Today I’m absolutely delighted to be opening in the blog tour for Stone Cold Heart. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for my blog tour invite.
About this book…
A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret worth killing for.
When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife, Rachel, there’s not much she can do. Joseph claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can’t – or won’t – give Cat details as to why. Dismissing it as a marriage on the rocks, Cat forgets about it.
That is until Naomi Lockhart, a young PA, is found dead after a party attended by both Joseph and Rachel, and Joseph is arrested for the murder.
Joseph says his wife is setting him up.
His wife says he didn’t do it.
The trail of evidence leads to even more questions . . .
Adulterer. Murderer. Victim. Who would you believe?
I really enjoyed the debut from Caz Frear and so was delighted to be able to read her second DC Cat Kinsella book. Although possible to read as a standalone, I do think you probably need to read Sweet Little Lies first as there is quite a chunk of backstory that’s quite relevant to understanding Cat and her relationships (especially that between her and her father!!) and will add to your understanding and enjoyment of Stone Cold Heart.
DC Cat Kinsella is a brilliantly complex and intriguing character that you can’t help but root for even though she’s her own worst enemy at times. Her reactions to incidents in her relationship and her career are pretty much determined by things that have happened in the previous book but her emotions are full on, honest and compelling making her a character that you really can relate to. When she’s approached by Joseph Madden in a coffee shop she initially just puts his suspicions about his wife down to some sort of weird flirting but when the body of a young Australian woman is found in her flat, the trail leads back to Joseph and his very strange and rather unlikeable family.
I thoroughly enjoyed Stone Cold Heart. Caz Frear writes with a fabulously dark humour and an undercurrent of frisson that made me shudder at times! The storyline was slow to unfold which helped to keep the tension tight and I enjoyed seeing it come together with twists and turns that I hadn’t been expecting. But it is definitely Cat who is the star of the show here! Her thoughts on everything were always kept wide open for the reader to see and it gave her a vulnerability because nothing is hidden-what you see is what you get! I really like her and hope to meet her again in future cases especially as the last page made me want to read more about her life IMMEDIATELY!
Stone Cold Heart is a crime drama that would translate perfectly to television and so I have my fingers crossed that someone will spot the potential here and bring DC Cat Kinsella to a wider audience.
Meet the author…
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.