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]

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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?

MY THOUGHTS

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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Top Ten Reads of 2019

It’s that time of the year again and we’re nearly into a new decade. It’s crazy isn’t it? New Year’s Eve 2009 only feels like yesterday to me.

Over the last twelve months, these ten reads have really stayed with me, long after I’ve finished reading them, which is why they are included here. This year, so far, I’ve read 131 books, and it has been really hard to pick my top ten.

So without any further ado, here are my top 10 reads of 2019.

10.

The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath.

The Guilty Party: Dive into a dark, gripping and shocking psychological thriller from bestselling author Mel McGrath by [McGrath, Mel]

This is the second book I’ve read by Mel McGrath and I felt it was a masterclass in plotting and suspense. I had no doubt at the time I read it, that it would be in my top ten reads this year. You can read my review by clicking here.

9.

The Whisper Man by Alex North

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 and it didn’t disappoint. Alex North created such a chilling atmosphere in this book. You can read my review by clicking here.

8.

A Window Breaks by C.M. Ewan

A Window Breaks: A family is pushed to breaking point in this addictive, pulse-racing, emotionally-charged thriller by [Ewan, C. M.]

This was a fast and furious read that literally had me turning the pages well into the night. You can read my review by clicking here.

7.

Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen

This was one of the most unique thriller’s I’ve read this year which is why it thoroughly deserves a place in my top ten. You can read my review by clicking here.

6.

Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear

Stone Cold Heart: the addictive new thriller from the author of Sweet Little Lies by [Frear, Caz]

I was eagerly anticipating the return of Caz Frear’s detective, Cat Kinsella. Caz’s writing is so addictive and I finished it in just a couple of days. Read my review by clicking here.

5.

Violet by SJI Holliday

Violet by [Holliday, SJI]

This was another book I found to be really original. SJI Holliday takes us across Asia in her latest book and both the settings and the characters, to me, is what made this book stand out. You can read my review by clicking here.

4.

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

Nothing Important Happened Today by [Carver, Will]

There isn’t a writer out there, who I have come across, who writes quite like Will Carver. Whatever Will Carver publishes next, I know it’s always going to be straight at the top of my list. You can read my review by clicking here.

3.

The Neighbour proves that Fiona Cummins is a writer at the top of her game. This is her best book to date. You can read my full review by clicking here.

2.

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

This was an absolutely terrific debut which takes us back to a dark time in Britain’s and the world’s history. You can read my full review by clicking here.

1.

Breakers by Doug Johnstone

Breakers by [Johnstone, Doug]

This is a read that will really pull at the heartstrings and it made me feel so tense as I was reading this. This book has remained my favourite read of the year. You can read my review by clicking here.

 

And that’s a wrap for another year.

I hope you have a great Christmas and a great 2020 filled with brilliant books!

Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear #bookreview blog tour @CazziF @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear. With thanks to Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part.

Stone Cold Heart: the addictive new thriller from the author of Sweet Little Lies by [Frear, Caz]

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A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret worth killing for.

When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it.

That is until Naomi Lockhart, a young PA, is found dead after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel, and Joseph is arrested for the murder.

Joseph says his wife is setting him up.
His wife says he didn’t do it.
The trail of evidence leads to even more questions . . .

Adulterer. Murderer. Victim. Who would you believe?

MY THOUGHTS

All I’m thinking after turning the last page of Stone Cold Heart is, whoa. Suffice to say it has left me eager to get my hands on the next Cat Kinsella novel as soon as possible.

Caz Frear is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. When I read her debut, Sweet Little Lies, I absolutely loved her writing style, and I instantly got on with Cat Kinsella. She is a character who is full of wit, but she isn’t without her own flaws. Events in the last book nearly broke her after she learned the truth about a girl who went missing from her hometown in Ireland almost twenty years previously. Although there are some references to that case in this book, it can still be read as a stand-alone, but I would definitely recommend that you read the first one as well.

The novel starts with a shifty individual, Joseph Madden asking Cat for help after he has become concerned about threats his wife has made against him and he is desperately seeking advice. Cat is quite quick to dismiss the claims, but after a girl has been found dead, after a night out at a party which Joseph attended, along with members of his family, she has to get to the bottom of what’s going on. And she has to unpeel the layers sewn together by those closest to events which took place to uncover the truth.

There are so many interesting aspects to Cat Kinsella’s character. I particularly enjoyed reading the scenes when she is with her own family and her relationship with them, particularly with her father, is put to the test, both in this book and in the last.

Caz Frear is a writer who really adds depth to her characters. It is as though they could be people you know in real life. Stone Cold Heart is utterly brilliant. Once the next book is out, I’m sure I’ll be dropping everything to read it. Great stuff. If you haven’t yet read Caz’s books, you really need to.

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication date: 23rd May 2019

Print length: 336

If you would like to purchase Stone Cold Heart, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below.

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