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DI Helen Grace books in order

Have you discovered serial killer thriller author M J Arlidge yet? If not, you’re in for a treat.

M J Arlidge burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2014 with Eeny Meeny, the UK’s bestselling crime debut of the year, which posed an impossible question: would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Since then, we’ve been gripped by nine more fantastic DI Helen Grace novels and two digital short stories. If you love a good page turner then these fast-paced thrillers are perfect for you; we promise you’ll find yourself unable to put your book down, and once you’ve finished one you’ll be desperate to read the next.

If you’re yet to discover M J Arlidge, read on for a taste of what you’re missing!

M J Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace books in order:

Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge

1. Eeny Meeny

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed.

Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case. And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die…

Pop Goes the Weasel by M J Arlidge

2. Pop Goes the Weasel

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…

The Doll's House by M J Arlidge

3. The Doll’s House

A woman wakes. Immediately she knows she’s not in the bed she slept in. It’s just the beginning of her nightmare.

Across town, a child discovers a woman’s body buried beneath the beach. Then another victim is found. Neither friends nor family had even reported either woman missing. How could their killer be getting away with murder?

For Detective Inspector Helen Grace it’s chilling evidence that she’s hunting a monster who’s not just twisted, but clever and careful. And as Helen struggles to understand the killer’s motivation she realizes that time might be running out for someone still alive…

Liar Liar by M J Arlidge

4. Liar Liar

In the dead of night, three raging fires light up the city skies. It’s more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before. Because this is no firestarter seeking sick thrills, but something more chilling: a series of careful, calculating acts of murder.

But why were the victims chosen? What’s driving the killer? And who will be next?

A powder keg of fear, suspicion and dread has been laid. Now all it needs is a spark to set it off…

Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge

5. Little Boy Blue

Called to a Southampton nightclub, DI Helen Grace cuts the duct tape from the asphyxiated victim and discovers she knows him. A man from the double life she has concealed from her superiors, Helen is determined to find his murderer – while keeping their relationship hidden at all costs.

When a new victim is found, Helen works around the clock to stop her life unravelling. She’ll do anything to solve this case – but dare she reveal her own darkest secrets and lose everything?

And would even that be enough to stop this killer?

Hide and Seek by M J Arlidge

6. Hide and Seek

Helen awaits trial in a crumbling women’s prison in Southampton. She has a fight on to prove her innocence from inside her prison cell, but this soon turns out to be the least of her worries.

A serial killer is picking off fellow inmates, thriving in an environment where there is truly nowhere to run. Is it a criminal giving in to their dark urges or a member of the prison staff preying on the captive population?

Helen must work fast to reveal this devious killer, all the time wondering if she will be next on her list…

Love Me Not by M J Arlidge

7. Love Me Not

A woman’s body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it’s clear she’s looking at a cold-blooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother?

Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer’s choices?

Who lives? Who dies? Who’s next? The clock is ticking. If Helen can’t solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own…

Down to the Woods by M J Arlidge

8. Down to the Woods

There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it’s innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here…

DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest’s ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet.

All Fall Down by M J Arlidge

9. All Fall Down

“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 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…

Truth or Dare by M J Arlidge

10. Truth or Dare

A crimewave sweeps through the city and no-one is safe. An arson at the docks. A carjacking gone wrong. A murder in a country park. What connects all these crimes without causes, which leave no clues?

Detective Inspector Helen Grace faces the rising tide of cases which threatens to drown the city. But each crime is just a piece of a puzzle which is falling into place.

And when it becomes clear just how twisted and ingenious this web of crime is, D.I. Grace will realise that it may be impossible to stop it…

Cat and Mouse by M J Arlidge

11. Cat and Mouse

A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the victims.

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

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

But what she will find is something more twisted than she could ever suspect…

Also in the series…

M J Arlidge has also penned two gripping digital short stories starring DI Helen Grace.

No Way Back by M J Arlidge

No Way Back

Jodie’s arriving at her third children’s home. She’s only fifteen. Maybe this time will be different. She’ll be safe. Looked after.

But the truth is Jodie has no one left to protect her. She must defend herself. She must change.

Running Blind by M J Arlidge

Running Blind

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 man’s 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? There’s 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 it’s like to be a woman in a man’s world, facing impossible odds as she races against time to save vulnerable lives.

Have you read one of M J Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace thrillers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


    Now read all of the DI HELEN GRACE books, Fantastic Writing and Reading. Looking forwards to the next one, please make it soon. Surely it’s time for these books to be picked up by a TV Production Company. They would be a Big Hit.

    Just got “Hide and Seek” from the local library. Absolutely gripping and read it within 24 hours. Will definitely get the rest of the series.

    I’ve just finished the 10th book, “Truth or Dare”. It’s the best one yet! I need the next book!! Mr Arlidge, please write it quickly! I lent the first 5 books to a friend who read them within a week! Totally addictive!

    Totally gripped. not usually a thriller fan, I bought the first one, read it in 2 days, then went online and bought all his others which I had read in a week. I pre-order all his books but read too fast as I cant put them down. Eagerly awaiting the next book. Thank you MJ for making my reading experience so pleasant.

    Chose a book randomly on an audio app on my phone and was instantly gripped. Now I’m onto hide and seek (number 6). Hate getting to work cus have to turn it off. Already ordering the others I can’t get on the app, after all you can’t beat a proper book. There are characters that us older people can relate to which makes it all the more real. As with any decent author they do the research and their stories are all the more real. And always a little twist at the end to keep you going cus thou you think you’ve guessed it, you’re wrong! Definitely recommend. So glad I took the chance 👍

    I’ve read five of the Helen Grace books and I’ve loved every one of them, so much so that it’s often 2am before I can put it down! I slow down when I get near the end as I want it to last longer. Each one has been so intriguing 💜

    I think Arlidge is a superb writer and his books have gripping plots. But can’t take Helen Grace. Little Boy Blue had her breaking every rule and holding back her personal evidence creating more deaths. She wouldn’t be able to continue in her role in real life. There’s one thing being a loose cannon but she is particularly violent and as her nephew says she ruins all relationships. Will continue reading but feel no empathy for what I was hoping would be a great female detective.

    Just discovered the joy of this series. Chris Carter, Karen Rose, Tess Gerritsen, LJ Ross, Alex Smith have all created really likeable characters. Helen is something else. Deeply flawed but you just want to like her and her commitment to her job. Eeny Meeny left me open mouthed at times and the plot couldn’t have been more gruesome. Just up my street. Cannot wait to get stuck into Pop Goes the Weasel ☺️

    I have only just come across M J Arlidge and just finished Truth or Dare. I then googled to see what the next book follows it but assume the next one has not yet been published. So now I’m going to start from the top with Eeny Meeny. Thanks MJA for excellent and exciting reading.

    I try not to read the new one when it comes out too soon as then I have to wait too long for the next book. They are so addictive and he is an amazing writer. Let’s hope he never stops with DI Helen Grace’s escapades!

    oh my gosh, my daughter and I love the Helen Grace series they are so hard to put down,every chance I get one of his books is in my hands.I have been reading for over forty years and have never read any books as great as the Helen Grace series they are so graphic which makes it seem so real,i have ordered all not them, great author.

    I have read all Helen Grace books. And loved each and every one. I am so disappointed that there are no more. There are the best books I have read in this genre.

    I’m just about to start all fall down all the books are brilliant just one thing is when you finish reading the book please keep going with DI Helen Grace and thank you

    Just onto my sixth book and I love them. They are real page turners and the plots are ingenious, like nothing I have ever read before.

    What a great read these books are, I can’t put them down, just finished Hide and Seek, brilliant!! Desperately searching for Love Me Not now,

    Just starting book 6 Hide and seek, love this series! Really gripping, such a great lead character!

    I have read all the books in this series and thought they were all very good except for the last one. The Last Book the ending didn’t really tell us whether DI Helen Grace found happiness or peace.


    I’ve read every book in the series- they’re so gripping! The only disappointing part is finishing the book! Can’t wait for the next one.

    Read all Helen Grace books, great read. Waiting for the next!

    I am loving these books , brilliantly written and keep you on edge all the way . Have read the first 4 just ordered 5and6

    I have every book in the series so far. I’m obsessed. They’re unputdownable lol. They regularly had me still reading into the small hours. Also enjoy Silent Witness on TV too, which I know he has written for.

    I have every book in the series… So far. I’m obsessed. They’re unputdownable lol regularly had me still reading into the small hours.

    Just read pop goes the weasel. Gripping. I couldn’t put it down one of the best murder books I be read

    I picked up a copy of Eeny Meeny when on vacation in Mexico, where I tend to turn quite a few pages. I was immediately gripped by the story, and found it almost impossible to put down. I also enjoyed learning “English” again…………

    I walk approx 10km a day and always have an audio book to listen to. I am hooked on the Helen Grace series and as of this morning I am listening to Liar Liar (read by the brilliant Elizabeth Bower). Unfortunately I dropped my ipod into the loo (duh) this morning and waiting on a replacement ipod. So back to the local library to reborrow Liar Liar and Littlge Boy Blue. Love the books so thank you M.J. Arlidge on your terrific books.

    I dnt usually like crime thrillers but i worked with Aldridges friends father briefly and he told me about the Helen Grace books.As i was intrgued i bought the first Eeny Meeny and took it to Mexico on holiday! I got hooked quite quickly and devoured it in a couple of days!Started Pop goes the weasel on the flight home.After doing my law degree late in life,all i read was legal thrillers or chick lit.Not any more! Cant get enough of Mr Aldridges work.Chiling,creepy,thought provoking and brilliant!

    The Helen Grace books are the best I have read in forever..Each one just as good as the last!! Onto HIDE AND SEEK!! Sonny

    One of the best crime series I’ve ever read. I’m reading all of them sequentially, having started with the 4th in error! I love the short chapters so I can read just one more, then just one more … until it’s the middle of the night and I really need to go to sleep before I get up for work, but just one more … And it’s so frustrating that I never clock who the real murderer is! Well done MJA!

    Great listen can’t wait for the next one. At first I was unsure because of the beatings. The last one was different and I hope it’s gets better for Helen Grace

    When I read the first, Eeny Meeny, I knew I would be reading ever single book of this series. I have to waite untill they are translated in Dutch so I have had lots of time I’ve been waiting for the next. And I always be the first in the bookshop to buy the next. So did I with the last, Down To The Woods. I’m just at page 20 but it’s already amazing! It’s recommended to everybody who loves thrillers! It’s unfortunate that there won’t be any more -sad face- but I’ve enjoyed!

    Brilliant books just found out about the short stories next on my list

    Iv read all of them and pre order the new ones and I cannot put them down …just getting the new one cannot wait !!!

    I love the Helen Grace books and highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys crime thriller books! ?

    Fantastic writer, grabs you from page one, unputdownable. I find that Mr, Arlidge writes in a style similar to Stephen Leather ,who again, makes it impossible to put down his books
    I live in Australia, although I am from London and I have relatives in Hamphire so I find that I know the area in which D.I.Grace operates which adds to the interest.\Keep the books coming please,

    I have read all his book’s and enjoyed every one brilliant read looking forward to Down to the woods. Little Boy Blue and Hide and Seek a must read. Keep up the good work Mr Arlidge.
    Thank You.

    I have read all Helen Grace novels so far, and am reading Love me Not currently. As an ex police Officer I consider them to be of the highest calibre both factually and as works of fiction. They hold me attention from page 1 until the end. Keep them coming for my sanity!.

    Fantastic ! I have read and re-read everyone so far ! …. now got them all on Audible and listening to them as well ! Can’t wait for “Down to the Woods”! …. not sure if I can keep waiting for the next one ! Any chance of a TV version so more people can get a Grip of DCI Grace ?

    I have read all the books in the series and can’t wait for the next one in Sept… Think my favourite has to be Love me love me not.. But live them all.. Once I pick a book up… Its got me hooked and I can’t put it down.. x

    I have to say I love all the series and cant wait for Down to the woods , Eeny meeny I would have to say is my favourite but only because it’s the one that got me totally hooked on Helen Grace . Best books I’ve read in a long time . please keep her going !

    Love these books, I read from eeny meeny to the little boy blue. can’t put the books down.

    I just randomly grabbed The Dolls House from the library and just finished it, in 2 days! It was Awesome. I was looking to see if there happened to be more DI Grace books and came across this page. I cant contain my excitement now! Going to get the first book tomorrow and start reading them in order. I cant wait!! Ive read only 1 book but i already love Helen! You are an amazing author!!

    I have most of the books. I didn’t really know much about them when I started to read them. I ended up reading them out of order at first, until I realized that they were a series. I went back and started with Eeny Meeny, then read them again in the correct order, and all I can say is OMG. They kept me intrigued. I kept turning pages and turning pages and before I knew it, I was done with the series. I can’t wait to read Down to the Woods when it is released in the US.

    M.J. Arlidge, thank you for keeping my love of books alive and for providing the world with your talent.

    I have read the whole series and have loved every one! They are by far my favourite series of books, can’t wait for the next one!

    My mom reads his books and absolutely loves them. She would love to read the two that are in Kindle form but unfortunately she does not read or use any electronics for reading. When authors choose to only do e-books at cuts out a couple generations of people because they are not able to use or too hard for them to learn how to use an electronic reader.

    Sometimes publishers collect together all the digital short stories into a physical book when there are enough of them. Fingers crossed they’ll decide to do that with M J Arlidge’s short stories when he’s written a few more 🙂

    I’ve read all the Detective Helen Grace series, having just finished Love Me Not. Enjoyed them all. Would recommend to anyone who likes fast paced detective novels.

    Love the series.Only discovered it recently and have now read them all.Can’t wait for the newest one.Love me Not.Terrific story lines.

    Have read all the Helen Grace books so far and cant wait for the next one that I thought was out this month March 2017.

    love all of them reading Little Boy Blue now and must put it down and go to sleep you can read a whole book at once if you didnt have to get up in the morning lol

    His novels are great very fast moving love Helen Grace series I’ve read then all on Hide&Seek now brilliant pure brilliant please do not kill off Helen Grace Mr arlige.

    If you want a good read M.J.Arlidge books at the ones to read, fantastic from beginning to the end suspense all the way

    Nearly finished the 2nd one couldnt put them down
    amazing books

    MJ Arlidge is in a class of his own, I have read them all except Hide & Seek, and can’t wait as Little Boy Blue was a cliff hanger. DI Helen Grace the heroine of the series is a strong, emotional character, keep them coming Mr Arlidge.

    I’ve read and reviewed them all (and expect to review Hide & Seek soon).
    Hoping to get that one soon.

    Have read all these books & can’t wait for the next one, Helen Grace is a flawed heroine, well written & gripping, I love them

    Have read all the books apart from Hide and Seek which hopefully i can pick up this week have loved all the books keep them coming

    Love all of these books I have got them all. I have just got the new one Hide and Seek and can’t wait to get into it but I have got a book I have to finish first. I would recommend this author most strongly the books kept me gripped to the very last page then had me wanting more!!!

    I have read his first three books and have just started the 4th one Liar Liar and I think this speaks for itself,brilliant reads

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