I was super excited to see Pop Goes The Weasel I am fan of M.J Arlidge. I also received The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer who is also the author of The Fifth Assassin. I immediately opened Pop Goes The Weasel and finished it in just under three days…
Pop Goes The Weasel By: M.J Arlidge
DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.
The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.
Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.
A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs
This is book number two in the Detective Helen Grace series, the first being Eeny Meeny. I would suggest that you read Eeny Meeny first as this book contains spoilers. If I said I could not put this book down, that would be an understatement. Trying to read just one more chapter before I fell asleep was my reality. I devoured this book like I do cold pizza or Rocky Road ice cream. Saying that this book is “good” is like calling The Grand Canyon a hole in the ground. It hits all the right notes… Short chapters, twists and turns and gruesome detail. This book (series) is a must read, would make a fantastic mini-series!
The President’s Shadow By: Brad Meltzer
And a hidden secret in one family’s past that will have repercussions for the entire nation.
There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I find those stories for a living.
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.
But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency. Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring’s help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President’s team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What’s the message hidden in the arm’s closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn’t the President. It’s Beecher, himself.
Beecher’s investigation will take him back to one of our country’s greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.
I admittedly have never read any books by Brad Meltzer so it was nice to discover a knew author that I enjoyed. Their is just so much going on in this book, it’s easy to get confused. We have a main character who is a archivist, a part of a 200-year-old spy ring, is chums with the President BUT also has dirt on him. Did I forget to mention that he also has a long standing relationship with a psychotic killer? Because he does… While I did enjoy the book I found it hard to keep up with the twists. Maybe I should have read the preceding books before tackling this one. At times I had to put this book down and take a break to catch my bearings. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good book but not having read the books before this I was lacking some important character development and back-story. I would recommend giving the whole series a read, which is what I am going to do.
Both of these books were part of series I highly recommend reading the whole series of both books. That way you can get to know the main characters better. Knowing the characters and their back stories is important to understanding and enjoying a book. I enjoyed both of these books and hope that you do also. Use my code AWESOME15 to get 15% off of your first case.
Disclaimer: I received these books from Bookcase.club for review purposes. All opinions are my own.