The Mystery of Mercy Close
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.