The Mystery of Mercy Close

The Mystery of Mercy Close

A Walsh Sister Novel

Book - 2012
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As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world; at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she has moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland's biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it is Helen's job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn't left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time. Playing by her own rules, she is drawn into a dark and glamorous world where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne before she even meets him.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2012]
ISBN: 9780670025244
Characteristics: vi, 388 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 28, 2017

Marian Keyes manages to portray characters' problems from the inside looking out very effectively and this story is no exception. I wasn't as impressed by the mystery and investigation part of the story. It got a bit tedious. The romance angle gave me hope that everything would turn out ok but I wonder if anyone else thought Artie might have been just a bit too good to be true?

Nov 14, 2013

I love this book! It's totally funny and interesting and keeps your interest. The part of the depression isn't overdone.
Gotta get more of her books!

May 20, 2013

Another good read from Marian Keyes. You really have to know what to expect from isn't the normal, "upbeat" chic-lit. Her characters have real problems. I always enjoy reading about what is going on with the other Walsh sisters.

May 19, 2013

I was extremely bored with this book and as I have loved all her previous books was completely surprised by how different this book was from her previous ones. Tried to get into the book twice but could not read it.

madison382 Apr 29, 2013

This is my least favorite Marian Keyes novels, I found this one to be just a little okay

Jan 15, 2013

I love the Walsh family too, but have to say I was quite disappointed with this book. I had a hard time getting into it, but kept going hoping it would get better. It got marginally better, but its definitely not one of Marian's best.
Helen is not particularly likeable, but as a minor character in the other books she provided quite the contrast. This book focuses entirely on Helen, and although it mentions the other sisters its really just in passing, no comic relief from the family interactions. Even Mammy Walsh shows very little of her quirky character in this book.

Nov 27, 2012

Unfortunately, Marian Keyes has been suffering from acute depression for some years, and this novel, sadly, reflects that. The heroine is uninteresting and thoroughly unlikeable. There is no hope, no laughter and no joy in this book. It is boring. Bad things happen to Helen and others, very probably mirroring the current economic and social situation in Ireland. I completed only a third of this book and then quickly flipped through the rest, but I found no redeeming features to encourage me to read it properly. A disappointing book for Keyes fans.

Nov 25, 2012

I love the Walsh sisters and this novel is fantastic - certainly in her top three. Only Marian could have written about depression with such insight and compassion and still been able to make their readers laugh out loud. The story gripped me from start to finish.


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