This series just keeps getting better and better –
Little Boy Blue is more than just a thriller. It’s the most gripping, most creepy, most enthralling of the series. We Grace fans have seen her face her demons, come to admire her gutsy persistence, her empathy, her instinctive judgement.
This time around, we find she will need more, with three murder cases to solve, which all have something in common – Helen. That makes the cases personal.
But she has two things else to deal with. Firstly the quandary of backing off from the investigation, or trusting Gardam (her Detective Superintendent with more than mere business on his mind) by sharing her connections with the victim. And then she has newly ranked DS Charlie Brooks vying with DS Sanderson for Helen’s favour on their way up the career ladder, both getting in each other’s way while working to resolve the increasing scope of the investigation.
While Helen strives to ensure her links to the murder victims do not come back on her career, our old friend Emilia makes the connection, and D I Grace hits the headlines.
From starting to build a profile of the killer, and discover a possible motive, she arrives at a surprising and thoroughly unpleasant meeting with her past, and an arrest to her career devised by deviously clever means. No happy endings in this thrilling, chilling tale…
… leaving me looking forward to seeing where Arlidge will take DI Grace in Hide And Seek, sixth in the series with an expected release in September.
More news: DI Helen Grace Series is in development for BBC TV – I sort of saw that coming.
Published by Michael Joseph, for
Hardback edition (Arlidge’s first) – ISBN: 978-0-718-18183-3
Also available in Paperback – ISBN: 978-0-718-18083-6
Kindle edition also available, published by Penguin
Already available in the Northern hemisphere,
with a NZ release date of 30th May, through