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  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Niamh Daly
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

    Brenda says: "Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful"
    "if u love marian keyes, you'll find this boring"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    out of everything she's written, this flops (sorry Marian)


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    I know Marian has suffered major depression, I have too ... I empathise. But your fans have a certain level of fun, excitement + a smidge of naughty/dodgy behaviour of your characters to keep your fans amused.

    But for the author to use the key protaganist, Helen, one of the Walsh sisters to go through severe depression and what she did, experienced etc. I felt Marian Keyes was using this character as a cathartic to go through her own experiences and issues.

    Fair enough for her. But not for her readers/listeners .. we want to be enterained and pay to read/listen, and not feel we're sharing the same kind of mental overhaul she went through, and then she got paid tons of bucks to write this book.

    If she wasnt a bestselling author, and sent this book to every publisher in the world, it wouldnt have been published by anyone.

    Sorry, Marian, but its true, and deepdown you know this. You cant's turn out this kind of pap, when your fans have devoured your last 8 books with glee.


    Which character – as performed by Niamh Daly – was your favorite?

    the key character - Helen, Niamh was exciting and kept me listening, through a very predictable plod of a tale. It's not the narrater's fault that she had a bad read to narrate. Without her, I would've let it go and just skipped to the end within the 1st hour.


    Could you see The Mystery of Mercy Close being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I know Marian has suffered major depression, I empathise. But your fans have a certain level of fun, excitement + a smidge of naughty/dodgy behaviour of your characters to keep your fans amused.

    But for the author to use the key protaganist, Helen, one of the Walsh sisters to go through severe depression and what she did, experienced etc. I felt Marian Keyes was using this character as a cathartic to go through her own experiences and issues.

    Fair enough for her. But not for her readers/listeners .. we want to be enterained and pay to read/listen, and not feel we're sharing the same kind of mental overhaul she went through, and then she got paid tons of bucks to write this book.

    If she wasnt a bestselling author, and sent this book to every publisher in the world, it wouldnt have been published by anyone.

    Sorry, Marian, but its true, and deepdown you know this. You cant's turn out this kind of pap, when your fans have devoured your last 8 books with glee.

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