscrupulous businessmen has just collapsed. This has clearly upset someone as suddenly they are being murdered and unfortunately it looks like the missing Bunny might be the prime suspect.

The Day That Never Comes is a thoroughly entertaining story that flits between present day and 15 years previously. Although Paul still comes across as the lead character, this time we focus a lot more on Bunny and his past which gives a different element to the dynamic. There are quite a lot of characters in this book, but the writing style is such that they are easily kept straight.

The plot itself is interesting, and you wonder at times how everything is going to tie together. Yet somehow it all does and I like the fact that everything is neatly tied up at the end. Despite this being the second in a trilogy it could be read as a stand alone.

I wouldn’t suggest this as a bed time read. Not only is it hard to put down, it has some real laugh out loud moments that are not necessarily conducive to a good night’s sleep. However for anyone who is a crime fan and likes to include a real comic element in their thrillers then this is definitely worth picking up.

 

 

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.

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 also a winner in the BBC’s Northern Laffs sitcom writing competition.

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

 

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Is it just me?

Now my dear reader chums (mdrc for short), the eagle eyed amongst you will notice that this is the first non crime related title of the blog. That’s because I’m taking a little, what I call, crime pitstop. Such fun!

I like to listen to audiobooks when walking places, its much easier than walking down the road reading a real book, very tricky. My latest was (as the sister and any one who watched her bbc show will no doubt have guessed from the blatent plagarism in the opening paragraph) Miranda Hart, ‘Is it just me?’ Well ‘mdrc’, no it is not just her, its me to!

In this book Miranda discusses a wide range of topics, including technology, beauty, office work and of course Christmas! The recent small market research poll I’ve conducted has shown that disappointingly the audience Miranda seems to currently appeal too is quite limited. Married couples just don’t get her, after all why would anyone actually enjoy being a whole person rather than one half of a couple? Mothers certainly wouldn’t find her funny. Unless they are what she calls a type three mother (which Miranda, for the record, in the highly unlikely event that you are actually reading my blog, I believe you have made up and do not exist. Types one and two are taking over the world one organic rice cake at a time!)

Miranda’s core audience is probably made up of single women over 30 – well that’s everyone elses loss. This was hilarious and in true Miranda style this book had me laughing out loud. Therefore this book has also had the added bonus of making my walk to work alot quieter as people have now taken to crossing the street with fear in their eyes when they see me. Anything to avoid the freaky women laughing to herself!

Ms Hart describes life in all its glorious cringeworthy nonsense. Take Christmas for example. As Miranda says at Christmas, suddenly everything has to be done to a timetable an army major would be proud of. Why is it that cooking what is essentially just called a Sunday lunch for the rest of the year, suddenly becomes the most stressful thing in the entire world. God forbid the lunch isn’t on the table by 12.30 precisely. The turkey went in at 4.30am so if the veg isn’t in at exactly 11.30 along with the potatoes then the whole thing will be ruined. Stating that you don’t want a brussel sprout thanks as you don’t like them would any other time of the year be absolutely fine. On Christmas day however this is construed as a direct attack on the quality of the food and can lead to a full tantrum punctuated with cries of ‘why did I bother cooking anything’ (I suspect this is due to them being overtired, after all they were up at 4.30am to put the turkey in)

Life is full of these little conundrums, and Miranda covers them all. Hobbies is another good example she uses. Some people do really have hobbies, however let’s be honest most adults when confronted with that question on a job application draw a blank. Out we drag reading, swimming and socialising. In other words, there is a copy of heat magazine next to the toilet, we will occasionally float in a pool on holiday and we go to the pub as often as possible.

Sometimes being a grown up is just so boring! Being sensible, paying bills, sitting in an office all day looking at a view of a drainpipe – all that stuff is not ‘such fun’. However, reading Miranda’s take on life is frankly liberating.  We all do stupid things, but actually it’s not the end of the world. How many times do we stop doing things (or never start) in case we look silly? I think we should all embrace our inner child and just not care. In fact I would go so far as to say that Miranda’s book should be made part of the national curriculum. We should all try just to make life a bit more fun. Miranda is a big advocate of galloping instead of plain walking, so if you want to gallop to work in a morning, then do it! There is high chance that you won’t see the people you pass ever again, and even if you do then in true British style no one is going to mention your galloping episode so get on with it. You might start a whole new craze.

This book was excellent. I think Miranda is one of the funniest comedians around at the moment, and that I suspect ‘mdrc’ is not just me!

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