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Publisher Description

From the international bestselling author of Eeny Meeny comes the second thriller in the “truly excellent series”* featuring Detective Helen Grace.

A man’s body is found in an empty house. 
A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.

He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.

Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is—or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....


Mysteries & Thrillers
October 6
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

Engrossing Novel!

Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge is the second book in A Detective Helen Grace Thriller series. Detective Inspector Helen Grace has returned to her job at the Southampton Central Police Station as a leader of a Major Incident Team. She has kept herself busy (with work) since she killed her sister Marianne (serial killer in last book). DC Charlie Brooks will be returning to work in the next few days. She has not worked since she was held hostage by Marianne. Charlie lost the baby she was carrying. Instead of going to another department or station, Charlie is returning to the team. They also have a new boss, Detective Superintendent Ceri Harwood. Harwood is very different from Michael Whittaker (former boss and Grace’s mentor). Harwood is the type to let others do the work and then she takes the glory for promotions. Harwood also believes in working with the press. She has decided to work with Emilia Garanita, a reporter with the Southampton Evening News (a royal pain in Helen Grace’s behind).

There is a new killer in town. The killer is sadistic and takes an organ from the victim. The perp then delivers the organ to family (or co-workers). Will the team be able to catch the killer? Pop Goes the Weasel will keep engrossed until the very last word. It has great characters and a juicy mystery. I was a little disappointed at how easy it was to figure out the killer. Pop Goes the Weasel is superbly written, and I was interested to find out what happened to the characters after the death of Marianne. The book does contain explicit violence and sadomasochism (fair warning). I give Pop Goes the Weasel 5 out of 5 stars. In order to understand Pop Goes the Weasel, you do need to read the first book in the series (which you will enjoy). I cannot wait for the next book from M. J. Arlidge.

I received a complimentary copy of Pop Goes the Weasel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kayak Jay ,

Exciting and Unpredictable

An exciting and suspenseful story with many subplots to keep the reader involved. Helen and her cohorts drag a lot of baggage with them, and the reader understands the nuances very well. The book is written for complete understanding without any interference with the action. I had several "Oh no!" moments as surprise after surprise kept the story rebounding. Definitely worth a re-read.

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