Review: Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J Arlidge

Goodreads Blurb

DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . . .

 

Okay. Now, I’m a little more critical of serial killer stories because they’re so ‘popular’ in so many mediums. I can understand that people are facincated by fictional multiple murders. However, in the past I’ve found that there’s a very fine line between intriguing and cliche’. Sadly, there were parts in Pop Goes the Weasel that I cringed in.  I can’t think off my head a book that’s attempted to ‘educate’ a reader of this minority group, without referring you to the reference books that are on my desk 24/7 thanks to my profession, but you’ll know it when I praise it, if it happens again one day.  There was a particular chapter that I thought was probably the worst of the who book, which were ch79 and ch82. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to put spoilers, but it was far too cliche for my taste. I’m wondering if the use of female offenders is something the author is trying to make this thing?

Other than that though, it was a pleasant read. The writer certainly has a way with word. I enjoy the easy flow of words, which is helped by the shorter chapters. I find this a winning pro of a book.  It allows us to feel as if we’re reading more, by reading less.  I enjoyed the few little twists. The reveal of the murdered was actually surprising, I’m not sure that you would actually pick it if you weren’t told.

The character I love to hate would definitely be that reporter Emilia. I think the author painted her with the same brush that many ‘investigative journalists’ are like.  I’m not sure I like the storyline with Helen and Jake.  I can see that the author is giving us depth to the main character, but…

So, overall. It was a pleasant read. The author is a skillful story teller, but errs on the cliche’ side a bit, which I could assume would be because of his ‘day’ job.  If you enjoy serial killers, then you may enjoy this one. But you have to read it first without relying on my review.

I give this: 3.5/5

Purchase via amazon

Happy reading

Nat

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It’s been a while, so here’s some freebie ebooks currently on Amazon!

I know, I know I’ve been a tad quite blogwise. That’s full-time study for you! But here’s some awesome freebie books that are on amazon at the moment. Be quick and grab them 🙂 You’re welcome.

 

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On the first day of her new job in the West Country, Detective Sergeant Kate Redman finds herself investigating the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur and his trophy wife. It seems a straightforward case… but as Kate and her fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime.

Kate finds the case bringing up painful memories of her own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her hard-won career success and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive…

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41Wlvs8BmYL  On a bitterly cold January evening, Tracy Ellis went for a jog along Chicago’s snowy lakefront and disappeared. Her body is discovered days later, her beautiful face bashed in with a rock. Police determine her brutal death to be a mugging gone wrong and drop the matter into their cold case files.

Over a year later, Tracy’s sister, Sondra, still can’t come to grips with what happened. She throws herself into her work as a documentary filmmaker to try and forget the cruelty of her sister’s death. However, a chance encounter with a man from Tracy’s past rips the wound open and sends Sondra on a desperate search for answers about the secrets from her sister’s life that may have led to her death.

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On her first day of substitute teaching, her new life is nearly cut short when she finds herself in the middle of a shooting that leaves a married couple dead. Luckily, she is saved by Sam Meadows, a cardiologist, but the shooter has disappeared by the time the police come around.

When the shooter tries to kill Grace again, Sam and Grace realize that the killer won’t stop until she is dead. With a killer who has nothing to lose, the question isn’t if the killer will attack again, but when and who will be in the crosshairs. A romantic suspense wrapped in the aspects of life: love, family, forgiveness, danger, and death.

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519WhuvXrQL The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case. Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection between the two victims.After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious serial killer is on a rampage…and Lorne has become the killer’s fixation. Lorne can’t allow her failing marriage or her new boss–a man with whom she shares a sensuous secret–keep her from focusing on her job. She must catch the macabre murderer, or risk becoming the next victim.

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Happy reading!

Nat

A Very Late July Bookhaul!

It has been brought to my attention that I’ve neglected to post my July bookhaul! Whoops. So busy with studying it slipped my mind. Now, this is the smallest one I’ve done. For quite some time and that’s because I’m moving in the new year, and now sure how much room I’ll have!!!!

Without further ado…

Feeling incomplete that I have to be on book-buying restrictions lol.

Happy buying and reading

Nat