Shed No Tears by Caz Frear #bookreview

I’m a huge fan of Caz Frear’s DC Cat Kinsella series. I’m sharing my thoughts on her latest book, Shed No Tears on my blog today.

Shed No Tears: The stunning new thriller from the author of Richard and Judy pick 'Sweet Little Lies' (DC Cat Kinsella) by [Caz Frear]


Four victims.
Killer caught.
Case closed . . . Or is it?

Christopher Masters, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’, strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found.

Until now.

Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the Major Investigation Team are called in. But immediately there are questions surrounding the manner of her death. And with Masters now dead, no one to answer them.

Did someone get it wrong all those years ago? And if so, who killed Holly Kemp?


DC Cat Kinsella is back in Caz Frear’s latest novel, Shed No Tears. I’m a huge fan of this series, and I love Caz Frear’s writing, but after finishing this book, I’m wondering what will happen next for Cat.

In 2012, a serial killer, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’ murdered three young women. The body of his fourth victim was never found. Now, years later, his final victim, Holly Kemp, is discovered in a field in Cambridgeshire, miles from where she went missing. But Cat isn’t convinced that ‘The Roommate Killer,’ is responsible for Holly’s death and that the real killer is still out there.

This case is about to hit far too close to home for Cat. As they begin to look into Holly’s past, they realise that she is not the type of girl who everyone once thought she was. It soon becomes clear that Holly could have made several enemies, and this instantly broadens the search field.

DC Cat Kinsella is one of my favourite detectives in crime fiction. What I have really liked about her since the first book is her sense of humour. This is what keeps me engaged, and I like how she interacts with her colleagues. Cat isn’t without her own troubles herself. Her father is a criminal gangster. She has tried to distance herself from this side of her family as much as possible. But it looks as though she may have to put her family first after her father has an accident. This may not bode well for her relationship with her boyfriend, Aiden. He is also connected to her family’s past. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, this book does contain some spoilers about a previous case, but the storyline itself can be read as a standalone.

The plot in Shed No Tears is really engaging. Caz Frear keeps the pace flying forward with realistic dialogue which is often witty as well. I thought Caz Frear wrapped everything up really well. Cat learns some hard-hitting and shocking truths as they begin to understand just what happened to Holly the night she died. It did make me wonder what I would do if I was in a similar position as I was reading the final chapters.

This is one of my favourite series of books in the crime fiction market, and I am a huge fan Caz Frear’s writing. I can’t wait to see what Caz Frear writes next.

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication date: 24th July 2020

Print length: 321 pages

Shed No Tears is available to buy:

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