Sweet Little Lies

A Novel
By: Caz Frear
Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Series: Cat Kinsella, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
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In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?

Even liars tell the truth... sometimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a detective constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled.

Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland 18 years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat - her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?

Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds....

©2018 Caz Frear (P)2018 WF Howes

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My favorite book this year

The comedy and authenticity of conversations were executed perfectly. It’s hard to decide on a favorite character in this novel, and the narration was amazing. Highly recommend!

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Add Caz Frear to your Top Mystery Writers list!

I loved this book! It kept me guessing until the very end and that is not easy to do!

What was even more impressive are the relationships between characters like the father and daughter, junior and senior detective, sister with sister. Well developed characters one could relate to and yet enough daylight that the thoughts and behaviors were uniquely their own.

As the plot thickens the need for unnecessary shock value does not and it is a good ole who dunnit with smart people to solve the crime.

I will definitely look for more books from this author! Highly recommend!

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Favorite book this year!

Simply a great book. Characters you can picture perfectly whether you like them or not. Great dialogue and a smart mystery. Narrator does the unthinkable with various accents switching back and forth seamlessly. Had my attention from start to end.

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Solid book, that kept me guessing

This was a solid book. Not the best i have ever read, but it was pretty good. I did get confused at times cause there were a lot of characters (or maybe i was only half listening..lol) But i loved the ride this book took me on. I was a little surprised by the ending, which is good, because I read A LOT of psychological thrillers and I usually know what is going to happen. This was a good read, i would recommend it!

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Very, very good

Plot that seemed to be veering off course for a while developed nicely. A very satisfying read.

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This is a first class procedural

I listened to this in two days. Great characters, intriguing mystery, good twists and turns, nicely written. Well worth a credit.

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Loved this story!

Starts off slow but picks up and gets really good! Didn’t want to stop listening.

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Wonderful narration!

Really enjoyed this unique story made all the more enjoyable by superlative narration! Tiny sidebar of advice to the author: drop the use of “literally”, especially when you mean “metaphorically”!
Highly recommend this entertaining book.

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Great read

Great book, although a few words were changed during the reading. Bought the audiobook the day it came out.

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Boring!

I don't understand the reviews on this book. I found it boring and hard to follow. The characters lacked personality. I tried very hard to get into this book and just couldn't do it. Definitely not for me.

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