• The Mystery of Mercy Close

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Niamh Daly
  • Series: Walsh Family, Book 5
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-13-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
By lisapisa on 03-20-13

if u love marian keyes, you'll find this boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

out of everything she's written, this flops (sorry Marian)

What was most disappointing about Marian Keyes’s story?

I know Marian has suffered major depression, I have too ... I empathise. But your fans have a certain level of fun, excitement + a smidge of naughty/dodgy behaviour of your characters to keep your fans amused.

But for the author to use the key protaganist, Helen, one of the Walsh sisters to go through severe depression and what she did, experienced etc. I felt Marian Keyes was using this character as a cathartic to go through her own experiences and issues.

Fair enough for her. But not for her readers/listeners .. we want to be enterained and pay to read/listen, and not feel we're sharing the same kind of mental overhaul she went through, and then she got paid tons of bucks to write this book.

If she wasnt a bestselling author, and sent this book to every publisher in the world, it wouldnt have been published by anyone.

Sorry, Marian, but its true, and deepdown you know this. You cant's turn out this kind of pap, when your fans have devoured your last 8 books with glee.

Which character – as performed by Niamh Daly – was your favorite?

the key character - Helen, Niamh was exciting and kept me listening, through a very predictable plod of a tale. It's not the narrater's fault that she had a bad read to narrate. Without her, I would've let it go and just skipped to the end within the 1st hour.

Could you see The Mystery of Mercy Close being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

I know Marian has suffered major depression, I empathise. But your fans have a certain level of fun, excitement + a smidge of naughty/dodgy behaviour of your characters to keep your fans amused.

But for the author to use the key protaganist, Helen, one of the Walsh sisters to go through severe depression and what she did, experienced etc. I felt Marian Keyes was using this character as a cathartic to go through her own experiences and issues.

Fair enough for her. But not for her readers/listeners .. we want to be enterained and pay to read/listen, and not feel we're sharing the same kind of mental overhaul she went through, and then she got paid tons of bucks to write this book.

If she wasnt a bestselling author, and sent this book to every publisher in the world, it wouldnt have been published by anyone.

Sorry, Marian, but its true, and deepdown you know this. You cant's turn out this kind of pap, when your fans have devoured your last 8 books with glee.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brenda on 03-04-13

Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful

I literally laughed out loud. Wonderfully entertaining, I enjoyed every minute of it.

There couldn’t have been a more perfect choice of narrator for this book. Niamh Daly did a remarkable job.

I highly recommend this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Niome on 12-18-13

A good story if you are running out of options

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was time spent - I'm glad I have listened to it, however, it took a while to really get into and I had to focus on listening which was unfortunate.

If you’ve listened to books by Marian Keyes before, how does this one compare?

I really enjoy listening to Marian Keyes books, but I was not 100% sure I truly enjoyed this book. It was a distraction rather then something I really wanted to listen to.

Which character – as performed by Niamh Daly – was your favourite?

The main Character

Did The Mystery of Mercy Close inspire you to do anything?

No not really.

Any additional comments?

If you are comparing this and another book, take the other book,

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-28-12

The mystery of mercy close

I have just started this book and to be honest I'd rather have a tooth pulled. I have read all of M Keyes books loved them all!!! This novel is really hard work I'm not sure if it's the narrator her voice is awful highly irritating. Her depiction of the characters are flat boring and the male characters sound very similar.

I've given it one star as I said it's a struggle to press play to listen to a lifeless story. Maybe if I was reading this myself the characters would jump off the page as with her other novels. Listen to sample before you buy I say.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dim on 06-20-17

Fabulous

Another wonderful novel from Marian Keyes. Great narration and storyline. This story follows along the veins of depression but in Keyes hilarious take on life. Highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kellie on 07-18-16

so surprising!! loved the book and the narrative!

loved it so surprising!! loved the book and the narrative! will grab more from this narrator

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