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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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Brilliant!!!

Had to listen and listen it was so good then damn it finished and I was sad I hadn’t made it last. Super great story and narration.

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Wonderful Caz

I loved this story and great narration by Jane Collingwood. I loved the lead character and only realised at the end of the book I was reading the second in the d

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Can't wait for the next episode!

Loved it. Perfect narration and character development, this series is a winner.......could not stop listening.

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Ignited my interest

S C H - did capture my interest....Narcissistic Abuse - Domestic Violence - is not just physical abuse.
Emotional abuse is far more insidious and hard to comprehend and believe - trauma bonding /Stockholm syndrome is real. Good on Caz Frear for bringing Narc Personality Disorder / Covert Narc out into the light and writing this novel.....well worth the read. The only downfall....narrators attempt at an Aussie Accent - was a little confused with Australian /Kiwi and South African

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  • Simon
  • 13-07-2019

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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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 04-08-2019

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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  • Ann D
  • 30-07-2019

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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  • rosie123
  • 25-03-2021

tedious

I couldn't follow the story because my mind kept wandering. I stuck with it for a long time but eventually decided to abandon it altogether.

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  • ITC
  • 27-02-2021

The best Narrator you’ll find...

This is the second book I’ve read in the series and I still haven’t worked out wether or not - the hands of a lesser narrator - I would have enjoyed them. Whilst brilliantly written by Caz Frear, they are police procedurals with very little twists and turns and little to no action (by design I add) but Jane Collingwood seems to breath life into the characters and energy into the narrative to such extent, it’s very difficult to stop listening and not to immediately download the next instalment in the series when finished. A very talented writer and without doubt the best narrator I have ever come across. Onto the next :-)

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  • kathy
  • 16-11-2020

Slow

I was not draw in as much as the last book. It was a good story but didn’t make me stay up late to read the next chapter

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  • Fee
  • 07-08-2020

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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  • Nicks
  • 01-06-2020

Too many words and explanations for everything!

Felt like I was at a tennis match - watch the game (ie listening to the story) - but with the comments and explanations running alongside every action. Just the author's style of writing I guess. Pity as the story could have been good.

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  • Edo
  • 17-04-2020

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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  • Paul B.
  • 13-02-2020

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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