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Review: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryznda is one of the most satisfying is one of the most satisfying mystery/thriller series out there. It has action, twists, personal drama and great characters. “Cold Blood” does not disappoint on any of those points. It’s another home run for the series.

Erika is drawn into a multiple homicide case when bodies start showing up in Central London, packed neatly in suitcases. Erika is of course, intrigued, but the lack of evidence, as well as numerous personal conflicts stand in her way. And when the killer is finally revealed, it’s clear the team is dealing with something truly evil.

This book could be read as a standalone novel, but some storylines outside of the main mystery do carry over.

I love that Bryznda’s characters are so multi-layered. There not just cardboard, black-and-white people. It adds a complexity to the story and gets you really invested in the outcome. You’ll know who I’m talking about specifically in regards to this book when you read the novel, I’m pretty sure.

The plot moves very quickly, so it will draw you in from the first chapter. There’s no build-up in the story; you’re thrown into the action from the beginning.

Overall, this is a classic Erika Foster book: heavy on thrills and action, with a great ending and more of our favorite series regulars.

Highly recommended.

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Cover Reveal: Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

Yesterday, Robert Bryndza unveiled the cover for the fifth installment of the Erika Foster series – which I’m a big fan of. Without further ado, here is Cold Blood, due out Sept. 20:

Book Description

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.

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Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster, #3)Dark Water by Robert Bryndza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been 20 years since JonBenet Ramsey disappeared, and public interest is still high, with police and the public still clinging to hope of a solution. This book, “Dark Water,” is like that case, only with a British twist.

A beautiful, blond-haired 7-year-old girl goes missing in 1990, seemingly vanishing into thin air. In 2016, her body is found by DCI Erika Foster, who was searching for drugs in a local lake. Foster decides she wants to head up the renewed investigation into little Jessica Collins’ death. But with almost nothing to go on and a tightly-wound family to deal with, Foster quickly finds herself overwhelmed and not all that surprised that the original investigator on the case lost almost lost her sanity.

This book was amazing, in that it is so tightly written, you’re guessing about the plot up until the very end. The author gives very few clues throughout, and throws several red herrings into the mix to keep you guessing. But in the end, everything is tied together pretty nicely and efficiently. It’s like you’ve been given the answer key to a puzzle you’ve spent days trying to figure out.

It’s a very rewarding feeling, finishing this book. I mean that in a good way – I felt very satisfied with the conclusion. And I did not see it coming. I didn’t see anything coming, really, that’s how much the author kept me on my toes

It also shows how difficult it can be to deal with cold cases, something that’s become a bit of a fad recently, with people fascinated by these older, unsolved murders. The book shows what investigators go through, picking apart these old cases where the witnesses are changing and the evidence is thin.

Overall, this book – third in the series, though it can be read as a standalone – is an excellent addition to any mystery lover’s library.

I look forward to hearing more about Erika Foster in the future!

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