MJ Arlidge is a British writer of crime fiction, who is best known for his works featuring the character of Detective Inspector Helen Grace, but has also written a series of adui books exclusively for Audible, as well as writing storylines for such British television programmes such as the soap opera EastEnders, as well as the hit series Monarch of the Glen, set in the Scottish Highlands. Keeping in the realm of crime fiction, Arlidge has also written for the long-running television series Silent Witness.
Order of Helen Grace Series
|1||Eeny Meeny||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||Pop Goes the Weasel||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||The Doll's House||2015||Description / Buy|
|4||Liar Liar||2015||Description / Buy|
|5||Little Boy Blue||2016||Description / Buy|
|6||No Way Back (Short Story)||2016||Description / Buy|
|7||Hide and Seek||2016||Description / Buy|
|8||Running Blind (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
|9||Love Me Not||2017||Description / Buy|
|10||Down to the Woods||2018||Description / Buy|
Born Matthew Arlidge in 1974 in the London borough of Hampstead in North London, where he was the youngest of his siblings. Arlidge spent his childhood in London, where he went to University College school from an early age, until he left at the age of 18 to go travelling through Australasia.
After Arlidge returned from Australasia, he went to St Johns College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature. His main remit was Shakespeare, and he won the Douglas Chivers prize as he excelled in his studying of the Bard. After graduation, Arlidge then spent a year at Bristol University, where he read Film and Television production, a skill that he would go on to use not long after graduation.
Putting his film and television production skills to good use, Arlidge went to work on the British soap opera EastEnders, where he started out as a storyliner for the Walford residents, and later went on to become a script editor for the soap. He then made the move to Ecosse Films, where he would go on to do a similar role for Monarch of the Glen. Further careers progressions with Ecosse Films came, and Arlidge actually developed programmes such as Mistresses and Cape Wrath for the main UK terrestrial channels. However, in 2007, Arlidge left that behind and started a production comepany of his own, TXTV Limited.
As well as putting his film and television studies to good use, Arlidge then put his English Literature degree to good use, when, in May 2014, his first book was published. The first book Arlidge had published is also the first book in the DI Helen Grace series of novels, called Eeny Meeny. The Helen Grace series of books is sent in the Hampshire city of Southampton, which is on the south coast of England.
Due to the deal Arlidge has with Penguin books, whom he pitched an initial series of seven books to, Eeny Meeny was followed up in September 2014 by Pop Goes the Weasel. Five months later, in February 2015, the third book in the Helen Grace series was published, The Doll’s House, followed by Liar Liar in September 2015, then Little Boy Blue and Hide and Seek.
Born in the year 1974, M.J Arlidge is an English writer who has specialized in Crime novels. For more than 15 years, M.J Arlidge has been working in the television industry, where he majors in drama production. Arlidge is widely known for numerous prime time programs for ITV for more than five years. Currently, Arlidge is working on an exceedingly important project, The last of the Mohicans for BBC. Arlidge was born and raised in Hampstead, London and is the youngest in a family of four. M.J Arlidge attended school from 7 years all the way to 18 years. When Arlidge was still in school, he traversed widely and even was lucky to teach one of the schools in Southern Indian.
M.J Arlidge also visited Singapore and Australia before eventually relocating to the United Kingdom where he began his undergraduate education. He was admitted to the St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he took a major in English Literature. At St. John’s University, Arlidge met with his future wife. It was at this point that M.J Arlidge was awarded a Douglas Chivers Prize. The prize entailed an exceptional Shakespeare scholarship. Arlidge also acquitted himself with the skill of striking. He spent more than one year at Bristol University where he studied Television and Film production. His journey was one that was full of hard work and struggles as well. Arlidge began working as a story liner before he, later on, became a story editor. In less than two years, Arlidge got another job at Ecosse Films, a British TV company. Later on, M.J Arlidge was promoted to the position of a TV development producer.
At Ecosse films, M.J Arlidge was involved in various projects such as Mistresses and Cape Wrath. In 2007, M.J Arlidge was more than ready to begin his very own, television production company. Together with two associates, Jeremy Wilt and Chris Lang, Arlidge founded the company, TXTV Limited. Arlidge attained commercial success by producing several British Crime series with one of the television series being Little House. Mathew Arlidge also developed numerous shows for television.
M.J Arlidge Books into Movies
M.J Arlidge is widely known for the Meadowlands, The Prowler and the Innocent
M.J Arlidge Awards
M.J Arlidge is yet to receive any literary award.
Best M.J Arlidge Books
Eeny Meeny: The first book that Arlidge penned down was Eeny Meeny. Eeny Meeny proved to be a record-breaking introduction novel in the United Kingdom. The main protagonist in Eeny Meeny is one, Inspector Helen Grace. According to the author, M.J Arlidge, the inspiration for the book came from an exceedingly dangerous game in which the victims were expected to play along. What made the story exceedingly worse is when it came to deciding which victim was supposed to die first. The initial title for Eeny Meeny was supposed to be Nemesis. However, M.J Arlidge and his group of editors believed that the name was an exceedingly bad idea. Thus, an agent whom M.J Arlidge worked for brought the idea of the second title, Eeny Meeny. The name was accepted since it was much better than the initial name.
In Eeny Meeny, two people are not only kidnapped but also imprisoned. The two are left in possession of a gun. As time goes by, thirst and hunger strike in, thereby leaving an option that it is only one of these individuals who was going to walk out of the room alive. Eeny Meeny is an exceedingly complicated story. After speaking to the extremely devastated survivor, that was the time that Inspector Hellen Grace was able to not only picture the entire story but also believe it as well. Hellen, being a police detective was quite familiar with the exceedingly dark side of human beings including her own. However, this case is quite different since there are so many random victims who are involved.
The protagonist also gets to discover that the mysteries, which lie ahead, are what she is expected to be. Furthermore, as time goes by, more and more people go missing, she begins to make sense of what is happening. As the investigators track down the perpetrators, they do so while protecting the survivors as well. The exceedingly strange thing is that the monster keeps kidnapping people in a group of two.
Doll’s House: This is the other book that the author has written in the Hellen Grace Book series. Hellen Grace is a picks off from where the previous book had left off. A good example is when Ruby, wakes up in an exceedingly strange place, and the kidnapper informs her that there was no one who was interested to know where she was.
MJ Arlidge FAQs
Q: What nationality is the author MJ Arlidge?
A: MJ Arlidge is a British novelist, and was born in the city of London, England.
Q: What is the name of MJ Arlidge’s first book?
A: MJ Arlidge’s first book is called Eeny Meeny, and it is the first book in the DI Helen Grace series of novels.
Q: What is MJ Arlidge’s date of birth?
A: The author MJ Arlidge was born in October 10th, 1974 in London, England.
When Does The Next M J Arlidge book come out?
M J Arlidge doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Down to the Woods and was released on September, 20th 2018. It is the newest book in the Helen Grace Series.