Bryndza (the Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series) leaves no procedural serial killer cliché unused in this pallid series debut featuring London Det. Chief Insp. Erika Foster. After her husband, a fellow police officer, was killed during a botched operation that Erika planned, she took an involuntary break from her job. On her return to active duty, she heads the investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Andrea Douglas-Brown, the daughter of a powerful former cabinet minister, who was found frozen in a disused boating lake one cold winter day. A media frenzy ensues. Erika, a stereotypical lone wolf determined to get the job done despite opposition from within her own ranks, makes one misstep after another, starting with upsetting the Douglas-Browns with her brusqueness at their initial encounter. Her predictable efforts to persevere, even in the face of professional jeopardy, alternate with the de rigueur scenes from the perspective of Andrea’s killer, who keeps a close eye on Erika’s progress. The climax does nothing to reinforce Erika as a capable lead. Few will look forward to her further exploits. (Apr.)
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's pond, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim appeared to have the perfect life what dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?
When Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes. All were found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London. As she inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in. With her failing 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?
"Compelling at every turn! The Girl in the Ice grabs us from the first page and simply won't let go, as we follow the brilliantly drawn Detective Erika Foster in her relentless hunt for one of the most horrific villains in modern crime fiction."Jeffery Deaver, #1 internationally bestselling author
"A riveting page-turner. An astonishingly good plot with perfectly drawn characters and sharp, detailed writing. The Girl in the Ice is a winner."Robert Dugoni, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author
"Robert Bryndza's The Girl in the Ice has everything I look for in a mystery: an evil antagonist, a clever detective, and a plot that kept me guessing until the very end!"T.R. Ragan, New York Times bestselling author
"I freakin' LOVED it! . . . Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks . . . this is THAT book!"Crime Book Junkie
"I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionate...I found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment."Angela Marsons, USA Today bestselling author
"A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller! The ending, oh the ending! My mind is still blown! This book does not disappoint!"The Book Addicted Boy
"Oh my gosh!...gripping, grimy, hardcore, thrilling...I was hooked!!!...I loved this book...You Have GOT To Read This!"A Page of Fictional Love
"An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book."Mel Sherratt, author of Taunting the Dead
"A compelling readonce you've started, it's hard to put down."Rachel Abbott, author of Sleep Tight
"Hands-down, one of the most exciting, dramatic, tense and compelling thrillers that I think I have ever read."Bookaholic Confessions
"Absolute perfection!...Boy are there some sharp turns! There were a few moments when I felt like I had it all figured out and I was so wrong! Fantastic book!"The Eternal Optimist
"The Girl In The Ice is a brilliantly clever crime thriller...Had me hurtling at full speed, until WHAM!!!! with an ending that just totally blew me away! An absolute must read for all you crime fanatics out there."By The Letter Book Reviews
"Engaging, thought provoking, full of suspense this is one murder mystery you won't want to miss."Erisea Magazine
"With a great plot that really digs into the depths of human nature and some fascinating characters that really were excessive shades of light and dark...The book keeps you guessing and on edge, you will think you have it ALL worked out, but the twisty reveal was very impressive, loved it."Book Lover Cat Lady
"I found myself racing through the chapters...it has plenty of twists and turns, with enough red herrings to keep the reader captivated to the very last page, it's addictive, compulsive and much more."The Book Review Café