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Summary

This book is a standalone prequel to The Dublin Trilogy.

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 part of Caimh McDonnell’s critically acclaimed Dublin Trilogy series, which melds fast-paced action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit, and it is complicated.

Angels in the Moonlight was selected as a book of the month in the Rick O'Shea bookclub, Ireland's largest bookclub. 

Praise for Angels in the Moonlight

“Quite possibly the best book I’ve read this year. 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 Quiet Knitter)

Angels in the Moonlight is bloody brilliant. McDonnell doesn’t put a foot wrong. Perfection on a page!” (Bloomin’ Brilliant Books)

“This Dublin-based police procedural has an intriguing, multi-pronged plot that flows smoothly without getting bogged down by details. Mystery fans will enjoy the roller-coaster ride. The prose is clean, sharp, and lively. This mystery, deftly seasoned with humor and Irish slang, is memorable and powerful. The characters are compelling and well-developed. From protagonist Detective Bunny McGarry and his fellow coppers to peripheral characters like the streetwise nuns, this book is full of memorable characters.”  (The Booklife Prize from Publisher’s Weekly)

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Great book, fab performance

This is a great book with well drafted characters. However whilst some audio books can be let down by the reader, this book is enhanced by the performance of it’s story teller. I loved it!

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Simply Brilliant

This is both an exciting thriller and also a highly comedic novel which imho is almost impossible to pull off convincingly but Caimh McDonnell manages it with great flair and style. I rate Bunny as one of the greatest characters in modern fiction and this book is the best in the series so far. It feels kind of right that, after two novels in the series, we go back to find out how things started with Bunny and how he became the man he is in the later novels. It must also be said that the narration by Morgan C Jones is absolutely perfect and I loved the exchanges between Bunny and his Hurling Club kids. Brilliant.

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Ohmidays, OHMIDAYS! In the tireless pursuit of honesty, I must tell you I have already read the book of Angels in the Moonlight. That was almost 3 years ago and I remember at the time thinking it was one of the best books I had ever read. Having now listened to the book, narrated nonpareil and numinously by Morgan C Jones, I have to confess I was wrong. (*gasp* *shock* *horror*). It is THE best book I have listened to in a very, very, long time. Angels in the Moonlight contains something for everyone. There is murder, mystery, drug smuggling, romance, religion, friendship and more besides. Whatever you require, this book will fulfil your needs. It is a panacea for the body and balm for your soul. With a cornucopia of colourful characters and stacks of stimulating storylines this exciting, engaging and entrancing novel will edify your ears, eliciting ever more eargasms, leaving you replete and satiated and gagging for your post-listen cigarette. If I had a hat, I would remove it whilst I bow down before my altar to Caimh McDonnell. Angels in the Moonlight will satisfy desires you didn't even know you had. Buy it now, listen immediately and thank me later.

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Excellent in every way

Having listened to the first 2 parts of the trilogy I was quite annoyed that the 3rd part has not been made available on audible. However, this forced me to go the prequel for my fix of this wonderful story by Caimh McDonnell and I am very glad I did.

The 'back story' to Bunny's life is funny, touching, dramatic with the characters fleshed out and a well written plot. The narrator is absolutely brilliant in this one - more like a radio play than an audible book at times!

Now PLEASE, PLEASE do the final book in the trilogy Audible.

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excellent book

The funniest book ever. Morgan Jones brings it to life with his superb narration skills

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What a craik!

Wow.....wow, wow, wow! What an amazing book Angels in the Moonlight was. I didn’t know what to expect from a Caimh McDonell book, being a novice at Irish drama/comedy, possibly a bit of a smile, maybe a titter or two, (I’m not the laugh out loud type). Boy was I in for a surprise! I laughed and laughed, out loud. Mr MDonell is a very clever author, both witty and funny. He’s a sharp observer of human nature and conveys pomposity, betrayal, stupidity, pathos and grandeur of spirit in this one story. He also uses old Anglo Saxon language in a colourful and novel way, so if you’re easily offended by “earthy” dialogue you may miss out on a super book. But If you’re not, I’m sure like me you will finish the story with a new, unlikely hero, six foot two with a lazy eye and an accent you could cut with a knife but a heart as wide as the Irish Sea.

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Who doesn't like Bunny

Very funny, well read as always, Morgan C Jones nailing it. Really enjoying these books. Is Caimh really pronounced phonetically as Qweeve? No wonder the fella has a sense of humour.

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Sheer Brilliance.

Another excellent chapter in the life of the wonderful Bunny. Superbly written and brilliantly read. A joy.

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from a dublin boy

fantastic, funny ,tender and epic.
looking forward to listening to next book. loved the bits about hurling.

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  • Hopeful
  • 02-03-19

Love these books!

I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all 4 (!) of the Dublin Trilogy books. And as much as I've enjoyed reading them, I really love having them read to me. Mr. Jones' performance brings them to life. I truly regret the fact that, as a mid-westerner living in Hawaii, I'd sound very affected calling someone a "fecking gobshite", but I appreciate Bunny's way with words. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Kathy from Phoenix
  • 03-03-19

An Excellent Story Well Told!

This might just be my favorite book of the "Dublin Trilogy" although it would be very difficult to pick one. I'm hooked! As is noted in the title, it is a prequel to the trilogy and chronologically the events occur long before "A Man With One of Those Faces". I've recommended Caimh McDonnell to several family members recently and they are similarly hooked. He's a great writer, with a wonderful sense of humor and Morgan C. Jones does a fantastic job of the narration. I've read all the books and intend to listen to them all as audiobooks. Really fun and entertaining. You won't be disappointed.

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  • mcbeene
  • 14-06-19

World Class Story and Narration

First off, we heard this as the third of the Thrillogy. I’d give the first two 4.5 stars b/c this “prequel” full treatment of Bunny McGarry swept me off my feet. Morgan C Jones is perhaps the best narrator in my audible history (which dates back a couple of decades and several hundred titles) and I know Caimh McD surely thanks the audible sprites for delivering a narrator who brought his quirky, colorful, and so-human characters bursting off the page. Here I sit on June 14 in a Target parking lot in a 100-degree morning to hear the last 15 minutes.

As an aside, we also bought the kindle version for syncing, with thoughts that we might need to see an unfamiliar term or two in print. So in love with the audio that it never happened. Your mileage may vary.

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  • Stanley D.
  • 31-03-19

Dublin Triology

Love the Dublin Trilogy.
Can't wait for Last Orders and Disaster, Inc to come to Audible!!!

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  • ili pika
  • 15-09-19

Seriously? or not?

The author can’t decide if he’s writing Harry Bosch or Monty Python and succeeds at neither.

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  • Diana
  • 14-08-19

Witty dialogue, twisty plot, excellent story

After a few months of trying out new-to-me authors and repeatedly getting limp writing, I finally hit the jackpot. After reading the reviews, I've started with this prequel as suggested, and am now about to start book one.

This story was excellent and even though this is not my favorite genre, the clever writing had me rearranging my schedule in order to keep listening.

The author has a perceptive eye for human behavior and a brilliant imagination for creating an interesting story. The writing is fast paced and full of wit and has some amusing situations.

The narrator is talented and can do a multitude of voices and deliver humor with perfect timing. I laughed out loud.

Highly recommend this book!

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  • Erica Aitken
  • 29-07-19

High performance ratings baffle me

The story is great. Well written, full of humor, difficult to predict, the story is completely enjoyable. However, I don't understand the high rating for performance. One of the main characters, Bunny, is Scottish. Nothing, absolutely nothing in how this character is read will remind you of a Scot. In fact, it's like eating lemons. I loved the book so much that I will buy the printed volumes of the sequels. I'm not sure that the sample includes a dialogue with Bunny but, if it does, listen before you buy.

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  • Blackdog
  • 13-06-21

Very well written

Narration was wonderful. Characters were believable and relatable. The only thing I did not thoroughly enjoy was sometimes I had trouble understanding the heavy accent. More to do with my hearing. Anyway, very entertaining and enjoyable.

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  • 6catz
  • 19-02-21

So far great, except -

Not even done yet but so far I love the writing, the humor and the characters. Morgan Jones gives voice wonderfully to all but one, and it’s my only issue with this audio. Bunny’s county Cork accent is laid on so thick that the whiny singsong is hard to listen to and flattens the written layers of the character into monotony. BTW fellow readers A) he’s NOT Scottish B) Gringo is so named not because of his heritage, but because his last name is Spain. The writing is really excellent so I will stick with it. Hope the sound of Bunny’s character improves because the writing is great.
PS - I’ve now read books 0-3. Not only is the Cork accent not a problem, but I’m absolutely hooked on the series. Threads from book 0 carry on through the other books, so I’m glad I started with this one.

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  • Audible Addict
  • 25-09-20

amazing fun!

Great performance, fabulous characters and a good story. Who could ask for anything more! So glad that there is a trilogy ahead of me.