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
4.5 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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Dublin Triology

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

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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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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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Extremely funny and has lots of action

This is an extremely fun read. The characters are vivid. The dialog is hilarious. There is plenty of action. This is my favorite read in some time!

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Really hard to understand

The narrator does a fabulous job with all the characters, except the main character, Bunny. I could not understand what he said 90 percent of the time. In spite of the many good reviews, I had to give this a two star rating. I realize Bunny is a Cockney or some such character, but no matter how fast or slow I moved the narration speed, I still could not follow what he was saying. So it is my lack of being able to read this story.

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Narrator exquisitely captures accents

The comic action takes off from the first paragraph. McDonnell’s writing is vividly cinematic. But the narrator brings the characters to life as few could. He’s a genius at capturing the nuances of regional Irish accents and attitudes. (One review was highly critical of the narrator for failing to do a Scottish accent for a character named Bunny. That’s because Bunny is from Cork.)
I always appreciate it when Audible gets the accents from my home country right!!

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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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  • Pasta Nick
  • 04-05-19

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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  • Sarah Finch
  • 02-25-19

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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  • Evelyn Willis
  • 02-18-19

excellent book

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

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  • Bethany Gordon
  • 08-12-20

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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  • Mark
  • 08-12-20

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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  • Teresa Harwood
  • 08-11-20

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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  • jhanami
  • 08-10-20

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!

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  • Linda Phillips
  • 08-10-20

Excellent irish humour

I loved every minute of this brilliant book. I listened to it on audio, and this narrator was fantastic, made it sound like there was a full cast.
The writing is so witty, with lots of subtle jokes and some great laugh out loud moments.
This author with this narrator is a winning combination for me. I always loved the Irish sense of humour, so I enjoyed this book on every level.

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  • Carol B
  • 08-09-20

A Cracker

Detective Bunny McGarry is a complicated cop and a pain in the backside to most of his colleagues and he's been given the task of bringing in an armed robbery gang, whoopee something to get his teeth into at last. During his investigation, he meets Simone and he's well taken in by her, and the way he's thinking Wow there is a future for me after all. He also has a partner "Gringo" Tim Spain but they have a somewhat falling out. Simone spends some time hiding in a convent and Bunny's conversation with the nuns is hilarious as you can imagine he has no idea how to speak to them you can almost see him curtsying and bowing. It's a lovely listen yes it's a thriller but a very amusing listen had me tittering by myself a few times. The narrator Morgan C Jones does a brilliant job narrating a must listen or read.

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  • SandraL
  • 08-02-20

Feckin' hilarious

Absolutely feckin' hilarious! This crime thriller is very quirky and Detective Bunny McGarry is a brilliant character. Right from the start (on that ledge) until the very end I was laughing out loud and got some very funny looks from my OH. Mr McDonnell writes so well and I loved his observations of human nature. The relationship between Bunny and Gringo was great. I loved the nuns. I loved everything about this book and can't wait to read/listen to the others in the series!