Friday, November 18, 2016

Little Boy Blue (Helen Grace #5) by M.J. Arlidge

Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Penguin
Detective Helen Grace faces her own dark compulsions in the twisty new thriller from the author of Pop Goes the Weasel and Eeny Meeny.

In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead.

In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace.

Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer...

My Thoughts…

Once upon a time I did not know who M.J. Arlidge was.    Now he is a must-read, wish-list, top of my TBR pile author.      The murder mysteries he writes keep me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page, and wondering who Helen Grace will catch.  

With Little Boy Blue there are characters and storylines brought back from previous Helen Grace Series books.    I enjoyed getting the slight reminders of why a character acts the way they do.    These past characters mentions are clues to who Helen Grace is chasing for the current crimes.      With all that I just said, know that if you have not read the others in this series you are definitely missing out on some amazing reading but you will still totally enjoy Little Boy Blue.   

Little Boy Blue is a good crime fictions story that kept me guessing and reading.     I love that I was kept anticipating what would happen next.     There are no giveaway clues, although there are clues that could or could not lead you to make the correct assumptions.    I am a reader that follows the trail the author wants me to and MJ Arlidge is masterful at taking me down a path full of drama, suspense, twists, and murders.   All of which add up to an amazing story.     I recommend checking out the rest of this series and picking up this book also.  

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Praise for LIAR LIAR
“British author Arlidge’s fourth novel featuring Southampton Det. Insp. Helen Grace (after The Doll’s House) is so good that it will send new readers scrambling to catch up with the
earlier books in the series.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is an addictive installment in a reliably strong series — think James Patterson or Patricia Cornwell, with a (not-so-posh) British accent.”
USA Today, 3 stars (out of 4)

“Arlidge has created a memorable heroine in Helen Grace, who combines insight, grit, and an appealing personal vulnerability…”
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine         

“Arlidge delivers on the promise of the first Helen Grace thriller with another gripping and action-packed read topped by a final twist.”
—Library Journal

“Readers will root for this admirable if flawed heroine every step of the way.”
—Publishers Weekly

Praise for EENY MEENY
“Boy, do the pages fly by…It's almost always cause for skepticism when a book's jacket copy promises an ingenious new variety of serial killer, but amazingly enough it's true of
M.J. Arlidge's gripping debut.”
USA Today, 3 ½ stars (of 4)

“A brilliant read that is impossible to let go of until the final page.”
Crimespree Magazine

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