So, I have a confession to make. I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for about six weeks and every time I thought that it might be time to pick it up I found an excuse not to. Not because I don’t love Bryndza’s books – I do! – but because I have a real soft spot for Erika Foster and after a four year gap since Deadly Secrets I was really worried that Fatal Witness wouldn’t cut the mustard. What was I thinking?!! Our favourite Slovakian police officer is back with a vengeance in book 7. She has even acquired a cat!
Erika has just “moved into” her new home in Blackheath. After a late evening walk to get some fish and chips she stumbles across a murder scene in a nearby block of flats. Running to the source of the blood curdling screams she finds the body of True Crime podcaster Vicky Clarke. It has been a brutal and frenzied murder with the victim stuffed inside a sofa bed.
When Erika is assigned to the case she starts digging into Vicky’s latest investigation for the podcast and discovers that Vicky was quite the detective and had uncovered a sexual predator who preys on young female students around South London, staking out his victims in their halls of residence before breaking in at the dead of night. All of Vicky’s notes, recordings and computer equipment have been taken so it looks as though she has got close enough to the perpetrator that he needed to take her out.
As the case progresses there are complications when the chief suspect is revealed to be the brother of the Assistant Commissioner of Police. Erika never lets protocol get in the way of what is right but even she has to step more carefully with this one. Can she catch the killer before he strikes again?
If you have enjoyed the earlier books in this series you will not be disappointed by Fatal Witness. Erika Foster is back and at the top of her game. If you are new to this series what a wonderful treat you have got in front of you – seven of the best modern detective novels lie waiting to be devoured. Enjoy!
UK Publication Date: July 7 2022. 373 pages.
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