For my October 2022 author spotlight series, I decided to dedicate this post to one of my latest favorite authors, Robert Bryndza.
I hope you guys enjoyed my latest author spotlight on Camilla Lackberg. Since I’ve been reading a lot of Robert Bryndza’s books lately, it seems only appropriate that I dedicate this month’s author spotlight to him.
I had The Girl in the Ice on my bookshelf for at least a year, probably more, and I finally decided to start it at the beginning of the year.
I’m not even entirely sure how I heard of Robert Bryndza but if I had to guess, I’d have to say on Goodreads. Although, it is entirely possible I’ve seen the cover of The Girl In the Ice on Instagram, and I was instantly hooked. I don’t know about you guys, but there are some books I just know I will like just because I like the cover. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but most of the time it holds true. And when it does, it feels so great!
Now, let’s get back to Robert Bryndza.
This author spotlight series for October 2022 features my new favorite author, Robert Bryndza. I feel like he’s not only a great writer but also a super nice and cool human. If you follow him on Instagram, then you know that he’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He’s someone I see myself becoming friends with in real life. And hey, it happens, so you never know!
He has two great thriller series available, but his first books were not at all in the same genre. They were actually young adult rom-com. If you’re not familiar, it’s the Coco Pinchard series, which I haven’t actually read yet, but I plan to.
The Coco Pinchard Series
This series is light-hearted, funny, and cute. Here are the books, in chronological order:
The Not-So-Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard
This is Robert’s debut novel. A lighthearted, funny romantic comedy that introduces forty-year-old Coco Pinchard. She starts documenting her string of bad luck from a remarkable life that unravels. If you enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books, you’ll probably enjoy this series as well.
Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding
This addictive page-turner follows Coco through her divorce and a new relationship with Adam, her new beau. Although they are supposed to move in together, he breaks up with her the day before and vanishes without a trace. This is another cute tale that will touch you, but one that is also filled with humor.
Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex
Coco did marry Adam in the last book and now settles into a newlywed glow. But things are still not as she expected them to be. She finds herself pregnant at 44, and the way she deals with the news will have you cracking up.
A Very Coco Christmas
Although published after the previous three books, this is a prequel to the Coco series. In this short story, you meet eighteen-year-old Coco and her overbearing mother.
Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story
In this cute short story, Coco goes to serious lengths to get her four-year-old son his favorite toy for Christmas.
Erika Foster Series
I feel like I’ve lauded this series so much that it doesn’t need an introduction. I already mentioned the first few books in the series several times already, but here is a quick re-introduction, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram.
The Girl in the Ice
The series starts off with this book, where the author introduces us to DCI Erika Foster. Her first case with the South London police department involves the murder of a young socialite. But more bodies pile up before Erika and her team finally catch the killer.
The Night Stalker
As the title suggests, this book involves a stalker that kills their victims at night. But how many bodies will be discovered before Erika catches the killer?
While on her transfer to the narcotics team, Erika stumbles on the body of a young child that was missing for twenty-six years. Will she get her spot back on the Murder Squad and solve this cold case?
Erika gets involved in another murder case that isn’t her own. Shortly after arriving at the scene of the crime, she gets thrown out by the superintendent in charge. But she manages to get back on the Murder Squad, where she tries to link another similar murder that took place months ago.
In this fifth installment, the Murder team discovers the bodies of two people cut up and stuffed in suitcases that washed up on the river shores. At first, the murders are seemingly unrelated, but soon the team realizes they have a serial killer on their hands.
A beautiful young woman is killed right on her doorstep, with her own mother finding her body in the morning. Erika and her team start a hunt for a killer that will keep them on their toes. Another book that will have you hooked from the first page.
Another serial killer thriller that will keep your pulse racing. This time, the killer destroyed all the evidence, making Erika’s job a lot harder. Just as she thinks she has the case figured out, another body is found. The second victim lived in the same building as the first one. Is it a coincidence, or did Erika have it all wrong from the beginning?
Kate Marshall Series
Following his highly successful Erika Foster series, Robert decided to introduce us to a new heroine, Kate Marshall, a former detective turned private investigator. I have not started this series yet, although I have an advanced e-copy of the fourth book I received from Netgalley. Stay tuned for the review to come in November.
Kate Marshall, a young detective, caught one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, nicknamed the Nine Elms killer. The events surrounding the case turned out to cause her career to take an unexpected turn. Now, fifteen years later and a lecturer at a coastal university, Kate encounters a Nine Elms copycat killer. Will she catch this one as well, or will he succeed in taking out the original killer’s fifth victim?
Back doing what she loves and what she originally intended to do for a living, Kate is back to solving murders. Her second case after her career got diverted involves a young man that was found floating in the Shadow Sands. Details of the crime just don’t add up, and Kate is determined to catch this killer.
After starting her own PI agency, Kate’s first case investigates a cold case. Journalist Joanna Duncan disappeared after exposing a political scandal twelve years before. But as she and her partner, Tristan, start digging, they uncover two young men who disappeared at about the same time as Joanna. Was she on to something at the time that got her killed?
I read and reviewed this book in this post, if you’re interested:
This book will come out in January 2023, so stay tuned for that. You can pre-order it if you want, it’s available as an ebook on Amazon.
This investigation involves the disappearance of a young boy, which takes her down an unexpected path.
This sums up my author spotlight series for October 2022, featuring Robert Bryndza.
If you’re looking for a couple of great thriller series, Robert Bryndza is an author you must try. His books are easy to read while being cleverly plotted, and with enough suspense to keep you wanting for more. They aren’t too gory, but they contain enough thrills and grisly details to keep you entertained. Whether the lighthearted humorous Coco Pinchard series or the two thriller series, they offer you hours of fun. The best-selling author is one to consider if you like reading crime novels or cute and funny rom-com.
Until next time, keep reading fellow bookworms!