Book Review: Deadly Secrets – Robert Bryndza *****

I’ve been a fan of Robert Bryndza since I first reviewed his debut Erica Foster novel The Girl in the Ice. And you know when an author has made the big time when his publishers stop sending out review copies to the bloggers that helped him break through a very crowded market!

It is now Christmas and Erica is off duty and dreading Christmas lunch with her boss and his family. En route she drives by a developing crime scene. A snowy Christmas morning has revealed a murdered burlesque dancer on her own front doorstep. Marissa had a complicated life with sleazy admirers at the club, married men on her doorstep that she had had dalliances with and a part time job as a carer for an elderly woman.

This is the sixth book in this series and we really start to understand what makes Erica tick. It feels like she is finally starting to come to terms with the tragic death of her husband and the loss of the life that they were building together.

Deadly Secrets sees Moss (Kate!) coming to the fore a little more and we get a better sense of what makes her tick and how well she complements Erica and the team. Her strength and common sense approach are almost in direct correlation to the fragility that Erica displays in this instalment.

As Moss makes the big breakthrough that threatens to take her life the conclusion of the story is shocking and unexpected. Deadly Secrets is Robert Bryndza at his absolute best.

UK Publication Date: Apr 13 2018. 330 pages.

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