I’m delighted to have been invited along on the Nine Elms blog tour to celebrate the publication of Robert Bryndza’s latest detective thriller which came out in hardback on 9 January. This is the first book in a new series featuring Kate Marshall – Private detective and if this first book is anything to go by, it’s sure to prove to be as much a run away success as his Detective Erika Foster novels.
Thank you to Kirsteen Astor of Little, Brown Books for the tour invite and remember to check the other reviews on the tour. You can read an excerpt from the book of the first two chapters to give you a taster of what’s to come. Head over to The Crime Vault here to read the sample.
About the book
Robert Bryndza is ready to take the world by bestselling storm again with the introduction of Kate Marshall, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.
A DETECTIVE WHO WOULD STOP AT NOTHING
Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and with a keen sense of justice, she solved several high-profile murder cases.
UNTIL A KILLER STOPPED HER IN HER TRACKS
But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her sharp instincts couldn’t help her find him – until he found her.
NOW, HE’S BACK FOR MORE
Sixteen years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.
What I thought
Crime fiction isn’t my usual genre. I quite fancied a change and as I’ve read Robert Bryndza books before, albeit his pre-crime fiction books, the Coco Pinchard series, I knew I’d enjoy his writing. I also knew that he’d had a lot of success with lots of 5 star reviews for his Detective Erika Foster series of novels. So time to try something different then.
For my first foray into the darker world of crime, choosing a story about a serial killer may perhaps have been a little over adventurous. It’s gory to say the least. Nevertheless once I’d started reading I did find it difficult to put the book down. It’s a very compelling read, even if I did pull some weird and wonderful faces whilst reading the more um… graphic detailing.
Just how do you write a review for a book that was really good, completely worthy of 5 stars, that was compelling, that had you completely on the edge, biting your nails at what would happen next and yet in the same breath say, “but I didn’t like it, far too gory”. This was how it was for me, a good book that I just didn’t feel I should be reading.
The fact is the bad guys aren’t just bad they’re depraved and this did make for quite difficult reading at times. However the plot is really good, lots of twists and turns. I liked the central character and protagonist Kate Marshall. This book is an introduction to her back-story as a former police detective. And what a story it is, little wonder she left her career behind and became a lecturer in criminology at university – a little safer there. I liked her assistant Tristan too. After being contacted by the parents of a girl who went missing at the time the serial killer was active, their daughters body has never been found and because Kate was involved in the case at the time, they ask if she could help them perhaps find out what happened to their daughter so that they can have closure.
Kate asks Tristan to help Kate with some sleuthing to see if she can help the girls parents and from here they turn private investigators, becoming more and more involved not only in what happened sixteen years ago but in what is happening now.
I really enjoyed Kate’s story, the relationship with her son, Kate and Tristan working together as a team, and all the investigative parts of the book. As well as reading from the point of view of Kate, you also get to see what is going on with the miscreants of the story, and it was this that made the book quite uncomfortable to read at times. Even so, it’s all very tense, thrilling and scary. I was quite sad to finish it in a way, as anything I read now will seem so tame in comparison.
Despite my squeamishness, I really enjoyed the book and will certainly be keeping a look out for the next one in the series – it surely can’t be any more evil than this one so I should be OK. Eek!
The Hardback version of the book was published on 9th January 2020 and can be purchased from these retail outlets listed here. (Just click on the drop down box that says ‘Buy Book’ for the links.) There will also be a limited number of signed copies available from Waterstones.
I’m a crime writer and my books have sold 3 million copies, and have been translated into 28 languages. I’m British and live in Slovakia. In addition to writing crime fiction, I have published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels.
My new novel, Nine Elms, the first in my Kate Marshall private detective series has just been published.
I’m the author of the international #1 bestseller THE GIRL IN THE ICE, which is the first in my Detective Erika Foster series, and to date, it has sold over one million copies. There are six books (so far) in the Erika Foster series, and they can be read as a series, and also work as stand-alone books, so can be read in any order;
The Girl In The Ice
The Night Stalker