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Stone Cold Heart

By: Caz Frear
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Series: Cat Kinsella, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Summary

A fractured marriage. A silent family. A secret that connects them all.  

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?

©2019 Caz Frear (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Stone Cold Heart confirms Caz Frear as a crime fiction force to be reckoned with. A gripping, layered story - and a last line that left me desperate to read the next Cat Kinsella adventure!" (Erin Kelly, author of Broadchurch)

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Beauty Among the Beasts!

You know, there is a quite special quality about what Caz Frear is doing with her books. In amongst some pretty nasty crimes she has set a beautiful character, DC Cat Kinsella. She is beautiful because she has a massively down-to-earth vibe about her, she's not perfect, she has concerns that range from the mundane to the extraordinary. There is a definite hint of the Bridget Jones about her though this is never overdone or allowed to detract from the seriousness of the storyline or descend into farce. This is no rom-com, Kinsella also has an inner toughness and she works in a tough world. There are some things here that are more typical of the modern detective genre, a troubled past and a difficult, actually very difficult, family background for example but apart from the softer character approach Freer also quite refreshingly provides Cat with competent and caring superiors rather than the usual angry incompetents. It means that there is a very refreshing normality at the centre of all the harsh criminality which for me added a feel of honest realism. The story itself is an intriguing mystery, there's very little action to speak of, it's all about the investigation. While it's not what I would call fast-moving Frear spends a lot of time on the investigating officers and their theories. The scenes I most enjoyed came in the police interviews that were conducted where Cat shows some real steel. I really liked the fact that the book spent some time with the interviews giving them proper attention. The performance by Jane Collingwood is absolutely top-notch, she gets Cat to a 'T' and she is able to purvey both male and female characters with considerable aplomb which isn't something you can say about most narrators whichever sex they are! So, in summary, not an action-packed thriller but an extremely satisfying read with genuine depth of character and sense of place. The interrogation scenes, in particular, stood out to me as did Cat, her bosses and several of the other lead characters. This book completes its own story and at the end sets the scene for more to come, I suspect much more! Cat's life doesn't look like getting any easier . . .

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The Cat Kinsella Legend Continues - FAB!

It seemed a very long 18 month wait for this second book from the brilliant Caz Frear but it was so well worth and and cleverly written so new readers can jump into this second outing for Detective Cat Kinsella without reading Sweet Little Lies first and indeed then can equally then enjoy it afterwards. Bonus! Indeed I am looking forward to re-reading Sweet Little Lies while waiting for the next adventure which this book left me gasping for with it's enigmatic end teaser. Stone Cold Heart is just such a gem and so naturally told it just draws you in so you just buckle up for the twisting turning ride rather than enjoying the skilful seamless writing, multilayered characters and intricate plots and subplots and this total immersion in a mystery is the hallmark of a top class thriller and a true and rare talent. Excellent narration by Jane Collingwood, as in book one, though as Cat was born and brought up in Ireland it would have a bit more bite and authenticity if narrated by an Irish Actor who would know Kinsella's Irish pronunciation is KinSELER not the anglicised KINsellA. However when one is presented with such a fabulous confection as Stone Cold Heart so skilfully and seamlessly crafted by such an amazing writing talent as Caz Frear,it does not really matter if the cherry on top is Glace or Morello ........ it is still the most divine moreish treat and I was delighted to devour every last fiendishly plotted crumb of it. Highly recommended, and head and shoulders above the average Detective Murder Mystery Thriller. 5 stars ++++++++++

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A great read/listen

Another great book by Caz Frear. Well drawn characters, a great plot, well written and excellent narration.

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I loved this!

I listened to the first book earlier in the year and honestly, I listen to so many books I only remember if I’ve read it because it’s in my library if I try to buy it again! The point is, I couldn’t remember much about that book when it was alluded to in this one but it didn’t spoil it. I love the characters, I really care about the whole team which, for me, having at least one I’m interested in makes a book better. The crimes and suspects where like a Venn diagram and it’s nice when you spot something before the characters do. The narration was spot on apart from a couple of minor characters but I’m in awe of the skills of most narrators and Jane Collingwood is excellent, in perfect harmony with Caz Frears words. Off to start the next book.

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I'm confused...

Why is this book so highly rated? 3/4 of the book is drawn out and then when all is revealed, its so complicated that there has to be a lengthy explanation?!

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Love Cat kinsella - fantastic character

I loved this book and woulda highly recommend. Great characters and story line. Great narration except a few Irish words pronounced incorrectly. Should be KINsella and aunt CARM-el. A bit irritating. How does one pass this on to the excellent narrator- the first in my experience to get the right mix of impersonating a male character. Well done.

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Awesome!

An awesome second book; looking forward to many more! Brilliantly performed and a clever twist I wasn’t expecting (or was I?). There in lies the magic of Caz Frear.

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Entertaining with Twists & a Dysfunctional Family

Enjoyed this one, been looking forward to reading it after Sweet Little Lies, Caz Frear can paint a good mental picture. Another well written story with twists you don't see coming and building on the complexity of the main character and her relationship with her father, which is hopefully eventually going to build into a whole book of it's own. But also showing her skills as a DCI improving. Jane Collingwood is a fantastic narrator and her and Caz make a good team which I hope continues in future books

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Yet another cracker from this fantastic author!

A fantastic book 2 from this very talented lady! I loved the way the characters have been carried over from book 1 yet with another twisting and turning suspenseful story that gripped me until the very last page. It’s left me hungering for Book 3! Thank you!

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What a great yarn!

Gripping story and believable characters. Twists and turns of a murder investigation.. The narrator is amazing, best narration I’ve heard. Highly recommended.