The Girl in the Ice
by Rob Bryndza
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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?

Gloriafeit 's Review

Gloriafeit Gloriafeit wrote a review
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The Girl in the Ice

This debut novel introduces DCI Erika Foster, and is the start of a new series. The next novel in the series will be entitled “The Night Stalker.” In “The Girl in the Ice,” she is brought in from her previous post in Manchester, where she led a flawed operation which resulted in the deaths of several police, including her husband. Although she has yet to come to terms with her past, the detective superintendent believes her to still be an effective detective and places her in charge of the investigation of the murder of a prominent young woman from a well-to-do family.

The woman’s body is found frozen in ice. Death was caused by strangulation. Foster’s efforts are hampered by interference by the powerful father, a wealthy defense contractor, and police politics. She stands her ground, but suffers for her principles and supposed clues, while attention is focused by higher-ups on other possible “clues,” which she feels are false.

Foster is a flawed character in need of growth. Her efforts seem to be haphazard and insubordinate, resulting in her being removed as SIO of the case. The novel progresses by fits and starts, and concludes with a denouement for which no basis is laid in the preceding chapters. However, it is a good read and can be [and is] recommended, only hoping that the sequel overcomes these stated objections.
Gloriafeit Gloriafeit wrote a review
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The Girl in the Ice

This debut novel introduces DCI Erika Foster, and is the start of a new series. The next novel in the series will be entitled “The Night Stalker.” In “The Girl in the Ice,” she is brought in from her previous post in Manchester, where she led a flawed operation which resulted in the deaths of several police, including her husband. Although she has yet to come to terms with her past, the detective superintendent believes her to still be an effective detective and places her in charge of the investigation of the murder of a prominent young woman from a well-to-do family.

The woman’s body is found frozen in ice. Death was caused by strangulation. Foster’s efforts are hampered by interference by the powerful father, a wealthy defense contractor, and police politics. She stands her ground, but suffers for her principles and supposed clues, while attention is focused by higher-ups on other possible “clues,” which she feels are false.

Foster is a flawed character in need of growth. Her efforts seem to be haphazard and insubordinate, resulting in her being removed as SIO of the case. The novel progresses by fits and starts, and concludes with a denouement for which no basis is laid in the preceding chapters. However, it is a good read and can be [and is] recommended, only hoping that the sequel overcomes these stated objections.