? Scorched Heart by Helen Harper

May 18th, 2021 Kimberly Review 7 Comments

18th May
Scorched Heart

Scorched Heart is the fourth audiobook in the Firebrand series by Helen Harper. This urban fantasy surrounds a supernatural police detective living in a London. Romance, snark and an overall series arc combined with fresh cases make this series an excellent listen.

? Scorched Heart by Helen Harper
Scorched Heart
by Helen Harper
Series: Firebrand #4
Narrator: Ruth Urquhart
Length: 8 hours
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.3x

My parents were brutally murdered when I was five years old. Their killer has spent the last twenty five years in prison for his terrible crimes - but I still have unanswered questions. After all, I am the phoenix. When I die, I am reborn in fire and brimstone. It happens again and again and again. I have no idea where my strange ability came from and nobody to ask.

Now another shocking murder has been committed in the small village where my parents died and there is evidence which suggests the killer is supernatural. The crime gives me the perfect reason to return to my childhood home. I can offer my expertise as a Supe Squad detective - and seek the truth behind what I really am.

The trouble is that I might not like what I find.

Scorched Heart is the fourth book in the action-packed urban fantasy Firebrand series. Events occur at the same time as The Noose Of A New Moon in the Wolfbrand series, although the books do not have to be read together to be enjoyed.


In Scorched Heart, Emma returns to the town of her birth, the place her parents were murdered when she was just five years old.

They assigned a new boss to the Supernatural Squad and her liaison at the police department and direct superior suggests (demands) Emma take two weeks off while her new boss adjusts. She can go interview the man who was convicted of killing her parents and help her hometown police department in an unofficial capacity with a murder investigation that may involve a supernatural.

Things are not as they seem, and Emma soon finds herself in trouble and investigating murders that may be related to her parents’ death. This was a great installment and Harper delivered answers surrounding not only her parents’ death but about her supernatural powers.

The murders appear to have been committed by a sup, but things aren’t adding up and Emma has her handsful connecting the dots and getting the detective in charge to see the connections. Harper builds up the suspense and threw in plenty of suspects, twists and surprises. A certain smexy vampire shows up and offers his aid, leading to some heated moments. The one-on-one relationship moments helped balance out the suspense.

Phone calls back to the squad give us hints of the changes the new boss is making… ugh, but we’ll deal with that in the next audio.

Ruth Urquhart narrates the series her voices for Emma and other enhance the overall series. From her pacing to the way she captures the snark, banter, emotions and suspense, she makes listening is a pleasure.

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About Helen Harper

Helen Harper

After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door! Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

7 Responses to “? Scorched Heart by Helen Harper”

  1. Melanie

    I’m not familiar with this author or narrator. This does look like a fun series. I’ll have to add it to my list. Wonderful review.

  2. Joyousreads

    It looks like you’re enjoying this series very much. I haven’t heard of it — which is no surprise since it’s a genre I rarely dip into. Definitely been a while since I’ve read a supernatural series. I’ll keep this in mind when the mood strikes.