The #Bookvent Calendar 2017: Day 16


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017 

The sixteenth day of #bookvent is part of a series which has had an amazing amount of success in the past eighteen months. Featuring a fearless female Detective Inspector, since the very first case she has made a stir in the Metropolitan police, never afraid to say what she is feeling or to step on others toes. Never one to let procedure stand in the way of catching a killer, she has seen people she loves hurt as a result and in this book in particular, this seems to come back to haunt her more than ever. My sixteenth #bookvent pick is …


Cold Blood

by Robert Bryndza


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. But it’s not the first time she’s seen such a brutal murder…

Two weeks earlier, the body of a young woman was found dumped in an identical suitcase. What connects the two victims? As Erika and her team set to work, they quickly realise they are on the trail of a serial killer who has already made their next move. 

Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the target of a violent attack. Forced to recover at home, and with her personal life falling apart, everything is stacked against her, but nothing will stop Erika. 

As the body count rises, the case takes an even more twisted turn when the twin daughters of Erika’s colleague, Commander Marsh, are suddenly put in terrible jeopardy. The stakes are higher than ever before, but 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

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending. 

Oh this series. Each book gets better and better and while I could have chosen any of the novels Robert Bryndza released this year, for me at least, this was the best one yet. Investigating murders with identical M.O’s but where there is no obvious link between the victims is going to take all of Erika Foster’s skill. And yet she is distracted, and only in part by the state of her current relationship. What I love about this series is the way in which Robert Bryndza is able to combine great tension and action, with really likeable characters who you become wholly invested in, and stories which have you on the edge of your seat as well as being able to bring you close to tears. Despite the circumstances, in this book he has brought a great deal of humanity to someone who by rights we should hate, that you are as keen for them to meet a fair ending as much as you are in seeing justice done. And this is a real roller coaster of a ride he takes us on in Cold Blood. The ending … heart stopping that’s for sure. Absolutely love this series and can’t wait to see what is coming next. It’s no wonder it’s been such a hit with readers.

You can read my full review of Cold Blood right here and purchase a copy of the book from the following retailers:

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Kobo 


Happy #bookvent reading all


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