Pop goes the Weasel – M.J. Arlidge (Helen Grace #2)


Pop Goes The Weasel was published by Penguin on 11 September 2014 and is available to purchase here

DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . . .

My thoughts

In ‘Eeny Meeny’, we met Helen Grace and followed her on a truly difficult and painful case. Helen is back and this time looking for a killer targetting men who use prostitutes, in the Southampton area. Helen is emotionally bruised from the events in the previous book and is trying to cope. She has a new boss and Charlie, one of her colleagues, is a painful reminder of past events. As more deaths take place, media pressure escalates and it becomes even more vital to solve the case.I picked this book up meaning to read a few chapters, but I ended up reading the whole thing. It really hooked me as a reader and I remembered how impressed I had been with ‘Eeny Meeny’. Now into the second book in the series, we really know Helen Grace. She is a lovely creation, with a dark past. The more I read about her, the more I like her. The plot has enough twists and turns and a dark murdery side to keep me happy. I really enjoyed it.

I do not think you can read this book, without having the secrets that came out in book one in mind. There are also too many spoilers. I would therefore recommend anyone who wants to read this bears this in mind. It is great though.

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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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3 Responses to Pop goes the Weasel – M.J. Arlidge (Helen Grace #2)

  1. I haven’t read Eeny Meeny but it keeps popping up on various recommended reads for me…. I will bear in mind this is a series where you really do need to start at the beginning though.

  2. Christine says:

    Yes you really do. I think it might even be confusing if you go straight into this one. Both books are fab though.

  3. crimeworm says:

    I have Eeny Meeny here – must get stuck into it! The follow-up actually sounds better.

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