Stone Cold Heart
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
The story wraps around the murder investigation of a young Austr ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Many thanks to NetGalley for allowing me early access to this book.
A few months ago I blogged about Mark Billingham (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Their-Little...) 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The novel is told in the first person by Cat and she get ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more