Oh this book started off so well. A dead woman is found trapped beneath the ice at a pond by a boy who notifies adults who take it from there. London Police Detective Erika Foster is on the scene after being off the force for several months due to the unfortunate death of her husband, another detective, who died in action partly as a result of her own actions.
There were three other women murdered recently – all prostitutes murdered in exactly the same way – the ice was just the dumping ground.
The Girl in the Ice
by Robert Bryndza (British)
2016/ 394 pages
read by Jan Cramer 10h 7m
rating – A- crime (procedural)
#1 in the Erica Foster series
As the story unfolds it turns out this victim, Andrea Douglas-Brown, is the daughter of Lord Douglas-Brown a very rich and powerful man and his wife who have another daughter as well as a son. Was she a prostitute on the side? Or is there a copy-cat on the loose who wants her, specifically, dead? Possibilities abound.
It appears that Andrea had her own life going on, engaged to a very wealthy young businessman involved in “events” planning and getting ready for her wedding. But it seems she had a more private life going on, too, a dark and twisted life including people who really do NOT want to be caught or their precious name dragged through the press for this.
The procedural part is also great – good interviews and investigations -but the highlight is probably Erika herself – strong but vulnerable when it comes to some things with both close and helpful friends as well as enemies. Outspoken, smart, and not averse to taking risks. She leads the investigation.
It bogged down a bit when it got to the Slovakian stuff simply because that’s not really so easy an issue in the US – it’s more a technique used when the author of a series runs out of ideas which could happen in a small town. In this case it worked better because I’ve seen the immigrant Eastern European prostitutes in Europe. It might be worth an extra point if I overlook that.