No. You aren’t seeing things or experiencing deja vu. Today it’s Mandie’s turn to share her thoughts on Shed No Tears by Caz Frear. Thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and to Publishers, Zaffre, for inviting us to join the tour and providing the advance copy of the book for review. Here’s what it’s all about:
About the Book
Four victims.Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Googleplay | Apple Books | Hive
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?
Shed No Tears is the third book in the Cat Kinsella series but the first one I have read. Although there are clearly references to events that took place earlier it didn’t have any real impact on my enjoyment of the book but did make me hunt out the others in the series and they are now happily sitting in my TBR pile.
When the body of Holly Kemp is found, Cat and the rest of the team find themselves having to re-open the case of The Room Mate Killer. Holly had been believed to be the killer’s final victim before he was finally caught but on examination of her remains, certain details don’t match up. With the previous Senior investigating officer also on the scene can they find out what really happened to her and if the right person was convicted of her murder.
Cat Kinsella is quite a likeable character. She has a healthy respect for both her boss DCI Kate Steele and her closest colleague DS Lu Parnell, and you can see that they work well together. She is hiding some secrets from both her colleagues and her family and this often plays on her mind as she wonders if she is compromising herself too much. She is very down to earth and sometimes says what she thinks without filter. She sees her boss as her mentor but also has her head turned by the possibility of furthering her career, whilst also worrying about what that would mean for those she loved.
This is certainly not a straightforward case for the team as they are trying to piece together things that happened 6 years ago and lets face it we all have issues remembering what we did last month never mind that far back. They are also dealing with the fact that they are trying not to upset the team that previously investigated Holly’s disappearance. The book certainly has quite a few twists and turns and there are some moments of humour between the team. I think that Caz Frear has managed to get the balance right within the team and although Steele keeps her eye on the ball at all times she also gives them some leeway to go where the investigations take them. The action is not in your face so there is more of a believability about it. Now that I have discovered Caz Frear and Cat Kinsella I look forward to more from them and I am off to read the rest of the series to find out what I have missed
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.
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