Caz Frear

Shed No Tears

"..plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. "


Christopher Masters, known as 'The Roommate Killer', strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found… until now.

Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the major investigation team are called in, but immediately there are questions surrounding the manner of her death. And with Masters now dead, there's no one left to answer them.

DCI Tessa Dyer, the lead on the 2012 case, lends the team a hand, as does DCI Steele's old boss and mentor, the now retired Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Cairns. With their main suspect dead, Cat and the team have to investigate every lead again.

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I'm already a fan of Caz Frear's writing. Her crime series, featuring troubled second-generation Irish detective Cat Kinsella, is brilliant. 'Shed No Tears' is the third in the series, and it's every bit as good as the previous two. There are so many great things about this book. As always, Frear's gives us a plot that's complex and satisfying. But what makes her novels stand out amongst the over-crowded sub-genre of police procedural novels are her characters. Every one of them is a complex, three-dimensional person, none more so than Cat herself. She is deeply flawed and yet you can't help but root for her at all times – even when she's making decisions about her life that you know are going to end badly. One of the things I love most about the series is Cat's relationship with her remaining family members – her Irish criminal father, her uptight sister, and her dodgy as hell brother. Added to all of this is her ongoing relationship with Irish heart throb, Aiden. Like most of Cat's relationships, her romance with Aiden is complicated. He's the perfect boyfriend but she's been lying to him about herself since she met him when she was investigating the disappearance and murder of his sister, Maryanne. Because Cat hasn't told Aiden that her father played a role in what happened to Maryanne. The longer she's withheld the truth, the harder it is to tell him. As in the previous novels, the relationship between Cat and Parnell is spot on. He fulfils the father-figure role she's always craved – his honesty and straight-forward personality is a stark contrast to Cat's perception of her own father. 'Shed No Tears' has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. It also has a delicious cliff-hanger ending that will nag at you for ages after you've read the book – just what will Cat Kinsella do next? All in all, this is a compelling read that will satisfy existing fans and new readers alike.

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