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by Marian Keyes (Author), Niamh Daly (Narrator)
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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 27 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Sep 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AE3900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)
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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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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
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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.

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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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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved every second of it 22 Sep 2012
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Keyes at her best (sorry) 16 Jan 2013
By nic3101
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not sure wether it's me that has grown & developed over the years and therefore my needs have changed and I require "more" or wether this really isn't Marian Keyes at her best. It's a bit "jumpy" almost like it forgets what's supposed to be hapening and thinks "sod it I'll go onto this instead". I kept waiting for it to "get started" but just as it looked like it was going to "get going" - it didn't.
All in all - it's okay-ish, I've read worse - I've read better.
Don't get me wrong - no one loves Marian Keyes more than me - but this one just didn't do it for me.
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4 of 4 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
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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2 of 2 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow
Another great read by Marian Keyes. I haven't finished it yet but some parts are quite slow. I have been tempted to read the end but haven't as I don't want to ruin the story.
Published 1 day ago by Hayley
3.0 out of 5 stars then mystery of mercy close
took a bit of getting into but after a while it was ok not sure if I would recommend it to friends
Published 2 days ago by janice m garratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!!
Really enjoyable. Another fab read had me clued to every page. Couldn't wait to see where the next twist took me.
Published 8 days ago by J. H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Not finished this yet but a great book can't wait to find out the mystery,funny romantic and a little bit sad
Published 9 days ago by Mrs D Hennah
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad not great
Not a massive fan of this genre but I love Rachel's Holiday and the other books made me laugh so I bought it. It was OK but not the best by Marion. Read more
Published 11 days ago by T. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo great!!
Lovely book!! I just loved it!!! Finished it soooo quickly..Great story from a great story teller..Could not expect less from Marian!
Published 13 days ago by E.V.SKENTERI
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
Marian Keyes is always worth a read. As a counsellor I appreciated her personal point of view of depression. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Myawoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercy Close
I really enjoyed this book and could hardly put it down.I have read all the other Marian Keyes books about the Walsh sisters and I enjoyed relating to Helen from a different... Read more
Published 17 days ago by C. McGinley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard- in my opinion
Marian Keyes is a literary goddess , but she fell from grace with this story (in my opinion).The heroine is damaged and that shows, however there are too many inconsistancies with... Read more
Published 24 days ago by V. Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved loved loved it!
Pure enjoyment from beginning to an end. Had so much fun listening to this while driving and was sad when the story ended.
Published 26 days ago by tanjah
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