Monday 3 February 2020


A couple of books from another new-to-me author who has been on my radar for a while...... Catherine Fearns

Fearns has written three books in her Reprobation series....... Reprobation, Consuming Fire and Sound

From her author page at Amazon....... 

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat books in October 2018, and the sequel Consuming Fire is forthcoming (February 2019). She writes music journalism for Pure Grain Audio, and her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Offshoots, Toasted Cheese, Succubus and Metal Music Studies. She has a degree in History from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

Her website is here
She's on Twitter@metalmamawrites

Everyone needs a dose of Scouse crime in their life.....

Reprobation (2018)

Are you one of the elect?

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

Sound (2019)

Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fianc√©’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon.

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.


  1. Col, I do like the sound of both these novels; REPROBATION a bit more for its religious touch, if I can put it that way. Eschatology, Calvinist, Scouse...learnt some new words and meanings there!

    1. Prashant they booth look very good. You can also get better acquainted with the Liverpool area through reading them I think.

  2. Interesting-sound characters here, Col. I like the sound of those less-well-known fields of study. And some interesting premises, too. I'll be interested to know what you think.

    1. Thanks Margot, I'm looking forward to reading some of Fearns work.

  3. These sound interesting. I have liked reading about nuns before in mystery fiction. I will wait and see what you think of the first book.

    1. I think it might be my first nun encounter - in reading at least. I had a few of them as teachers many years ago, plus an aunt who has been a nun for over half a century.

  4. Oh my goodness - nuns, Liverpool and crime! Could be made for me, I need to investigate immediately...