Mystery of Mercy Close Reviews
Irish Times Spiky, thrilling, funny and moving: a Marian Keyes novel to convert the sceptics
Daily Mail In the three years since she last brought out a book, MK has lost none of the warmth, wisdom and wit for which she is celebrated.
Sunday Express The Mystery of Mercy Close is brilliantly funny. It is also dark and brave and strange
The Independent Beneath the warmth and the zippy dialogue sounds a note of vulnerability, and it's this that gives Keyes's writing its special appeal.
The Times (review of audio book)
Titled in Agatha Christie style and packaged to look like chick lit Marian Keyes's The Mystery of Mercy Close is subtler than either. Fans of Keyes will recognise Helen Walsh from Watermelon and Rachels Holiday, but now she's in her thirties and washed up. enmeshed in an affair with a married man and failing as a private investigator. Dogged as she is by depression, she is still wonderfully feisty, and when a dodgy ex-boyfriend asks her to find a missing member of a once-famous band, she sets out resourcefully to track him down.
Deft plotting intertwines Helens self-discovery with the lost pop star in unexpected but heart-warming fashion. Niamh Daly delivers her narration with Helen's wise-cracking panache.
Irish Independent This witty yet moving story is a fantastic update on the author's popular creation -- the Walsh family
Daily Express The Mystery Of Mercy Close is her best book yet. Part love story, part thriller, it proves yet again that Keyes is one of our finest female writers.
Clever and funny as it is, in The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes (M Joseph £18.99/ebook £9.99) plot takes second place. Wayne Diffney, the "wacky" one from a boy band, is missing and private investigator Helen Walsh is press-ganged by her dodgy ex-boyfriend into finding him before a big concert. But Helen is on the edge of a breakdown. Like her sisters, who feature in previous novels by Keyes, Helen has been suckled on Grazia, lip gloss and vertiginous heels, but it would be a mistake to take her hilarious sexual and professional predicaments at face value. Helen's story is one of sanity precariously retained. With her pin-sharp turn of phrase ("the international blow dry", "rasher-fattened guards"), Keyes tries to persuade us that her novel is the frothiest of comedies. Read between the lines, however, and there is a poignant and serious portrayal of a mind battling with darkness.
Big Issue Hugely entertaining and often very moving.
Daily Record Marian flexes her divine talent for blending the light with the dark and the hilarious with the heart-wrenching
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