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The Mystery of Mercy Close

Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
Series: Walsh Family, Book 5
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
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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

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.

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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?

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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).

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  • gioffrt
  • Sicklerville, NJ United States
  • 05-03-13

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.

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  • Barb
  • Pullman, WA, United States
  • 07-19-13

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.

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I love this book.

I rarely re-listen to books, and yet I've listened to this one 3 times in 3 years, and I really wish there were more Helen Walsh mystery books.

This book is my favorite Walsh family book, and I love them all. But this one-- Helen is a flawed character, for sure, and yet I forgive her all her quirky brutality for her unexpected kindnesses and appreciation of other people's better selves, like her respect for Wayne's family's protectiveness of him, and her concern for the people in the small town of Docker's house. Even her concern for the broken window and open gate at Docker's house. She's a good person, even if she wouldn't want that information to get out.

Anyway. Love this book. I'll miss it, and will probably listen to it again next year.

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My new favorite book!

Can’t say enough about this book, author amazing! Narrator amazing-er!!
I laughed, I cried, I laughed again, and again, and again!!
Saving it for a definite re-listen.

If only I could give more stars

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Just meh

Some classic funny moments but the story was too drawn out. Marian always touches on the realities of depression so it was no surprise that it featured so prominently however the secondary story of the disappearance was wanting. I really did not care about Wayne, where he was etc. Artie on the other hand was worth exploring.

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  • CT
  • 04-14-18

awful

well it's not what I was expecting at all was very disappointed would not recommend this book

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Marian is genius every time!

I've read everything she has written and love her continuation of the Walsh girls' quirky adventures. This one kept me guessing, and I loved it! Her turns of phrase make me want to write them down and use them!