Detective, Mystery & Thriller

Cold Blood – Robert Bryndza

Cold Blood is a rollercoaster of a thriller in which it gets very personal for Erika Foster; there is betrayal, and violence, and a ferocious serial killer on the loose...


Detective Erika Foster #5

A suitcase containing a dismembered body surfaces in the Thames. Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster has no idea who went after this victim so viciously. Beaten beyond recognition, it will be difficult to establish the man’s identity.

Together with her second in command, Detective Inspector Kate Moss (yes, her real name but no, not the model!) cannot proceed before Head of Forensics, Nils Âkerman has gathered his forensic evidence from the scene.

The start of an investigation lacking much evidence is slowly proceeding until Erika Foster becomes personally involved… then it spirals downwards when the realisation hits home: a serial killer is hitting the streets of London.


DCI Erika Foster had not wanted the promotion to Superintendent that would take her away from the street and put her squarely in an office – all day long. She wants to be out there investigating murders and major crimes. The downside now is the necessity to beg for more manpower due to her gut feeling there is a savage serial killer out there. For the moment, she must establish the identity of the victim and, if possible, a motive.

When another suitcase is found, with a de-captivated female body inside and the post-mortem on the male shows he was a drug courier, all Erika feared is coming to pass. As she has no idea how to identify the victims, she asks Head of Forensics, Nils Âkerman for help. Perhaps he can perform special tests for fingerprints on both the suitcase and the drug packages discovered in the male victim’s stomach. Erika has no idea that her personal life, which is complicated, is about to take a turn for the worse.

Meanwhile, we witness the young and impressionable Nina falling in love with the badass, Max. Nina is flattered when he pays her attention but we just know he will lead her astray. Slowly but surely, Max loosens Nina’s relationship with her friends and her mother and, infatuated as she is, Nina does not care. Whereas he is a cynic and pessimist, she is an idealist and wants to save him, show him another way of living – he wants to bond and make her his,  forcing her to choose his side against the world threatening him – them.

His philosophy is a raw and violent one but Nina admires his literacy and his knowledge of all major topics. Somehow, we feel they must be connected to the bodies in the suitcases but we cannot tell. Back in the present day, Erika and her team have a lead as to the identities but again, they are left with dead ends.  Will Erika and her team get to the bottom of this and find the serial killer before yet another victim is subjected to this killer’s violence?

My Thoughts

This is the first Detective Erika Foster thriller I have read and I loved it, even if it is almost impossible to review because of the fear of spoiling the story! The book is cunningly plotted, showing us the threads of investigation interspersed with the lives of those in the police, especially Erika Foster, and those that somehow form a part of this fifth book in the series.

Slowly, the events in this book are unravelled and gradually, the chapters from the past make sense for what happens in the present. Because of this perfect blend of events and situations, finding a way to review them is, as I say, very difficult without giving away too much. The expertly written thriller makes a terrific read – I just could not leave the book until I had finished it!

A great introduction to Erika Foster – and I am definitely going to read the other books in the series!

The Detective Erika Foster Series:
#1 The Girl in the Ice
#2 The Night Stalker 
#3 Dark Water 
#4 Last Breath
#5 Cold Blood
#6 Deadly Secrets

About the Author

Robert Bryndza Author Image

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika Foster series. Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies, and have been translated into 27 languages. In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

Book Info

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 Pages  354
 Publisher  Bookouture (18 Sept. 2017)
 ISBN (paperback)  9781786811493
 ASIN (e-book)  B07462X1JX



  • alison brodie

    I have read so many great things about Robert Bryndza. I get the impression he is addictive!

    • Caroline Vincent

      Haha, this was my first Erika Foster but yes, i loved it! There is some #AuthorStalking going on lol – Harrogate was a huge success, I’ve seen multiple photos of him with fellow bloggers! #AuthorsandBloggers share the #booklove!

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