The Girl In The Ice (Detective Erika Foster, #1)by Robert Bryndza

Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published February 12th 2016 by Bookouture
5 Stars

Synopsis: 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?

My Review: I discovered British Police Procedurals through Goodreads a year or so ago and am very glad that I did. I am late with this author, I have read many great reviews about DCI Erika Foster and thought I needed to get to this series. A good decision.

When a young rich socialite who has gone missing, is found a couple of days later in the ice of a pond, the police need to solve the case. DCI Erika Foster is called to resume active duty and to take over the case, by Superintendent Marsh. They have worked together before and he has great respect for her talents. She has some skeletons, such as the loss of her husband in her last case, that forced her leave. The DCI that was on the case is still supposed to be working with her, but there is a lot of tension between the two and working together is not what either of them have in mind. The case is also politically charged due to the social status of the victim’s family (he is a Lord), who has a direct line to the Head of the Police. When two different theories are put forward, Erika is once again placed on leave while the police pursue the more palatable line of investigation. That does not mean she is going to sit by and wait. Erika does not like to follow the rules if it ties her hands in an investigation. She is also very smart, but not always subtle, which causes problems. The officers working with her are loyal and do their best to help her solve the case. As more murders are tied together, Erika puts herself in danger.

This story is riveting. There were many suspects that are all plausible that you will be kept guessing. The writing was clear and precise with a thrilling, suspenseful plot. All the characters are well developed as their stories unfold throughout the book. DCI Foster is a strong female lead that I look forward to reading more about. Coming late to the party has its advantages as I can pick up the next book right away. A definite read for those who enjoy police procedurals as well as a well plotted mystery or thriller.

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