Pop Goes The Weasel, M J Arlidge

Pop Goes The Weasel opening line: The fog crept in from the sea, suffocating the city.

My blurb:

This killer is attacking men who lead a double life, and until the team can work out the reason why they will not catch her, for the one thing they know for sure, it is a woman who is brutally murdering men who stray from their marriages.

Pop Goes The Weasel
A man’s body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his family.
He is the first victim, and DI Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home at night?
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.
Helen senses the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is – or what awaits at the end of the chase…
My verdict:

This book follows on from a previous novel, and it took me quite some time to work out what had happened before. I find this the most frustrating thing when I have not read the first book in a series, when the author relies too much on what has happened in the past, assuming the reader will know. Once I had got over that hurdle I really enjoyed this book. Here Detective Inspector Helen Grace is chasing a serial killer and caught up in this drama is her relationship with people who survived the last case with her, an adopted child, her own needs and a new boss who is intent on derailing her.

Publishing Information:
ISBN 9781405914956
Format Paperback
Published September 2014

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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