The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Marian Keye’s heartbreaking stunner of a novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close, read by the actress Niamh Daly.
“I employ this thing called The Shovel List.” “A shovel...?” “No. A Shovel List. It’s more of a conceptual thing. It’s a list of all the people and things I hate so much that I want to hit them in the face with a shovel.”
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. It’s not all bad this game of Where’s Wayne.
It may have brought her charming crook of an ex Jay Parker back into her life, but it’s giving her an excuse to avoid the usual Walsh family dramas and the intense looks from her gorgeous boyfriend Artie that make her heart beat wildly with lust and panic in equal measure. But most of all it’s an excellent distraction from the huge swarm of black vultures gathering over her head. If she hides out in her target’s empty house on Mercy Close for long enough maybe they’ll go away...But as Helen begins to unravel the mysteries secreted on Mercy Close she discovers a kindred spirit in a man unwilling to be found. Could someone be telling her to look a little closer to home?
©2012 Marian Keyes (P)2012 Penguin Books Limited
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"Very focused on manic depression"
Not as funny as other Marion Keyes books. Too much focus on depression and too little on the plot. A bit rambling in places. Very well read though. All Marion Keyes fans will get it anyway and it's worth a listen, just. I have to confess it made me depressed listening to it, a bit too close to the truth. Not an uplifting book.
I have friends who don't understand depression.
I friends who are depressed and don't understand depression.
Marian clearly does understand depression and this mystery reveals something of that mystery.
Clever, entertaining, well read, captivating and intriguing
This is brilliant :-)
I have always enjoyed Marian Keyes books, but found this to be a difficult listen. It was not just the issue of dealing with depression, the story itself was a bit disjointed and I lost interest in it.
I also found the narrator a bit irritating; but it may be that the story just wasn't that good!
"should probably be in the Chick-lit section..."
Calling this a crime book is stretching the definition of crime literature a bit far - in my opinion...
After getting over this minor irritation, I settled into the story, which is quite good albeit at times non-cheerful, gloomy even...
One thing though, I'd love to see the colour palate described in this book in RL!! :-D
I didn't mind the narrator, the book was entertaining enough for my trip to and from work every day, but if you're looking for a real crime fiction or a cheerful read, this is not the book you're looking for...
"Highly recommended - superb narration"
Niamh Daly as narrator takes this book to a superior level. Very impressive.
The story starts deceptively simple and entertaining and evolves in a both hilarious and very moving plot.
"Good book, awful narration"
I've read most of Marian Keyes books and this is the second one I've listened to, I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, 'Anybody Out There' and thought I'd be in for similar humour given that it is the same family etc. I was totally disappointed, fair enough the character is depressed, but there is a lot of the witty Marian Keyes humour still there, I think it was the narrator who let this story down. Her voice was flat monotone and all accents were similar, it was a struggle at times to listen to be honest. I think I would buy another Marian Keyes book on Audible, but not if it was read by the same Narrator (sorry)
I read the other reviews just now, and I was shocked! This was easily the best book I have ever listened to. Admittedly, also one of the most bizarre. Combining a mystery story with a woman's battle with depression is not something I would think would make an obvious good story, but it does. It is true that it can be heart breaking at times, also hilarious at others and often both simultaneously. And I thought the narrator was great. She sounded like the character; I'm not even sure I would've enjoyed it as much without her. I'm worried that if I say that it was insightful etc I'll sound like someone who belongs on a shovel list, but the author clearly knew what she was talking about.
I can't recommend this book highly enough, but maybe only to those who have a certain type of humour. Maybe people who have a shovel list too. Like me...
"Deep and not usual"
I enjoyed this, although it can be quite depressing if you have never suffered this way. But so true if you have, even if not to the extent of committing the act of suicide.
I don't think the publisher's summary gives enough of an idea of how depressing this book is. The the main character is suffering from severe depression with suicidal thoughts. If you're after a detective story to escape in this may not be the book for you. I found aspects of the reader's interpretation very grating: her assumed voices for the male characters were ridiculous to my ears and I sometimes found that she pronounced names differently which is confusing. I finished listening to it out of 'need to know what happens', but it wasn't worth it.
The last of the Walsh sisters gets her own story and as usual with M Keyes, it's not all happy and roses. Helen is a depressive and is trying to cope with her love life and the failing economy in Ireland. She is offered the opportunity to track down a missing member of a Boyzone-esque band and gets into all kinds of scrapes.
I love M Keyes books as they are so insightful, the family dynamics and the subject of mental health are tough issues to broach, but she does them with care.
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