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Summary

Four victims.

Killer caught.

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.

Until now.

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.

DCI Tessa Dyer, the lead on the 2012 case, lends the team a hand, as does DCI Steele's old boss and mentor, the now retired Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Cairns.

With Masters dead, Cat and the team have to investigate every lead again.

But if you'd got away with murder, what would you do when the case is re-opened? 

©2020 Caz Frear (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"A crime fiction force to be reckoned with." (Erin Kelly) 

"An astonishingly confident and individual voice." (Ann Cleeves) 

"Caz Frear is such a talent." (Cass Green) 

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Great plot but Cat K is getting a bit annoying

Loved Sweet Little Lies and Stone Cold Heart and read them when they first came out. Both brilliant, multi layered and addictive listening and this third one also has a virtual slalom of twists and turns all taken at break neck speed and does not disappoint - but is it just me or does hero Detective Constable Cat Kinsella now sound a bit trite, smug and girl guide-ish?
There is a mention of Veronica Mars in the book I suddenly twigged - it all had become a little teen detective for me with Cat's insights into her reasoning and actions just sounding a little bit too pleased with herself. Telling your boss in a meeting that her idea is "Pure Genius" and then commentating that sometimes these things need to be said was just a bit cringy.
I would have to go back and re-listen, but I never recall this "Girl Wonder - I am the star of the show" malarky in the first two books and for me it detracts from the overall excellent plot which keeps you always on the back foot, hopping skipping and jumping to keep up with the investigation. Just could have done without the "Cat got the cream" commentary.

In all the books I have issue with the way the narrator has not been told in notes that the Irish name Kinsella, while pronounced KinSELLA in the UK would never be pronounced that way by an Irish person who would of course pronounce in KINsella-h - so as her Irish boyfriend insists on calling her by her surname it does rankle a lot. Also he does not have what I would identify as a Mayo accent though cleverly Jane Collingwood did change the pronunciation of Mayo to the Irish version May-Yo when narrating and Irish person saying it.

Jane Collingwood is very talented so I put this KinSELLA/KINsella-h faux pas down to director/producer not doing their research. Also ... how come Kinsella's dad - Mr McBride has a London accent as thought he was brought up in Ireland?

Apart from that - great great thriller, just hoping Cat Kinsella will dial down the Nancy drew on her next case and be a more believable young detective team player instead as she describes herself "a star player" as just not very believable and also very annoying and found myself trying to tune her overly pleased with herself reflections and focus on the fabulous twisty turny plot. Kate Steel, Cat's boss I felt was getting a bit insufferable also but then she would really have more reason to be full of herself heading a department rather than ACE GIRL DETECTIVE cat who whitters on like a teen more often than not in this book,

Love that this series is not gory, gritty or too dark so it makes intriguing reading with fascinating psychology rather than violent, action packed or disturbing.

Thanks Caz Frear for a thriller with real meat on its bones and kept me busy far longer than the average book I read as did not want to miss a moment of this gripping book!

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So good!

To Caz Frear, please write another and if you do, please wait for Jane Collingwood if she’s unavailable to narrate! Thank you to both of you for an entertaining weekend!

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DC Cat Kinsella Trilogy Book 3

Very much in the same mould as the first two books, Sweet Little Lies and Stone Cold Heart. We follow a Metropolitan Police murder investigation through the eyes of young Detective Constable Cat Kinsella who came over from Ireland with her family some years ago.

To properly follow the family aspect of the story (Cat's Father and Uncle & their connections to organised crime), I think it would help if the books were read in sequence.

The main murder investigation aspect of the story is free-standing, although it involves many of the police colleagues that we met in the first two books.

Like the first two books, it is a very well written story, I could relate to the police as ordinary people going to work and doing a job just like everybody else. This is the main strength of the book, we can relate to the police as real people. The story was perhaps a little slow to get going, but a cracking good last 3 hours of listening, and reasonably complicated. As good as the first two books.

The narrator was OK, just a rather dodgy French accent.

The ending leads us to believe that this will be the last Cat Kinsella book, at least in the form we've come to know.

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Can’t wait for the next book

I really like this series. I have listened to all three books back to back.
I hope there is another instalment coming!

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Part Three of a fantastic series.

I loved Caz Frear's previous two books in this series - Sweet Little Lies and Stone Cold Heart, and part three does not disappoint. Cat Kinsella (although I hate the way Jane Collingwood pronounces it as Kin-SELLA) is a wonderful character. Feisty, funny, sensitive - she feels like a real person that you would love to meet sometime. The other characters are great too Aiden, Cat's boyfriend (from whom she is keeping mind blowing secrets) sounds just gorgeous. Jane Collingwood manages his Irish accent quite well. Cat's cop sidekick Luigi Parnell is fantastic as that funny, fatherly figure who always has Cat's back . DCI Kate Steele their boss is tough with some great one liners.. Add in Cat's guilt about her father who's involved in organised crime and other dodgy dealings and the secrets about her private life that Cat is determined to keep, and you have a fantastic book that will keep you on your toes. The story is full of twists and turns and lots of tension. There's also lots of banter and reparteé between the main characters that will give you a laugh. Start with book one in this series and move through them. You will not be sorry.

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Brilliant!

I can't get enough of this author's fresh style and believable satisfying plots. I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Great characters

I was really looking forward to this book, it was a bit slow and not as gripping as the previous books. Well worth listening to because they are great characters hope there will be more books about Parnell Steele and Kinsella.

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I'll miss you kat Kinsella

as audio books I have never wanted them to end. I feel like Parnell and Kinsella and Steele are my friends and colleagues. Frear really does bring them to life and gives these mystery detective stories an extra dimension that makes them feel like your favourite slippers. The narrator also became so familiar and comforting she is one of my favourite narrators so far...