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Growing up in a London family with ties to organized crime, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella knows the criminal world better than most cops do. As a member of the city’s Metropolitan Police, she’s made efforts to distinguish herself from her relatives. But leading an upstanding life isn’t always easy, and Cat has come close to crossing the line, a fact she keeps well hidde Growing up in a London family with ties to organized crime, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella knows the criminal world better than most cops do. As a member of the city’s Metropolitan Police, she’s made efforts to distinguish herself from her relatives. But leading an upstanding life isn’t always easy, and Cat has come close to crossing the line, a fact she keeps well hidden from her superiors. Working their latest case, Cat and her partner Luigi Parnell discover a connection to a notorious criminal: serial killer Christopher Masters, who abducted and killed several women in 2012. Though the cops eventually apprehended him, his final victim, Holly Kemp, was never found and he never confessed to her murder, despite the solid eyewitness testimony against him. Now, six years later, the discovery of Holly’s remains near Cambridge seems to be the definitive proof needed to close the case. Still, a few key items of evidence don’t quite line up. As Cat and Parnell look closer, they find discrepancies that raise troubling questions. But someone will do anything to keep past secrets hidden—and as they inch closer to the truth, they may be putting themselves in jeopardy . . . 


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Growing up in a London family with ties to organized crime, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella knows the criminal world better than most cops do. As a member of the city’s Metropolitan Police, she’s made efforts to distinguish herself from her relatives. But leading an upstanding life isn’t always easy, and Cat has come close to crossing the line, a fact she keeps well hidde Growing up in a London family with ties to organized crime, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella knows the criminal world better than most cops do. As a member of the city’s Metropolitan Police, she’s made efforts to distinguish herself from her relatives. But leading an upstanding life isn’t always easy, and Cat has come close to crossing the line, a fact she keeps well hidden from her superiors. Working their latest case, Cat and her partner Luigi Parnell discover a connection to a notorious criminal: serial killer Christopher Masters, who abducted and killed several women in 2012. Though the cops eventually apprehended him, his final victim, Holly Kemp, was never found and he never confessed to her murder, despite the solid eyewitness testimony against him. Now, six years later, the discovery of Holly’s remains near Cambridge seems to be the definitive proof needed to close the case. Still, a few key items of evidence don’t quite line up. As Cat and Parnell look closer, they find discrepancies that raise troubling questions. But someone will do anything to keep past secrets hidden—and as they inch closer to the truth, they may be putting themselves in jeopardy . . . 

30 review for Shed No Tears

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    I knew from the first Cat Kinsella novel that Caz Frear has created something special. Cat feels so real, you’d love to meet her in the pub and have a good chin wag over something chilled. In this novel, we go back to 2012 and the Roommate Killer who is otherwise known as Christopher Masters. The case resurfaces when bones are discovered in a ditch in Caxton, Cambridge. These prove to be the remains of Holly Kemp who has been missing for six years and assumed to be one of Masters victims althoug I knew from the first Cat Kinsella novel that Caz Frear has created something special. Cat feels so real, you’d love to meet her in the pub and have a good chin wag over something chilled. In this novel, we go back to 2012 and the Roommate Killer who is otherwise known as Christopher Masters. The case resurfaces when bones are discovered in a ditch in Caxton, Cambridge. These prove to be the remains of Holly Kemp who has been missing for six years and assumed to be one of Masters victims although he was never charged. Subsequent enquiries reveals things than don’t line up with the 2012 investigation and a strong desire by surprising characters to keep secrets well and truly buried. The story is told by Cat which makes for lively reading. First of all, this team are amongst the best in contemporary crime fiction. I’ve already sung Cats praises but DS Luigi Parnell is a marvellous sidekick. DCI Kate Steele, the head of the team, is brilliant. She is smart in every way and always has the right words which are frequently funny. The whole team feels authentic, their (mostly) camaraderie feels very natural, I love the snappy repartee, the dark humour and that they have each other’s back. The plot is gripping, it feels plausible and flows really well. There’s tension, suspense, plenty of twisty surprises as the team get to the truth that none of them wants to believe in a dramatic conclusion. In the background is Cats guilt about her father’s connections to organised crime and be in particular is way too close to home. I like how she has to balance her dysfunctional family with her overwhelming desire to do her job to the best of her ability. It adds an extra dimension to the storytelling. Overall, a police Procedural, crime novel of high calibre which I have no hesitation in recommending. With thanks to NetGalley and in particular to Bonnier Books UK for the ARC and to Caz Frear for entertaining me so well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Cat Kinsella #3 Three women had been strangled by the "Roommate Killer" and the case was now closed. But now the remains of a forth victim have been found. Cat Kinsella and her team are investigating the case. The body is Holly Kemp and she has been in the field where she was found for six years. Cat and her partner, Luigi Parnell take a closer look into this case only to find discrepancies and questions. This is a gripping, tense and edge of your seat read. Nothing is quite what it seems. It's a Cat Kinsella #3 Three women had been strangled by the "Roommate Killer" and the case was now closed. But now the remains of a forth victim have been found. Cat Kinsella and her team are investigating the case. The body is Holly Kemp and she has been in the field where she was found for six years. Cat and her partner, Luigi Parnell take a closer look into this case only to find discrepancies and questions. This is a gripping, tense and edge of your seat read. Nothing is quite what it seems. It's a hard book to review as I don't want to give too much away. This is one of the best police procedural that's going about just now. The pace is fast and the story is told from Cat's perspective. The truth is revealed slowly, piece by piece. I would like to thank NetGalley, Bonnier Books and the author Caz Frear for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Cat Kinsella #3 Three women had been strangled by the "Roommate Killer " and the case was never closed. But now the remains of a forth victim have been found. Cat Kinsella and her team are investigating the case. The body is Holly Kemp and she has been in the field where she was found for six years. Cat and her partner, Luigi Parnell take a closer look into this case only to find discrepancies and questions. This is a gripping, tense and an edge of your seat read. Nothing is quite what it seems. Cat Kinsella #3 Three women had been strangled by the "Roommate Killer " and the case was never closed. But now the remains of a forth victim have been found. Cat Kinsella and her team are investigating the case. The body is Holly Kemp and she has been in the field where she was found for six years. Cat and her partner, Luigi Parnell take a closer look into this case only to find discrepancies and questions. This is a gripping, tense and an edge of your seat read. Nothing is quite what it seems. It's a hard book to review as I don't want to give too much away. This is one of the best police procedural that's going about just now. The pace is fast and the story is told from Cat's perspective. The truth is revealed slowly, piece by piece. I would like to thank NetGalley, Bonnier Books and the author Caz Frear for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. My aversion to US policing and firm belief in the necessity of defunding and abolition nonwithstanding, I am still a big softie for a detective novel, the ones that take place in the UK especially because the Met is not as keen on the whole racist brutality angle. Cat and Lu have found the remains of a young woman thought to be the final victim of a serial murderer, but nothing - from the state of her body to the way she was I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. My aversion to US policing and firm belief in the necessity of defunding and abolition nonwithstanding, I am still a big softie for a detective novel, the ones that take place in the UK especially because the Met is not as keen on the whole racist brutality angle. Cat and Lu have found the remains of a young woman thought to be the final victim of a serial murderer, but nothing - from the state of her body to the way she was killed to the place she was left - fits with that killer's profile. So unspools another classic procedural - will there be shady witnesses and ambitious DIs and new suspects? Will there be bad guys that look completely guilty until the moment they produce ironclad alibis? Tense interrogations? Red herrings and startling new evidence and shocking revelations? Will it be interwoven with drama about Cat's gangster father and Irish boyfriend (thankfully not a whole lot on that angle, because I often weary of Cat's justifications of how she must stay in contact with the family she seems to absolutely loathe, and why she has to date this poor guy at all given said horrible family's tangential involvement in (view spoiler)[his sister's murder (hide spoiler)] , all of which she's keeping secret from him). Yes on all counts! Will it be satisfying and cozily predictable, like coffee in your favorite mug or your spot on the couch that's shaped just like you because you've been in quarantine for four months? Yes again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    This is a series I’ve loved since the very first book – main protagonist Cat Kinsella is so realistic and full of depth that I immediately engaged with her, that has continued through every subsequent instalment and Shed No Tears was no exception. The family drama is just as compelling as any of the mystery elements, the twisted interconnected relationships and ever changing morality is riveting so each story has a continuing arc that is hugely addictive. Then of course you have separate investiga This is a series I’ve loved since the very first book – main protagonist Cat Kinsella is so realistic and full of depth that I immediately engaged with her, that has continued through every subsequent instalment and Shed No Tears was no exception. The family drama is just as compelling as any of the mystery elements, the twisted interconnected relationships and ever changing morality is riveting so each story has a continuing arc that is hugely addictive. Then of course you have separate investigations undertaken by Cat and the team and each one is intelligently plotted, unpredictable and perfectly paced to keep the reader turning the pages avidly awaiting the next reveal. Shed No Tears has a serial killer, an enigmatic and flawed victim, a twisted sense of right and wrong with plenty of “ooh” moments making it another tip top fully immersive crime thriller from the pen of Caz Frear. Not many writers of this creative, talented level are out there so I highly recommend that you read these if you are a fan of all things crime fiction

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    This is a great crime thriller with a brilliant outcome that I didn’t see coming. Cat is called to a crime scene in Cambridgeshire where the body of a young woman is found in remote farmland. It seems this woman has links to the Roommate killer investigated by the Met Police some six years earlier, and this young woman was believed to be his final victim. Although all the evidence pointed towards Christopher Masters at the time, the discovery of the body sheds new light on the investigation and f This is a great crime thriller with a brilliant outcome that I didn’t see coming. Cat is called to a crime scene in Cambridgeshire where the body of a young woman is found in remote farmland. It seems this woman has links to the Roommate killer investigated by the Met Police some six years earlier, and this young woman was believed to be his final victim. Although all the evidence pointed towards Christopher Masters at the time, the discovery of the body sheds new light on the investigation and forces the team to reopen the case. As Cat and Parnell dig deeper more and more discrepancies are evident and this makes this book a great read as there’s so many directions it could take. I loved the ending and also the final sentence of the book..... Thanks to Bonnier Books UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Mary McKinnon

    Immediately from the first page, Shed No Tears by Caz Frear plunges you into a fast-paced, twisty police investigation chock-full of intrigue, secrets, and lies. Frear’s expert plot and pacing will have you turning the pages wondering who’s deceiving whom, the pinch of family drama will make you wonder if anyone can make it out unscathed, and protagonist Cat Kinsella’s wry sense of humour and deadpan one-liners are sure to make you laugh out loud. An irresistible, perfect, and thrilling read Immediately from the first page, Shed No Tears by Caz Frear plunges you into a fast-paced, twisty police investigation chock-full of intrigue, secrets, and lies. Frear’s expert plot and pacing will have you turning the pages wondering who’s deceiving whom, the pinch of family drama will make you wonder if anyone can make it out unscathed, and protagonist Cat Kinsella’s wry sense of humour and deadpan one-liners are sure to make you laugh out loud. An irresistible, perfect, and thrilling read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    A tense, superbly crafted plot line, author Caz Frear delivered a story that was multi layered. Being no stranger to the author’s work, I was a willing prisoner to the aply juxtaposed words which added to the thrill. A case which was supposed to have been closed years ago, despite having not found the last victim’s body, the team of DI Cat Kinsella and Luigi Parnell soon found clues which made a simple case convoluted. The story was a siren; I found myself unable to put it down. Desperate to know A tense, superbly crafted plot line, author Caz Frear delivered a story that was multi layered. Being no stranger to the author’s work, I was a willing prisoner to the aply juxtaposed words which added to the thrill. A case which was supposed to have been closed years ago, despite having not found the last victim’s body, the team of DI Cat Kinsella and Luigi Parnell soon found clues which made a simple case convoluted. The story was a siren; I found myself unable to put it down. Desperate to know the truth, I raced down the pages. What was supposed to be a solid police procedural soon became a suspenseful tale of sticky web of discrepancies and hidden secrets. I was completely caught up in the plot with brilliant twists. The writing flowed smoothly, the banter between the team kept the air alive. They were all different yet their determination shone through. Some great twists abd unexpected results made this an exciting breakfast read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Three books in, this remains my favorite current procedural series. Frear has an impressive way of keeping her story compelling, her characters empathetic, but while still deftly employing a lighter touch than often seen in the genre. The cases feel riveting, important, and meaningful, but avoid the kind of soul crushing sadness often seen in murder mysteries. Cat Kinsella is about as terrific a heroine as you can get. Both heroic and relatable, Cat’s personal reckonings are as earnest and endea Three books in, this remains my favorite current procedural series. Frear has an impressive way of keeping her story compelling, her characters empathetic, but while still deftly employing a lighter touch than often seen in the genre. The cases feel riveting, important, and meaningful, but avoid the kind of soul crushing sadness often seen in murder mysteries. Cat Kinsella is about as terrific a heroine as you can get. Both heroic and relatable, Cat’s personal reckonings are as earnest and endearing as her detective work is entertaining and exceptional. And Steele and Parnell remain among literatures best secondary players. And oh what a glorious bomb Frear has dropped at the close of this novel. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Cat. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claire Wilson

    Shed No Tears by Caz Frear is a fantastic read. DC Cat Kinsella is back and this time, she's investigating a murder when the remains of Holly Kemp are recovered several years after she went missing. The evidence points to convicted serial killer, Christopher Masters, but Cat is sure all isnt what it seems. I found this book to be gripping and cant wait for the next in the series. 4 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Shed No Tears is #3 in the series featuring DC Cat Kinsella, but can also be read as a stand-alone. This is a police procedural, serial killer thriller and so much more. Cat is such a likeable, well developed character and as a result you are with her every step of the way as she deals with her family drama, a relationship, her dark investigation into the murders and so much tension as she, and her team, try to stop a killer. A brilliantly, twisty plot with red herrings, secrets and revelations tha Shed No Tears is #3 in the series featuring DC Cat Kinsella, but can also be read as a stand-alone. This is a police procedural, serial killer thriller and so much more. Cat is such a likeable, well developed character and as a result you are with her every step of the way as she deals with her family drama, a relationship, her dark investigation into the murders and so much tension as she, and her team, try to stop a killer. A brilliantly, twisty plot with red herrings, secrets and revelations that will keep you hooked to the very end. A thoroughly entertaining read. Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC of Shed No Tears. This is my honest and unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is my second book by Caz Frear featuring DC Cat Kinsella and it was a fabulous read! In this third instalment in the series, Cat is called to a crime scene in Cambridgeshire where the body of a young woman, Holly Kemp, has been found on remote farmland. Holly, thought to have been 'The Roommate' murderer, serial killer Christopher Masters', fourth victim, disappeared some years ago. However, when Holly’s body is found, there are inconsistencies which cast doubt on Masters' guilt and raise fu This is my second book by Caz Frear featuring DC Cat Kinsella and it was a fabulous read! In this third instalment in the series, Cat is called to a crime scene in Cambridgeshire where the body of a young woman, Holly Kemp, has been found on remote farmland. Holly, thought to have been 'The Roommate' murderer, serial killer Christopher Masters', fourth victim, disappeared some years ago. However, when Holly’s body is found, there are inconsistencies which cast doubt on Masters' guilt and raise further questions. Shed No Tears is a superb story, written with skill, cleverness and style. The author has created a simply wonderful, believable, though flawed character in Cat Kinsella. Cat was absolutely perfect as the narrator in this gripping page-turner. Brimming with fascinating individuals, DS Luigi Parnell, in particular, made a marvellous sidekick and co-worker. Shed No Tears is an enthralling and twisted tale of murder, evil, guilt, deceit and lies with added snippets of humour, banter and great camaraderie. This thriller/ mystery was excellently paced thereby keeping my attention throughout. A very highly recommended novel that should not be missed. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bonnier Books UK/ Zaffre via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Lockyer

    Enjoyed it. Took a little while to get used to the voice, and I felt very much like I was reading book two from a series, but the plot was good, narrative voice excellent and I was keen to finish it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Agnieszka

    The body of Holly Kemp is discovered 6 years after she went missing. The presumed killer is dead, but it quickly turns out that her death didn't fit his MO. But if he wasn't responsible for her death, then who was? Cat Kinsella has a hard case to crack. This is the third book in the Cat Kinsella series, but unfortunately I didn't realise this when requesting the ARC. However, this fact had only a minimal impact on my rating. I'm sorry to say that this book turned out not to be to my liking at all, an The body of Holly Kemp is discovered 6 years after she went missing. The presumed killer is dead, but it quickly turns out that her death didn't fit his MO. But if he wasn't responsible for her death, then who was? Cat Kinsella has a hard case to crack. This is the third book in the Cat Kinsella series, but unfortunately I didn't realise this when requesting the ARC. However, this fact had only a minimal impact on my rating. I'm sorry to say that this book turned out not to be to my liking at all, and I considered abandoning it multiple times. I was really struggling to keep going and only did so because I don't like leaving stories unfinished no matter how little they grip me. The fact that the presumed killer was dead meant that there was no urgency to the investigation, and therefore the whole story lacked suspense. However, it was definitely a well-plotted story, with an ending that I didn't see coming, and this is the only reason why I decided to raise the rating up to 2 stars. I realise that my opinion is an unpopular one, I have not seen a single review of 1 or 2 stars, so you should check it out yourself.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Claire Bailey

    When Holly’s body is found it should have been case closed. Celebrations for those who worked the case and peace for those waiting for answers. That is the case until closer examination reveals that this body has a few more secrets of her own. DI Cat Kinsella is faced with a decade of lies and deceit to unravel whilst dealing with some pretty unsavoury leads. This book is incredibly hard for me to review not because I didn’t enjoy it but more that it was a helluva task to try and read it. As grate When Holly’s body is found it should have been case closed. Celebrations for those who worked the case and peace for those waiting for answers. That is the case until closer examination reveals that this body has a few more secrets of her own. DI Cat Kinsella is faced with a decade of lies and deceit to unravel whilst dealing with some pretty unsavoury leads. This book is incredibly hard for me to review not because I didn’t enjoy it but more that it was a helluva task to try and read it. As grateful as I am to have received my ARC from NetGalley and Bonnier Books I had to contact them both to explain how the formatting of my copy had gone completely askew. Rouge double spaces in words, typos, soft returns and unexpected hyphens everywhere. I’d say if anything the fact alone I managed (and wanted) to finish this book earns it extra praise! For me the first half of the book was a bit slow particularly in physical movement and uncovering of evidence. But the second half more than makes up for it. It’s full of little twists and lighthearted humour. The characters are not as easy to develop a relationship towards because (I think) a lot of their individual backstories and relationship to Kinsella were covered previously. That said, I didn’t feel like I had missed out by not reading the previous books. I have to admit I did guess pretty early on the major plot twist but I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and I look forward to the next instalment. Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this novel. I hope that you are able to fix the issues in the kindle download for Caz prelaunch.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    All of my reviews can be found at https://damppebbles.com/ I chose to read and review an eARC of Shed No Tears but that has in no way influenced my review. I LOVE this series. The DC Cat Kinsella Series is one of the most interesting, compelling, readable new crime series out there at the moment and I get very excited when I know there’s a new book coming out. There’s something about Cat Kinsella that is just ‘right’. She’s down to earth and very likeable, she’s hard-working and a first class copp All of my reviews can be found at https://damppebbles.com/ I chose to read and review an eARC of Shed No Tears but that has in no way influenced my review. I LOVE this series. The DC Cat Kinsella Series is one of the most interesting, compelling, readable new crime series out there at the moment and I get very excited when I know there’s a new book coming out. There’s something about Cat Kinsella that is just ‘right’. She’s down to earth and very likeable, she’s hard-working and a first class copper (we won’t mention the, erm, skeletons in the closet). If you’ve not picked up one of this author’s books before, then now, this very moment, is your chance to rectify that. DC Cat Kinsella and her DS, Luigi (Lu) Parnell have left the bright lights of London for Cambridge. A body, or what remains of it, has been discovered. The remains of the final victim of the ‘Roommate Killer’, Holly Kemp, have been found dumped in a field up the M11. Case finally closed after 6 long years. But on closer inspection, there are differences between the victims. It looks as though Holly was dressed, the other victims weren’t. There are differences to the wounds Holly suffered too. Nothing really matches. But the ‘Roommate Killer’ confessed to her murder….sort of. And there was an eye witness account which placed Holly at the killer’s house. Was the right person accused of Holly’s murder? And if not, who killed Holly Kemp…? Everything about Shed No Tears clicked for me. The author can do no wrong in my eyes. This is one of two new crime series that every crime fiction fan should read, without doubt! If you’re a regular visitor to the blog then you will know that characters maketh the book for me and the author has created the most wonderful cast. I’ve already mentioned how much I love Kinsella but I have just as much love for her senior officers (who are more like parents than superiors at times!), DS Lu Parnell and DCI Kate Steele. These two supporting characters add as much to the story as Kinsella does. Reigning her in when necessary, encouraging her to make random, off-the-wall connections at other times which move the investigation forward. Plus you have wonderful dollops of menace which Kinsella’s real-life father brings to the story. A devoted father, yes, but also a criminal with a dangerous boss who knows too much and won’t think twice about taking Kinsella down. To fully appreciate the DC Cat Kinsella series I would recommend that you start with the first book – Sweet Little Lies – as the author builds the story and the relationships over time and Sweet Little Lies is the cornerstone of the entire series. Coming straight into Shed No Tears may raise a couple of questions about the previous books so you may as well purchase them all and start at the beginning. They’re all cracking novels and you won’t regret it. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, yes! I would recommend all three books in this brilliant series. Shed No Tears is a slower paced investigation but it will hook you in from the start. I had my suspicions about where the story was going to go but that didn’t take anything away from the reading experience. I’m very intrigued to see where the author is going to take the next book as Shed No Tears ends on a bit of a revelation. Change may be afoot! I love the characterisation, I love the compelling plots and I absolutely adore the sprinkles of humour which had me laughing out loud at points. A marvellous addition to what is becoming a very strong series. More please! Highly recommended. I chose to read and review an eARC of Shed No Tears. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Books UK for an advance copy of Shed No Tears, the third novel to feature DC Cat Kinsella of The Met. When Holly Kemp’s remains are discovered it raises several questions that Cat and the team are tasked with answering. It was always assumed that Holly was the fourth victim of The Roommate Killer, a man arrested shortly after her disappearance and who wouldn’t confirm this one way or another. He is now dead and the discrepancies are enough to warrant a I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Books UK for an advance copy of Shed No Tears, the third novel to feature DC Cat Kinsella of The Met. When Holly Kemp’s remains are discovered it raises several questions that Cat and the team are tasked with answering. It was always assumed that Holly was the fourth victim of The Roommate Killer, a man arrested shortly after her disappearance and who wouldn’t confirm this one way or another. He is now dead and the discrepancies are enough to warrant a full investigation. I thoroughly enjoyed Shed No Tears which is an absorbing read with an interesting premise. After the prologue it is told entirely from Cat Kinsella’s point of view so the reader can get fully immersed in the read without distraction and can interpret the information alongside her rather from the position of superior knowledge. Of course I wasn’t as smart as Cat so the resolution was surprising and dumbfounding to me. I loved the whole investigation which unravels the truth piece by piece albeit via some blind alleys and false assumptions. These latter are mitigated by the collaborative team approach with brainstorming and blue sky thinking (ok, I’m kidding about the blue skies). Cat has a great voice for a protagonist. She is a fairly normal person, in turns funny, smart and cranky with thoughts of her personal life intruding Into the investigation. I say fairly normal as she has some big secrets which involve lying and rigidly compartmentalising the various areas of her life. It’s stressful and obvious that it will come painfully tumbling down at some point. Most of these secrets refer to events in the previous two novels which I wish I’d re-read first as the frequent references with not much explanation are frustrating to the reader who can’t remember. Shed No Tears is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    This is shaping up to be a must read series for me as Caz Frear always leaves me wanting more at the end of her DC Cat Kinsella books. Although possible to read as a stand-alone crime novel, this is one series where the character of Cat has been evolved since the events of book 1 and they are relatively important to who she is and what she reacts the way she does to her family, partner, boyfriend and job. Sweet Little Lies sets up a thread that runs throughout the series so you will probably get This is shaping up to be a must read series for me as Caz Frear always leaves me wanting more at the end of her DC Cat Kinsella books. Although possible to read as a stand-alone crime novel, this is one series where the character of Cat has been evolved since the events of book 1 and they are relatively important to who she is and what she reacts the way she does to her family, partner, boyfriend and job. Sweet Little Lies sets up a thread that runs throughout the series so you will probably get more from the storyline if you have read that first. And it’s not a hardship I promise you and all the books in this series so far have been gripping. Caz Frear was the winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and she has gone from strength to strength since. Character is EVERYTHING here and Cat Kinsella is an intriguing one. She is realistically portrayed and doesn’t try to be likeable but by that very act she is! She has a wonderfully dark and dry humour and Caz Frear has taken this acerbic wit and lightly threaded it throughout the plot. And although the main thread of Shed No Tears is the discovery of a body and the subsequent investigation, there is still plenty of Cat and her personal life too. Shed No Tears has a cleverly crafted storyline with lots of interaction between the characters so it feels like an organic progression of the police investigation with Cat and her team working through all the clues slowly to uncover the truth about Holly Kemps murder. The outcome when it came was both shocking and twisty and I defy anyone to work it out before the police team do!! Caz Frear has continued to develop and improve her craft and has delivered a compelling and intelligent plot for the team here. I was happy that the standard of writing has remained high but also thoroughly entertaining at the same time. Very enjoyable!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Shed No Tears is the third in a series featuring likeable young DC Cat Kinsella. I read the second, Stone Cold Heart, last year but haven’t yet read the first, which is a bit of a failing as there’s quite a lot of continuity with the characters. (In fact after reading and very much enjoying the second one, I planned to redress this by immediately buying the first one on Kindle - but for some reason I then never got round to actually reading it. I’m definitely going to do that now.) Anyway, you do Shed No Tears is the third in a series featuring likeable young DC Cat Kinsella. I read the second, Stone Cold Heart, last year but haven’t yet read the first, which is a bit of a failing as there’s quite a lot of continuity with the characters. (In fact after reading and very much enjoying the second one, I planned to redress this by immediately buying the first one on Kindle - but for some reason I then never got round to actually reading it. I’m definitely going to do that now.) Anyway, you don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy Shed No Tears, though it probably helps to understand a bit more about the backstory of the characters. Here, Cat’s team is investigating the murder of Holly Kemp after her body is found - Holly, who disappeared a few years ago, was always assumed to be the fourth victim of serial killer Christopher Masters, in what were known as the Roommate Murders. (Masters himself alternately claimed and denied responsibility.) But when Holly’s body is found, there are clear discrepancies which cast doubt on Masters’ involvement... and they can’t ask the man himself, as he was killed in prison by a fellow inmate. As Cat and the team probe further, it seems that the original investigation, led by the impressive high-flyer Tess Dyer, might have had a few flaws... Meanwhile, Cat’s dealing with hard-to-resolve secrets in her personal life concerning her lovely boyfriend Aiden and his links to her own family and a previous murder investigation. Caz Frear definitely knows how to write an engaging story. I loved reading about Cat and the team - her “work dad” DS Luigi Parnell is adorable, and DCI Kate Steele is just the kind of boss I’d love to be. And now I’m off to read part one of the series and catch up on what I’ve missed...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to Bonnier Books UK and NetGalley for the Arc of this book before it's released later this year ❤️ As well thank you for Caz Frear for writing a sensational book, this is the 3rd one in her series📚 When Cat and her team gets called to a scene where a girl named Holly Kemp's remains have been found tackling the team with some questions which they are tasked in answering...😱 They assumed Holly was the fourth victim of the 'Room Mate Killer' A man who was arrested after Holly's disapparence. Thank you to Bonnier Books UK and NetGalley for the Arc of this book before it's released later this year ❤️ As well thank you for Caz Frear for writing a sensational book, this is the 3rd one in her series📚 When Cat and her team gets called to a scene where a girl named Holly Kemp's remains have been found tackling the team with some questions which they are tasked in answering...😱 They assumed Holly was the fourth victim of the 'Room Mate Killer' A man who was arrested after Holly's disapparence.. but he is now dead... As he was killed inside prison.. So warrants a full blown investigation of this and a new investigation is probed... This is my first Caz Frear books I haven't read any previous of her books this works as a continuation after the 2 previous books and as a standalone... I will be going to read her 2 previous books to so I understand the room mate killer investigations and how it became a thing Well done Caz Frear a thrilling gripping page turning thriller with twists and turns all the way through put the book finished within a few hours!! Definitely recommend ❤️ 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hill

    Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy in return for my honest review. My copy was full of text and formatting errors that hopefully will be corrected before publishing. That said, this was an excellent police procedure that follows DC Cat Kinsella as she tracks down the killer of Holly Kemp - previously believed to be the victim of 'The Roomate Killer', Christopher Masters. It soon becomes apparent after Holly is found in a field in Cambridgeshire, that Holly's murder di Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy in return for my honest review. My copy was full of text and formatting errors that hopefully will be corrected before publishing. That said, this was an excellent police procedure that follows DC Cat Kinsella as she tracks down the killer of Holly Kemp - previously believed to be the victim of 'The Roomate Killer', Christopher Masters. It soon becomes apparent after Holly is found in a field in Cambridgeshire, that Holly's murder differs from that of Master's previous 'victims so a completely new investigation is instigated. As it's the third in a series I felt that I should have read the previous ones first to get the full history of Kinsella for the references to her family life to make sense. However this is a stand alone story that doesn't suffer too much for lack of more background. The story did lack a sense of place, as the main thrust of the story was police narrative. The final reveal was too contrived and implausible to make sense to me but then who can say how other's may act in stressful situations. However, the twists and turns as the end was revealed were excellent so if you enjoy police procedures then this is one of the best! A great read and recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    peggy

    The third book to feature DC Cat Kinsella. Cat and her team have found the body of Holly Kemp the last victim of the Room Mate killer. The M O is so different from the other victims. Cat can't ask the killer as he was murdered in prison. Discrepancies and inconsistency are abound. New fresh eyes are needed. Full of misdirection and more than a few surprises. This book kept me guessing and reading late into the night. Thanks to Bonnier Books and Netgalley for the ARC.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Three women were strangled by 'The Roommate Killer' and the case was closed. Then the remains of a fourth victim are found and DC Cat Kinsella and her team are called in to investigate and questions are asked. The problem is The Roommate Killer, Christopher Masters, is now dead so is unable to answer them. This was the first book in the Cat Kinsella series I have read and I enjoyed it, though I think I would have be Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Three women were strangled by 'The Roommate Killer' and the case was closed. Then the remains of a fourth victim are found and DC Cat Kinsella and her team are called in to investigate and questions are asked. The problem is The Roommate Killer, Christopher Masters, is now dead so is unable to answer them. This was the first book in the Cat Kinsella series I have read and I enjoyed it, though I think I would have benefitted from reading earlier books to understand the relationships between characters and their backstory. As a fan of thriller/crime stories I will continue to read this series by Kat Frear

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I think we are still earning and growing with Cat, and that's fun. Very good plot and twists to story

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet Brown

    3.5 stars I have really enjoyed Shed No Tears and the other two police procedurals by Frears featuring DI Cat Kinsella. They're well plotted with great twists, but never too eye-rollingly far fetched (which is the holy grail in crime and thrillers), and the politics of being a woman in the Met is well handled.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    I have not read any of the previous books in the series and I wonder if this would be important for other readers to do first, as I imagine there is some back story that is covered in these books. This book was a game of two halves for me, I really enjoyed the plot, but found the writing style did not gel with me. It felt exhausting at times reading it, I have struggled to find the right word to describe it and the only one I can come up with is 'jerky' - which isn't helpful at all! However, per I have not read any of the previous books in the series and I wonder if this would be important for other readers to do first, as I imagine there is some back story that is covered in these books. This book was a game of two halves for me, I really enjoyed the plot, but found the writing style did not gel with me. It felt exhausting at times reading it, I have struggled to find the right word to describe it and the only one I can come up with is 'jerky' - which isn't helpful at all! However, perhaps starting from the first book would have felt different so I would encourage that as the plot of the book is a good solid detective mystery.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dominique

    I don't know why, but for some reason I had Caz Frear's first novel Sweet Little Lies on my wish list years ago. However, from one day to the next it suddenly disappeared. I don't even remember why I took it off. It might have something to do with the fact that I found out it was a series. I'm not usually one to pick up detective series. There's one I'm fond off which is Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but all others I try to avoid. I don't like the feeling of being "stuck" to a series. I'm one of tho I don't know why, but for some reason I had Caz Frear's first novel Sweet Little Lies on my wish list years ago. However, from one day to the next it suddenly disappeared. I don't even remember why I took it off. It might have something to do with the fact that I found out it was a series. I'm not usually one to pick up detective series. There's one I'm fond off which is Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but all others I try to avoid. I don't like the feeling of being "stuck" to a series. I'm one of those people who can't quite a series, even if they don't like it. That's why I have almost the full Harry Hole series in my bookcase by Jo Nesbo. Anyways, I digress. The reason I had this book on my wish list is because the idea that Cat Kinsella is operating in the UK police force even though her dad is a hardened criminal in organised crime sparked my interest. When I saw the third book in the series on Netgalley I decided to jump right into it. Shed No Tears is about the final victim of a serial killer who was active around and apprehended in 2012. Holly Kemp is found in a field near Cambridge. The discovery of the final body could potentially wrap the whole case up. However, the serial killer Christopher Masters had never confessed to murdering her and when inspector Cat and Luigi look closer at the victim, they notice quite a few discrepancies with Masters' other victims. I like the fact that even though there are a lot of allusions to the previous novels, we're actually getting enough information to understand roughly what happened and what feeling we have to have towards the people in Cat's life, but not too much to want to make the two previous novels redundant. You can easily read this novel, and still get the "full experience" of Cat Kinsella. The stories of previous novels are intertwined with this one, so be careful, because it'll get you wanting more. Other things I liked were the easy banter between Kinsella and people she conversed with. I think she's a fun person to be around and I really enjoy her sarcasm and wit. It never turns self-deprecating or too much. You know those female protagonists who are so snippy and snide almost no woman can identify with them? Artemis by Andy Weir is the first novel that comes to mind that has one of those protagonists. Another important element I liked is the plot itself. Nothing is what you'd expect, in a good way. It twists-and-turns without it being overtly twisty. You simply find out new things throughout the course of the novel. The fact that those new things are completely unexpected show what a good writer Caz Frear is. Highly recommended and aside from the fact that I will definitely read the first and second book in this instalment, I really hope more books are on the way. Sometimes it's nice to read a book in a series and to know that the end is not yet in sight. Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have a little confession to make. Although I have the first two books in the DC Cat Kinsella series on my ever increasing 'to be read' mountain, I haven't actually read them yet- much to my shame. When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for 'Shed No Tears', it would be the kick that I needed to get the series read. Having enjoyed reading the book as much as I did, I am now rather cross with myself that I left it this long to discover how flipping awesome an author Caz Frear really is. I have a little confession to make. Although I have the first two books in the DC Cat Kinsella series on my ever increasing 'to be read' mountain, I haven't actually read them yet- much to my shame. When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for 'Shed No Tears', it would be the kick that I needed to get the series read. Having enjoyed reading the book as much as I did, I am now rather cross with myself that I left it this long to discover how flipping awesome an author Caz Frear really is. I loved reading 'Shed No Tears' but more about that in a bit. I loved the character of DC Cat Kinsella and I warmed to her from the start. She is a feisty young police officer, who has a bit of a moral dilemma of sorts going on. Her family background is a bit at odds with her profession. I won't go into any more details as I would hate to give too much away. Cat is kind, compassionate, determined, thorough, tenacious, tough and ever so slightly stubborn. She often goes above and beyond the call of duty. Cat works well within the team but equally she works well on her own. Her home life is a bit more settled as she has a boyfriend, although the circumstances of the start of their relationship are perhaps a bit iffy and she hasn't told many people about her relationship as she seems to want to keep it under wraps. I also love the fact that Cat has a dry sense of humour. Even in the grimmest of circumstances, Cat can find a bit of humour. That's what you call 'gallows humour'. Oh my giddy aunt, 'Shed No Tears' has to be one of my favourite reads from 2020. I fell under this book's spell from the moment I first picked it up and lasted until I had read the last word on the last page. I just couldn't bear to be parted from the book for fear of missing out on some vital clue or development in the story. The book wasn't glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I read the book in the course of a single day, which is practically unheard of for me. Usually I have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case. I flew through the story at a rate of knots because I needed to know how the story concluded and what implications there were, if any, for Cat. This was one of those books that I was desperate to finish but I didn't want the book to finish because it meant that I had to say goodbye to Cat. I soon cheered up when I realised that I had the first two books in the series to catch up on. 'Shed No Tears' is extremely well written. Caz certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into the story. Caz writes so vividly and uses such realistic descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself. Reading 'Shed No Tears' felt like being on an at times very scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you can find on a 'Snakes & Ladders' board. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Shed No Tears' and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Caz's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I have been lucky, in a way, playing catch up as I have, that I have been able to read all three Cat Kinsella books back to back. Lucky because it means that all of the characters and events are fresh in my ind as I read this book, but also lucky because it has been such a great series to get my teeth into. This latest instalment, She No Tears, was no exception. Thrown into the heart of the investigation from the off, this book kept me rapt from start to finish and is quite possibly my favourite I have been lucky, in a way, playing catch up as I have, that I have been able to read all three Cat Kinsella books back to back. Lucky because it means that all of the characters and events are fresh in my ind as I read this book, but also lucky because it has been such a great series to get my teeth into. This latest instalment, She No Tears, was no exception. Thrown into the heart of the investigation from the off, this book kept me rapt from start to finish and is quite possibly my favourite of the three. The book opens with Cat and DS Lu Parnell attending a crime scene in Cambridgeshire where what is let of the body of a young woman is found in a ditch in remote farmland. Why are Cat and Parnell involved you may well ask. Well, it is because this body has links to a case investigated by the Met Police some six years earlier, the notorious 'Roommate Killer', and this young woman was believed to be his final victim. Until now. Although all the evidence pointed towards Christopher Masters at the time, the discovery of the body sheds new light on the investigation and forces the team to reopen the case, if only to put it to bed once and for all and to close the case file down. But if it was going to be that easy, this would be a very, very short book. It wasn't and it isn't. What Caz Frear has delivered to us instead is an investigation that is full of holes, ones so big you could drive an Artic-lorry through in some cases, and one that forces the MIT4 team to look deeper into the past and some of the so-called cast iron witness statements that were taken at the time. It brings the team into contact with some very shady characters, some of whom move in circles a little too close to Cat's own complicated family life, and also some of the original investigating officers, including DCI Steele's old boss and mentor. Once again the author has created characters who are diverse and authentic, form the uber-ambitious DCI Tess Dyer, through to the more menacing Crime boss, Simon Fellows. Each one with their distinct personality brings the story to life. Now this is a story of misdirection, where nothing is quite what it seems. But how much of it is down to human error and how much is by design remains to be seen. I loved watching the team at work, and seeing the conflict that arises in Cat when she received not one but two offers anyone would find it hard to refuse. This book certainly marks a potential crossroad in her life, making her take a long hard look at what it is she really wants. Yet none of this detracts her from the job in hand and although her instincts seems slightly dulled this time around, she is still quick enough to spot some of the more ambiguous and doubtful elements of the original case. It's hard to say a lot more without giving too much away, but what i will do is reiterate what i said earlier - this is possibly my favourite of the three books to date. The story just drew me in, the mystery just enough to keep my interest piqued. There is a chilling back story in the Roommate Killer case, but also an underlying element of tension that bubbles along as the story progresses, something that tells you something isn't right but keeps you in suspense to the end. If you love the series, then you are going to love this book too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Atonement seems to sit front and center. It begs for attention. We constantly try to feed the sins of the past. But is it ever enough? That, dear humans, would be a solid no..... Shed No Tears brings together a familiar crew. There's an abominable heatwave leaning heavily in Cambridgeshire and the officers in the local police department are making every effort to rise above it. DC Cat Kinsella, DS Luigi Parnell, and DCI Kate Steele are facing a hot case that is giving competition to the air con w Atonement seems to sit front and center. It begs for attention. We constantly try to feed the sins of the past. But is it ever enough? That, dear humans, would be a solid no..... Shed No Tears brings together a familiar crew. There's an abominable heatwave leaning heavily in Cambridgeshire and the officers in the local police department are making every effort to rise above it. DC Cat Kinsella, DS Luigi Parnell, and DCI Kate Steele are facing a hot case that is giving competition to the air con working overtime just like them. The body of a woman missing for over six years has just been found. Seems like every indication that this is another victim of "The Roommate" murders. Said murderer, Christopher Masters, was charged with a string of murders of young women and committed to prison some time back. Before he could serve out his term, he was brutally killed by a fellow inmate in prison. Unfortunately, the dead don't speak. But DC Cat Kinsella thinks that the physical clues may just speak for this woman, Holly Kemp. Add to that, there's an eye witness who swears that she saw Holly speaking to Masters in the doorway of his condo six years ago. Coincidence, fact, or a missighting? Caz Frear has created a complicated, multi-faceted, in-your-face-when-necessary character in DC Cat Kinsella. Cat stands solid as a police officer, but her father's dubious past can play havoc with Cat's present. She is noted for keeping the lid on things.....even in regard to her relationship with Irishman Aiden Doyle. (Head's up: No sloppy sweet love affair happenin' here, folks.) Shed No Tears is the third book in this series. Run, don't walk, and dive in. Frear's writing style is highly above the average mystery bears out there. The dialogue between her officers is filled with humor and catchy phrases. There are moments of laugh out loud banter and wit that offsets the heaviness of the crimes that they are dealing with. Cat says in passing about one of the new recruits: "Our current slab of testosterone." All this is mixed within a superbly written crime story that simmers with intelligence and well thought out in's and out's. Give me substance in my mysteries. Caz Frear delivers. I received a copy of Shed No Tears through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Harper Collins Publishing and to the talented Caz Frear for the opportunity.

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