The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza is the first in a series featuring DCI Erica Foster. There are now six books in the series.
After the death of her husband, DCI Erica Foster is back in a new position. In fact, she hasn't even found a place to live when her first case begins to take over her life.
The prologue introduces the victim, her abduction and murder. A few days later, a young man stumbles on the body of the young socialite in a frozen pond. Erica has just arrived and hasn't even had time to take her suitcase to a hotel before she must visit the crime scene.
Erica is a strong woman and a capable detective, but she is still dealing with the trauma of her husband's death and her own sense of guilt and responsibility. Nevertheless, she begins making friends and allies as she initiates her investigation. Unfortunately, there is also an officer who wants to see her fail and her superior officer doesn't provide consistent support.
The victim Andrea Douglas-Brown is the daughter of a millionaire with political clout. There are similar murders that Erica believes associated with the case, but they are of young immigrant prostitutes, and the powers-that-be don't want a connection that might sully the Douglas-Brown family.
It is easy to cheer Erica through her challenges and to appreciate the cast of characters that support her in her battle to find the killer despite the opposition from the family and her own department.
Read in March. Blog review scheduled for April 20.
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Police Procedural. Originally published in 2016; April 24, 2018. Print length: 396 pages.