Shed No Tears, Caz Frear’s latest novel, is our first foray into the world of DC Cat Kinsella. The third in the series featuring the detective, this book can also be read as a standalone.

When the remains of a young woman are discovered in Cambridgeshire, Cat is assigned the case, along with partner, DS Luigi Parnell. Holly Kemp is believed to be the fourth victim of Christopher Masters, aka serial killer ‘The Roommate Killer’, a man who murdered three women in London in 2012. But as the detectives investigate further, they are faced with all kinds of inconsistencies which lead them to question if Holly was, indeed, Masters’ victim. The only problem is Masters can’t help them: he’s dead. And if Holly wasn’t murdered by ‘The Roommate Killer’, then who?

Frear takes us through many plot twists and turns, throwing in enough curve balls to sustain our interest. In Cat, she gives us an attractive protagonist, bright, sardonic and driven, while dealing with her own personal demons, some of which infringe on the case.

A fast-paced, tense police procedural, Shed No Tears comes recommended.

Shed No Tears | Caz Frear | Zaffre | paperback | 23 July 2020

Cat Kinsella # 3

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Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the publisher book tour. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for the invitation and to the publisher for supplying a review copy. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved. Please check out the other reviews on this tour.

See also:Chris Whitaker’s small-town America’; ‘Nora Roberts’ Sanctuary: an Old Familiar’; Carver’s Nothing Important Happened Today’; By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’; ‘Yvonne Battle-Fenton’s Remembered‘; ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘; ‘We should all be feminists‘; The not-so-invisible woman: 150 greats in their own words’; ‘How Penguin learned to fly – Allen Lane and the Original “Penguin Ten”‘; Dorothy L. Sayer’s Busman’s Holiday – Romek Marber for Penguin Crime (book covers we love).

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