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Image of The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Walsh Sister Novel


Image of The Mystery of Mercy Close: A Walsh Sister Novel

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. When a former flame comes along with a case for her to solve, it does more than give her a little bit of breathing room. Helen must find a missing member of the Laddz and discover the mystery behind their successes and failures since their disbanding years ago — but must also decide what to do with her own life. (VIKING, Apr., 352 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs