BOOK: The Mystery of Mercy Close - Marian Keyes

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21 November 2012

Though the story is dark there’s a good dose of humour with a gentle detective story.

Rated: 3/5 

Grumpy Helen Walsh has a “shovel list” – a list of “all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel”. When I read this on the back cover I was in stitches and couldn’t wait to get started. Marian Keyes started telling the Walsh sisters’ stories from her first book, Watermelon, in 1995. It focused on eldest sister, Claire, but now it’s Helen’s turn. And the Irish author draws heavily from her own life – like her, Helen also suffers from crippling depression and the wheels are coming off in her life.

The private detective agency she started is landing fewer jobs and she’s forced to move in with her parents because she can’t pay her bills. To top it all an ex-boyfriend approaches her, asking her to find a boyband member who’s disappeared just before the band’s big comeback. Though the story is dark there’s a good dose of humour with a gentle detective story. And Helen is a lovely, bristly creation. For readers new to Keyes, the books are all virtually stand-alones and you don’t have to start with the first sister.

- NATALIE CAVERNELIS

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