The Mys­tery of Mercy Close

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Mar­ian Keyes (2014) Keyes’ brand of chick lit is coated in achingly funny Ir­ish hu­mour. The zany, dys­func­tional Walsh clan, first in­tro­duced in her best­selling novel

Wa­ter­melon, make their fifth and fi­nal out­ing, which fo­cuses on the youngest Walsh sis­ter He­len, now a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor. Money is tight, and acer­bic, self-re­liant He­len is forced to move back in with her el­derly par­ents, just as her shifty ex-boyfriend Jay turns up with a case for her – to look for the miss­ing mem­ber of a boy band days away from their sell-out re­union. All this while jug­gling a hand­some boyfriend and his son who hates her. The finely crafted mys­tery and vis­ceral re­al­ism of He­len’s fears and her tongue-in-cheek world make for a com­pelling and very funny read.

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