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THE MYSTERY OF MERCY CLOSE
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Here’s a novel that is amusing and not dire — a missing member of an aging boy band must be found before their gigantic reunion show — but the details of the mystery are solidly interesting and the sleuth on the case is intriguing. Keyes has fun with the voice of the primary protagonist, but at times her casual voice is too casual for this first-person narrative. Helen’s psychological problems are key mysteries to solve in themselves, and her romantic entanglements will appeal to the modern woman. A good bedside read.
Helen’s life seems to be falling apart in the midst of the economic downturn in Ireland — she’s lost her flat, her job prospects are slim and she can’t quite work out what to do about her gorgeous boyfriend, his kids, and his ex-wife.
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: April 2013