Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)
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 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 of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he’s innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone.While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens’ marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying—but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her own past mistakes buried.With her trademark wit and brilliant plotting, Caz Frear ratchets up the tension and keeps you guessing as she explores the secrets we keep from our loved ones—and the ones we’d kill to keep safe in the dark.

Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2) Details

TitleStone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherHarper
ISBN-139780062849922
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction

Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2) Review

  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Luigi Parnell, are assigned to the London Metropolitan Police. They've been called to the scene of a murder in the old Coronation Gardens section of London.....cheap apartments with cheap rents. Kiernan Drake walked in and found his housemate, Naomi Lockhart, bleeding from a headwound on the floor of her bedroom. The young twenty-two year Aussie with lilac hair won't be taking to the streets of London any time soon.As Cat and Parnell begin their investigation, we're gonna have a string of could-be's and maybe-not's to sort through. Caz Frear winds this one up and chases suspects around many corners. While being new in town, Naomi has gravitated toward a bevy of new friends. Not solid friends, but those who drift in and out of one's life. Could she have crossed someone at work? Or could she have been involved with the local Casanova, Joseph, who manages the local coffeehouse, The Grindhouse? A lot of footwork in this one.Frear also adds a twisty thread involving Caz' new love interest, Aiden, from the west coast of Ireland. Be assured: Caz Frear does not inundate her mystery/thriller with a sappy off-key love story here. (I can't tolerate those.) They both have backstories that haven't fully come to the surface yet. And Caz has issues with her father who seems to be involved in some shady dealings himself.Stone Cold Heart reads as a standalone. I loved the snarky dialogue between Cat and Luigi along with the deeply interesting layers of this storyline. Caz Frear writes with intelligence. She knows her craft and keeps it humming along at a quick pace. No dead zones here. Can't wait to snuggle up with Numero Uno, Sweet Little Lies.I received a copy of Stone Cold Heart through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Harper Collins Publishing and to Caz Frear for the opportunity.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐ rounded up to 4DC Cat Kinsella #2We first met Joseph Madden owns a coffee shop in the first 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.This s 3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4DC Cat Kinsella #2We first met Joseph Madden owns a coffee shop in the first 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.This story is told from Cat's point of view. I have not read the first book in this series but I think it can be read as a standalone. This has an extremely well written and thought out plot, and I liked the authors style in writing. The characters are true to life. It's a bit of a slow burner but with all the twists,the pace is set right. Cat's family are a bit dysfunctional. I will have to read the first book in the series now. A great read.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and the author Caz Frear for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Miriam Smith
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 about it. That is until Naomi Lockhart 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. Adulterer. Murderer. Victim. Who would you believe......?"I just love Cat, she's such a likeable main protagonist. Although not flawed, she isn't perfect either and her whole tough demeanour is a refreshing change to the troubled and 'poor me' female characters you so frequently meet in other police procedurals. In fact all the characters are convincingly portrayed and the storyline is knockout brilliant. The relationship between Cat and her Sergeant, Luigi Parnell was truly wonderful to read but even better was the relationship between DCI Kate Steele and her team, realistic humour, excellent leadership and a perfectly believable working scenario. I enjoyed this fantastically plotted story from the very first page, with relevant twists and turns and with frequent forays into Cat's personal life, this made for very impressive reading and one that I found very hard to put down. All through the story I felt I was a part of the hard working team solving the murder, so good was the author in engaging the reader every step of the procedural way. This is the second in the DCI Cat Kinsella series and by no means do you need to read the first one, as this works just as well as a standalone. Although for personal enjoyment and to fully engage with the superb characters, you may want to read "Sweet Little Lies" first. The last sentence leaves a fantastic opening for book three which I'm now eagerly anticipating for the future, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this seriously addictive series, the author Caz Frear, or DCI Cat Kinsella herself. If you're a crime fan you shouldn't be disappointed!An amazing five stars for a read that kept me thoroughly entertained!
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 a strong anchor of police procedural. Mixing all this up into an intelligent plot with unpredictable outcomes makes this a perfect storm of a read, throw in a perfect last line and you have an absolute winner.Caz Frear is a hugely talented writer and you know that’s still important to note in these days of mixed quality choices in reading- if like me you want depth of perception, words that come together in ways that tip your emotional balance and a damned good story to boot then look no further.Cat Kinsella is engaging and more importantly realistic, flawed yes but not defined by it, the supporting cast all well drawn and important to the whole. In this particular instalment the mystery element is beautifully done I devoured every word.If I could have the next one now please…Highly Recommended.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 something to do with it.On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed Stone Cold Heart. It is told in the first person by Cat Kinsella and she has a wonderful voice. There is nothing unfiltered about it so the reader gets her thoughts, editorials on events and decision making in an authentic tone which is warm and inviting. For that alone I would have given the novel five glorious stars but there is a downside. Something Cat did in the previous novel, which I have read but after so much time and so many books I can’t remember what, drives much of her current personal behaviour. As it is never spelled out it gets a bit annoying so I would recommend reading the books in chronological order and close together.The plot is very clever. Mostly it is a case of he said/she said with some excellent characterisation thrown in to muddy the waters. Cat spends most of her time trying to unravel fact from fiction and deciding who to believe. As a result it is not a fast moving read but it is quietly compulsive as the lies are uncovered and the solid ground slowly becomes a quagmire.None of the family the novel revolves around is particularly likeable but nobody really is under the microscope of a murder enquiry. They are all well drawn and I really liked the gradual unveiling of their true character. Nothing should be taken at face value.Stone Cold Heart is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 this series if you are a fan of detective mysteries with great characters. Thanks to Harper Collins for the ARC!
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  • G.J. Minett
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 gripping and entertaining series.What impressed me most here was the quality of the writing, particularly the dialogue which is pitch-perfect throughout and absolutely crackles in places. The central character, DC Cat Kinsella, is a feisty pitbull-cum-kitten, a survivor of a dysfunctional family upbringing, an impulsive child seemingly incapable of staying within the constraints of her professional responsibilities but driven on by a seething sense of injustice and a desperate need for approval. The relationship between her and her immediate superior Parnell, who provides the steadiness and loyalty she so desperately wants from her father, is beautifully observed and the first person narrative allows us to explore all of Cat's complexities from a privileged close-up vantage point. It might not have worked in less skilled hands but the author has a terrific ear for dialogue which is delivered with sharp humour and unerring accuracy.The plotting is elaborate but controlled and anyone claiming (as so many readers like to do) that they'd worked it all out long before the halfway stage is surely being more than a little disingenuous. It's one thing to decide who killed Naomi (yes -I managed that!). It's quite another to untangle the threads which eventually explain why. Caz Frear releases everything we need to know at exactly the right time and it's all there if we know where to look for it - no remarkable coincidences, no implausible coup de theatre, just plain, old-fashioned attention to detail.I have a list of authors whose next book I will buy at the earliest opportunity and Caz Frear has just joined it.
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  • Joanne Robertson
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 character that you can’t help but root for even though she’s her own worst enemy at times. Her reactions to incidents in her relationship and her career are pretty much determined by things that have happened in the previous book but her emotions are full on, honest and compelling making her a character that you really can relate to. When she’s approached by Joseph Madden in a coffee shop she initially just puts his suspicions about his wife down to some sort of weird flirting but when the body of a young Australian woman is found in her flat, the trail leads back to Joseph and his very strange and rather unlikeable family.I thoroughly enjoyed Stone Cold Heart. Caz Frear writes with a fabulously dark humour and an undercurrent of frisson that made me shudder at times! The storyline was slow to unfold which helped to keep the tension tight and I enjoyed seeing it come together with twists and turns that I hadn’t been expecting. But it is definitely Cat who is the star of the show here! Her thoughts on everything were always kept wide open for the reader to see and it gave her a vulnerability because nothing is hidden-what you see is what you get! I really like her and hope to meet her again in future cases especially as the last page made me want to read more about her life IMMEDIATELY!Stone Cold Heart is a crime drama that would translate perfectly to television and so I have my fingers crossed that someone will spot the potential here and bring DC Cat Kinsella to a wider audience.
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 a secret which threatens to end her career before it's even taken off.Cat narrates the story and her voice is loud and clear.  When a young Australian women, Naomi, is found murdered in her flat Cat and the team start investigating and discover a connection to the local coffee shop manager Joseph Madden who had approached Cat several months earlier about his wife.  This brings a whole host of characters into suspicion and Cat and DS Luigi Parnell find themselves in the midst of a dysfunctional and odd family who may or may not have murdered Naomi.Once again Caz Frear has produced a gripping page-turner full of fascinating characters, a twisted tale of murder, cover ups, secrets and guilt with a dash of humour.  A fabulous follow up and highly recommended.
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  • Mike Sumner
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Naomi Lockhart takes centre stage. Investigated by Kinsella and her sergeant Luigi Parnell with DCI Kate Steele very much in charge. The investigation is constantly thwarted by a silent family, protecting each other it seems from prosecution. And a secret from way back that connects them all. Difficult to know who to believe but Kinsella is a tenacious investigator. Will she finally reconstruct what actually happened? Will her judgement be clouded by past events in her life - a past where she had always suspected her dad knew something about the disappearance of Maryanne Doyle - a teenager from the wast coast of Ireland? Will we ever know for sure? Perhaps book Three will reveal more? I am sure there will be a book Three given the cliffhanger of an ending in Stone Cold Heart!
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  • Andy Thorn
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 this new murder investigation. Cat’s character development takes less of a centre stage position in this book than the previous one, which means that it would work well read as a stand-alone intricately plotted and expertly delivered police procedural but if you haven’t read Sweet Little Lies, I would recommend that you read that first to fully understand (at least as much as she does), Cat’s complex and intriguing character!
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 series. Plenty of twists and red herrings keeping you guessing to the end and this makes for all you want in a damn good mystery so I can highly recommend it as quality read.My thanks to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Sue Plant
    January 1, 1970
    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this bookoh what a tangled web we weave when we practise to deceivea young girl is found dead, murdered and joseph madden is arrested...though he claims he was set up and needs the police to do their job and find the real murdererhe is also a horrible man who treats his family and people around him badly...but everyone is telling lies....can the police investigate...a well written book that hooks you in and keeps you reading...v would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this bookoh what a tangled web we weave when we practise to deceivea young girl is found dead, murdered and joseph madden is arrested...though he claims he was set up and needs the police to do their job and find the real murdererhe is also a horrible man who treats his family and people around him badly...but everyone is telling lies....can the police investigate...a well written book that hooks you in and keeps you reading...very entertaining
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Last year I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Sweet Little Lies by Caz and I was INSTANTLY HOOKED. You guys know me - a gritty police procedural with a flawed, but delightfully scrappy lead female character? Set in the UK? With fun, quirky and diverse supporting characters? And spooling, sprawling unpredictable mysteries? UH YES PLEASE!So of course the minute I heard the second installment was avail Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for the advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Last year I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Sweet Little Lies by Caz and I was INSTANTLY HOOKED. You guys know me - a gritty police procedural with a flawed, but delightfully scrappy lead female character? Set in the UK? With fun, quirky and diverse supporting characters? And spooling, sprawling unpredictable mysteries? UH YES PLEASE!So of course the minute I heard the second installment was available and I could get my next dose of what Cat Kinsella was up to, I was all in and casually harassing everyone I knew to see if I could somehow get my hands on a copy FASTER. Verdict - EXACTLY WHAT I HAD BEEN HOPING FOR. Caz Frear knows how to write a twisting, unreliable, unrelenting police procedural. There is a real talent required to bring the real-life nitty gritty of a police investigation to the page in a way that isn’t tedious or boring, and that still grounds the story in reality in a believable way; Caz Frear has ALL OF THIS TALENT. It is the thing I love the most about her books - there is no cliche “oop the police stumbled upon a piece of key evidence with ease and solved all the mysteries of the last 100 years in their town” nonsense in her stories. Instead, there is the real life grind of police work - running leads, interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses, reviewing records, watching CCTV tape, and then doing it all again until you find the thread that starts to unravel the truth. THESE are the stories I love to read because I feel like this story could be happening right now, in a police station down the road from me, and I LOVE THAT. THAT is how I escape into a book - the believable aspect to the story.Which brings us back to Cat Kinsella present day - still figuring out her life after the events of Sweet Little Lies (no spoilers) and on to a new case, filled with unreliable narrators and untrustworthy witnesses. While these books are part of this (awesome) series, you could arguably read them as stand-alones. Why you would want to miss out on great books though, is beyond me. Read them both. When a young Australian girl turns up dead after a company party, Cat and Parnell find themselves locked in a game of cat and mouse untangling the broken insides of a toxic marriage, and fighting for the truth from this married couple who are not at all what they seem.As with all procedural / suspense / mystery stories, I will never give away spoilers (or hints of spoilers, because what is worse than predicting a book based on a review) - but I will say that I really, REALLY loved how this story unfolded. I love messy characters who simply cannot be trusted, and this book offered them up in SPADES. I love that Cat continues to settle into herself (messy love + family life included) and that she continues to grow as a police officer who is learning to trust her instincts on cases. I love that Caz writes the perfect mix of Cat as a police officer, mixed in with her personal family life, which makes her a character that you can root for and empathize with (even when you sometimes want to throttle her for some POOR DECISIONS CAT). I love that this series offers strong, intelligent women who are just that - strong and intelligent and capable, full stop. No need to give them ridiculous emotional arcs, they can just be awesome, kick ass characters who are owning their powerhouse jobs and lives (I stan DI Steele).This is one that definitely dives more into the character drama piece, as they work to unravel the mess that is the Madden’s marriage, but it works so beautifully with the story that I actually loved it and I don’t always love a character drama arc in my procedurals. Honestly, this is a book that is almost hard to explain for how terrific it really is - except to say, THIS BOOK IS TERRIFIC - PERFECT summer reading, fast paced, twisting, and deeply satisfying. You can spend an entire summer afternoon completely engrossed in Cat’s life, and they only downside is that when your done you are going to be left wanting for more.Put this book on your summer TBR’s my friends, and join me on the Cat Kinsella is a rock star bandwagon!I cannot WAIT to see where Caz takes her next.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series and as usual I would recommend reading book one, Sweet Little Lies, first. It's always good practice to do this as there is backstory and character development carried through series books but, in this case, I think is it more important as MC Cat Kinsella is a bit more on the complex side than most and there is a fair bit of fallout from book one in this, her second outing. Cat first meets Joseph Madden in a coffee shop he owns. He knows she's police and, o This is the second book in this series and as usual I would recommend reading book one, Sweet Little Lies, first. It's always good practice to do this as there is backstory and character development carried through series books but, in this case, I think is it more important as MC Cat Kinsella is a bit more on the complex side than most and there is a fair bit of fallout from book one in this, her second outing. Cat first meets Joseph Madden in a coffee shop he owns. He knows she's police and, one day, takes her aside and asks for her help. believing that his wife is threatening him and he's worried. Not being one of her specialisms, she advises he reports his concerns to his local station. Fast forward a bit and he pops up in her life again, this time as a suspect in the death of a young Australian girl. All evidence points to him even though he insists he is innocent, claiming he was at home at the time, an alibi that his wife does not corroborate. The case builds up but something isn't quite adding up for Cat, there's just something she can't put her finger on, something not quite right with how it is all stacking up. But as she is juggling quite a bit in her personal life, can she really rely on her own gut?The main crux of this book is a story of he said / she said. Actually it's also a bit she said, then she said something different. That feeling continues throughout the story, skirting the truth and trying to wheedle out the lies. No wonder Cat gets in a pickle with it all. This all spills over to the reader as it is told wholly by Cat, so we get her inner thoughts thrown into the mix too. She really has got a bit of a busy head but it's worth all that for some of her wonderful observation and a musings!Plotting is tight, pacing is perfect. Ongoing series characters are developing well and those added for this book are well formed and easy to connect to. Cat's personal journey is still complicating and threatening her professional life but it just manages to stay beyond the line of overshadowing the main plot of the book. Her relationships both with peers and bosses add colour to the proceedings, especially with partner Luigi. All in all, a cracking follow up book which held my attention throughout and left me satisfied at its conclusion, I'm now hanging for book three. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Janice
    January 1, 1970
    Although this is is the second in a series featuring DC Cat Kinsella, and it’s recommended that the first book, Sweet Little Lies, be read first, Stone Cold Heart can easily be read as a standalone as the reader is provided with enough background information.The book starts off with Joseph Madden, Cat’s barista seemingly flirting with her. She’s not keen on having to find a new place to get her daily coffee fix, but when he tells her that he knows she’s a cop and needs to confide in her, she’s i Although this is is the second in a series featuring DC Cat Kinsella, and it’s recommended that the first book, Sweet Little Lies, be read first, Stone Cold Heart can easily be read as a standalone as the reader is provided with enough background information.The book starts off with Joseph Madden, Cat’s barista seemingly flirting with her. She’s not keen on having to find a new place to get her daily coffee fix, but when he tells her that he knows she’s a cop and needs to confide in her, she’s intrigued. He tells her that his wife, Rachel has been threatening him. However, the threats are so subtle and he can’t really give her more information than that. Cat figures he’s being paranoid or just downright weird and leaves it at that.A few months later Cat and her partner – the absolutely adorable Seargent Luigi Parnell (I don’t know if you’re allowed to call a cop ‘adorable’ but I don’t care – he’s all that!) are called to a murder scene. A young Australian girl, Naomi Lockhart has been found dead in her apartment. There’s no forced entry, so the assumption is that she knew her killer. The team, ably headed up by DCI Kate Steele head in the direction of Naomi’s boss, and discover a bizarre, secretive and wholly unlikeable family labyrinth, eventually leading them to … Joseph Madden, the boss’s brother-in-law. An ‘a-ha’ moment for me, as I was really starting to wonder where that random bit of information was going to fit into the puzzle.The convoluted plotting is excellent, keeping the reader hooked at all times. The banter, and camaraderie between this fabulous crime-cracking team is fast and witty and makes for thoroughly enjoyable reading. Not your normal police procedural with competitive in-fighting taking over and obscuring facts and leads. I reckon if you’re looking to join the police force, you’d want to join a team like this! There’s sensitivity towards the victim and her family, and an overall empathy towards the case itself, as well as each other.Cat’s past is an interesting backstory, and her personal relationships and secrets that she is doing her utmost to keep hidden also add to the sense of tension. But Frear is careful to ensure that this never overtakes the primary storyline, keeping it simmering on the back-burner.4 stars for this one – and I will definitely back-track and read Sweet Little Lies before book 3 is released!
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 going back to read it, though.When she’s called to the murder scene of twenty-two year old Naomi Lockhart - a young Australian newly in London, noticeable for her long lilac hair - Cat is determined to bring the perpetrator to justice. (I really liked the care and commitment shown by all the police officers here to the victim and her family.) It’s a surprise, though, to find that one of the main suspects - Joseph Madden - is someone Cat knows slightly, albeit only through his employment at a local coffee shop - and the fact that not long ago he rather creepily asked for her advice on his wife Rachel’s strange behaviour. Joseph is certainly an unpleasant character, but is he also a murderer?Stone Cold Heart is an extremely well written and sharply plotted story, and Cat was a very engaging narrator. Altogether a really enjoyable read. The only issue I had was the very end - which I appreciate was presumably to set up a future plot line, but I didn’t at all like the way this was done. Apart from that, though, I loved it.
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  • Becca Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks so much to Zaffre for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. This is my best read of 2019 so far!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star! Synopsis: 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 attende Thanks so much to Zaffre for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. This is my best read of 2019 so far!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star! Synopsis: 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 . . . Thoughts: Outstanding I absolutely adore Caz’s writing style. She writes in first person from Kinsellas point of view. She’s very witty asking rhetorical questions. I really enjoyed the little bits of humour to the book. DC Kinsella is a character everyone can like a down to earth cop that’s got her own big problems troubling her. Her partner DS Parnell is like a father figure to her yet theyve got some great banter. Even until the end I didn’t have a clue who the murder was. Caz kept you guessing all the way through. Ive not read any book as quick as this before. Amazing! I’m so shocked I’ve just found out this is the second in the series, it done fantastic as a stand alone. I can’t wait to read sweet little lies now.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the secret she is keeping from him, and old family 'friends' rear their unwelcome heads. I really enjoyed the slightly slower pace of this book compared to a lot of police procedurals. I really felt like I was able to get to know the characters, but also feel the frustration of the investigating team as each new discovery about the case seems to just muddy the waters. Cat is a great character as well, and I genuinely worried for her each time Uncle Frank turned up. The conversation she has with her Dad at the end of the book about these visits was such a great cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what the next book brings. I read this book completely unaware that this was the second in a series. This didn't mar my enjoyment of this book, but I would now like to go and read 'Sweet Little Lies' to understand the dynamics of Cat's family and exactly what happened to MaryAnne. My thanks go to Net Galley and the publishers for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Allyson Abbott
    January 1, 1970
    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.Kinsella 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.Kinsella is approached by a barista called Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, who he claims is acting weird and threatening. She shrugs it off but later he becomes a suspect in a murder. and the force becomes convinced he is the guilty one. Joseph says his wife is setting him up, and Cat has to confirm that he did suspect she was up to something, but the evidence is racking up..I really enjoyed the story and the writing and I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Australian girl, rather quiet and trying to fit in. The apartment where she lives is owned by an older guy with a connection to her employer, but the twists in this tale are many and just keep on coming all the way through. It took my about an hour or reading before I became hooked. You do get the answers to this murder case, but there are a few things left outstanding with regard to Cat's back story. Great book!
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in this series and whilst some books can be read as stand alones, I felt I was missing quite a lot by not having read the first book. This is my fault so had no reflection on my rating of the book itself. Cat is called to a murder scene where a girl is found dead and as the investigation gets underway it’s clear there are a few suspects that had been with her at a party the night before. The story twists and turns and we find out more about the complicated lives of the pe This is the second book in this series and whilst some books can be read as stand alones, I felt I was missing quite a lot by not having read the first book. This is my fault so had no reflection on my rating of the book itself. Cat is called to a murder scene where a girl is found dead and as the investigation gets underway it’s clear there are a few suspects that had been with her at a party the night before. The story twists and turns and we find out more about the complicated lives of the people at the party.The lead up to the arrest is gripping and I didn’t guess who the murderer was. This book had me hooked all the way through so thanks to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the first in the DC Cat Kinsella series Sweet Little Lies which was an easy five stars, I was hoping for more of the same. I am glad to say YES YES YES !!!!!!This read blew me away, a real murder mystery, as twisty as a corkscrew with plenty of tension and suspense. A maverick cop who is flawed, breaks rules and keeps secrets. I read this book in one sitting, finally turning the last page in the wee hours. I am in reading heaven. This author has done it again and definitely another After reading the first in the DC Cat Kinsella series Sweet Little Lies which was an easy five stars, I was hoping for more of the same. I am glad to say YES YES YES !!!!!!This read blew me away, a real murder mystery, as twisty as a corkscrew with plenty of tension and suspense. A maverick cop who is flawed, breaks rules and keeps secrets. I read this book in one sitting, finally turning the last page in the wee hours. I am in reading heaven. This author has done it again and definitely another author to add to MY MUST READ LIST. An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended. I would like to thank the author, Bonnier Zaffre and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
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  • JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 course, because of this, I tried super hard to get my hands on an advanced readers copy because I was too excited and impatient to wait until the US release date!!Luckily, the author hosted a giveaway and with my horrible bad-luck story I shared with her, I won!!You can imagine the joy I felt when I got the news...I read it almost instantly and was yet again blown away by her writing. I have chatted with a few other Book Bloggers about her first novel Sweet Little Lies and all good but them saying it was hard to read at times because of the dialogue. I for one enjoy more UK edition's than most but I can understand where they're coming from too. As a reader it's sometimes hard to understand certain dialogue because of the English language it makes everything seem wrong or not correct. I for one don't abide by that rule and I think dialogue is dialogue you either get it or try to understand it or you don't. For me, it's easy to get, and it makes me really understand the character better too and how she/he's personality is. I think that's why I originally liked Caz Frear so quickly.This is a hefty book, with a hefty storyline and a hefty family circle to follow.I highly recommend if you're looking for suspense and provoking family drama.
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  • Claire Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Stone Cole Fear is the second novel in the Cat Kinsella series. This booked grabbed me by the second page and dragged me along. When a young Australian woman is found dead, it's up to Cat and her partner to get to the bottom of the murder, digging deep into the lives of the Madden family. But Cat is keeping secrets of her own. I loved this novel and the last sentence had me begging for more. Cannot wait to read book 3. 4 stars
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 interjected as she works her investigations. I also like Cat's team, the family guy 'Luigi' and her boss DCI Kate Steele is great fun!This crime centres around the murder of a young woman, Naomi Lockhart who has recently come over from Australia to work. Her employer is interviewed, and this draws the investigation into the family and friends and it spirals from there. We join Cat and the team as they try to decipher the truths and the lies - this certainly becomes a complex problem and there's a lot of conflicting reports and a 'he said', 'she said' battle to work out the truth. An enjoyable crime novel with some clever twists with an added dimension of a police officer with worrisome links to criminals and her fear of discovery creates a suspenseful underscore. I enjoyed this book. Will certainly look out for book 3. An engaging, intricately plotted believable crime book.
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  • Emma Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 after the party. The evidence leads them to a suspect: Joseph Madden, the brother-in-law of Naomi’s boss. He’s not a stranger to Cat, he owns a local coffee house and even spoke to her a few months ago claiming his wife, Rachel, is threatening him and asking what he can do about it. At the time Cat viewed it as overblown marriage woes, but now he’s claiming Rachel is framing him for murder. Rachel is clearly terrified of her husband and does nothing but protest his innocence and Joseph's claims seem like nothing but a desperate way to put the blame elsewhere. Information trickles slowly and reluctantly from their witnesses, frustrating the police but making for an electrifying read. Is Joseph capable of murder? Is he their man? As things are revealed Cat is reluctantly dubious and it seems their witnesses are all keeping more secrets that are yet to be told. Who killed Naomi?Cat Kinsella is a unique protagonist. She, and this book, stands out in the sea of police procedurals because of her flawed and complex character. She breaks the rules, keeps secrets and has told many lies, she has a shady family, is dating someone she shouldn’t and yet she is someone we love and can root for despite all her mistakes. I wanted her to win. I wanted her to conquer her same of where she’s from and the toxic family she was raised in. I want her inappropriate relationship to work. She was wonderfully written and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading her. One of the things I enjoyed about this novel was the array of unreliable and morally ambiguous characters, including almost every witness. I found myself both loving and hating so many of them and could never quite be sure what the truth was or what side they were on, other than their own, of course. Joseph Madden was a perfectly written narcissistic abuser. He made my blood run cold from his first appearance and I desperately wanted him to be guilty simply because he was such a vile person. With Rachel the author depicted the terror, shame and guilt of an abused partner in a realistic way. Your heart breaks for her over and again and you just want to make her see sense and get away from her destructive relationship. I didn’t realise before starting that this was book two in a series. It didn’t affect my enjoyment of it though as the author not only gave enough information to catch you up on events as needed, but it all sounds so juicy that she sold the book to me while I was reading and I immediately bought it when I finished. I loved the author’s writing style, particularly the banter between Cat and her colleagues and the wit that had me laughing out loud on many occasions. The final part of this fabulous, twisty thriller had me on tenterhooks wondering who did what and reeling from each bombshell. After the shocking concluding sentences, I am now impatiently waiting for book three and to find out what is next for Cat. I can’t recommend this book or this author highly enough.Thank you to NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and Caz Frear for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.Publication Date: June 27th.
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  • Christen Moore
    January 1, 1970
    There is nothing better than finding a literary character you connect with; a sort of literary soulmate. A character who likes the same things you like, who’s reactions to situations mirror yours, who’s family circumstances are similar to yours. When you find this character you have experienced one of the many joys of reading. Lucky for me I have several literary soul mates. The lead character of Stone Cold Heart, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is one of them. After attending a party hosted by There is nothing better than finding a literary character you connect with; a sort of literary soulmate. A character who likes the same things you like, who’s reactions to situations mirror yours, who’s family circumstances are similar to yours. When you find this character you have experienced one of the many joys of reading. Lucky for me I have several literary soul mates. The lead character of Stone Cold Heart, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is one of them. After attending a party hosted by her boss, twenty-two year old Naomi Lockhart is discovered dead in her apartment. An obvious suspect presents himself in the form of Joseph Madden. Joseph denies any involvement stating he was home with wife. However his wife, Rachel tells a different story. Cat and her investigative team know one of the Maddens is lying. She is sure the key to solving Naomi’s death is finding out which Madden is lying. With her own family issues plaguing her thoughts, Cat must navigate the choppy waters of a troubled marriage to bring a killer to justice. Stone Cold Heart is the second book of the Cat Kinsella series. It picks up shortly after the events of Sweet Little Lies. These events have left Cat on edge and filled with guilt. Although the case presented in Sweet Little Lies was solved there are still many unresolved issues within Cat’s family. In spite of the guilt and dread Cat is dealing with, she still displays an unyielding dedication to Naomi’s case. I did not doubt Cat’s commitment to finding justice for Naomi, but I also wondered if she was using the case as a way of escaping her own issues. To say that Cat’s relationship with her family, namely her father, is complicated would be an understatement. Her father’s “shady” lifestyle puts him at odds with his daughter and her career. Luckily for Cat she has her partner Detective Sargent Luigi Parnell. They are partners but their relationship more resembles a father-daughter bond. Fiercely protective of each other but also committed to their jobs. The banter between Luigi and Cat was my favorite part of Stone Cold Heart. The banter displayed a lighter and more relaxed Cat. It balanced out the darker elements surrounding Naomi’s murder. The Madden family plays a huge role in Stone Cold Heart. Cat must dive deep into the family dynamics. She is able to do this because of her own family issues. Cat’s ability to put herself in the shoes of a witness or a suspect is the reason why she is such a great detective. The lies within the Madden family are deep rooted and sorted. Cat’s efforts to unravel the Madden’s secrets give Stone Cold Heart a slower pace, however I found the story no less thrilling. In fact it makes the story even more compelling. Each secret adding another layer to the story.Cat is moody, smart (and she knows it), intuitive, and compassionate. These are the reasons I found it easy to connect with her character. In Cat Kinsella, Frear has created a character who is not only a seeker of justice but she is also on a journey of self discovery. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Cat Kinsella.*Thanks to Harper Books for my free review copy of Stone Cold Heart*Murder and Moore Rating:4.5 out of 5 Stars
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  • ReadandRated
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars from meDC 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 5 Stars from meDC 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 within the suspect families are beautifully crafted and I was lead a right merry dance trying to work out who the culprit was. Very, very readable.Stone Cold Heart has it all and I look forward to reading more by Caz Frear.Synopsis:A fractured marriage.A silent family.A secret that connects them all.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?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 of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he’s innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone.While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens’ marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying—but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her own past mistakes buried.With her trademark wit and brilliant plotting, Caz Frear ratchets up the tension and keeps you guessing as she explores the secrets we keep from our loved ones—and the ones we’d kill to keep safe in the dark.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second novel in a series featuring Detective Constable Cat Kinsella, who, at 27, has been with the London Murder Investigation Team 4 (MIT4) for five years. As Cat explains about her job:“Humanity is everywhere. It shows its face in the very best and the very worst of situations. It’s actually quite rare that the sinkhole opens up, sucking away everything that’s pure and light and hopeful in its wake. And when it does, that’s when the likes of Murder Investigation Team 4 come in.”Cat This is the second novel in a series featuring Detective Constable Cat Kinsella, who, at 27, has been with the London Murder Investigation Team 4 (MIT4) for five years. As Cat explains about her job:“Humanity is everywhere. It shows its face in the very best and the very worst of situations. It’s actually quite rare that the sinkhole opens up, sucking away everything that’s pure and light and hopeful in its wake. And when it does, that’s when the likes of Murder Investigation Team 4 come in.”Cat and her partner DS Luigi Parnell are assigned to investigate the murder of a young woman, Naomi Lockhart, who was in London on a temporary work permit from Australia. Naomi was last seen at an office party at the home of her boss, Kirstie Connor.Thus, to untangle this murder, Cat has to deal with The Family from Hell: Kirstie, her husband Marcus, her sister-in-law Rachel Madden, Rachel’s husband Joseph, and Clara Madden, the seventeen-year-old daughter of Rachel and Joseph; all were at the party. Each one of them outdoes the other not only as an unreliable narrator but as a generally all-around awful person.The saving grace of this book is the Murder Squad, the members of whom we got to know in Frear’s earlier book. Cat is still suffused with shame over her behavior in the previous case: “Shame is buried so deep that eventually the false you becomes the real you and no one ever comes close to knowing who you really are.” To me, what Cat did doesn’t seem so outrageous, but it’s good to know some police operate on a strict moral code of what does and does not constitute professional behavior.As for the rest of the team, the standouts are Cat’s partner, Luigi Parnell (he is like a father-figure to her and she calls him “Sarge”), and her DCI Kate Steele. Both of them are very likable, and add different outlooks to the mix of MIT4. The many twists and turns of the plot had me guessing until the end, a feature I always appreciate since it takes a deft hand to construct. The author is touted as appealing to fans of Tana French, and indeed, she has something of French’s same style.Evaluation: This book combines an absorbing and well-crafted police procedural with an even more interesting drama about family secrets and detective force interactions. The supportive relationships in Cat’s Murder Investigation Team keep them going in the face of the horrors they encounter on the job.The range and depth of the character portrayals are impressive. Frear also adeptly creates an atmosphere and mood as palpably as a movie might do, so that you feel as if you are experiencing all that Cat does right along with her. I am impressed with this author and look forward to more books from her.
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