Review

Pop Goes The Weasel – M.J. Arlidge

Author – M.J. Arlidge

Pop Goes The Weasel is the second novel in the DI Grace series by M.J. Arlidge.

The DI Grace series now has eight books, with Down To The Woods being published in September 2018.

A stand alone book A Gift of Dying  was released earlier this year.

He co-wrote the recent ITV drama Innocent, and wrote for Silent Witness and EastEnders.

You can find him on Twitter @mjarlidge.

Publisher – @PenguinBooks

Pages – 426

The Blurb – A man’s body is found in an empty house.  His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children.  He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector 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 in 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…

My thoughts – After reading the incredible first book in the DI Grace series, read my review on Eeny Meeny, I had to continue her journey.

This book starts with the murder of a married man in a deserted part of town, his wife and children then receive body parts through the post.

Meanwhile Helen Grace is struggling with her new Detective Superintendent, the return of Charlie.  Emilia Garanita, the Chief Crime reporter for the Southampton Evening news, is also proving to be a thorn in her side.

As gritty as the first book, the story moves at pace with a few red herrings thrown in just for good measure.

Highly recommended.

Purchase Links – Pop Goes The Weasel

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