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Little Boy Blue

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March 2016 Book of the Month.

Sit on the edge of your seat in this explosively brilliant fifth book in the DI Helen Grace series. The Southampton policing team deal with a murder at an S&M club called The Torture Rooms, this is an investigation that slices under the skin of Helen Grace. The series is sharp, fast moving and wonderfully readable, while you could read ‘Little Boy Blue’ as a standalone, I really do recommend starting with ‘Eeny Meeny’. M.J Arlidge writes fiercely short chapters, changing focus and diverting your attention, he knows exactly when to release information and keeps you firmly on your toes. This is so eloquent and gripping that I didn't want to miss a single word. I also didn’t realise how far I had read, or how much I knew, and the ending came as a shock. With such wonderfully clever writing on offer, I will be stalking the book isles impatiently, waiting to pounce on the next in the series. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like M. J. Arlidge you might also like to read books by Peter James, John Harvey and M. R. Hall.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Daran Bellingham - 'Another fantastic case for Helen Grace.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'Dark and complex, shocking from the opening chapter, a compulsive read.'
  • Emily Wright - 'You don’t have to be kinky to enjoy this book! Fast paced narrative, along with perfectly pitched clarity and atmosphere in the plot, make Little Boy Blue compulsive reading.'
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'With an intriguing plot, a fast moving storyline and punchy scenes, this tale rattles along to a pulsating climax.'
  • Humaira - 'I don't know where to begin with this book. It's more than gripping. It's highly enthralling.'
  • Caroline Harvey - 'Wow, what a great book...Didn't want it to end and so looking forward to the next one. Brilliant. 5 stars from me!!'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'My word, Helen Grace is unlike ANY Detective Inspector you will have followed in a series before.  And boy what a hard-hitting thriller this was with remarkable twists.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'With squabbling detectives, off the wall characters and a story that took many twists and turns...kept me interested right up to an explosive and unexpected ending.'
  • Carol Peace - 'A fast paced all engrossing crime book...I was gripped from the very first page right up to the last and still wanted more.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'M. J. Arlidge always weaves magic on me once I start reading his novels I just can't close the book.  I read ‘Eeny Meeny’ and I am delighted to of read Little Boy Blue.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a fast paced read and had an ending I was certainly not expecting, the characters were all pretty flawed, but their imperfections made them all the more human.' 
  • Sue Burton - 'I loved the story and the characters. Helen is still my favourite character. When I think I know who the killer is it turns out to be wrong.  And boy was I wrong.'
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'as the daylight waned and I found myself alone I had to stop reading! I got so spooked...The plot is well constructed, the 'red herrings' plentiful, the dead ends frustrating, the conclusion... shocking.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'I read the last few chapters almost holding my breath. I can't wait for the next novel in the series.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'As tempers rise Helen's hold on the case is taking its toll and things are unravelling fast.'
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'Little Boy Blue is a gritty and gripping this police thriller.'

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Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge

THE FIFTH DI HELEN GRACE THRILLER BY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M J ARLIDGE, for the first time in hardback 'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER ***** Detective Inspector Helen Grace is no stranger to tragedy. But when a body is found in a Southampton nightclub, the death cuts too close to the bone. Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web? But whatever she does, this killer will not stop until the truth is revealed: there are some fates worse than death ...PRAISE FOR M.J. ARLIDGE: 'The new Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN 'Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ...gripping' SUN 'DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ...M J 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 'A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller that's sure to become another bestseller' Huffington Post


'Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' Jeffery Deaver

'Page-turningly chilling' The Times

'DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone' Daily Mail

'This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo' Judy Finnigan

'Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent' Sun

'One of the best new series detectives ... Mesmerizing!' Lisa Gardner

'Chilling stuff' Fabulist

'A chilling read' My Weekly

'A grisly, gripping thriller' Sunday Mirror

About the Author

M. J. Arlidge

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

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10th March 2016


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