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A Man with One of Those Faces
The Dublin Trilogy #1
BY Caimh McDonald

McFoir Ink
August 30, 2016/ ASIN: B01LB4O01I
Amateur Sleuth / Ireland / Contemporary

Reviewed by  LJ Roberts

Paul Malchrone has a face that doesn't stand out and that makes elderly people think he's a relative. When visiting a nursing home, Nurse Brigit Conroy asks that he visit Martin Brown, a patient who’s whose had no visitors since being admitted. Unfortunately, Brown mistakes Paul for being the nephew of an enemy and nearly kills Paul. This sends Paul and Brigit down a dangerous path, helped by D.S. Bunny McGarry, Paul's former mentor. The question is whether they can survive.

Ah, the Irish is thick here and the author's voice plays into what one thinks of as classic perception—"You do realise that just saying 'no offence' does not magically make whatever you say inoffensive?"—and humor—"The fox was now sniffing at the sandwich it had retrieved. Rather than eating it, it elected to urinate on it instead. As reviews went, it was pretty damning."

It's the characters who truly drive the story. Paul, the granny whisperer, is delightful and quirky when joined with Bridgit. Dr. Singh, D.S. Bunny McGarry, the lawyer's secretary, and others, and combined with the situational humor, and one can be assured of laughing through the entire book…almost. One might even find oneself using the phrase "fair play" on occasion.

The plot moves along at a brisk pace and is one where everything falls brilliantly into place in the end with a wonderful rescue scene. One should definitely read the epilogues, as well as give the author credit for some well-done self-promotion.

A Man With One of Those Faces does get a bit silly at times, but this isn't intended to be a serious book. Still, McDonald does balance the humor with insight, tension, and suspense. Happily, there are more books in the series.

Reviewed 2019