Pop Goes the Weasel, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Starring returning heroine Detective Inspector Helen Grace Pop Goes the Weasel is the latest heart-stopping thriller from MJ Arlidge, author of Richard &Judy Book Club pick Eeny Meeny. "This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo." (Judy Finnigan). "Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years.." (Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Skin Collector and Solitude Creek).

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 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..."MJ Arlidge has created a genuinely fresh heroine in DI Helen Grace." (Daily Mail). "Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent." (Sun). "A macabre, theatrical thriller that gripped me with every twist." (Woman and Home). "Chilling stuff." (Fabulist). "A chilling read." (My Weekly). "A grisly, gripping thriller." (Sunday Mirror). "Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless. Arlidge's fledgling army of fans is about to grow." (Sunday Sport). "Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace.

Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs.

Mesmerizing!" (Lisa Gardner). "Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet." (Will Lavender).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781405914956



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This novel seems to follow on very closely from M J Arlidge's previous book, 'Eeny Meeny', and as I hadn't read that i was probably starting off at a slight disadvantage.The basic story was quite gripping - someone is killing men who frequent Southampton's red light district, and then cutting out their hearts and posting them to either their wives or work colleagues. The investigation is led by Detective Inspector Helen Grace, who has more than the customary amounts of personal baggage including the fact that her own sister was a serial killer and that she herself regularly visits a dominator. There is also a slightly superfluous back story about Grace's nephew, Rob, whom she watches over and tries to steer away from a life of crime.The story did keep rolling along but it was both unnecessarily long and unnecessarily squalid.

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There is a serial killer on the loose in Southampton but in a change from the usual, he/she is targeting the men who use prostitutes rather than the girls themselves. The murders are quite gruesome with the victims' hearts being cut out, put in a box and sent to someone known to the deceased.This is the second novel by the author in the Detective Helen Grace series. It is advisable but not essential to read the first (Eeny Meeny) before this one. This is because characters and events are referred to which would spoil your enjoyment of its predecessor if you read it out of sequence. Pop Goes The Weasel is set a year on; as well as having a difficult case to try and solve Helen has issues and secrets in her personal life to deal with.

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