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M. J. Arlidge - Author

About the Author

M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last fifteen years specializing in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Torn, The Little House and, most recently, Undeniable. Currently writing for the hit BBC series Silent Witness, Arlidge is also piloting original crime series for both UK and US networks. In 2015 his audio exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number one bestseller.

His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny was the UK's bestselling crime debut of 2014. It was followed by the bestselling Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll's House. Liar Liar is the fourth DI Helen Grace thriller.

Author photo © Bill Waters 2014

Featured books by M. J. Arlidge

Pop Goes the Weasel

Pop Goes the Weasel

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

A man's body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children. He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night? The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives. Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is - or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase...

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Other books by M. J. Arlidge

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

FROM THE MIND OF THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER M.J. ARLIDGE COMES THE BRAND NEW SERIAL KILLER THRILLER STARRING DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HELEN GRACE... * * * * * You have one hour to live. Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth... That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour. But why? The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is A case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims. With no motive, no leads, no clues - nothing but pure fear - an hour can last a lifetime... * * * * * PRAISE FOR M. J. ARLIDGE AND THE HELEN GRACE THRILLERS: 'Chilling' THE TIMES 'Gripping' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Addictive' EXPRESS 'Truly excellent' THE SUN 'Amazing' RICHARD MADELEY 'Mesmerizing' LISA GARDNER 'Chills to the bone' DAILY MAIL 'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER

All Fall Down

All Fall Down

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2020

FROM THE MIND OF THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER M.J. ARLIDGE COMES THE BRAND NEW SERIAL KILLER THRILLER STARRING DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HELEN GRACE... *PRE-ORDER NOW* * * * * * You have one hour to live. Those are the only words on the phone call. Then they hang up. Surely, a prank? A mistake? A wrong number? Anything but the chilling truth... That someone is watching, waiting, working to take your life in one hour. But why? The job of finding out falls to DI Helen Grace: a woman with a track record in hunting killers. However, this is A case where the killer seems to always be one step ahead of the police and the victims. With no motive, no leads, no clues - nothing but pure fear - an hour can last a lifetime... * * * * * PRAISE FOR M. J. ARLIDGE AND THE HELEN GRACE THRILLERS: 'Chilling' THE TIMES 'Gripping' SUNDAY MIRROR 'Addictive' EXPRESS 'Truly excellent' THE SUN 'Amazing' RICHARD MADELEY 'Mesmerizing' LISA GARDNER 'Chills to the bone' DAILY MAIL 'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER

A Gift for Dying

A Gift for Dying

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

'Strikingly well-told, and with a compelling central character' Daily Mail WITH JUST ONE LOOK, SHE KNOWS HOW AND WHEN YOU WILL DIE . . . Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he's seen and heard everything. That is, until he meets Kassie. Because she claims to have a terrible gift - with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die. Adam doesn't believe her, obviously. But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he'll strike next. Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her. He just doesn't realise how dangerous this trust might be . . . Don't miss this gripping new thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Helen Grace series - perfect for fans of James Patterson, Angela Marsons and Karin Slaughter. Praise for M. J. Arlidge: 'Praise-turningly chilling' The Times 'Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent' Sun 'A fast-paced, twisting thriller' Huffington Post 'Amazing' Richard Madeley

Down to the Woods

Down to the Woods

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

The eighth DCI Helen Grace investigation could be her last . . . If you go down to the woods today . . . The last thing Tom Campbell remembers is camping in the New Forest with his girlfriend, Melissa. Now he is helpless, alone and consumed by fear, hunted through the woods by a sinister, masked figure... When Tom's body is found, displayed with grisly relish, Helen Grace takes the case. But before she can catch her breath, a second victim is taken - a serial killer is on the loose. You better not go alone . . . Something dark and deadly stalks the forest. Helen and her team must race against time to catch the perpetrator, before more blood is shed. But the hunt will take Helen back into the eerie twilit woods - and this time she might not make it out alive. PRAISE FOR M.J. ARLIDGE: 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER 'The new Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping' SUN 'DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... MJ Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone'Daily Mail 'Chilling stuff' Fabulist 'A chilling read' My Weekly 'A grisly, gripping thriller' Sunday Mirror 'Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless. Arlidge's fledgling army of fans is about to grow' Sunday Sport 'Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs. Mesmerizing!' Lisa Gardner 'Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet' Will Lavender

Love Me Not

Love Me Not

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Me Not by M. J. Arlidge, read by Elizabeth Bower. She Loves Me A womans body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene its clear shes looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother? She Loves Me Not Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killers choices? She Loves Me Who lives? Who dies? Whos next? The clock is ticking. She Loves Me Not If Helen cant solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own ... Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years JEFFERY DEAVER The new Jo Nesbo JUDY FINNIGAN Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping SUN

Running Blind

Running Blind

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2017

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Running Blind by M.J. Arlidge, read by Grace Saif. New to the police force, WPC Helen Grace is assigned to her first clear-cut case. Sure theres something sinister beneath the surface, Helen has a bad feeling . . . but whos going to take the word of a rookie? Fresh out of Police College, 18-year-old WPC Helen Grace is the first to arrive on the scene of a fatal collision. Her colleagues see nothing amiss, convinced that the young mans death was a tragic accident. But Helen is not so sure. Who is their mystery victim? Why would he risk life and limb running across a busy highway? And what might he have been running from? Theres a dark secret lurking amid the quiet fields of Hampshire, one that Helen is determined to uncover. In this ebook novella, rookie Helen Grace discovers what its like to be a woman in a mans world, facing impossible odds as she races against time to save vulnerable lives.

No Way Back

No Way Back

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2016

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of No Way Back - A DI Helen Grace short by M. J. Arlidge, read by Rosie Jones. A treat for fans of DI Helen Grace: an ebook short story from Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author M. J. Arlidge. Jodies arriving at her third childrens home. Shes only fifteen. Maybe this time will be different. Shell be safe. Looked after. But the truth is Jodie has no one left to protect her. She must defend herself. She must change. PRAISE FOR M.J. ARLIDGE: Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years JEFFERY DEAVER The new Jo Nesbo JUDY FINNIGAN Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping SUN DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... MJ Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone Daily Mail Chilling stuff Fabulist A chilling read My Weekly A grisly, gripping thriller Sunday Mirror Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless. Arlidges fledgling army of fans is about to grow Sunday Sport Eeny Meeny debuts one of the best new series detectives, Helen Grace. Determined, tough and damaged, she must unravel a terrifying riddle of a killer kidnapping victims in pairs. Mesmerizing! Lisa Gardner Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. Its scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet Will Lavender A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller thats sure to become another bestseller Huffington Post

Eeny Meeny

Eeny Meeny

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2016

Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive. It's a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn't spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn't believe them. Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this case-with its seemingly random victims-has her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....

Doll's House

Doll's House

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2016

Detective Helen Grace is on the trail of a twisted serial killer in this riveting thriller in the ';gripping' (USA Today) international bestselling series.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...

Pop Goes the Weasel

Pop Goes the Weasel

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2015

From the international bestselling author of Eeny Meeny comes the second thriller in the ';truly excellent series'* featuring Detective Helen Grace.A man's body is found in an empty house.A gruesome memento of his murder is sent to his wife and children.He is the first victim, and Detective Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer isor what is waiting for her at the end of the chase....From the Trade Paperback edition.

Eeny Meeny

Eeny Meeny

Author: M. J. Arlidge Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2015

The "e;dark, twisted, thought-provoking"e; (#1New York TimesbestsellerTami Hoag)international bestsellerfirst in the new series featuring Detective Helen Grace.Two people are abducted, imprisoned, and left with a gun. As hunger and thirst set in, only one walks away alive.It's a game more twisted than any Detective Helen Grace has ever seen. If she hadn't spoken with the shattered survivors herself, she almost wouldn't believe them.Helen is familiar with the dark sides of human nature, including her own, but this casewith its seemingly random victimshas her baffled. But as more people go missing, nothing will be more terrifying than when it all starts making sense....