Book and Beauty: “The Mystery of Mercy Close” and Zoya Tinsley


So when I first started writing this blog I also planned to keep a blog on the books I read. Unfortunately I was in a horrendous reading funk where none of the books I tried to read kept my interest. Needless to say nothing has happened on the other blog. As a librarian reader’s advisory, finding the right book for the right person, is very important to me. So I’ve been trying to think of a way to combine my two loves and I think I got it. I can show the polish I have on my nails and talk about a book that I’m currently reading or have liked. So welcome to Book and Beauty!


The book is The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes. This is the fifth book in the Walsh Sister series but don’t let that put you off because you do not need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this book. Click here for more information about the book.

Plot: Helen Walsh is an out of work private detective, who has to move back in with her parents after losing her home to foreclosure. On the worst day of her life an ex comes to her with a job offer, find the missing member of the reunited boy band Laddz (think New Kids on the Block), Wayne. Helen is on a deadline to find what happened Wayne before the reunion concerts.

Why I’m liking it: What seems like a light fluffy read is really a much deeper look into the life of a person suffering from clinical depression. Helen is driven to find Wayne as it keeps her mind busy so she can’t think about the consuming darkness trying to overtake her.

Helen is also a great main character. Funny and sarcastic, she has a shovel list of things that she would like to hit with shovels. I can definitely relate.

Read if you like: The tone of the book reminded me of the Spellman Files series by Lisa Lutz and Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. So if you like those books I highly recommend this one.


Now on to the beauty. I am wearing Tinsley from Zoya. See I do own other polishes beside Julep. đŸ˜‰ This polish is a base of pink coral with gold and pink micro glitter. So not a holo polish but it looks like it. I’m obsessed with the polish! I love the peaches, coral, and oranges in this polish. And since it is not a holographic foil polish it doesn’t show how horribly uneven my nails are, which is part of the reason I haven’t done a nail of the day look in a while.

On my nails is two coats of polish.



So that is my first Book and Beauty. Let me know if you liked it and would like to see more.

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