The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
A Walsh Sister Novel

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A compelling tale of mystery, romance, and the irrepressible Walsh family from the internationally bestselling author Marian Keyes
 
Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear—it’s just something men invented to get all the money—and yet she’s sinking. Her private investigator business has dried up, her flat has been repossessed, and now some old demons are resurfacing. Chief among them is her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who offers Helen a lucrative missing-persons case. Wayne Diffney from boyband Laddz vanished from his house in Mercy Close—and the Laddz have a sellout comeback gig in five days.
Helen has a new boyfriend, but Jay’s reappearance proves unsettling. Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her own worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she has never even met.
 

About Marian Keyes

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Marian Keyes is the author of ten bestselling novels and two essay collections. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two imaginary dogs.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Plume. 536 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her fifth Walsh Sister novel (after Anybody Out There?), Keyes focuses on misanthropic youngest sister, Helen. In Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, with her PI business dried up and her flat lost, Helen h

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At the age of 33, Helen, the youngest and latest-blooming of the five Walsh girls, has suffered yet another setback.

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The Bookbag

we've met - and loved - them before and Artie Devlin, boyfriend, policeman and rather too close to his ex-wife for Helen's peace of mind and you've got the makings of a very good story, particularly when Helen finds herself getting just a little too close to the mind of the missing Wayne Wacky On...

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Express

HELEN WALSH's career as a private investigator is on its last legs.

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Express

Part love story, part thriller, it proves yet again that Keyes is one of our finest female writer As Helen wryly explains: “…when the crash hit, I was one of the first things to go.

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Independent.ie

Keyes is remarkably open about her struggle with depression, writing on her website about it, addressing herself to fans, telling them with white-hot honesty in January 2010: "Regular readers know that I've been prone to depression on and off over the years but this is in a totally different league.

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Independent.ie

FIVE years ago in this newspaper, I wrote that Sinead Moriarty, with her natural heart-warming ability to apply a light touch to dark subjects, was a worthy competitor for Marian Keyes's crown.

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The Coast

Helen Walsh is in a pickle.

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Chick Lit Central

(Her books were a common interest between Melissa P and myself, yadda yadda yadda, Chick Lit Central was born.) When I heard that she wasn’t writing for a while, I became sad and longed for the day when she’d put out another book, especially since Helen, the youngest Walsh sister, hadn’t had her ...

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Red Online

The Mystery of Mercy Close sees private investigator Helen on the trail of a missing boy band member whilst she tries to patch up her private life and safeguard her mental health.

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Keyes's latest series installment (after Anybody Out There?) is about the Walsh sibling who may be the most intriguing: self-deprecating, curmudgeonly Helen. As a self-employed private investigator, Helen tests her darkest moods as she is hired to find the missing member of a once-popular Irish b...

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