• Shed No Tears

  • A Novel
  • By: Caz Frear
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed and internationally best-selling crime novelist Caz Frear returns with her third superb novel featuring Cat Kinsella, a cop “on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives”. (Kirkus Reviews)

Four victims. Killer caught. Case closed...or is it? 

Growing up in a London family with ties to organized crime, Detective Constable Cat Kinsella knows the criminal world better than most cops do. As a member of the city’s Metropolitan Police, she’s made efforts to distinguish herself from her relatives. But leading an upstanding life isn’t always easy, and Cat has come close to crossing the line, a fact she keeps well hidden from her superiors.

Working their latest case, Cat and her partner Luigi Parnell discover a connection to a notorious criminal: serial killer Christopher Masters, who abducted and killed several women in 2012. Though the cops eventually apprehended him, his final victim, Holly Kemp, was never found and he never confessed to her murder, despite the solid eyewitness testimony against him. Now, six years later, the discovery of Holly’s remains near Cambridge seems to be the definitive proof needed to close the case.

Still, a few key items of evidence don’t quite line up. As Cat and Parnell look closer, they find discrepancies that raise troubling questions. But someone will do anything to keep past secrets hidden - and as they inch closer to the truth, they may be putting themselves in jeopardy....

©2020 Caz Frear (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good, but the first two were better.

First off, I strongly disagree with the reviewers who criticized the narration. I thought it was top-notch. Collingwood's American accent is just fine, and there was only about five minutes of it. She had to do something like four different American-accented voices in that one scene, which would have been a challenge for anyone, and as a result one of them came out a little bit John Wayne, but overall I thought they were fine. And Cat wouldn't be Cat with anyone else narrating. Five stars for the narration.

Four for the story, for one thing because I saw the ending coming a mile off, and for another because the sporadic attempts to revive Cat's conflicts about her sleazy family really struck me as misfiring. All that stuff about her dad was key to the first two books, but it really had nothing to do with this one, and I wish the author hadn't tried. But for all that, it was gripping and well written and thoroughly entertaining.

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The story may be good but I can’t get past the horrible narration. One of the women characters voice is so high pitched, she sounds like a little girl. There is one character who sounds like Margaret Thatcher. I mostly choose English and Irish books because I love the accents. Not this one.

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Kept me listening the whole time! But Yikes the American accents tho!

I gave just 4 stars to the narrator because, while I can only assume the different accents used to portray English and Irish accents were accurate, the accents for the Americans were distracting to say the least. Let’s just say that no American I’ve ever met sounded like any of those characters. Lol Having been born and raised on the Eastern Seaboard of the US and travelled extensively throughout the country, I can say with much confidence no one talks quite like they did. Maybe an American accent is harder to replicate than I imagined.

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Another captivating story in the series!

I love this series, the characters and twists and turns as the plot unravels. Jane Collingwood’s narration makes the people come to life. You will get hooked, waiting for Caz Frear’s next novel.

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Narrator exceptional...author awesome!

I have listened to 3 of her books in a row. Love her writing style and witty prose. A real 'fecking' treat!

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I am a harsh judge of police procedurals...

Things I can't stand include: assuming I don't KNOW sub 101 acronyms or police codes are, narrators that don't know the difference between "wind" as in "the wind blew" and "wind" with a "long e" as in a "windy path" or "wind the watch" (90% of narrators DO have an issue with these words), etc.

I can happily tell you, this series is a well crafted and planned DELIGHT of a well read, and extremely well-written, police procedural of the highest "caliber" ;) 😉 Hope you love this seties as much as I do, give it a listen (or a 📚read).

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A fan of the series

I thoroughly enjoyed this third instalment of the series. I thought the character development evolved from the previous books and the police procedures were interesting and fun. Highly recommend this series!

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When is the next chapter??

I loved these 3 books and generally skip around between authors, but I enjoyed the first one so much I listened to all 3 consecutively. The unfolding mystery in each book captured my curiosity and desire to figure it out but I was glad I couldn’t figure out the “who dunnit” completely. But more impressive is the sense of humor and character development that carries from book to book. The narrator does a fantastic job and will look for her other work while I wait for Caz Frear to release her next novel!

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Truly worthy of 5 Stars!

This series only gets better with each book. The writing is excellent. Flawless. In my opinion, this author is on the same shelf with Robert Galbraith, Peter Grainger, and Elizabeth George. I hope there are many more to come in the series. The best books are the ones you get lost in, because they are so well written, you forget you’re reading or listening. The narrator couldn’t be a more perfect fit also.

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Excellent book!!

Excellent narration. I found my new favorite series!!! Highly recommend. The characters are so well written can’t wait for the next one.