The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

I gave up chick-lit a fair few years ago, but I can’t give up Marian Keyes. Marian Keyes is something else – funny and emotional with stories which are always gripping and entertaining.

And so to her latest – The Mystery of Mercy Close. Marian Keyes’ battle with depression has been well-documented and she draws heavily on that experience for this book. The story focuses on Helen Walsh, a private detective who has been tasked with finding a famous missing person in a short space of time.

She finds herself in a glamorous world, but also a rather dangerous one. She is also battling the black dog on her shoulder and trying to make time to see her sexy new boyfriend. Oh, and she’s living back at home with her parents who have given up buying real food.

Keyes has been writing about the five Walsh sisters for many years now and their lives and stories have developed in real time. So Helen, who was a teenager way back in the day when Watermelon, (the tale of her sister’s pregnancy) was published, is now a woman in her mid-30s.

This is an entertaining book, which is easy to read. It’s not for literature lovers, but if you want a funny page-turner to read on holiday, then I most definitely recommend it!

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. How funny – I’ve just finished reading this. I too am a Marian Keyes fan. Whilst I enjoyed this one I found it lacking in comparison to her earlier books. I did feel old though when she talked about the watermelon baby being 17 now!

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  2. I always enjoy Marian Keyes! I don’t often read chick lit either, but she is a keeper!

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  3. I love a bit of Marian Keyes! She gets me giggling – I agree she’s the perfect holiday by-the-pool read :)) x

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  4. Thanks very much for your comments, everyone!
    I know what you mean, FG. I enjoyed it, but it probably wasn’t her best. I feel old too because of the Wartermelon baby!
    Glad you agree with me, Sonya. Some people can get a bit snobby about MK because she’s not literature. I’m guessing they’ve never read her and realised how brilliant she is!

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