Deadly Secrets (Erika Foster Series #6)

Deadly Secrets (Erika Foster Series #6)

by Robert Bryndza

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ISBN-13: 9781786814289
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Series: Erika Foster Series , #6
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 76,472
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.69(d)

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Deadly Secrets (Erika Foster Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Deadly Secrets is the sixth book in the Detective Erika Foster series by British author, Robert Bryndza. A matter of days after her last murder case is resolved, Erika Foster is on her way to a (somewhat dreaded) Christmas lunch when traffic jams at a murder scene. Twenty-two-year-old burlesque dancer and carer, Marissa Lewis has had her throat savagely slashed on her front doorstep. Erika immediately steps in when the on-duty senior detective is delayed at another scene. As her team makes enquiries, a conflicting picture of the beautiful victim emerges. Her mother, her friend, her lover, her neighbour, her employer, her fellow dancers: all paint different images of her and it proves difficult to know the real person. CCTV shows them only that someone in a long, dark coat entered and later left the front garden. The team are pleased to make a breakthrough when it seems that Marissa was earlier the victim of a gas-masked figure who has been attacking lone victims in the area. But the case stalls as more than one suspect tries to commit suicide, although the second of those definitely offers up a laugh-out-loud dose of irony. DI Moss proves herself very resourceful when it matters. Bryndza gives the reader another fast-paced page-turner. There are plenty of red herrings, although the astute reader will not be fooled by the first exciting climax. Nonetheless, the real murderer and motive are guaranteed to be a surprise. Once again, Erika has to hand over her case to a colleague, but not through her abrasive manner with the top brass. Readers should be aware that there are major spoilers for the previous Erika Foster novel, Cold Blood, if they have not yet read that one. Excellent British crime fiction.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Excellent book. Great series. Will be watching for more! --Books4Me
whatsbetterthanbooks 12 months ago
Astute, perilous, and chilling! Deadly Secrets is an engrossing, edgy thriller that takes you on a hunt for a dangerous, sadistic, serial killer with a penchant for gas masks, sharp knives, dark corners, and no discernible victim type. The writing is spine-tingling, vivid, and skillfully crafted. The characters are committed, persistent, and vulnerable. And the plot starts off with a bang and then quickly unravels into an ominous tale full of twists, turns, red herrings, secrets, lies, obsession, violence, murder, and mayhem. Deadly Secrets is the sixth book in the Detective Erika Foster series, and once again Bryndza has written a highly suspenseful, intricately woven mystery with superb character development that gives the story a touch of human frailty and authenticity that takes it from just being a great novel to being absolute perfection!
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
What a great read, I was lucky to get a copy through NetGalley in exchange for a review, which I am happy to provide. I became a fan of Robert Bryndza after reading the first book in the series, and even though I thought I kept a vigilant eye out for the next installment I managed to miss some in the middle. So of course I was concerned if that would be a problem jumping back into the series with Book 6, but no worries there. It was full of suspense and drama making me read way past my bedtime and I thought that I was pretty sure who the murderer was, but it turned out I was wrong. Nicely played Robert. I will definitely catch up to the other books since Erika is a strong female character I can get behind. Very entertaining, can't wait to see what will happen next. Maybe a second chance at love?
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure exactly how Robert Bryndza does it, but this series just doesn't get old! If you haven't checked it out yet, what have you been doing? Start at the beginning. I think it's possible to read these as standalones, but there's so many little details and character quirks that you'll miss. Start at the beginning, and don't be overwhelmed that there's six books already. They don't take very long to read. The last book was probably the darkest yet, and focused more on some new characters than we're used to. In number six, we're back almost exclusively with Erika and her team, and it feels good! It's Christmas day. Time to spend time with the people you love, eat delicious food, and open presents. Of course, Erika Foster is anything but ordinary. Though she has the day off and has been invited to a Christmas lunch and even managed to dress herself up nice for it, she comes across a crime scene and inserts herself immediately. A strikingly beautiful burlesque dancer named Marissa Lewis has been found brutally murdered right outside the home she shared with her mother, her blood freezing on the snow. To find answers, the team must dig deep into Marissa's life, connecting her with a man in a gas mask that's been assaulting anyone vulnerable and walking alone. This monster doesn't seem to discriminate against age or sex, and what made him kill Marissa so savagely instead of leaving her alive? This book is the usual mix of dark and disturbing cases and the personal lives of Erika and her team typical to this series. The characters are so well-developed I can see them in my head as if a movie is playing as I read. Now if they'd only do as I tell them so they could be happy! It's always a wonderfully entertaining story, which is why I snatch them up on Net Galley as soon as they're available! (view spoiler) I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars, actually. If you're like me and enjoy a good detective series, I highly recommend this one (it's the sixth book featuring London Detective Erika Foster). She's a bit reminiscent of J.D. Robb's Lt. Eve Dallas - another of my favorites - like Eve, tough as nails, but with less of a secretive, angst-ridden background. The story begins not long after Erika's last case, and she's trying for some semblance of normalcy over the Christmas holidays (four years after her husband and fellow officer Mark was killed in action). But that involves going to a Christmas lunch at her supervisor's house that she's less than thrilled about - so when news of a murder comes in, off she goes to check it out. A young woman named Marissa has been brutally murdered - frozen to the icy ground in front of her home. Further investigation determines she was attacked by a black-clad person wearing a gas mask; and soon enough, Erika learns of other men and women who's been attacked by a similarly clad and as-yet unidentified person. Clues lead in different directions, including to a strange young man who tended to focus his photography skills on the murdered Marissa and the elderly woman for whom Marissa was a part-time caregiver. But just as things are at something of a stalemate, the story takes a bit of a detour from the usual format. Erika is called to deal with issues of her late husband Mark's aging father, leaving co-worker (and another favorite character) Moss in charge of the department and heading up the biggest case of her career. As events transpire for both women, readers see more of their personal sides. Truthfully, the departure is a little bit painful; Moss seems to be so far out of her element that she's almost rendered ineffective, and while it's nice to know Erika has a softer side in there somewhere, I much prefer her when it doesn't show quite so much. That said, it's a totally engrossing book that's hard to put down (I read it easily in two days of spare time). The ending is both exciting and surprising - I guessed the who, but never in a million years would I have come up with the very intriguing why. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this latest installment in exchange for an honest review. Good job once again!
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Beautiful burlesque dancer, Marissa Lewis, is found murdered and frozen to the ground right outside her door by her mother. Detective Erika Foster, a widow who loves to bury herself in her police work, comes upon the police scene as she heads for a Christmas luncheon. She stops at the crime scene and soon immerses herself in this case forgetting the Christmas festivities. As the case starts to unfold, there are complications that arise. There is someone dressed in black wearing a gasmask that is attacking and terrorizing both men and women that no one can identify. As Detective Foster starts looking into Marissa's past, there are a lot of secrets uncovered along with numerous potential suspects. This was an exciting nail-biting read with a totally surprise ending that I did not see coming. I highly recommend this book.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Deadly Secrets by Robert Bryndza A Detective Erika Foster Novel #6 Murder, Mystery and Misfortune befall more than one in this novel that is predominately a police procedural but also provides insight into families and some of the lives of characters Erika knows. The book starts out with the murder of Marissa – a young woman who earns some of her money doing burlesque dancing in theaters. She also makes money on the side in a variety of rather unethical ways. The murder is brutal and the killer masked so even the CCTV camera that has footage does not indicate who the murderer is. With other incidents occurring in which persons are attacked by someone wearing a gasmask like the one on the CCTV film the police believe that if they catch the masked man they will have their murderer. There are a few red herrings, a suicide, a number of people accosted, a police detective in danger, Erika’s father-in-law in need, and a surprise twist at the end that was perhaps not 100% believable but still unexpected adding a further dimension to the story. In some ways I would have preferred the masked man to be the only culprit but…I didn’t write the book. I enjoyed seeing how Erika is doing and would like to read more of her story in future books. I am not sure what I have missed in the previous four books but did not need to read them for this book to flow easily and stand as a story on its own. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This is the latest in what has been a terrific series. Detective Erika Foster is back with her team. Several people have been assaulted by a man wearing a gas mask. One woman has been brutally killed by the same man. Erika is running into a wall concerning the murdered woman. Speaking to her friends, family, people she worked with in a burlesque show, Erika learns that the woman was not well liked. She also learned that the woman was blackmailing a man she had an affair with ... was planning on running away with another married man ... and leaving her mother with nothing. When Erika has a family emergency, she leaves the case in the hands of DI Kate Moss ... who almost immediately stumbles into a danger closer than she knows. I really enjoy following the investigation ... it certainly is not CSI. There are house to house investigations, interviewing all possible suspects searching for a motive. I like the mix of professional life and personal life of Erika, plus those of her team. This is a well-written book with memorable characters. Although 6th in this series, this one reads easily as a stand-alone. However, I always recommend starting at the beginning .... treat your self to a reading marathon ... you'll love it! Many thanks to the author, Bookouture, Netgalley for the advance digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.