Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2) by Caz Frear

Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)

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 cof...

Details Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)

TitleStone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Stone Cold Heart (Cat Kinsella, #2)

  • Diane S ☔
    Second in series and like the first it starts out slowly. Kinsella has such an interesting back story which is for me a major draw, and here it threatens to spill over into her personal life. A body of a young woman is discovered, there has to be a body, right? Kinsella and her partner are given the case and are soon embroiled in a maze of contradictory statements, and a family with much to hide. A good solid series with some interesting characte...
  • Linda
    This one, Boys and Girls, has teeth.Sharp, jagged, incisors that sink to the bone and leave quite the gaping wound in its aftermath.Caz Frear brings her quick-witted character of DC Cat Kinsella to the forefront once again in this second offering in the Cat Kinsella Series. Admittedly, I have not read the first one, Sweet Little Lies. Within seconds of finishing Stone Cold Heart, I ordered it with the knee jerk response of a kid with a bag of Hal...
  • Whispering Stories
    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comStone Cold Heart is a superbly written crime thriller featuring Cat Kinsella, a young strong police officer, as the lead character who is always determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.The plot captivated me from the first page and took me into this thrilling tale full of family secrets and lies.I just adored Cat Kinsella’s character, she’s not perfect but goes all out to solve the death/murd...
  • Louise Wilson
    3.5⭐ rounded up to 4DC Cat Kinsella #2We first met Joseph Madden owns a coffee shop in the first book in this series. He believed his wife is threatening him and asks Cat Kinsella for help. Now, fast forward a bit and Joseph appears in Cat's life again. This time he's the suspect in the death of a young girl. The evidence all points to him, but he claims that he is innocent. But his wife does not corroborate his alibi. There is something not qu...
  • Liz Barnsley
    After I read Caz Frear’s “Sweet Little Lies” I immediately wanted more from main protagonist Cat Kinsella so when Stone Cold Heart turned up I pretty much dropped everything and read it. Like the last novel this was so utterly gripping I think the zombie apocalypse could have started and I wouldn’t even notice..Stone Cold Heart is Stone Cold Brilliant, encompassing not only an intensely intriguing background family drama but also a twisty...
  • Miriam Smith
    A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret that connects them all......Having read and loved Caz Frear's first novel "Sweet Little Lies" I was very much looking forward to meeting DC Cat Kinsella again in "Stone Cold Heart". "When DC Cat Kinsella is approached by Joseph Madden for help with his wife Rachel, there's not much she can do. He claims that Rachel has been threatening him, but can't - or won't - give Cat details as to why. Dismissi...
  • Rachel Hall
    Tightly plotted with superb intercourse between a compelling trio of well characterised detectives.Following on from Caz Frear’s cracking debut, Sweet Little Lies, her second police procedural is a brilliantly crafted and realistically handled investigation featuring one of the most likeable protagonists in crime fiction, twenty-six-year-old DC Cat Kinsella. After a stint at the Mayor’s Office, Cat is back where she belongs: Murder Investigat...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.comThe brilliant DC Cat Kinsella is back, in the new release from Caz Frear which follows on from the hugely entertaining Sweet Little Lies.Stone Cold Heart builds on the brilliant character of Cat, with her own issues (largely around her dad and his less-than-squeaky-clean history) and faults, but despite all this – or perhaps because of this – she’s a hugely likable character. I love her and the way she int...
  • Britta Böhler
    Unfortunately not as good as the first in the series...2.5*
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre for an advance copy of Stone Cold Heart, the second novel to feature DC Cat Kinsella of the Met.When Joseph Madden approaches Cat in his coffee shop she thinks he’s being creepy but it turns out that he wants advice she’s unqualified to give, he thinks his wife Rachel is threatening him. Months later the team are investigating the murder of Naomi Lockhart, a young Australian working in London...
  • Shalini
    Caz Frear has done it again with this cracker of a book. DI Cat Kinsella was back with her partner DS Luigi Parnell in this intelligent police procedural.A murder of a young woman with her head bashed in caused the cops to rush to the investigation. And the Maddens and their extended family were all suspects. The investigation had just started when Cat remembered that one of the Maddens had complained about his wife. And now the same wife did not...
  • Carol
    4.5 -5 stars! Another great read from Frear! Again we are following DC Cat Kinsella as she navigates the murder of a young woman and her own personal drama and family secrets. Although this one could be read without reading Sweet Little Lies (Frear's debut), I highly suggest you start with SLL. You get to know Cat and her questionable family. Cat is a good detective and a strong woman but she must toe the line between how to be a good sister/daug...
  • Julie
    Great little twisty mystery. Cat finds herself trying to unravel a murder that involves many family members. Also love that her dad makes a small appearance in this second story. Dragged in the last 10-15 pages but that's okay. Still a good read
  • G.J. Minett
    Caz Frear's debut novel, Sweet Little Lies, was a winner of 'the Richard and Judy Search for a best seller competition' and promptly went on to fulfil that particular prophecy. Given this level of success, it would be easy to imagine that the difficulties traditionally associated with 'second book syndrome' would be a little more acute for her but there are no signs of faltering in Stone Cold Heart. If anything, I preferred this to her impressive...
  • Faith Hurst-Bilinski
    This is the second book I have read in this series and I can’t help feeling that it is ok and could be really good. I start out interested and then lose interest in the second half as it drags on. It turns out to be predictable without me being invested in the characters. Other May love the series but it is just ok for me.
  • Joanne Robertson
    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 Ki...
  • Tracy Fenton
    This is the second book by Caz Fear featuring DC Cat Kinsella and whilst it can be read as a stand-alone - I would 100% recommend you start with book 1 Sweet Little Lies because 1) there is quite a bit of background you should know and 2) it's a bloody brilliant.Stone Cold Heart is yet another fabulous story written with style, humour and great skill.  Caz Frear has created a simply wonderful, believable, flawed character in Cat Kinsella.  A yo...
  • Carrie
    This is becoming one of my new favorite series!!!!In the second installment of the Cat Kinsella series, a young woman is found murdered in her flat. The investigation into her death leads to many suspects (all of whom seem to have possible motive). Frear does a great job concealing who actually committed the crime and why. I honestly had no idea who it would be right up until the big reveal. Beyond the great plot and excellent execution of it, Fr...
  • Samantha
    Caz Frear’s follow-up to Sweet Little Lies was everything I was hoping for and more.Detective Cat Kinsella, our immensely likable and fascinatingly complex protagonist, takes on another confounding murder case, one that ultimately proves to be just as compelling and far, far more complex than the murder being investigated in the first book of the series.This time around the case has no direct link to Cat’s own family, though there’s a side ...
  • Mike Sumner
    Thank you to NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and Caz Frear for my ARC of ‘Stone Cold Heart’.Never a good idea though to start at book Two in a series as this is the second featuring DC Cat Kinsella. There is a back story from book One that is left tantalisingly unanswered, although Stone Cold Heart can be read as a standalone. A pity that it has taken me so long to read; other priorities got in the way. So, I rather lost the thread of what is, in m...
  • Liz
    An excellent follow up to Sweet Little Lies! Detective Constable Cat Kinsella is back solving major crimes cases at the London Metropolitan Police with her partner Luigi Parnell. A young Australian woman is murdered and the case gets assigned to Kinsella and Parnell. What strikes them as odd is the evidence starts meticulously falling into place...almost too perfectly. They know with most cases there is more to them that meets the eye and this on...
  • Julie
    strong second entry in the series. While the murder plot might work fine as a stand-alone, the complicated personal situation of Cat Kinsella can really only be appreciated if you've read the first one, so I'd encourage people to go in order. She's a difficult and compromised candidate. Cannot go so far as to say I really like her, but I respect her tenacity and find her quite interesting. Complicated plot that seems to work well enough. But the ...
  • Fictionophile
    4.5 stars rounded upFull review to follow
  • Andy Thorn
    As a huge fan of the first Cat Kinsella novel, I was really looking forward to Stone Cold Heart. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed. It’s a new case and this time, Cat doesn’t have a connection to family history to worry about not declaring to her colleagues. She does however continue to reflect on her choices in the last novel and themes of family, honour and the things we do for love continue to wind through Stone Cold Heart...
  • Kat
    This is my first book by Caz Frear and I was really impressed by both the writing and the complexity of the storyline which is a murder mystery, police procedural and excellently done. It’s written in the first person (Cat Kinsella) and she is a real character with plenty of flaws and very good sense of humour giving this book a very “real” feel I hadn’t read the first book of this series but this in no way spoiled my enjoyment of this on...
  • Sue Plant
    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this bookoh what a tangled web we weave when we practise to deceivea young girl is found dead, murdered and joseph madden is arrested...though he claims he was set up and needs the police to do their job and find the real murdererhe is also a horrible man who treats his family and people around him badly...but everyone is telling lies....can the police investigate...a well writte...
  • Lisa
    This is the second book in the DC Cat Kinsella series and it was a great follow up. I would definitely read them in order as the history of the character and a lot of her personal storyline rests on what she did in the first but the author doesn't recap it much. The crime storyline can be read without any other history though and it is a doozy. The main suspect is the worst and I loved watching him squirm. Cat is a strong and intelligent female l...
  • Susanne
    A very British, very compelling police procedural featuring London DC Catrina "Cat" Kinsella, on her second outing. Following British police investigations is very interesting; Cat's own "dodgy" family history continues to complicate matters, and the book ends on an irresistible cliffhanger which assures us that a third tale is in the works -- hurrah! This particular one revolves around a complicated and largely unlikable family. The endless deta...
  • Emily
    This is my first 5 star review on here and for good reason - Caz Frear’s sequel to Sweet Little Lies is so much more than I could have asked for. The first in the series was a solid crime novel, but the second had me getting up to make sure my doors are locked. So spooky and intriguing in the best mystery novel way, with beautiful dialogue and just enough overarching plot in Cat Kinsella’s storyline to make the series’ progression seem natu...
  • Julie Lacey
    This is the second book in this series and whilst some books can be read as stand alones, I felt I was missing quite a lot by not having read the first book. This is my fault so had no reflection on my rating of the book itself. Cat is called to a murder scene where a girl is found dead and as the investigation gets underway it’s clear there are a few suspects that had been with her at a party the night before. The story twists and turns and we...