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** My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book **



To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover.
On an icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a killing on the victim’s doorstep?

Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.

Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…

My Thoughts & Review:

There are series that you just cannot help but await eagerly and the Detective Erika Foster is one of those for me.  I’ve followed it for some time now, and have loved each installment, have enjoyed seeing the main character and her team develop, have been thrilled at the the intricately twisted cases that they have to work on but most of all I have enjoyed the breathtakingly brilliant plotting that has awaited me in each book.

Deadly Secrets is the sixth book in the series and it’s utterly fantastic.  The killer is terrifying, and although the reader is privy to more information that Erika and her team, you can’t quite put your finger on their identity.  It doesn’t help when the author is as deviously clever as Robert Bryndza, ensuring facts and clues only make sense when he’s ready for the reader for them to.

The plotting of this novel is superb, the switching perspectives of the detectives, the victims and the killer builds the tension perfectly and hooks the reader in.  Being able to glimpse into the mind of the killer adds an extra layer of excitement, and seeing details that the police can’t begin to guess certainly makes this an addictive read.

It was nice to catch up with Erika again, and see what life had thrown at her since the last case she worked on.  But what really stood out about this installment in the series was the way that Robert Bryndza took the time to give Erika a hugely personal strand to the plot.  Fans of the series know her backstory, and new readers will discover how fragile she can be, how hard she’s worked to be ok and to get on with life after the death of her husband.  But here we see a vulnerability that was unexpected and made an already much loved character one that readers would become more invested in.

An excellent addition to the series that will wow fans!

You can buy a copy of Deadly Secrets via:

Amazon UK

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Published: 12 April 2017



He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

My Thoughts & Review:

There are a few authors out there that when a new book is announced I will pre order unquestioningly and Robert Bryndza is one of them.  His Erika Foster series has gone from strength to strength since the publication of “The Girl In The Ice” in February 2016 and now with the arrival of the fourth instalment fans are in for a well timed treat.

“Last Breath” highlights the dangers of social media to readers from the perspective of a killer, how one killer in particular stalks his victims, befriends them and lures them in before savagely beating and murdering them.  Erika arrives at a crime scene almost as if by chance, unfortunately for her she’s no longer on the Murder Investigation Team and has no authority to be there.  But knowing our plucky protagonist as well as we do, readers can be assured she will not let this stop her finding the killer and putting a stop to his spree.  Erika makes connections that others missed, and earns the attention of superiors to explain her thoughts and before long she’s closing in on the killer.

It’s ironic that this book is titled “Last Breath”, reading this book the reader is often not aware they are holding their breath, frantically turning pages as the plot weaves around red herrings, cleverly manipulating their mind  as they try to guess ahead.  It’s the sort of book that you want to devour in one sitting, it’s too good to put down.  The characters crackle with energy and the chemistry between them is fantastic to read.  Erika Foster is a special character, and for fans that have followed the series and watched her develop are rewarded with some wonderful scenes in this book.  Equally, the detectives that Foster works with are superb, the dynamic in the team is laugh out loud funny at times, the camaraderie that exists between them feels authentic.
I was so glad to see that Dr Isaac Strong makes an appearance in this book, he’s one of my absolute favourite characters and the relationship between Strong and Foster is so well crafted.

And the killer, well that’s a character that’s so repugnant and makes your skin crawl.  The lengths that he will go to to secure his victim make for compelling reading, relying on vanity or weaknesses for them to fall for his tricks.  As much as I  disliked this character, I  liked how strongly the writing made me feel towards him, a sign of a skilled writer.

A breathtaking addition to the series that I would thoroughly recommend!

You can buy a copy of “Last Breath” via Amazon here

Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review.


About the Author:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, and Dark Water are the second and third books in the series, and you can now pre-order the fourth, Last Breath which will be published on April 12th 2017.

Robert’s books have sold over 1.7 million copies and have been translated into 26 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza

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Published: 20 October 2016
Reviewed: 11 October 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

My Thoughts & Review:

Dark Water sees the much anticipated third instalment of the DCI Erika Foster series.  I would thoroughly recommend reading the previous two books (The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker), but this can be read as a standalone, enough detail is given to understand previous cases and relationships mentioned in this book.

While working to recover vital evidence in a narcotics case, a shocking discovery is made in a disused quarry.  The skeleton of a child is a grim discovery, but when the remains are identified as a girl who went missing 26 years ago, Erika is determined to solve the cold case and bring justice for the family of little Jessica Collins.

Erika Foster is a fantastic character, the development over the three novels has been so carefully and cleverly done.  She’s come a long way from her cold and hostile beginnings in The Girl in the Ice, granted knowing the back story of this character helps immensely in understanding her.  Her hard earned reputation of solving the almost impossible cases proves how determined she is, how hard working she is and most of all stubborn she can be.
The appearance of Moss and Peterson was a welcome surprise, initially I had worried that they had been written out when I saw that Foster was no longer with the Murder Investigation Team in Lewisham.  But Bryndza knows how to keep his fans happy, after developing these characters more in The Night Stalker, especially Moss, it was nice to see a little more of Peterson.  The continuation of the friendship between Foster and Dr Strong was also great to see.

The layers of the plot are masterfully crafted, so many little tangents add up making this an utterly thrilling and addictive read.  There are so many secrets in this book, and the key to solving the case is unlocking them all.  As always, the reader is kept guessing as to “whodunnit”, Bryndza expertly leading the reader astray with red herrings and enticingly dangling clues.  The underlying menacing presence that tries to thwart the investigation really builds the tension, and makes the final quarter utterly addictive reading.

This is a book you really need to finish before bedtime, otherwise you will be up into the wee hours of the morning hooked!
Now I just need to catch my breath and patiently await the next book……..

You can buy a copy of Dark Water here.

About the Author:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first in the new Detective Erika Foster series.

The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, is available to pre-order and will be released October 20th 2016.

Robert’s books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into 18 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter @RobertBryndza

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The Night Stalker

Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: 2 June 2016
Reviewed: 17 May 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

  5 out of 5 Stars



If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. 

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. 

The victims are all single men, with very private lives.  
Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line. 

The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.


You can buy a copy of The Night Stalker here.

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The Girl in The Ice

Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: 12 February 2016
Reviewed: 12 February 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
Copyright © LONDON24

Copy supplied by Bookourture in return for an honest review

5 out of 5 Stars



Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice… She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

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