Review: ‘Reprobation’, by Catherine Fearns

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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.

My Review
Thanks to Rachel for supplying an e-book of Reprobation in return for an honest review

I really enjoyed this one. It was unusual. There’s the police investigation, with the difficulties entailed with a complex case, and an inexperienced team, and then there’s the amateur sleuths, a Calvinist nun and a Norwegian singer in a melodic death metal band. They’re dragged into the case because they can provide information for the police, and end up solving the crime. Via a trip to Monaco. And a genetics company.

The author clearly knows her city, and music. Not surprising as she’s a music journalist. She’s woven her knowledge into a gripping mystery. The characters are fun, and develop in surprising ways. I really rooted for Helen and Mikko in their attempts to find the answers, and their personal struggles with guilt and faith, or lack of. The official investigation, lead by Detective Inspector Darren Swift and Detective Constable Colleen Quinn, contrasts with their efforts, bringing the crime scenes into the story, rooting it in place in Liverpool. They all follow the same leads, but the amateurs can go places the professionals can’t, and vice versa. The two story lines meet in a remote cottage off the M6.

This novel has a strong regional presence, a gripping mystery, interesting and complex characters, and a satisfying ending. And drunk Scandinavians. What more can you want from a crime novel?

If you like the sound of this one, keep reading, there’s a chance to win a copy and a bag of goodies too.

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About the Author

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Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called ‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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