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....
British author Arlidge's exciting second crime thriller featuring Det. Insp. Helen Grace of the Southampton Central Police Station (after 2014's Eeny Meeny) finds Helen struggling with the fallout from her previous case, in which a serial killer had a close connection to Helen and a police friend of hers sacrificed his life to save another officer. Now another serial killer is on the loose a prostitute who targets married men on a Web forum called Bitchfest, seduces them, murders them, and cuts out their hearts. Once again, Helen is besieged by hostile newspaper reporter Emilia Garanita, who persists in exposing Helen's secret personal life. To make matters worse, her new boss, Det. Supt. Ceri Harwood, appears intent on getting rid of Helen. Readers will root for this admirable if flawed heroine every step of the way.
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.
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.