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A Man With One of Those Faces (The Dublin Trilogy)

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Barraclough, Leo (4 March 2020). "Colin Callender's Playground Nabs Rights to C.K. McDonnell's 'The Stranger Times' ". Variety . Retrieved 20 March 2023. And then we have Detective Inspector Jimmy Stewart is just about to retire and he’s showing the ropes to and simultaneously trying to increase Detective Wilson’s film knowledge, to no avail. While on duty charged with Paul’s protection they come across something dodgy… Humorous crime at its finest. Droll, witty and highly entertaining. The writing is skilled and captivating." ***** Audiothing

He had nothing that came close to qualifying as a distinguishing anything. His every facial attribute was a masterpiece of bloody-minded unoriginality, an aesthetic tribute to the forgettably average. Collectively they formed an orchestra designed to produce the facial muzak of the gods. Although, in the end, this was just another crime drama with people being shot, stabbed, beaten up and strangled, the author's tone made it more fun getting there than in most books of this type. If you prefer your noir more hard-boiled, you may find this twee and unworthy of your time. The author was working for humor and sympathy rather than menace and dread. In the meantime, he was dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s, waiting for the S and the H to show up.”A Man With One of Those Faces is a fast-paced crime thriller set in my home town of Dublin. Along with the thrills, there’s a fair amount of comedy in there, that’s because Dublin is a funny town where very bad things happen. She’d sauntered down the roof in front of him, a mouse lying casually dead in her mouth. Chairman Meow had dropped her most recent victim and then stretched out about six feet in front of him, like she was considering a mid-afternoon snooze.”

Brigit was a breath of fresh air. An eager-to-help unapologetic nerd and she wields it as her arsenal in ensnaring you into her wiles. She is magnetic. And you're pulled in- albeit reluctantly. I did not like Brigit at first. But Paul changed his mind about her too. Kissing her in a tender moment that left me with mixed feelings. But I get why Paul would see her differently after such an episode of chaos.

Paul Mulchrone was finishing up his weekly visit to the hospice, doing his granny-whispering routine to the forgetful, when Nurse Brigit wonders if he could see one more patient–a man dying of lung cancer who hasn’t had a single visitor in the three weeks he’s been there. Brigit’s still a little confused as to how everyone seems to think they know Paul. Paul Muchrone is a ‘granny whisperer’ – a what? I hear you say? What he does is visit the elderly in hospital and sits with them as if he is a relative. This all came about when he was visiting an old lady on the ward and he discovered his talent. If you want the honest-to-God truth, most people have a lot they want to say and not that much they want to hear.”

As advertised, this book is hugely entertaining. It carries no edifying message and the prose is not to-die-for, but I connected with the characters and spent a lot of reading time with a grin on my face. The pace is excellent. Whispering Stories was established in 2015. The blog is here to share our love of books and the bookish world, alongside our other passions in life. We are based in the UK.Paul has one of those faces. Everyone thinks they know him from somewhere. So he spends 6 hours each week visiting an old folks home where residents mistake him for their long lost brother, neighbour or grandchild. RN Brigit Conroy signs off his hours which he gleefully presents to Auntie Fidelma’s lawyer in exchange for another month’s keep. Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one-too-many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history . . .

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