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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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  • TonyLogie
  • 05-21-15

Windy and pretentious

Struggled to get to chapter 39 (out of 72) but could not take any more!

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  • Caroline
  • 04-01-15

Funny, entertaining and dry...

Another book I loved and expect to hate! I thought Marian Keyes was just another terrible chic lit writer, but actually, this was brilliant. Easy to listen to, well read and dealt with depression in an interesting, realistic and heartbreakingly funny way. Good all rounder

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  • 03-28-15

As good as always

As usual with all Marian Keyes books this is a mixture of poignancy and humour. The exploration of depression was excellent and realistic. It was also fabulous to catch up with the Walsh family again.

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  • Gail
  • 03-15-15

Eventually a very good listen

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It took some getting into. I began not liking the main character at all but eventually listening to her struggles with depression while trying to live 'normally' it grew on me. The way she tried to cope was very good and I think it would make a good read for anyone who wants to understand what it is like to have 'ordinary depression' while at the same time had a plot that also kept me listening.

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  • Chris
  • 02-21-15

Rush to the end

Don't listen if you want to relax. The whole book is a rush by the narrator to get it finished. The story is good but you will be exhausted, could be so much better slower.

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  • Lorraine
  • 05-13-14

A bit different

What did you like most about The Mystery of Mercy Close?

Cleverly written, so that you dont realise things until the author wants you to, so you are experiencing it with the main character. I didnt guess the end, the mystery until she did towards the end, yet it moves fast and keeps your interest.

Have you listened to any of Niamh Daly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Brilliantly read, couldnt wait to get back to it and although the character may not have been a typically likable person, Niamh made me love her.

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

Not really, I enjoyed the journey and didnt want it to finish too soon. It unfolded with interest.

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  • Hayley
  • 04-11-13

Really quite funny and captivating!

With Mammy Walsh making an appearance as a fav character of Marian Keys this was actually really funny whilst still thought provoking on the taboo subject of mental health, but it managed to be quite light hearted at the same time. I looked forward to being out & about in my car as that's when I got to really listen!! Brilliantly narrated to by a lovely Irish accent :)

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  • Miss
  • 02-05-13

Quirky

Really enjoyed listening to this book, highly entertaining and excellently read by Niamh Daly, go listen to it now its brilliant

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  • emma
  • 12-29-12

a bit strange

I liked this book but it was a bit drawn out and kept twising the plot of the story so every so often you had to think back over what had just hapened with a view to keeping up,overall a good listen that i would recomend

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  • 12-24-12

Marian Keyes at her best

I have read every Marian Keyes book, although this is my first audible version, and i loved every minute of this one. The stories of the Walsh sisters all explore different aspects of mental problems or addiction, and it is clear that the author understands very well the impact they can have on your life. This is not a depressing book, it's about a girl fighting depression, and anyone who has been there will understand this. The story is a compelling read, it's not a crime novel, it's a story about a girl who is a private investigator and how she works on her case whilst battling with depression. It had me laughing out loud at times, weeping at others, and all the time finding excuses to listen to see what happened next! A real treat for all Marion Keyes fans.