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The Mystery of Mercy Close | [Marian Keyes]

The Mystery of Mercy Close

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • F. M. Stephens
    Oxfordshire, UK
    10/18/12
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    "Absolutely amazing."

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A
    United Kingdom
    10/14/12
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emilia
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/12
    Overall
    "Not recommended"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    9/24/12
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    "Helen's Turn"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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