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  1. BLOG TOUR: Kat’s Review of Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster #5)

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    Cold Blood - Blog BlitzSynopsis: 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.<blog_break>

    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.

    Kat’s Rating: 4/5

     Kat's Review: Cold Blood is only the 5th in this series (it feels like it's been a round a lot longer) but could definitely be read as a standalone. However, in view of how fabulous this series is I would recommend reading it from book 1. Erika is back and as ever as determined as always to solve her cases.

    Two bodies found dismembered in suitcases on the Thames is the basis for their newest case and Erika has her team surrounding her (all of whom I love). As usual this is no ordinary killer but the work of what looks like a serial killer and Erika is up against it, especially when her colleague Commander Marsh's two daughters are abducted. Max and Nina are two characters at the centre of the storyline and I must say that I really liked Nina but loathed Max. This element of the story was the bit I liked the least and I don't even know why but I just didn't like reading those chapters which is unusual for a Bryndza book!

    As usual there is no scrimping on the descriptive nature iof the crimes and the book is packed with turns that will have the reader on their toes. I couldn't help but feel that Erika is always up against it though and wish for once she had some good luck! Overall another fabulous installment in this cracking series. For me this wasn't necessarily my favourite but a fabulous read as always and one that it seems his fans absolutely love.

  2. BLOG TOUR: Her Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster #4)

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    Synopsis: 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.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  3. Kat's Review of Dark Waters by Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster #3)

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    Synopsis: 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. 

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  4. BLOG TOUR: The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza (Erika Foster #2)

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    Synopsis: 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.

    KAT'S RATING: 4/5

    KAT'S REVIEW: The Night Stalker is the second novel in this series featuring Detective Erika Foster. Now stupidly I didn't get around to reading the first one but it wasn't a problem and it took me less than 2 chapters to be completely involved in the story. Erika is an easy character to like and although pretty headstrong and independent, it's certainly not overdone. I also really liked the fact that the story is weaved with a little history of Erika's personal life as well as her family. It certainly didn't deter me that I hadn't read the first book but am kicking myself now as this second book is fabulous.

    The story itself is centred around the murders of single men with very closed personal and private lives. The story is well paced from the outset and the writing was wonderfully easy to fall in with. There was no effort required as you felt immersed from very early on. I really liked all of Erika's colleagues and I always think secondary characters are sometimes just as important. There is certainly plenty of suspense and Bryndza has done a terrific job of creating a very well paced, well plotted and absorbing read.

    I can see that many people reading this series will quickly become fans (myself included). I am so annoyed at myself for not making the time to read the first book, but I am going to rectify that by reading it next. This is certainly a fabulous read and I am really looking forward to getting book one read, and then getting ready for book 3. This is certainly an author I will be continuing to follow and would certainly recommend you give this a try as I don't think you will be disappointed.