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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pop Goes the Weasel by MJ Arlidge

4.0 out of 5 stars -- The second in the DI Helen Grace series is a fast paced thriller that has the haunted cop investigating a series of brutal murders. All the victims are married men, all were in the habit of visiting prostitutes. In common, they had each visited a website wanting more information on a particular girl named Angel -- who, it was said, would "do anything."

Helen Grace is haunted by her past and scarred by her recent case. She has a lot of secrets and the reader is finding out more about her so it is quite important to have read the first book in the series prior to this one. Her character is developing and has become more three-dimensional though she is typical of the dark, disturbed protagonist that seems to be the current persona in much current fiction that has a female cop as the main character. Her relationships with other people on the team are explored, and some of her motives and behaviors explained further. I really like the fact that Helen has no romantic partner or snarky sidekick. The novel is full of grisly details and investigative procedure, interviewing family, poring over reports.

I really enjoyed this second book and am definitely looking forward to reading the third, The Doll's House, due out in USA February 2016.

Thank you to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW for the e-book ARC to review.

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