The Mystery of Mercy Close

The Mystery of Mercy Close

Book - 2012
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'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 . . . ?

Publisher: London : Penguin Group, 2012
ISBN: 9780718155315
0718155319
Characteristics: 507 p

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reeread
Jan 28, 2017

Marian Keyes manages to portray characters' problems from the inside looking out very effectively and this story is no exception. I wasn't as impressed by the mystery and investigation part of the story. It got a bit tedious. The romance angle gave me hope that everything would turn out ok but I wonder if anyone else thought Artie might have been just a bit too good to be true?

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Pichou
Nov 14, 2013

I love this book! It's totally funny and interesting and keeps your interest. The part of the depression isn't overdone.
Gotta get more of her books!

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j_harp
May 20, 2013

Another good read from Marian Keyes. You really have to know what to expect from her...it isn't the normal, "upbeat" chic-lit. Her characters have real problems. I always enjoy reading about what is going on with the other Walsh sisters.

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737knox
May 19, 2013

I was extremely bored with this book and as I have loved all her previous books was completely surprised by how different this book was from her previous ones. Tried to get into the book twice but could not read it.

madison382 Apr 29, 2013

This is my least favorite Marian Keyes novels, I found this one to be just a little okay

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Lynn62
Jan 15, 2013

I love the Walsh family too, but have to say I was quite disappointed with this book. I had a hard time getting into it, but kept going hoping it would get better. It got marginally better, but its definitely not one of Marian's best.
Helen is not particularly likeable, but as a minor character in the other books she provided quite the contrast. This book focuses entirely on Helen, and although it mentions the other sisters its really just in passing, no comic relief from the family interactions. Even Mammy Walsh shows very little of her quirky character in this book.

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readlisten
Nov 27, 2012

Unfortunately, Marian Keyes has been suffering from acute depression for some years, and this novel, sadly, reflects that. The heroine is uninteresting and thoroughly unlikeable. There is no hope, no laughter and no joy in this book. It is boring. Bad things happen to Helen and others, very probably mirroring the current economic and social situation in Ireland. I completed only a third of this book and then quickly flipped through the rest, but I found no redeeming features to encourage me to read it properly. A disappointing book for Keyes fans.

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annedavis
Nov 25, 2012

I love the Walsh sisters and this novel is fantastic - certainly in her top three. Only Marian could have written about depression with such insight and compassion and still been able to make their readers laugh out loud. The story gripped me from start to finish.

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