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The Mystery of Mercy Close Audiobook

The Mystery of Mercy Close

As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.
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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 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

Marian Keyes’s newest novel is a charming, bittersweet story about a woman trying to work her way back from the depths of despair.

©2013 Marian Keyes (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 12-10-14
    Deborah Ham Lake, MN, United States 12-10-14
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    "Couldn't get into this book"

    The narrator was pretty good, but spoke in an English accent (or maybe supposed to be Irish) which was not something I'm used to so I don't know if that contributed to the fact that I just couldn't get into the book. I quit on it after several chapters.

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    Kindle Customer 07-16-14 Member Since 2013

    I love listening and usually get in at least three hours a day. I like fiction, biographies and medical non-fiction.

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    "Mordantly funny, surprisingly mysterious"

    When I started this book, I thought I had made a terrible mistake. The protagonist, Helen, seemed like an awful person. She arrives at her parents' house, lets herself in with the key she told them years ago she lost (while secretly holding it "just in case") and announces she's moving in.

    Her parents are less than thrilled.

    Helen seems to have nothing nice to say about anyone she's ever met.

    As the book goes on, serious matters (mental illness) are woven in with a missing boy band member (now age 37), various romantic entanglements, a hilarious depressive's line of paint names, and a lot of detail about the actual work of becoming and surviving as a private eye.

    I had no idea what had happened to the boy bander (although the clues were all there), and grew to love and admire Helen.

    There were many smiles and a few laughs out loud.

    This is apparently one of a series of books about the 5 girls in the family, and I will definitely check out the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 05-25-14
    DK 05-25-14 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

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    "Much Darker Than the Other Walsh Sister's Stories"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Marian Keyes has written hilarious (while touching on serious topics) tales about the 5 Walsh sisters and their Mammy! This story is about Helen, the youngest. In the 4 other stories we see Helen as a confident, meddling, self absorbed (in a funny way) little sister - focused on how her sister's predicament affects HER.

    This story is about a totally different Helen. There was never any hint of the desperation revealed in this story. It wasn't bad, just much more serious and dark than I've come to expect from the Walsh sisters.

    The story would have been more 'enjoyable' if there was less time spent on descriptions of interior design & other insignificant detail and more of the clever humor and cheeky sarcasm in previous novels.

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Marian Keyes’s newest novel is a charming, bittersweet story about a woman trying to work her way back from the depths of despair.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ehhh...this was not as fast paced or 'page turning' as previous work. I was invested but not so much that I wanted to race to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading 'The Mystery of Mercy Close' I read an article in The Daily Mail by Keyes written in 2012. It seems much Helen's story is autobiographical and/or projection from Keyes own life. This may explain WHY it is so much darker than her previous work...she wrote it AFTER suffering a nervous breakdown, buying a suicide kit (described exactly as that in Helen's story), etc.

    This was a good read and while I'm disappointed that Helen was SO different than I expected-I understand that Marian Keyes was in a much different place when writing this.

    I enjoy her earlier works as they are a bit more light-hearted but still touch on serious matters like alcoholism, depression, etc. Don't miss Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday and the other Walsh sisters stories.

    Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married & Last Chance Saloon are fantastic and what got me started with Keyes. Hilarity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 11-08-13
    Lisa 11-08-13 Member Since 2007

    I adore English mysteries!!! I love nothing better than hearing a British accent in my earphones!

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    "Everyone is unlikable!"
    What would have made The Mystery of Mercy Close better?

    I found the main character totally unlikable and unsympathitic.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I do like Marion Keyes and will read her again but not this series.


    What didn’t you like about Caroline Lennon’s performance?

    She does have a pleasant speaking voice but, after listening to Gerard Doyle, her Irish accent was unlike any other I've heard and I wondered if it was real.


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    Bea 11-03-13
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    "I'd rather watch paint dry"
    Any additional comments?

    This author spent more time describing paint colors and wardrobe choices that had nothing to do with the story. It was enough to cause a reader to go comatose. Too boring for words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    erinshel Newport News, VA 10-29-13
    erinshel Newport News, VA 10-29-13

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    "Absolutely loved this story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mystery of Mercy Close the most enjoyable?

    The storyline was very believable. Listening about the author's struggles with life and depression while attempting to do her job and live her life was very eye opening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the twists and turns that the author took you on. Just like Helen, I waited for every lead and idea to surface and bring about something in order to make the search a bit easier. I waited to find out what information would be gained from each avenue she pursued in order to find what she was looking for. There were times that I felt very sad for the characters due to their circumstances, times that I literally laughed out loud, and times that I was angry on behalf of characters due to things that happened. When a book can pull you in and make you feel those different emotions you know it's a good one.


    What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved listening to her accent. As an American I cannot mimic an Irish accent whatsoever but it definitely brought a nice touch to this story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was very long and sometimes hard to take when listening to the dark thoughts that ran through Helen's mind. I did listen for several hours at a take though since I was driving.


    Any additional comments?

    This is NOT the typical light hearted chick lit we normally see from Marian Keyes. That being said though, I think she was brilliant with the story she created here. Not only did she unravel layers of a mystery to find something lost, she created an emotionally complex character that we as the listener (or reader) could at times relate to or know someone who could. I will still recommend this book to friends despite it not being the happy go lucky and friendly tale that we normally see from M.K.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lola865 09-15-13
    Lola865 09-15-13 Member Since 2015

    865lola

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    "The worst book I've ever read all the way through"
    What disappointed you about The Mystery of Mercy Close?

    It was not funny,or engaging, but rather dreary and gray all the way through. Not Marian Keyes usual great work.


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    Her characters were not as dimensional, they were flat. The protagonist waa neither sympathetic nor non sympathetic, just pitiable when not boring.I was so disappointed that it was not even nearly as good as her others.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance didn't add anything. Some performers add to the enjoyment. This was a dud.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I am proud of myself for sticking with a really bad book all the way to the end. I have never done that before.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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