I’m delighted to be sharing my blog tour review for Caz Frear’s latest book, Shed No Tears.
It’s a #SleepStealer if ever there was one!
Here’s the blurb…
Zaffre (24 July 2020)
Case closed . . . Or is it?
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.
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, no one to answer them.
Did someone get it wrong all those years ago? And if so, who killed Holly Kemp?
My days this is a cracking read.
To my shame, this is the first of Frear’s books I’ve read but it will not be the last. Not at all.
Shed No Tears is the third book in the series with DC Cat Kinsella and DS Lu Parnell but I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on anything. Frear wove the back stories of the characters into the new story in such a skillful way I was able to get to grips with who was who and where they were in their lives, without over-facing the new book with too much of the previous books.
So, in this one we meet Cat and Parnell in the middle of the field on a wet and windy day where they’re looking at the remains of woman whose killer was locked up several years ago but who is now dead. It should be an open and shut case. Crossing the ts and dotting the is on a closed case that was just missing a body.
But things are not as they seem. As the team open the original case files, several issues come to light…Issues which could bring the force to its knees.
I adored this book. Seriously.
I instantly fell in love with Cat. She is a damaged but brilliant woman whose need to protect her family while staying on the right of the law (what with her being a police officer and all that) makes her a complex and wonderful character to get involved with.
I loved how she interacted with her partner, Parnell and her boss, DCI Steel. Cat has a lot going in her personal life too, what with her dad being a gangster…
My favourite thing about Cat is that she isn’t the boss. She’s at the start of her career so we don’t have the usual renegade officer going up against the higher-ups and getting away with it because they’ve had such a long career or are owed favours or have such a great record, no one cares how they get to the arrest. It was such a welcome change to have her wondering about her actions, knowing that she could lose her job for doing the wrong thing. For saying the wrong thing. For suggesting the wrong thing. She is still developing and learning and absorbing everything from those above her and I’m so looking forward to see where she ends up.
Bookworms, you absolutely need to get involved with this series, Frear is a wonderful writer and a fantastic storyteller. She took me on a thrilling ride that started on the first page and didn’t let up until the last word. Stunning!
I bloody loved it!
Huge thanks to Bonnier and Netgalley for my review copy and spot on the blog tour.
Go and get your copy now, bookworms! It’s out today!
About the author…
Caz Frear grew up in Coventry and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the writing dream finally came true. She has a first-class degree in History & Politics, which she’s put to enormous use over the years by working as a waitress, shop assistant, retail merchandiser and, for the past twelve years, a headhunter.
When she’s not agonising over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at the TV when Arsenal are playing, or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about.