It’s my pleasure to be opening up the Shed No Tears blog tour today. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the tour and for my review copy of the book.
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?
This is shaping up to be a must read series for me as Caz Frear always leaves me wanting more at the end of her DC Cat Kinsella books. Although possible to read as a stand-alone crime novel, this is one series where the character of Cat has been evolved since the events of book 1 and they are relatively important to who she is and what she reacts the way she does to her family, partner, boyfriend and job. Sweet Little Lies sets up a thread that runs throughout the series so you will probably get more from the storyline if you have read that first. And it’s not a hardship I promise you and all the books in this series so far have been gripping. Caz Frear was the winner of the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and she has gone from strength to strength since.
Character is EVERYTHING here and Cat Kinsella is an intriguing one. She is realistically portrayed and doesn’t try to be likeable but by that very act she is! She has a wonderfully dark and dry humour and Caz Frear has taken this acerbic wit and lightly threaded it throughout the plot. And although the main thread of Shed No Tears is the discovery of a body and the subsequent investigation, there is still plenty of Cat and her personal life too.
Shed No Tears has a cleverly crafted storyline with lots of interaction between the characters so it feels like an organic progression of the police investigation with Cat and her team working through all the clues slowly to uncover the truth about Holly Kemps murder. The outcome when it came was both shocking and twisty and I defy anyone to work it out before the police team do!!
Caz Frear has continued to develop and improve her craft and has delivered a compelling and intelligent plot for the team here. I was happy that the standard of writing has remained high but also thoroughly entertaining at the same time. Very enjoyable!
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.