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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 77%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“So where is Bandon?” He could feel Brigit rummaging around in his hair, still unhappy with what she was seeing. He felt a little bit like a monkey being groomed.

“It’s a town outside Cork, isn’t it? Although, are you sure he said Bandon?”

“What do you mean?”

“You had got a knock on the head. Maybe he said Brendan?”

“Brendan? Who the hell is Brendan?”

“Well, exactly. Or maybe he said Brandon?”

“What’d that be?”

“It could be Fiachra Fallon’s new name in America. It’s a very Yank name.”

“Or maybe he said Branston,” said Paul. “Y’know, because we’re in a pickle?”

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Reading progress update: I've read 64%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

Brigit and Paul were deposited onto a bench, while Big and Bigger leaned against the counters, shotguns held casually over their shoulders.

“So lads,” said Paul. “How long have youse been in the henchman game?”

Reading progress update: I've read 61%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“Which brings me to this,” said Brigit, holding up her pad. “As I see it, we have four possible sources of clues as to what is happening.”

“Hang on a sec, are you Nancy Drewing this?”

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Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

I got a free trial with kindle unlimited and the books in this trilogy are included and since I love it I'm going to read those before I get back to Gaudy Night. I also have a book club read to get too. Oh, the pressure :)

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

On instinct, Brigit ducked when she entered the hall. It had high ceilings but ‘the wonderful sense of space’ that presenters on TV property shows would have referred to was slightly ruined by the screeching eagle descending from above. On second glance, Brigit realised it was permanently frozen at the point of attack and suspended from wires. She looked around: dozens of sets of dead eyes stared balefully back at her. It was like someone had shot and stuffed an entire forest’s worth of wildlife.

Dorothy stopped and turned to look at her, before waving her gun about absent-mindedly over her shoulder. “Ah – sorry about all the death. Husband was a mucking lunatic, God rest him. Never met an animal he didn’t want to shoot. I thought it would only be appropriate to have him stuffed and put in the hall too, but apparently there’s rules. Tea?”

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Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“You rang me, Phil.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“Yeah, you did. You told me I was in danger and I had to run.”

“I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”

“I recognised your voice.” That wasn’t technically a lie, Paul had recognised his voice. Once he’d mentally recalled the very short list of people he knew who would ring him to tell him his life was in danger, it had been depressingly easy to figure out.

“You couldn’t have recognised my voice,” said Phil triumphantly, “I disguised it.”

Paul could see Phil mentally replaying what he’d just said, before his face reddened and he shook his head in silent self-admonishment.

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Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

“Hang on – this is it? This is where we were going?” said Brigit. “Yeah,” said Paul, pointing up at the rather worn and faded sign featuring the name The Balloon Man, alongside a grinning clown. Clowns struck Paul as creepy at the best of times, but the devil horns and goatee the local kids had added did nothing to help the situation. “But… ” said Brigit, “I thought when you said ‘we’re going to see a man about a balloon’ you meant…” “What?” “Well, I dunno. I thought it was some kind of street slang.” “For what?” Brigit rolled her eyes and puffed out her cheeks. “How the hell would I know? I’m a nurse from Leitrim. I’m not au-fait with the patois of the Dublin criminal underground.” “And I am?” Brigit blushed slightly at this. “Well… you are from Dublin.” “And all Dubs are criminals?” “That’s not…” Brigit folded her arms. “You know that’s not what I meant. Is now really the time for us to be having this conversation?” “Fair point,” said Paul. “I’m going in. You stay here or you’ll make him nervous.” “Why would I make the balloon man nervous?” “Well, he’s a criminal.” Paul flashed Brigit a cheeky smile and then pushed the door open with his good hand.

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Reading progress update: I've read 26%.

A Man With One of Those Faces - Caimh McDonnell

Brigit stopped to look in a shop window, checking she hadn’t picked up a tail. She’d seen this on telly numerous times. You look in the reflection and see if anyone is following you. It was proving trickier than she’d imagined. In a movie, the extras would all walk by in straight lines and some over-muscled Eastern European guy would stutter-step, look around in confusion and give himself away. In reality, actual people were proving to be much messier than that. She’d never noticed before but on a cold winter’s day, pretty much everyone was wearing a long black overcoat. It looked like a hitman convention back there.

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