Review of “Little Boy Blue”

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Book Review – “Little Boy Blue” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by M. J. Arlidge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._J._Arlidge). Mr. Arlidge has published six novels, this being the fifth in his “DI Helen Grace” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in Southampton, UK with the primary character being Detective Inspector Helen Grace.

When a man is found dead under very strange circumstances, Grace and her team are called in to investigate. She is shocked when she discovers that the victim was her old S&M dominator. Fearing what will happen if the darker side of her life is discovered, she keeps her relationship quiet. Then a second man who she had also hired as a dominator is found dead.

The killer seems to be familiar with the S&M world. The clues are leading the police nowhere. Grace’s colleagues can sense strange behavior in Grace, but don’t know why. Emilia Garanita, a reported who has crossed paths with Grace before sees this case as an opportunity to both take revenge on Grace and write a sensational story. As the investigation evolves, Grace’s world gets turned upside down.

I thoroughly enjoyed the near 7 hours I spent with this 393 page Mystery. I have read four of the “Grace” novels and have enjoyed them all. Grace is a brilliant detective, but has a hidden dark side. I think that this is the best novel yet with twists of plot I had not expected. The cover art is OK, relating to a chase sequence towards the end of the novel. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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