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The Mystery of Mercy Close

(Walsh Family #5)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  13,629 ratings  ·  1,322 reviews
Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear – it’s just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good job – 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 t
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Paperback, Advanced Readers Copy, 508 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published August 27th 2012)
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Rachel yes definitely! although I've read 3 of the 5 books now, I haven't read any of the in order and all three of them have made sense to me. This book is…moreyes definitely! although I've read 3 of the 5 books now, I haven't read any of the in order and all three of them have made sense to me. This book is a great read and I definitely recommend reading it (and the others as well, all the characters have great problems and issues they overcome through each book)(less)

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Lily
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
So disappointing. I love Marian Keyes and I love the Walsh sisters. Granted, I haven't loved each and every one of Marian Keyes's books, but when she gets it right her books are amazing: the perfect blend of silly chick-lit shallowness (lots of talk about shopping, fashion, being irresponsible with money, etc) and the harsh reality of addiction, depression, abuse, and so on. I had to force myself to finish this book, which makes it better than Angels which I couldn't bring myself to finish. But ...more
Bree T


Private investigator Helen Walsh is going through a rough patch. The economic downturn means that no one has the money to hire PI’s anymore. The sort of business that once kept her income steady has dried up and now Helen has had almost all of her possessions repossessed and had to move out of her beloved flat and back in with her parents.

When her ex Jay Parker comes offering her a job, Helen doesn’t want to take it. But Jay’s money is too good and Helen desperately needs the work. Jay is putti
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
Fans everywhere were eagerly awaiting the return of Marian Keyes and her latest book, The Mystery Of Mercy Close, and we weren’t disappointed This book not only sees the return of one of the greatest authors around, but also the return of The Walsh sisters, and in this particular book, focusing on Helen.

Marian Keyes has to be praised for doing a fantastic job in highlighting mental health and depression. It seems to be something that isn’t addressed as much as it should be, and Marian Keyes has
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Watermelon introduced the Walsh family in 1995 featuring Claire, while subsequent titles focused on her sisters, Rachel ( Rachel's Holiday), Maggie ( Angels) and Anna (Anybody Out There?). I was excited to discover that with The Mystery of Mercy Close, Marian Keyes, after a six year gap, features the last of the sisters, Helen.

The youngest of the siblings Helen Walsh has proved to be acerbic, strong-willed and a little eccentric during her cameo appearances in her sister's books. After trialing
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Allie
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been waiting for Helen Walsh's story for a long time. I started to think it wouldn't be written, simply because it couldn't be written. How was Helen ever going to come off as a real, let alone sympathetic, character when she was so snarky and over-the-top in all her guest appearances? That was half the fun of the other Walsh books--waiting for Helen to show up and say something wildly inappropriate and insensitive. But could she sustain a whole book?

I should never have underestimated Mar
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Christine Ryan
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
As a Marian Keyes fan, I'm afraid I was deeply disappointed with her latest work. The editor must take a fair portion of the blame for failing to hit the 'delete' button where meanderings and wafflings threaten to overwhelm the plot. The protagonist is a private detective who tends to rely on instinct rather than actual clues to find the missing member of a re-united boy band. The fact that the reader picks up on the clues before she does becomes irritating, as does the relentless jokey tone. Th ...more
Sharon
Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-writers
Such a disappointing book. The pace of the story is too slow and there is so little action. Romance is light on the ground and there is little exploration of Helen Walsh's relationships, which is a pity as both Jay Parker (the ex) and Artie Devlin (the current one) are interesting characters. There wasn't enough involvement by Mammy Walsh, who would have added some humour to a humourless story.

Although the other characters are well drawn, they seem to float around the periphery and rarely are as
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Lisa
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, top-author
Marian Keyes is so fabulous because she can weave laugh out loud humour with serious issues and somehow it works without belittling said issues.
I have read a couple of books about the Walsh family series (my favourite so far is Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2) by Marian Keyes) and find them funny but poignant - Mammy Walsh is hilarious!
This book is about Helen Walsh who is (currently) a private investigator asked to look into the disappearance of the integral member of a boy band making a big comeback in Ireland.
Helen is in a bit of a pickle
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AngryGreyCat
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I will start this brief review by saying that for me Marian Keyes can do no wrong. I love her books and her sense of humor. This book was no exception. The characters were funny and engaging. The mystery was well thought out, with red herrings, some quite clever. The book is ostensibly about a missing “rock star”, I’ll use that term loosely since he is a former boy band member. What the book is really about is depression, both having depression and others reactions to it. I found it to be an hon ...more
Milena
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, I'm a huge fan of Walsh sisters.
Su
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore Marian Keyes' wriying style. Most of her books have centered on the Irish Walsh family and their five daughters. This book was all about Helen Walsh who has resorted to being a private detective to make ends meet. At the same time as being hilariously funny, it also manages to descibe the terror of living with depression. She has nailed the stultifying blackness and aloneness that depression casts on its' victims. But she also has such a wonderful way of describing characters. ...more
Dani Jade
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Favourite Marian Keyes I've read in a while. Typical 'Walsh Family' book, funny and sassy.
rubywednesday
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a real fondness of Marian Keyes' books. I've been reading them since I was a young girl and they would be passed around our family, as well as various neighbours and friends. Her writing has a quality that really resonates with people and with the Walsh family, she's at her very best.

I have so much respect and admiration for the empathy, warmth and sensitivity in her books. This is most obvious when dealing with more difficult topics, in this case depression. But it also shines through in
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 11/04/2013
Author: Marian Keyes
Recommended for: fans of chick lit

Well another excellent book from Marian Keyes. Loved the book with its quirky Irish humour. It follows the trials and tribulations of Helen Walsh private investigator and her battles with depression. The way Marian Keyes describes the main character with such depth makes it feels as though you know her personally. Helen's family especially her mother is hilarious to read about. The book is hard to put down once you have s
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Diane S ☔
3.5 One of my favorite authors when I am in need of some serious amusement. There has not been one of her books that have failed to deliver just that. In this one Helen Walsh, attempts to return home, to parents who would really rather she didn't. The conversations between them had me laughing out loud. Than her new love interest has three children and her relationship with them and his ex-wife were another source of amusement. There is really nothing Keyes holds sacred, so if you are easily off ...more
Hildy
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I've never loved Helen as a person but I've always loved reading about her because she's such a unique character. I enjoyed being in her head (even though it's a bit scary) and as always I love the way Keyes writes her male characters. She also writes about tough situations but with humour. My problem was that this book seemed a little long and repetitive. I think if things had been tightened up it would have been really great. I also wish that we'd been given a bit more time on the page with He ...more
Peggy
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, mystery
I was surprised (category: pleasant) by this book. Chick-lit used to be my favourite genre and almost all I read when I was in my late teens and early twenties, but around four or five years ago I started to lose interest and I didn't even care for my favourite authors (including Marian Keyes) anymore. After a short reading break I switched to other genres, mostly historical fiction and fantasy.

The only reason I picked up this book is because I participate in a year long series challenge in whi
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Thomas Strömquist
Another fantastic book from Marian Keyes, it's been far too long since I read one of hers I realized. This one misses the full five stars because of two things; the hilarity of the comedy sometimes goes all the way to the slightly absurd and I very much appreciate her characters to be life-like and plausible. This is only on a couple of occasions, though, so don't let it stop you! The second thing is that very little actually happens in the book and, it being close to 600 pages, this makes for a ...more
Charlotte
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Marian Keyes has always been known to write Chick Lit novels with a somewhat dark overtone, but The Mystery of Mercy Close is the only one that somewhat parallels her own life. In 2009 Marian Keyes experienced a crippling bout of depression, much like Helen Walsh, it nearly destroyed her. Her experience with depression is the reason why this book was so good. The darkness that envelopes Helen is almost as terrifying for the reader as it is for Helen. When
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Tania
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio, fiction
I adore Irish audible books, the accents are so beautiful and Niamh Daly always does a stellar job. Although the story was not as good as The Break I still had a lot of fun while listening to this. Marian is brilliant in that she can deal with big issues - depression and suicide in this one - and still have you laughing out loud. I also feel like I have a much better understanding of what people feel and think when they suffer from this mental disorder. I can't wait for her next one.
Kitty
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-greats
I love Marian Keyes. She is an ambassador for Irish women, a humanitarian and a seemingly decent human being.
She is also the one of the best and most under rated writers in the known universe and when people describe her books as chick lit it makes me want to put them on my Shovel List (read the book and you'll see).
I have just finished Mercy Close, and I have laughed, cried and cheered in equal measure. It is fabulous, but more importantly, if you've ever suffered from depression this book of
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Jen
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have loved Marian Keyes from the start and have been waiting and waiting to finally read Helen Walsh's tale. I can't wait!
Marleen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helen is the youngest of the Walsh sisters and going through a bit of a rough spot. Working as a private investigator was great while the economy was up, but now that the Celtic Tiger has gone and died there just isn’t any work available. And no work means no income which means no money to pay the bills. Months behind on her mortgage, with her electricity cut off and most of her furniture repossessed, Helen leaves her apartment and moves back in with her parents. Her six month long relationship ...more
Angela Oliver
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth, and final (?) of Keyes' Walsh family series, dealing with youngest sister, Helen. Like its predecessors it is written in first person narrative, and like the others it has a darker underlying message.

On the surface: it is a mystery - not as crazy as those of Janet Evanovich, but instead a moderately amusing, interesting mystery in which Helen is hired to track down a missing member of the once popular boy band, "Ladz" so that they can undertake their reunion concert. Under th
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Anne
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
It’s a while since I read a book by Marian Keyes, and for the first 100 pages this one just didn’t pull me in: I felt I was missing something in the way of background on the Walsh family, and wished I’d followed the tip of downloading to Kindle Mammy Walsh’s A-Z Guide. But once the story gets going, the background really doesn’t matter. Helen Walsh, the youngest daughter of the family, is a private investigator who has fallen on hard times – and at the same time, is struggling with depression an ...more
Julie
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-shelf
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes is an Adult Viking publication. The is the fifth Walsh Family novel.

This book centers on Helen Walsh. Helen is going through a really hard time. The economy is forcing folks to cut back and people are not calling of private detectives much these days. Her once thriving detective business has come to a halt. She loses her apartment and must move back home with her elderly parents.
Helen has a nice boyfriend, but their relationship is complicated by an ex-
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Andrea
I started to give this 4 stars, but it honestly deserves 5 stars. The Mystery of Mercy Close was interesting, hilarious, sad, emotionally heavy —all in equal measure. It's a mystery and a story of one woman's struggle with mental illness. This is also a Walsh Family story, so even when the road turns deeply introspective, brutally honest, and a little dark, there usually comes moment so perfect and sometimes so outrageously funny that it's just trademark Marian Keyes. Honestly, it's why I love h ...more
Gail
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I cannot express my absolute delight at my beloved Marian Keyes writing this book after 5 long (and,I know, very painful) years. I was counting the days to its release and I read the brilliant Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh family in one sitting in eager anticipation of this being released. I was not disappointed.

I have all of Marian's books and I have loved every single one of them. Helen was always my favourite Walsh sister and I wondered which road she had taken since our last visit to the W
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Clare
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn! Marian Keyes is soooo good. She writes compelling stories about real people, real families and real problems. Not with the cutesiness of Sophie Kinsella, but plausible mishaps and problems. I of course, was deeply moved by "Anybody Out There?," but this book was perhaps even better.

Helen Walsh is a broke, unemployed private detective who suffers from occasional bouts of depression. She is contracted to find a missing member of a boy band currently launching a comeback tour. Helen, despite
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Arielle Walker
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: over-500-pages
3.5 stars

Marian Keyes has a real gift for character voice. Helen isn't my favourite of her characters, but she certainly is amusing and kept me very entertained for the short time it took to read this. Yes - short time, even though the book is actually fairly hefty in hardback, but it's simple and delightful to read and that makes the time go fast.

Not her best work, perhaps, but still great nonetheless.
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Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes includ ...more

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Walsh Family (6 books)
  • Watermelon (Walsh Family, #1)
  • Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)
  •  Angels (Walsh Family, #3)
  • Anybody Out There? (Walsh Family, #4)
  • Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family, #6)
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