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The Mystery of Mercy Close | [Marian Keyes]

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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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 05-29-13
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Marian Keyes"

    I cannot say enough good things about Marian Keyes. I love her character development; her insight into depression and anxiety. Reading her books is comforting and laugh out loud funny all at the same time. I only wish she wrote more books, as I have read every single one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 05-02-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Strong yet flawed-perfect for Helen Walsh"

    This story definitely wasn't what I was expecting and in a good way. For those who are fans of the Walsh sisters stories by Marian Keyes, we've all gotten snippets of Helen Walsh's personality and have been entertained by her strong, don't-give-a-crap personality. It's been a long wait for a whole novel about the youngest Walsh. However, it was a surprise to discover that she's not quite as strong as we all previously thought, and this creates a closeness, an empathy for this character. While in the midst of investigating a missing person's case, she is constantly fighting her own demons and hell, most of us can relate to the stress of having to get the job done when you'd rather just crawl back into bed in a nice dark room. Keyes' signature talent for blending humor with difficult human situations and emotions made this book yet another enjoyable read. What's next for the Walsh family?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 02-22-14
    Eileen 02-22-14
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    "Not her best."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book just needed some editing. Actually quite a bit of editing.


    What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

    I've listened to a number of Keyes's books and really enjoyed Sushi for Beginners, Rachel's Holiday and The Brightest Star. But this just rambled on and on, making me wish I could fast forward (not safe while driving).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gioffrt Sicklerville, NJ United States 05-03-13
    gioffrt Sicklerville, NJ United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another great Walsh sister story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helen Walsh was great. I love her sarcasm and her no nonsense attitude. It was finally great to have her as the star of the story.


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

    Excellent narration, she seem to capture the spirit of each character. She could read the phone book and I would listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Love most books by Marian Keyes. Especially any of the stories of the Walsh sisters. Like I said earlier I am so glad she finally did a story about Helen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stone Pullman, WA, United States 07-19-13
    Stone Pullman, WA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2001

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    "I wouldn't want to know the characters"

    I'm usually a big fan of Marian Keyes. Her stories are entertaining, have interesting characters who have interesting relationships. I was really disappointed in "The Mystery of Mercy Close". I went through half of the book and still didn't care about any of the characters. More than that, I didn't like them at all. If a character wasn't a jerk, they were just flat. I'm not off Marian Keyes altogether, but I don't recommend this one at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 07-16-14
    Shannon 07-16-14 Member Since 2005

    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 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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