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Summary

The razor-sharp, violent and darkly comic second novel from actor, comedian and writer Ardal O’Hanlon.

Dove Connolly is dead. That’s not good for anyone in Tullyanna, never mind Dove.

Now his best friend, Sharkey, is home asking awkward questions about Dove’s death, about the strange graphic novel he left behind and, most of all, about Sandra. Sandra Mohan. Missing now for more than a decade, whereabouts unknown.

This, however, is a town dead-set on keeping its secrets. And Sharkey is already drawing attention from all the wrong quarters….

A mystery, a black comedy, a satire on Ireland’s tangled politics of memory, Brouhaha is set in a small town on the Irish border during the uneasy transition to peace. And peace doesn’t come easy in these parts.

Over the past few days, Kevin, no flies on him, had sensed a tension in the town thanks to Dove Connolly’s poor decision to blow his own head off. It wasn’t just the act of self-harm itself, the pointless splattering of blood and bone and brain all over his bedroom wall, that was the issue, unsettling as that was. In so doing, poor Dove had spread panic amongst the townspeople, raising all sorts of ugly questions, reviving all sorts of rumours, and inviting all sorts of unwelcome attention upon them. In Kevin’s mind, there was method in Dove’s madness. Showing a shocking assertiveness for possibly the first time in his life, and the last, says you, Dove blew the lid off the whole town.

©2022 Ardal O’Hanlon (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Some book for one book

If u love a murder mystery this book is your one!
Peppered with lots of Irish comedy peppered through!
Very thoughtful in its moments of comedy!
Just hope he gets the next one done a lot sooner!

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How did this book get published.Absolute rubbish !

struggled to finish it.A promising start but the book lost its way after an hour and just went on and on aimlessly.

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Great!

I loved the story and the storey telling.... can't wait for Ardal to pen another book.

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not what I was expecting

this was an excellent read. fantastic story and well read. small town Irish border town life

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Loved it

A very intense story , I loved it. The characters felt real really identified with them .

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Excellent narration, story arch and writing

I was a little hesitant and unsure about the quality of the Ardal as a writer but gave it a go and I'm so glad I did. really well and intelligently written, good story with believable dialogue, good humour mixed with darker informative story. obviously narrated well as he knows the subject better than anyone else. Thoroughly recommended.

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Genuinely great

Really well written and performed. Read it on Richard Herring recommendation and he wasn't wrong!

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A really enjoyable book

Thoroughly enjoyed this books story and characters, as well as the fantastic narration by the author

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Loved it - in time….

I’d rate this as once if the very best books I’ve listened to in a long time but I started it again about 4 times after half an hour, an hour or so maybe, as it just hadn’t engaged me as well as I’d hoped - concede I am distracted and with audiobooks sometimes you have to, well, not be. But once I paid attention soooo worth it I loved this book and being narrated by the author made it all the better. Give it the go, it’s rewarding in unexpected ways.

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Loved this book

I absolutely loved this book. Ardals use of English in an Irish way is just colourful and so interesting to get lost in his descriptions. I thought the story line was brilliant and genuinely enjoyed every minute. X