Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear | Review

Stone Cold Heart| Caz Frear| HarperCollinsPub: July 2, 2019| Pages: 352

This is book #2 in the Cat Kinsella series. This could be read as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading Book #1 Sweet Little Lies, there’s a lot of background information on that book.

I quite enjoyed Sweet Little Lies, so I thought I would check out this one, and it did not disappoint! My only qualm with this series is that it usually starts off really slow, and with lots of character development. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just I usually would rather read a story that captured my attention from the very start, but it was still a very good mystery!

When a young Australian woman, Naomi, is found murdered in her flat, Cat and the crew begin their investigation and discover a link to the local coffee shop manager Joseph Madden, who had approached Cat about his wife several months prior. This raises suspicions about a whole cast of personalities, and Cat and DS Luigi Parnell find themselves in the middle of a troubled and strange family that may or may not have murdered Naomi.

Stone Cold Heart is another fantastic novel written with panache and dexterity. Cat Kinsella is a beautiful, believable, flawed character developed by Caz Frear. A young DC anxious to break free from her family's past hides a secret that threatens to derail her career before it ever gets started.

A solid series with intriguing characters and twists and turns that left me completely shocked. Every time I thought I knew who did it, something new would emerge, revealing how wrong I was. Highly recommend this series!


After a brief stint in the Mayor’s Office, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele.

But for Cat and Parnell, it’s serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he’s innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone.

While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens’ marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying—but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her own past mistakes buried.

With her trademark wit and brilliant plotting, Caz Frear ratchets up the tension and keeps you guessing as she explores the secrets we keep from our loved ones—and the ones we’d kill to keep safe in the dark.


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