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Shed No Tears: A Novel (Hardcover)
December 2020 Indie Next List
“Caz Frear’s third installment of Cat Kinsella mysteries doesn’t disappoint! Kinsella is whip smart, takes no nonsense, and is a wry-one-liner machine. In their newest case, Kinsella and her partner, Luigi Parnell, find a connection to a serial killer. Christopher Masters was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of four women six years ago. His final victim wasn’t found until now, so Kinsella may finally have the evidence to close the case once and for all. But as they dive back into a cold case, they find some troubling issues. As they dig deeper, they head into a rabbit hole they may never be able to get out of. Wonderfully twisty and satisfyingly puzzling, the newest mystery by Frear is a must for all thriller fans.”
— Scott Lange, The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI
Acclaimed and internationally bestselling crime novelist Caz Frear returns with her third superb novel featuring Cat Kinsella, a cop “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives” (Kirkus Reviews).
Four victims. Killer caught. Case closed . . . or is it?
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 . . .
About the Author
Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, 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 second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal football matches or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about. She is the author of three Cat Kinsella novels: Sweet Little Lies, Stone Cold Heart, and Shed No Tears.
"Brilliantly written, cleverly plotted, great characters. Can't wait to see this fly!"
— B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Dilemma
"I loved it! I love the central character Cat Kinsella, the brilliant dialogue, clear plotting and unique voice. This is my favorite in the series to date."
— Ann Cleeves, author of The Long Call
“Frear creates an atmosphere of tension among the detectives and witnesses and in Cat’s personal life that will make readers want to devour this mystery in one sitting.”
— Library Journal
"Whip-smart, brutally blunt, and always hilarious, Cat Kinsella is one of the best investigators in crime fiction today. In her third installment, Caz Frear drops Cat into a wickedly twisted plot, complete with a complex puzzle of a crime, vividly drawn supporting cast, and pitch-perfect dialogue. As fans of Frear's have come to expect, the deeper Cat delves into the case, the more she's tugged between family loyalty, personal ambition, and the call of duty. Another riveting story in a must-read series."
— Kelsey Rae Dimberg, author of Girl in the Rearview Mirror
"Caz Frear is a terrific writer, and she's crafted a real winner. Suspenseful and twisty—and with a to-die-for main character in whip-smart Cat Kinsella—SHED NO TEARS is a bingeworthy read."
— Alison Gaylin, Edgar Award-winning author of Never Look Back
"Caz Frear proves once again why she's in the top echelon of thriller writers. SHED NO TEARS is everything readers could want in a police procedural: insider details on investigative techniques, a rogues' gallery of fascinating suspects, and most of all, a gut-punch of a central mystery. Welcome back DC Cat Kinsella, one of the most complex and empathetic heroines of the twenty-first century."
— Glen Erik Hamilton, author of the Van Shaw series
“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 humor and deadpan one-liners are sure to make you laugh out loud. An irresistible, perfect, and thrilling read.”
— Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of Sister Dear
“It’s not easy to pull off a top-notch character-driven police procedural, but author Caz Frear accomplishes that task with ease. The third novel in her DC Cat Kinsella series features a tough yet flawed London detective who serves up attitude with a comedic slant. Cleverly plotted with a cast of unique characters, Cat’s demanding work life is unduly complicated by a dysfunctional family with ties to organized crime. Sharply written with snappy dialogue, this fast-paced and compelling thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.”
— Catharine Riggs, author of What She Gave Away and What She Never Said
“Caz Frear has fashioned her second terrific crime thriller . . . a sumptuously unsettling mystery that lives up to all the hype. . . . This is the kind of mystery Agatha Christie would have penned these days if she were still alive, with the personal sharing equal billing with the professional. And Kinsella is the best female detective from across the pond since Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison of the brilliant Prime Suspect series.”
— Providence Journal on Stone Cold Heart
“Caz Frear has done it again. The author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Sweet Little Lies has created another can’t miss summer hit. . . . In Stone Cold Heart we witness the highly anticipated return of the unforgettable Cat Kinsella, the smart and sassy London Detective Constable. And like its predecessor this novel is spellbinding from start to finish. . . . A winner . . . masterfully written.”
— New York Journal of Books on Stone Cold Heart
“Cat Kinsella seals her status as fiction’s most irresistible cop.”
— Sunday Express (London) on Stone Cold Heart
"A dark and smart page-turner."
— New York Times on Sweet Little Lies
“A gripping mystery.”
— People on Sweet Little Lies
“Outstanding. . . . Sweet Little Lies is a confident first novel that succinctly melds the police procedural with the psychological thriller.”
— South Florida Sun Sentinel on Sweet Little Lies