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The Mystery of Mercy Close [Hardcover]

Marian Keyes
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13 Sep 2012

Marian Keyes, the No. 1 bestselling author of Rachel's Holiday, is back with her stunning new novel The Mystery of Mercy Close and the return of the legendary and beloved Walsh sisters.

Helen Walsh doesn't believe in fear - it's just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good jobs - and yet she's sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced.

Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case. Money is tight and Jay is awash with cash, so Helen is forced to take on the task of finding Wayne Diffney, the 'Wacky One' from boyband Laddz.

Things ended messily with Jay. And she's never going back there. Besides she has a new boyfriend now, the very sexy detective Artie Devlin and it's all going well. But the reappearance of Jay is stirring up all kinds of stuff she thought she'd left behind.

Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she's never even met.

Utterly compelling, moving and very very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is unlike any novel you've ever read and Helen Walsh - courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued - is the perfect heroine for our times.

Can't wait for The Mystery of Mercy Close? Discover more about the Walsh family in Marian's brilliant ebook short Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family, out now.

Praise for Marian Keyes:

'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express

'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail

Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star in the Sky. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin.


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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718155319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718155315
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own (Daily Express )

Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius (Daily Mail ) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star in the Sky. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Marian Keyes. 11 Oct 2012
By Caroline P. VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Firstly, I have to own up to really liking Marian Keyes books. I think I have enjoyed all of them. If you are of the same mind, I really don't think this book is going to disappoint.

We revisit the Walsh family. As families go, they are probably a bit more screwed up and unusual than most but Ms Keyes never strays beyond the believable. This time it's the turn of Helen, the youngest. Helen has suffered a severe bout of depression in the past and is well on her way - terrified - into a new bout. In most cases, that would suggest a book that was heavy and gloomy. Yet, as always, Ms Keyes manages to combine a realistic and sensitive understanding of emotional problems with a book which is often laugh-out-loud funny and always quite gripping. I never felt dragged down by it, even while I could empathise with Helen's dread and fear. In any event, the descent into depression is interwoven into the main story, a missing persons case, in a way that doesn't detract from the mystery/thriller feel to this main story. Nor are her personal relationships neglected. You live Helen's life with her and it is a well-rounded and complete-feeling book and in that sense is very satisfying - no part is left sketchy and incomplete.

Recommended.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
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I don't think I enjoyed this quite as much as some of her other novels,but considering that Marion Keyes has been suffering from such crippling depression that it was feared she may never write again,she has worked wonders.I really liked the idea of a mystery story for a change,and I must say I could not figure out where Wayne was at all.
I didn't feel there was much chemistry between Helen and her boyfriend,Artie,but I really enjoyed catching up with the Walshes,and I LOL'd when the Laddz were trying on their swan outfits!
I really loved Helen's Shovel List,a list she keeps in her head of people and things she hates so much she would like to hit them in the face with a shovel. I liked the way she brought depression into the story,and hope that it will help anyone who is going through depression to realise that they are not alone.
I did enjoy the book,and would recommend it,and I'm so glad that Marion's back!
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94 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved every second of it 22 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover
Marian Keyes has been one of my favourite authors ever since I can remember so seeing one of her books hit the shelves always fills me with excitement. The Mystery of Mercy Close is the fifth and final Walsh sister book, featuring the youngest Walsh sister, Helen. Although I was sure the book would be another fantastic read, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Helen. We already met her in her sisters' books when she was still a teenager - she was the pretty and popular one who was known for her sharp tongue, her sarcasm and brutal honesty. She was hilarious in her own way but for some reason I could never relate to her character as much as I could to some of her sisters'. Which was another reason why I've been so eagerly waiting for this book - I was really intrigued to see how her quirky character would work if she had her `own book' and to see how much she's changed throughout the years. As it turns out, she has changed a lot. So much so that a few chapters in she became my favourite Walsh sister and The Mystery of Mercy Close turned out to be my favourite book from the series.

I loved this story for so many different reasons. Helen is a great narrator - she's sarcastic, she doesn't care what people think about her, but she's witty and more importantly, very entertaining. The book itself is quite fast paced - a lot faster than any of the previous four books were - and there's literally not one dull moment. Keyes has never written mysteries or anything like this before but she pulled it off perfectly. She kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish and I literally couldn't tell what was going to happen next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!, 11 Oct 2012
By ans
Format:Kindle Edition
I listened to this as an audible book while running. What a great motive to get running every morning. I love the Walsh sisters books and think they are best. So funny yet poignant too. Read the Mammy Walsh book before it to remind me about the other family members, hilarious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back MK 22 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
I was almost put off by various reviews from reading this but I am so glad I decided to trust my own judgement!

I have read pretty much everything by Ms Keyes, and although chic lit is not really my thing any more I've always found her to be the thinking woman's chic-litter, along with JoJo Moyes' more recent stuff (as if I knew about thinking!).

In fact I WAS a bit disappointed with The Brightest Star in the Sky but this, for me, was a really pleasing return to form. I am not a great detective story fan, but it seems to me that the private investigation bit was written firmly tongue in cheek, and all the better for it. And yet again, alongside laugh out loud moments, her trademark wonderful dialogue and the stupendous Mammy Walsh pottering around in the background, there is a heartbreakingly serious kernel treated sensitively and of course with inside knowledge.

This is indeed a little bit different from her usual character-rich, plot light style (still character rich, but a bit more plot this time) but that to me just proves how versatile this writer is.

Stay well Marian (no pressure!!) I am really looking forward to the next one ....Kate maybe? Or how about giving Mammy and Daddy Walsh a book all of their own....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
VERY easy reading, felt rather hollow at points. Not as good as some of her other novels
Published 3 days ago by G. Nevard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
keeps you reading from start till end
never guessed ending
characters seemed real unjust like life the all had happy endings
Published 9 days ago by janeet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lovely book. We'll worth reading.
Published 10 days ago by Louise Treseder
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
A crazy story line but definitely a 'can't put downer', I just had to follow the life of the heroine even if she is as mad as a bucket of frogs. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nigel W. Ackland
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill book
Really funny,a great read.would recommend to anyone!
Published 11 days ago by Happy shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Couldn't put it down! Another great read by my favourite author! Can't wait to read the next page. Super story!
Published 13 days ago by carla kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story
Published 13 days ago by TJ MCGINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Marian is my favourite author, each and every book I read of hers never fails to disappoint me! I look forward to reading her next book as soon as I have finished the last, she... Read more
Published 14 days ago by LRPrating
2.0 out of 5 stars Not got the normal Marian magic
Sadly I have to agree with a lot of the other reviews on here. I have loved all of the other Marian Keyes books - the writing is always superbly entertaining, thoughtful and brings... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Cate Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A slow starter but once the story got going I was hooked! In true Marian Keyes fashion, I laughed out loud at some of the character's escapades (Mammy Walsh you have a lifelong... Read more
Published 23 days ago by mbryan25
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