Cat and Mouse – MJ Arlidge (Helen Grace #11)

When you think you’re safe,
When you think you’re all alone,
That’s when he’ll come for you…

A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night – killing without pity or remorse.

As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step dogged by a ruthless killer bent on revenge.

As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes…

Book Information: Print length: 512 pages. Publisher: Orion. Publication Date: 9th June 2022

Matthew (MJ) Arlidge has worked in television for the last twenty years, specialising in high-end drama production, including prime-time crime serials Silent Witness, Torn, The Little House and, most recently, the hit TV show Innocent. His debut thriller, Eeny Meeny, was the UK’s bestselling crime debut of 2014 and has been followed by nine more DI Helen Grace bestsellers including the latest, All Fall Down. In 2015, his audiobook exclusive Six Degrees of Assassination was a number-one bestseller.

My Review:

I am thrilled to be about to open the blogtour for MJ Arlidge’s latest DI Helen Grace book Cat & Mouse and I can’t believe it’s #11 in the series – wow what an achievement!

If you haven’t met Helen yet, you are in for a gruesome treat and whilst most of the books can be read as standalones I would always recommend starting at the beginning of this brilliant series with Eeny Meeny (and to be extra helpful, I’ve listed the books in order at the bottom of this post!)

So, back to book 11 which follows on almost immediately from book 10 – Truth or Dare and once again the MIT team are facing yet another shockingly brutal murder. With Helen quietly battling her own demons and a potential killer hot on her heels, the team are trying to solve this crime and deal with internal politics at the same time.

DS Charlie Brooks who is Helen’s confidante, best-friend and loyal team member finds herself struggling when her home life starts to affect her at work and her loyalty is tested when their boss, Peters, is determined to remove Helen from running the MIT Team.

Helen’s nemesis, Emilia Garanita, a journalist without a conscience appears to finally grow one and we find out more about her background and personal life.

Short, gripping chapters, lots of gory murders, fast-paced action, mounting tension throughout makes Cat and Mouse another enjoyable book in this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Books in series order:

D.I. Helen Grace

  1. Eeny Meeny (2014)
  2. Pop Goes the Weasel (2014)
  3. The Doll’s House (2015)
  4. Liar Liar (2015)
  5. Little Boy Blue (2016)
    5.5. No Way Back (2016)
  6. Hide and Seek (2016)
    6.5. Running Blind (2017)
  7. Love Me Not (2017)
  8. Down to the Woods (2018)
  9. All Fall Down (2020)
  10. Truth or Dare (2021)
  11. Cat And Mouse (2022)

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