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Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by @RobertBryndza

Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster, #4)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

One-Sentence Summary: A serial killer is targeting young girls and Erika must stop him

Review: One of my favourite crime authors is back with the latest book in his fantastic crime series and it is everything you’ve come to expect from an Erika Foster novel: the detective forces herself on a case and will stop at nothing to solve it.

I love her relationships with Moss and Peterson and they were at the forefront of this novel just as much as her battles with her superior officers.

Like I’ve said before, the fact that most of the story takes place in familiar locations to me of South East London and Kent is a real added bonus and Bryndza’s descriptions certainly make me feel like I’m right there with the characters.

Now we’re four books in, I can’t help but wonder when the case that killed Erika’s husband is going to come back to haunt her ….

‘It’s your bed… I’m not used to sleeping on such a soft bed,’ she said, tipping her head back and enjoying the release on her tense shoulders.
‘Erika, that’s a really expensive memory foam mattress.’
There was a knock at the door and Moss entered, just as Erika said: ‘Well, it’s not hard enough for me…’
‘Sorry, is this a bad time?’ said Moss, looking between them. Peterson dropped his hands.
‘No, we were… It’s fine,’ said Erika, sifting through the papers in front of her.
‘And we were talking about my mattress, my mattress not being hard…’ said Peterson, moving back around the desk.
‘It’s memory foam. The mattress. Very soft,’ added Erika. There was an awkward pause.
‘Thank God for that,’ grinned Moss. ‘Although I do have a friend who’s tried Viagra, and he says it’s changed his life… Another friend thinks laughter is the best medicine, but I suppose that’s not very helpful when it’s things going soft.’
‘A soft mattress is very good for you,’ said Peterson, a little defensively. Erika and Moss started to laugh. ‘It is!’
‘Come on, I’m only teasing,’ said Moss, giving Peterson a nudge.
‘Idiot.’ He grinned. Erika was pleased they’d had the opportunity to laugh, even for a moment. It had broken the tension.

2016 Love Is … Book Awards

What better way to celebrate my birthday and kick off the flood of end-of-year posts then picking out my favourite books of 2016:

2016 Crime – Procedural
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Crime – Thriller
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Non-Fiction
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Non-Fiction – Biography
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Cop
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Enemies To Lovers
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Fake Relationship
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Festive
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Firefighter
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Friends To Lovers
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Friend Of Sibling
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Novella
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Reconciliation
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Sport
Winner & Runner-Up

2016 Romance – Suspense
Winner & Runner-Up

In order to qualify all books have to have been published in 2016

Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3) by @RobertBryndza

Dark Water (DCI Erika Foster #3)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

One-Sentence Summary: A girl’s skeleton found in a quarry brings the old team back together

Review: There’s so much to love about this crime series: the combination of the fact it is set in towns near me that I am familiar with – Lewisham and Bromley, the very Britishness of it with mentions of Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Deal or No Deal, the amazing characterisation and of course the gripping whodunnit element. When I’m reading, I really feel like I’m there with Foster crime-fighting on the streets of South East London.

There was just one scene – that scene between Crawford and Amanda Baker – that I could have done without imagining thank you very much.

Best crime series of 2016!

The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster #2) by @RobertBryndza

The Night Stalker (DCI Erika Foster, #2)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

One-Sentence Summary: Detective Erika Foster is back in action tracking down a serial killer in South East London

Review: I love the second book in a series– the first book lays all the groundwork with the characters, the setting and relationships so the second book always feels like you’re coming home to a familiar world but there still many layers of the main characters to peel back and discover. That’s the reason why I have no hesitation to say that I enjoyed this latest Detective Erika Foster offering even more than the first.

I go past those bits of the tracks just outside London Bridge twice a day on my commute to/from London and every time I see those houses mentioned in the opening of this book, I always wonder to myself who on earth would live there?! Definitely not me after reading this book! Is there anything scarier to coming home to realise that your sanctuary has been invaded and someone is waiting in the dark for you?

Bold move going against the “white, male” stereotype of serial killers and it worked well. The plot had me hooked from the beginning and even after it was revealed to the reader who the killer was, I was just as interested in finding out how Erika was going to catch them. The only loose end that I could see was that it was never really explained how the killer was finding out where all her victims lived, or more importantly Erika who I am guessing is definitely not in the phone book? I suppose the perp had some hidden hacking skills.

As to the ending, I was angry on Erika’s behalf at the way she was passed over for promotion and, dare I say it without sounding like a raging feminist, in real life it would probably have a lot to do with being a woman (and a foreigner to boot!)! I love the world created in Lewisham though and Erika’s friendship with Moss, Isaac and Petersen so whilst I’d like to see her start over in another station on principle, an ideal solution might have her moving somewhere else and then a case (Jerome Goodman?) brings her back? Which brings me onto wondering just how long we have to wait before Erika’s showdown with the man who killed her husband? Any clues Robert Bryndza?