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review 2017-12-10 03:00
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek: DI Helen Grace 6 (Detective Inspector Helen Grace) - M.J. Arlidge

Oh man when I saw there was another Helen Grace book out I knew I would have to read it. I checked my local library and saw they had it in there and placed my reserved.
Now normally you can read a series by itself and still understand what has happened I would highly recommend you read the book before this one at least so you can know why Helen is in prison.

Two things are going on within this story. Helen is in prison and when the bodies start piling up Helen will stop at nothing to solve this mystery. She will not allow the killer to escape rather it be a prison guard or an actually inmate.
With Helen doing that her previous co-worker DI Brooks is trying to clear Helen's name. Though she is hitting a few roadblocks with her bosses.
I can honestly say I didn't think of this person would be the murderer I was almost certain I knew who it was when I got the part where I gasped. Nope I was totally wrong.
I really loved how Helen handled being in prison she wasn't one just to roll over even though she knew the odds were against her.
The way the victims were murdered was pretty crazy, but I loved how we were given detail!
I don't think this was my favorite one out of the series but I did enjoy it. Can't wait for the next one.

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review 2016-09-02 17:14
The Doll's House by M.J. Arlidge
The Doll's House: DI Helen Grace 3 (Detective Inspector Helen Grace) by M. J. Arlidge (12-Feb-2015) Paperback - M. J. Arlidge

A young woman wakes up in a cold, dark cellar, with no idea how she got there or who her kidnapper is. So begins her terrible nightmare.

Nearby, the body of another young woman is discovered buried on a remote beach. But the dead girl was never reported missing - her estranged family having received regular texts from her over the years. Someone has been keeping her alive from beyond the grave.

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it's chilling evidence that she's searching for a monster who is not just twisted but also clever and resourceful - a predator who's killed before.

And as Helen struggles to understand the killer's motivation, she begins to realize that she's in a desperate race against time . . .


I've discovered a passion for audiobooks this summer thanks to long working hours. The Doll's House was one that made the hours a bit more bearable.

The Doll's House is book 3 in the Helen Grace series and this time, Helen has to find a kidnapped girl and fight a battle with her boss that has taken a dislike to her and will try to get her off the team no matter what. What so special this case is that the kidnapper has done this before, taken a girl and then pretended through tweets and text messages that she is still alive and well and that she just doesn't want to have any contact with her family. And, it works like a charm until a dead body is discovered and an observant police think that there is something rotten with a missing girl, despite the text messengers that her family gets.

I loved listening to this book, and I found myself enthralled with the story. I was worried that Helen would get into trouble because of her, let's say, not that legal way of trying to find her nephew. And, it doesn't help that her boss is hell-bent on bringing her down. I did love the big confrontation between them both. 

As for the case itself. It's scary to think of how easy it is to fake that someone is alive and well by having someone's phone. The kidnapper is a real psycho and the last part was very thrilling to listen to. If you have read the previous books will you love this book, and it works well as a standalone as well, even though some events from the past is mentioned. </div
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review 2016-05-14 00:29
Finished The Doll's House by M. J. Arlidge
The Doll's House: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller (DI Helen Grace Thriller Book 3) - M. J. Arlidge


Ruby wakes up in a strange room. Her captor calmly explains that no one is looking for her. No one wants her. Except him.

When the body of a woman is found buried on a secluded beach, Detective Helen Grace is called to the scene. She knows right away that the killer is no amateur. The woman has been dead for years, and no one has even reported her missing. But why would they? She’s still sending text messages to her family. 

Helen is convinced that a criminal mastermind is at work: someone very smart, very careful, and worst of all, very patient. But as she struggles to piece together the killer’s motive, time is running out for a victim who is still alive...

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Loved it!

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review 2016-03-21 18:27
Police procedural set around Southampton in the UK, set in the BDSM circles
Little Boy Blue: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller (A Helen Grace Thriller) - M.J. Arlidge



By pure coincidence, I started reading this mystery novel about murders in the BDSM community in Southampton at the same time as I started the Sunstone graphic novels, also set in that world. Admittedly they deal with totally different aspects of this environment, one I know nothing about. I presume that they are both quite faithful to this community.


This novel deals with Helen Grace, a Detective Inspector, investigating the murder of a Dom in a BDSM club. Unfortunately for her, he also was her Dom in the past. The murders escalate and she leads the investigation with devastating results. It also helps if you’ve read some of the previous Helen Grace books – which I hadn’t.


Quite engaging and well-written, it is worth a look but my Kindle preview edition is hard to follow as the scene changes from one line to the next without a paragraph break.

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review 2015-11-21 21:11
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
Eeny Meeny - M.J. Arlidge

Title: Eeny Meeny
M.J. Arlidge
New American Library (NAL)
Publication Date:
June 2, 2015
Paperback (purchased used)




My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


My Review (originally posted at Read, Run, Ramble):


If you’re looking for a creepy mystery, here it is. Eeny Meeny will keep you up at night, both reading and then later thinking about the massive craziness you’ve read.


Helen Grace is after a serial killer who is giving victims one Hell of a crappy choice. While investigating the case, she’s balancing some personal and career demons as well. Alternating POVs provide background to the story as well as Grace’s past, which is littered with unhappiness.


Helen is a strong, tough investigator, but she’s also troubled. Though I didn’t really like the Jake scenes, I do understand the author’s choice. Helen wants to punish herself, that is clear, I just am not a fan of how she chose to do so (I’ve never understood the behavior or the draw to the scene). I’m glad the scenes were at least minimal. Readers can get a sense of why Helen is doing what she is doing without being overwhelmed with scene after crummy scene.


There were many outlying characters in this novel and I did get lost a few times – I simply couldn’t keep up with everyone. However, I think Arlidge did a good job of offering up a quick reminder when needed so that readers could quickly regain details of any characters re-entering central stage.


As the first in a series, Eeny Meeny, offered a good introduction to Helen Grace and the horrible world she’ll be investigating and fighting. I plan to continue and read along as the series continues.


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