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Stone Cold Heart

(Cat Kinsella #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  68 reviews

From the beloved and internationally bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies comes the second novel featuring DC Cat Kinsella—an investigator “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus Reviews).

After a brief stint in the Mayor’s Office, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner L

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Expected publication: July 2nd 2019 by Harper
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Miriam Smith
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret that connects them all......
Having read and loved Caz Frear's first novel "Sweet Little Lies" I was very much looking forward to meeting DC Cat Kinsella again in "Stone Cold Heart".
"When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife Rachel, there's not much she can do. He 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 abou
Liz Barnsley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Cold Brilliant.

Review nearer publication.
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of Stone Cold Heart, the second novel to feature DC Cat Kinsella of the Met.

When Joseph Madden approaches Cat in his coffee shop she thinks he’s being creepy but it turns out that he wants advice she’s unqualified to give, he thinks his wife Rachel is threatening him. Months later the team are investigating the murder of Naomi Lockhart, a young Australian working in London and discover that Joseph Madden may have had somethin
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 2019-releases
4.5 -5 stars! Another great read from Frear! Again we are following DC Cat Kinsella as she navigates the murder of a young woman and her own personal drama and family secrets. Although this one could be read without reading Sweet Little Lies (Frear's debut), I highly suggest you start with SLL. You get to know Cat and her questionable family. Cat is a good detective and a strong woman but she must toe the line between how to be a good sister/daughter and how to be a good cop.

I highly recommend
G.J. Minett
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caz Frear's debut novel, Sweet Little Lies, was a winner of 'the Richard and Judy Search for a best seller competition' and promptly went on to fulfil that particular prophecy. Given this level of success, it would be easy to imagine that the difficulties traditionally associated with 'second book syndrome' would be a little more acute for her but there are no signs of faltering in Stone Cold Heart. If anything, I preferred this to her impressive debut and am now well and truly settled in for a ...more
Mike Sumner
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and Caz Frear for my ARC of ‘Stone Cold Heart’.

Never a good idea though to start at book Two in a series as this is the second featuring DC Cat Kinsella. There is a back story from book One that is left tantalisingly unanswered, although Stone Cold Heart can be read as a standalone. A pity that it has taken me so long to read; other priorities got in the way. So, I rather lost the thread of what is, in most respects, a fine police procedural.

The murder of
Andy Thorn
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of the first Cat Kinsella novel, I was really looking forward to Stone Cold Heart. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed. It’s a new case and this time, Cat doesn’t have a connection to family history to worry about not declaring to her colleagues. She does however continue to reflect on her choices in the last novel and themes of family, honour and the things we do for love continue to wind through Stone Cold Heart as she empathises with the family at the centre of th ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Caz Frear and I was really impressed by both the writing and the complexity of the storyline which is a murder mystery, police procedural and excellently done. It’s written in the first person (Cat Kinsella) and she is a real character with plenty of flaws and very good sense of humour giving this book a very “real” feel I hadn’t read the first book of this series but this in no way spoiled my enjoyment of this one and I will definitely be looking out for the next in the ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe next time around we’ll come back as normal people. Just normal folk with normal problems...

Stone Cold Heart is an excellent second novel from Caz Frear, in what may well be my favourite genre - the police procedural. Frear is a new author to me - I haven’t read her first book, Sweet Little Lies, though I probably should have done as I rather suspect Stone Cold Heart of containing significant spoilers for that first outing, courtesy of young DC Cat Kinsella, our narrator. That won’t stop me
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off with an odd conversation between DC Cat Kinsella and the owner of a bougie coffee shop. It isn't until a few months later and Cat is investigating the murder of a young woman that the significance of the encounter becomes apparent. It's a great investigation to get to the truth about what happened to the murdered Naomi that involves an entire family who have more skeletons than most in their closet. Whilst the case is ongoing Cat struggles with her relationship with Aiden and ...more
Allyson Abbott
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery that keeps you hooked all the way through the story.
DC Cat Kinsella is trying to solve a murder while also trying to keep her boyfriend from finding out about her dysfunctional family. Luckily he sidekick has her back and the ability to keep her clam when needed, although she does have a knack of disobeying rules and going off on her own.
It is quite an amusing story, with Kinsella's voice being the main track. she is witty and a rounded person with weaknesses and flaws.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DC Cat Kinsella is one of the younger members of the team . She has potential to be a really good officer. However she has some secrets that could jeopardise her job. Her father and "uncle" have a secret connecting them to a serious crime. Cat also has her year-long boyfriend Aiden aka Mr X to everyone at work. Her colleagues suspect he is married, but that's nowhere near reality, and again this could put her much loved job at risk.

The story wraps around the murder investigation of a young Austr
So thankful for Book Of The Month, introducing us to Authors like Caz Frear!!
Because of them, we get the latest books along with the newest authors out there.

Back in the winter of 2018, Caz Frear debut novel called Sweet Little Lies was one of my BOTM picks and I from there she instantly became one of my favorites. I fell in love with her character Cat Kinsella. When I heard about her next novel Stone Cold Heart coming out I was so pleased to see that Cat Kinsella will be making a return!!

Of cou
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this and then realised it was book two in the DC Cat Kinsella series. So, I stopped and downloaded the first book on my Kindle; I quickly read it and I am glad I did. There are important threads and character developments that were enriched greatly by knowing the first book.
So, 'Stone Cold Heart' is not a pacey crime book as such, but I was quite happy plodding along with Cat's day to day world. There's some really good plotting and the troubles with Cat's family is nicely inte
Emma Shaw
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Jaw-dropping and addictive, I absolutely loved this book and knew I was in for a great read as soon as I read the prologue. Ms Frear has a new fan in this reader after this tantilising thriller.

Twenty-two year old Naomi Lockhart is found dead by her housemate. She was last seen at a party at her boss’s house Saturday night and has been missing from work the last two days. DC Cat Kinsella and Murder Investigation Team 4 are called in to investigate and quickly learn that she died not long a
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars from me

DC Cat Kinsella is a really engaging and likeable character and although I've accidentally read Stone Cold Heart before book 1 of the series (Sweet Little Lies), the story read absolutely fine.

There are some hugely likeable characters within the book and Frear manages to blend the main storyline - of who killed Naomi - with a subplot about Cat's own life - while keeping a perfect balance. Neither detracts from the other and yet both are strong and compelling.

The relationships with
STONE COLD HEART: a cleverly written and structural police detective novel with high-end characterisation.

This was the first book of Frear’s I have read and I was instantly enticed and excited to see how the story would unfold- it worked beautifully as a stand-alone novel due to the fact that whilst there are secondary stories, it is largely based around piecing together the circumstances of a murder (I would definitely go back to read Frear’s debut novel and subsequent follow ups).

I was blown a
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply a bloody good read: Stonecold Heart by Caz Freer
Many thanks to NetGalley for allowing me early access to this book.

A few months ago I blogged about Mark Billingham ( and identified him as "one of the school of British crime writers who began to flourish at the beginning of this new century", well Caz Freer has just also entered those ranks with flying colours and a fresh new voice and a distinct Irish accent. I am a very jaded whodunnit reader but
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I think I've found another author to add to my top 10 favourite crime/thriller list! This books was addicting, full of suspense and shrouded in mystery. The writing was spot on though I found the main character, Cat Kinsella, was quite depressing lacked a lot of empathy.

The story was soooo good! Well portrayed and researched, not rushed in any way (it was extremely well paced) and I felt my brain was scrambling for answers thought it got more and more twisted as the book approached the end. I l
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With stone cold heart you get to grips more with the main character Cat Kinsella. I found her instantly likeable and she has internal battles over wrong and right. She wants to do her job well and she is respected by her team but feels she doesn't quite fit in due to previous issues (mainly her dad).

This case is of a young girl (Naomi) found dead in her flat with her head bashed in. The story then proceeds to track down colleagues, her flat mat and try to find her mystery man to unravel what ha
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Cat Kinsella is a police detective with a past that threatens both her job and her relationship with Aiden Doyle ( or Mr X as he’s known to her colleagues, as she can’t admit the truth about who she’s with to them). She’s flawed but strong, and makes a very interesting protagonist.
Her back story and a threatening familiar from her past weave around the plot of this book- a murder of a young Australian, and an investigation leading to a family with some serious relationship issues going on and b
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young Australian woman is found murdered in London and DC Cat Kinsella and Sergeant Luigi Parnell are on the case. Evidence points to the dysfunctional Madden family, one of whom, Joseph, is known to Cat; he had approached her a few months earlier, claiming that his wife was threatening him. Cat and Luigi’s investigation triggers blame and counter blame within the Maddens. Is one of them guilty? Are they all guilty? Are they all innocent?

The novel is told in the first person by Cat and she get
Tracy Fenton
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Caz Fear featuring DC Cat Kinsella and whilst it can be read as a stand-alone - I would 100% recommend you start with book 1 Sweet Little Lies because 1) there is quite a bit of background you should know and 2) it's a bloody brilliant.

Stone Cold Heart is yet another fabulous story written with style, humour and great skill.  Caz Frear has created a simply wonderful, believable, flawed character in Cat Kinsella.  A young DC eager to escape her family background, hiding
Grace J Reviewerlady
Wow! I'm in awe of how the murder squad got to the bottom of 'whodunnit' in this one! A cracking read!

When an assistant in the coffee shop asks DC Cat Kinsella for advice about a 'situation' she gives him the official line and then avoids him, thinking no more about it until the murder of a young girl following a party he - and many others - attended. The investigating team, including Cat, follow the evidence and what a winding, twisty path it leads them! Will they ever get to the truth?

This is
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cracking follow up to Sweet Little Lies

"That is abuse in the eyes of the Law". ' Controlling and coercive behaviour ' But who is doing the coercion and the controlling? Who murdered Naomi? And why? Enjoyed being back in the company of Cat Kinsella struggling with her own dysfunctional family and secrets and lies while immersed in a murder with several possible murderers. I found it even paced, clever and twisty as well as witty. I love the way the police team mesh and work together and good t
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Caz Frear's first book 'Sweet Little Lies'. While I love thrillers I'm not usually a fan of the detective led novel, generally preferring a more domestic, psychological tale. However I found the lead character, Cat, a refreshing voice and I was so excited when I saw this follow up. Cat's own back story lent a constantly simmering threat to her career and relationships but I still found that the central element was the need to solve a crime, and fast. This sequel focused on a complicated ...more
Gaby (GNTxREADs)
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read, 2019
As soon as I started reading, all the memories from Cat Kinsella came flooding back. The writing style that Frear uses gives you enough description to picture the events clearly, yet gripping dialogue that helps you feel invested into each character.

This book really is so twisty and a constant chase to find out who is lying, and who is to blame for Naomi's murder. I found myself not feeling able to trust anyone and hooked on wanting to know what the next revelation would be.

Admittedly, in some p
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

When London officer DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help, there's not much she can recommend. Joseph claims that his wife Rachel has been threatening him, but doesn't give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as an odd question, Cat forgets about all it.

That is until a young Personal Assistant, Naomi Lockhart, is found dead in her home after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel. The evidence indicates that Joseph is the murderer. However, Joseph says his wife is
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a real mixed back for me. Having read the first book in the Cat Kinsella series, I knew that I really loved the group of characters and was looking forward to being reacquainted. Cat is someone you really root for and even Parnell and Steele I'm quite fond of. But the story itself simply didn't thrill me. I enjoy a whodunnit but the book felt quite slow and I didn't race to pick it up. Maybe this was simply down to the fact more time was spent on other aspects of Cat's life like he ...more
Rebecca Minnock
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frear has absolutely knocked it out of the park with Stone Cold Heart, her follow up to Sweet Little Lies - which it would definitely help to have read before this one.

Cat Kinsella is back! Her relationship with her Dad weaves through the background of the story as Cat, Parnell, Steele and the rest of the team are investigating the murder of a young Australian girl following a party.

Frear writes London perfectly, and her characters feel so real - their interactions, quirks, everything just works
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Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal ...more

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