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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 (517 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,005 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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13 of 13 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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26 of 27 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 July 2013
By Penny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I managed to stick with it I was disappointed. This is by far my least enjoyable of the Marian Keyes books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it..... 1 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge Marian Keyes fan, but it has taken me over three weeks to read this (I read a book a week) and I only got half way through this one before giving up.

If you have read all Marian's past books and haven't read this one - DON'T. It will only upset you.

The story is slow, Helen is not likeable and the plot is hard to believe.

Maybe it is time to say goodbye to the Walsh's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Marian's Best 6 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
Marian Keyes is one of my favourite authors. However i'm not so sure if it is a good idea to get to know an author and then try and read their books.

The Mystery of Mercy Close follows the story of the youngest Walsh sister, Helen. Having read all of Marian's other books, all of the other Walsh sisters already have their own book. Helen pops up in them, so you know her, just not intimately. I had been hanging out for Marian to write Helen's story as I LOVED all of her other books involving the Walsh family.

To be honest, i was disappointed. And i really didn't want to be. I don't want to be. It makes me sad that i am because i have absolutely adored all of her other books. One book even helped me to deal with some issues in my own life.

As a stand alone book, it is a great story. It's really enjoyable, good for a laugh and deals with some hard things in life that a lot of people are afraid to talk about. However as the last Walsh sister's book, i felt it fell short. It was good, however i think it could have been AMAZING.

Also i understand that a lot of authors write from their own experiences (not all) however i felt like i was reading Marian's story rather than Helen's. Everything that she had been through in the past couple of years came out in this book (and i know this because i have read her newsletters and i follow her on Twitter). I also felt like the Helen in this book wasn't the same Helen in the other books. I know that the other books were from the other sister's perspectives and Helen wasn't a main character but nothing of what came across in those books, came across in this book. And i know that when you suffer from depression, it alters you, so Helen wouldn't be exactly the same, however it felt too much like Marian and not Helen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent,

Marian Keyes at her very best. Funny and touching at the same time.

I love all Marian Keyes books
Published 1 day ago by Daveo
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
An author whose style of writing I love! This is another excellent read in the Walsh Family series of books focussing on Helen. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dawn
2.0 out of 5 stars Light, chic read
Ok read on the beach
Published 13 days ago by Northumberland farmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
very good
Published 19 days ago by SARAH CLEWLWO
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good - enjoyed this.
Published 21 days ago by Karen Butler
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected from Marian Keyes
Sorry but didn't enjoy this book very much! the depression in it was too dark and scary for it to be a light read. Read more
Published 23 days ago by L. Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
Great read Marian Keyes never lets you down
Published 24 days ago by MICHELLE
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best from this brilliant author
Keyes has used this book as a vehicle to expound her deep personal knowledge of the sheer awfulness of depression. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Islander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As ever Ms Keyes did not disappoint, some laugh out loud moments. Great book perfect holiday read.
Published 29 days ago by P Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercy Close
Another winner from Marian Keyes, it's been a while since I've read one of her books but they still make me laugh out loud
Published 1 month ago by LRick
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