The Mystery of Mercy Close

(Walsh Sisters, Bk. 5). 13 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2013. ISBN 9781470327491. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
Keyes's latest series installment (after Anybody Out There??) is about the Walsh sibling who may be the most intriguing: self-deprecating, curmudgeonly Helen. As a self-employed private investigator, Helen tests her darkest moods as she is hired to find the missing member of a once-popular Irish boy band, The Laddz, as they rehearse for a reunion concert. The five members of the band may be reminiscent of the sisters: a Talented One, a Cute One, a Gay One, the Other One, and—the missing one—the Wacky One, Wayne. With the Walsh sisters, Keyes has created a solidly interesting set of diverse characters. It may be Helen whose humor most closely parallels Keyes's essay collections.
VERDICT Well read by Caroline Lennon, this is recommended as an enjoyable summer listen. ["While Helen's voice, a mix of Stephanie Plum and Bridget Jones, is consistently amusing, the story line is dragged down by the slow pacing," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 4/1/13.—Ed.]

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