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  • Published: 3 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141043098
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $26.00

The Mystery of Mercy Close




A heartbreaking stunner of a novel from the UK's biggest-selling writer of women's fiction

"I employ this thing called The Shovel List."
"A shovel...?"
"No. A Shovel List. It's more of a conceptual thing. It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much that I want to hit them in the face with a shovel."

Helen Walsh doesn't believe in fear - it's just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good jobs - and yet she's sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced.

Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case - the target: Wayne Diffney, the 'Wacky One' from boyband Laddz..

Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she's never even met.

Utterly compelling, moving and very very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is unlike any novel you've ever read and Helen Walsh - courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued - is the perfect heroine for our times.

  • Published: 3 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141043098
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin. She studied law and accountancy before turning to writing. Her first novel Watermelon was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate, runaway success. Marian Keyes is now one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time and is published in thirty nine different languages. She lives in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony.

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story and Anybody Out There. Her two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available in Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

http://www.mariankeyes.com

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Praise for The Mystery of Mercy Close

The Mystery of Mercy Close is the tale of strong and sassy but vulnerable, private detective Helen Walsh who is looking for a missing person - but can she find him before she loses herself? 'I have a habit of taking instant dislikes to people. Simply because it saves time . . .'

from the publisher's description

When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own

Daily Express

Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius

Daily Mail

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