Shed No Tears

Harper. Dec. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780062979858. $26.99. SUSPENSE
Det. Cat Kinsella is back in Frear’s latest (after Stone Cold Heart), working on the Roommate murders, in which Christopher Masters lured women to his home with the ruse of a room for rent. He admitted to killing all of the victims, yet he waffled on his admission of killing Holly Kemp. Years later, when Holly’s remains are finally found, her cause of death is different from that of the other victims. Cat and her partner, veteran detective Luigi Parnell, are assigned as fresh eyes on this cold case. Can they link Masters to Kemp, or is there another killer that the original detectives missed? This is the third novel to feature Cat, and while it can be read as a stand-alone, readers who are interested in her backstory may want to start with the first two books; some of Cat’s quirks and her relationships with her dad and her boyfriend may be more clear. Much of the text is dialog between the detectives as they try to solve the case, but readers will also enjoy Cat’s humorous asides and sarcastic thoughts.
VERDICT Frear creates an atmosphere of tension among the detectives and witnesses and in Cat’s personal life that will make readers want to devour this mystery in one sitting.
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