I really thought this one would’ve been better 😦 A disappointing and predictable read.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I’ve thought on this one, and put it off long enough. I’ve seen around Goodreads how highly praised Robert Bryndza is for his Erika Foster series. I thought hey, I like police procedurals and the Rizzoli & Isles series, why not take a chance on this one?
Well, let me tell you, Erika Foster is no Jane Rizzoli. For me, there was something off with this book all the way through. It’s hard to detail without spoiling the story, but I will try. Like any good mystery, we are presented with a list of possible suspects. When done well, each of these suspects hides a motive the reader can use to postulate whodunit. This was simply not the case here. Bryndza presents us with suspects who don’t fit the case as laid out, and yet, the supposed terrific DCI can’t see this.
During the course of the investigation, the police meet a character to conduct an interview. The character kills themselves while the police wait for them to return from going to the bathroom. Anyone else find this highly suspect? Why would they allow the person, who the author describes quite well as possible suicidal, to go off by themselves? For me, this is the crux of the issue. At no point during this read was I surprised. I could see everything that was going to happen before it happened. Not the mark of a good mystery.