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Stone Cold Heart

(Cat Kinsella #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,241 ratings  ·  383 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 Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele.

But for Cat and Parnell, it’s serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Harper (first published June 27th 2019)
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Sydney Hilton Cat, the main character, refers back to memories very frequently that happened in the first book. I think it would be a good idea so that you are not …moreCat, the main character, refers back to memories very frequently that happened in the first book. I think it would be a good idea so that you are not lost and have a better view of who the characters and their personalities are!(less)
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Diane S ☔
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Second in series and like the first it starts out slowly. Kinsella has such an interesting back story which is for me a major draw, and here it threatens to spill over into her personal life. A body of a young woman is discovered, there has to be a body, right? Kinsella and her partner are given the case and are soon embroiled in a maze of contradictory statements, and a family with much to hide.

A good solid series with some interesting characters and a p!of that twists and turns until I was qu
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one, Boys and Girls, has teeth.

Sharp, jagged, incisors that sink to the bone and leave quite the gaping wound in its aftermath.

Caz Frear brings her quick-witted character of DC Cat Kinsella to the forefront once again in this second offering in the Cat Kinsella Series. Admittedly, I have not read the first one, Sweet Little Lies. Within seconds of finishing Stone Cold Heart, I ordered it with the knee jerk response of a kid with a bag of Halloween candy. Gotta have.

Cat and her partner, DS L
Whispering Stories
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Stone Cold Heart is a superbly written crime thriller featuring Cat Kinsella, a young strong police officer, as the lead character who is always determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.

The plot captivated me from the first page and took me into this thrilling tale full of family secrets and lies.

I just adored Cat Kinsella’s character, she’s not perfect but goes all out to solve the death/murder of Naomi Lockheart, a PA who was found dead after a
Louise Wilson
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4

DC Cat Kinsella #2

We first met Joseph Madden owns a coffee shop in the second book in this series. He believed his wife is threatening him and asks Cat Kinsella for help. Now, fast forward a bit and Joseph appears in Cat's life again. This time he's the suspect in the death of a young girl. The evidence all points to him, but he claims that he is innocent. But his wife does not corroborate his alibi. There is something not quite right, but Cat can't put her finger on it.

Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Man this is gonna be a GREAT series!! I enjoyed this 1 (the second book in the series) even more than the first! They’re that perfect mix of police procedural & domestic thriller.. But NO boredom- both aspects are equally as interesting. I liked this “case” better then the first, and I’m really enjoying following along with Kats “family stuff.” (Because of that I really recommend reading the first 1 before this. It doesn’t always matter- but in this case there’s quite a bit that will go over you ...more
Natalie M
I really enjoyed Caz Frear's debut novel 'Sweet Little Lies' and this second book in the series did not disappoint.

Knowing the back-story to the characters increased my enjoyment of the novel but I do think it works as a stand-alone read as well.

The highlight for me is the unusual aspects of the characters and the police procedures. Murder victim Naomi Lockhart, a young Australian draws two families into the twisted world of this plot. The author wrote a perfectly disturbing, highly unpleasant
Liz Barnsley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After I read Caz Frear’s “Sweet Little Lies” I immediately wanted more from main protagonist Cat Kinsella so when Stone Cold Heart turned up I pretty much dropped everything and read it. Like the last novel this was so utterly gripping I think the zombie apocalypse could have started and I wouldn’t even notice..
Stone Cold Heart is Stone Cold Brilliant, encompassing not only an intensely intriguing background family drama but also a twisty mystery that has both psychological thriller elements and
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
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
Rachel Hall
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tightly plotted with superb intercourse between a compelling trio of well characterised detectives.

Following on from Caz Frear’s cracking debut, Sweet Little Lies, her second police procedural is a brilliantly crafted and realistically handled investigation featuring one of the most likeable protagonists in crime fiction, twenty-six-year-old DC Cat Kinsella. After a stint at the Mayor’s Office, Cat is back where she belongs: Murder Investigation Team 4 at the Met with the fallout from her last c
Bruce Hatton
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt immediately drawn into the action of this unusual police procedural by the highly interesting cast of characters. Following the murder of young Australian PA, Naomi Lockhart, the police focus their attention on two related families: the Maddens and the Connors. The highly unpleasant Joseph Madden soon becomes their main suspect, but did he really kill Naomi or is he the victim of an elaborate frame-up?
We soon learn that the central character, the likeable detective Cat Kinsella, has her o
Britta Böhler
Unfortunately not as good as the first in the series...
This is exactly the type of police procedural I've been looking to read, dare I say almost Tana French-ish? Heinous crime is committed, detectives develop leads and interview suspects, lies are told and then discovered, all against the backdrop of Cat Kinsella's rocky personal life. Spot on. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The brilliant DC Cat Kinsella is back, in the new release from Caz Frear which follows on from the hugely entertaining Sweet Little Lies.

Stone Cold Heart builds on the brilliant character of Cat, with her own issues (largely around her dad and his less-than-squeaky-clean history) and faults, but despite all this – or perhaps because of this – she’s a hugely likable character. I love her and the way she interacts with her colleague, Parnell, who is another brill
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Caz Frear has done it again with this cracker of a book. DI Cat Kinsella was back with her partner DS Luigi Parnell in this intelligent police procedural.

A murder of a young woman with her head bashed in caused the cops to rush to the investigation. And the Maddens and their extended family were all suspects. The investigation had just started when Cat remembered that one of the Maddens had complained about his wife. And now the same wife did not support his alibi for the murder, and Cat was stu
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little twisty mystery. Cat finds herself trying to unravel a murder that involves many family members. Also love that her dad makes a small appearance in this second story.
Dragged in the last 10-15 pages but that's okay. Still a good read
G.J. Minett
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Tracy Fenton
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
This is the second book I have read in this series and I can’t help feeling that it is ok and could be really good. I start out interested and then lose interest in the second half as it drags on. It turns out to be predictable without me being invested in the characters. Other May love the series but it is just ok for me.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SHE DID IT AGAIN! Once again the story was slowburn. When it gets to the end its twist after twist that will leave your head spinning! I really LOVE this series! I can't wait to continue on! Reminds me of Tana French's writing a bit! ...more
4.5 stars rounded up
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Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In London, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella and her partner DS Luigi Parnell investigate the death of a 22 year old woman with lilac hair. I read the first book in this series, Sweet Little Lies, a few months ago and I liked this second one better. Stone Cold Heart is a slow and steady British procedural. Takes Cat a while to sort out all the lies and omissions. I like the way Cat thinks outside the box. There are good twists toward the end which makes it my kind of book. The ending was strong a ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Caz Frear’s follow-up to Sweet Little Lies was everything I was hoping for and more.

Detective Cat Kinsella, our immensely likable and fascinatingly complex protagonist, takes on another confounding murder case, one that ultimately proves to be just as compelling and far, far more complex than the murder being investigated in the first book of the series.

This time around the case has no direct link to Cat’s own family, though there’s a side plot regarding her personal life developing that stems f
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent follow up to Sweet Little Lies! Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back solving major crimes cases at the London Metropolitan Police with her partner Luigi Parnell. A young Australian woman is murdered and the case gets assigned to Kinsella and Parnell. What strikes them as odd is the evidence starts meticulously falling into place...almost too perfectly. They know with most cases there is more to them that meets the eye and this one can’t be as cut and dry as its leading too.... T ...more
Joanne Robertson
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the debut from Caz Frear and so was delighted to be able to read her second DC Cat Kinsella book. Although possible to read as a standalone, I do think you probably need to read Sweet Little Lies first as there is quite a chunk of backstory that’s quite relevant to understanding Cat and her relationships (especially that between her and her father!!) and will add to your understanding and enjoyment of Stone Cold Heart.

DC Cat Kinsella is a brilliantly complex and intriguing chara
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is becoming one of my new favorite series!!!!

In the second installment of the Cat Kinsella series, a young woman is found murdered in her flat. The investigation into her death leads to many suspects (all of whom seem to have possible motive). Frear does a great job concealing who actually committed the crime and why. I honestly had no idea who it would be right up until the big reveal.

Beyond the great plot and excellent execution of it, Frear does an amazing job with character development
Mike Sumner
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
strong second entry in the series. While the murder plot might work fine as a stand-alone, the complicated personal situation of Cat Kinsella can really only be appreciated if you've read the first one, so I'd encourage people to go in order. She's a difficult and compromised candidate. Cannot go so far as to say I really like her, but I respect her tenacity and find her quite interesting. Complicated plot that seems to work well enough. But the characters and settings are also very good indeed. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; Harper/HarperCollins

I was super excited to read Stone Cold Heart, but this one fell a bit flat for me. I enjoyed reading more about Cat and her workmates, her new relationship and family. It was the mystery that didn't work for me. I found it a bit confusing with all the characters involved. They seemed to sort of be like one another, and were hard to tell apart. I like Frear's writing so I am down for more Cat Kinsella books!

***I received a complimentary copy of this eboo
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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 foo ...more

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