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Angels in the Moonlight: A prequel to the Dublin Trilogy

Narrated by: Morgan C Jones
Series: The Dublin Trilogy, Book 0
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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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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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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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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excellent book

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

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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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Don’t understand the positive reviews

I stuck with this for 10 chapters but it didn’t go anywhere. It was just endless uninteresting conversation between the two main characters, and the voice of Bunny was too caricature oirish to listen to.

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Laughter throughout - Bunny is back - or ‘was here’!

A prequel is an interesting opportunity for a writer and here Ciamh (I met him once, I feel like I can use his first name, ok?) focuses on Bunny McGarry - with great success. His writing has pace and humour and evokes empathy for this often dark man, which shows skill and wit. Things I look for in a writer. We learn more about his background and what shapes the man we met in book 1. A lot, it turns out. The performance was vibrant and engaging, with the Irish accents varied for the regions, as it should be, and keeping you on your toes as the narrator sped through the action. I thoroughly enjoyed the first books of the Dublin trilogy and listening to this was a real treat.

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Amusing

This is certainly a police investigation with a difference. The action never really stops with some laugh out loud amusing moments. Bunny is a great character and I loved the relationship between him and Gringo as they tackle a ruthless criminal gang. With a couple of side stories that were all brought together at the end this was an enjoyable prequel and I'm looking forward to the others in the series. The narrator did a great job with the different characters. I'm really glad I listened to this on audio as I think it brought the humour to life. Sister Bernadette was great, although I'm not sure I'd like to get on the wrong side of her and the other nuns. The variety of characters really brought the book to life. A really enjoyable listen.

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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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Hilarious

Bunny McGarry is hilarious! Irreverent, stubborn and he has a hell of a temper if you upset him. Lots of laugh out loud moments (love the Nuns) so be careful where you read it.

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Wonderful narration - fantastic prequel to an extraordinarily enjoyable series!

I had the audio version of this and what an absolute joy it has been! I love this series anyway and previously read the other volumes. Getting this prequel on audio was just the best decision ever - not only is it as observational, funny, cleverly plotted and full of heart as the others in the series, Morgan C Jones also does an absolutely outstanding job in bringing the wonderful characters to life, accents and all. I laughed out loud several times, garnering odd looks from other dog walkers, but Bunny McGarry is just too precious - his analysis of jazz music had me snorting with laughter, just one example amongst many. One of the best audios I’ve listened to, no doubt - now I have to go and get the rest of the series on audio as well! 6 stars, highly recommended!