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M.J. Arlidge celebrates one million books sold in the #HelenGrace series @mjarlidge @PenguinBooks

As this is one of my all time favourite crime series I’m just sharing the fantastic news that M.J. Arlidge’s bestselling Helen Grace series has recently sold one million copies. This has been one of the most successful crime series in recent years and a stunning achievement for both author Matt Arlidge and publisher Michael Joseph.

Acclaimed thriller writer M. J. Arlidge recently celebrated sales of a million copies of his bestselling Helen Grace series with his editor Roland White, Publishing Director of Michael Joseph. Arlidge was presented with a ‘Penguin Donkey’ bookcase at their Strand offices to mark the incredible feat.


The series, which launched in 2014, has become something of a phenomenon. EENY MEENY was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, it swiftly became a Sunday Times Bestseller and was the best selling crime debut of the year. It went on to sell in over 30 countries worldwide and has been optioned for development by the BBC. The subsequent books in the series have continued Matt’s early success, each one hitting the bestsellers lists and cementing the author’s reputation in the UK and internationally.

Arlidge began his writing career in television, and this background in screenwriting is credited with giving his novels the kind of plotting and pace that readers have found absolutely addictive. But it is his central character, Helen Grace that has really captured the imagination of fans, who last year voted her ‘Best Female Character’ in the 2017 Dead Good Readers awards.


M.J. Arlidge’s many fans won’t have long to wait for their next fix, as the eighth book in the series DOWN TO THE WOODS will be published on 20 September.

BIOGRAPHY OF M.J. ARLIDGE M. J. Arlidge is a novelist, screenwriter and producer. He is the author of the bestselling Helen Grace series. Arlidge began his career in television, producing a host of popular dramas, including Eastenders and Monarch of the Glen. Later he specialised in TV crime drama, particularly domestic thrillers, before moving from producing to screenwriting. He writes regularly for hit BBC series Silent Witness and his first original piece for television – Innocent – was show on ITV earlier this year to huge popular and critical acclaim. It starred Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby and, with 7 million viewers per episode, was the most popular new TV drama so far this year.

And here’s the cover for the next book in the Helen Grace series Down To The Woods which is published on the 20th September 2018. 


**Sunday catch up** with the book review café


Well what a great start to the year NOT! I’ve been struggling with the flu this week, so unfortunately anything to do with blogging went on the back burner. I’ve literally spent the week sleeping, sneezing, coughing and being sick with some reading thrown in, but not a lot. Anyway enough of my moaning I’m feeling loads better,  so I thought it was time I did my first catch up post of 2018.

Books I have read since January 1st




I’m giving myself a “pat” on the back as my NetGalley shelf has the least amount of books on it since I joined way back in 2015!!!! I only have FOUR books on there, and I’m hoping to keep it that way with my new “rule” read one then I can request one, if I can keep to this hopefully I will have a more manageable TBR pile, although it’s hard as there are so many amazing books for publication so let’s see how long my new rule lasts 😂😂


Note: Tell Me I’m Wrong is an ARC I received from author Adam Croft

My most viewed posts this week

Despite not posting any new content this week, I’ve still had a healthy (excuse the pun!) amount of visitors pop by my blog. I’m always concerned that when I don’t post for a while everyone will forget my little old blog, but strangely enough I seem to get my visitors when I don’t post anything for a while, there’s a lesson in there somewhere me thinks 😂😂

Life Of Crime by Kimberley Chambers #Bookreview @HarperFiction @Flisssity

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen #OmgthatTwist @panmacmillan

Between You And Me by Lisa Hall

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen #BookReview @Fab_fiction @bookouture

Books I’ve bought this week

I can’t wait for my copy of Unsub by Meg Gardiner to arrive I’ve heard such great things about this book and once I read Janel’s review over at  Keeperofpages I knew I had to buy a copy come hell or high water! And yes after reading all the hype surrounding Anatomy Of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan I finally gave in an bought a copy.



Next week on the book review café

I’m hoping to post some book reviews that have been sat in my draft posts for ages, I just haven’t got a round to posting them for one reason and another #BadBookBlogger! And A day with author…… will be back but for now…………….