Friends of the Dusk : Merrily Watkins

  • by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Merrily Watkins
  • 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a blown down tree. At the nearby Cathedral, another storm is building around a new bishop who believes that the Church must phase out irrelevant archaic practices.
Not good news for Merrily Watkins, consultant on the paranormal. Especially as she's now presented with the job at its most medieval. A rambling 12th-century house is thought to be haunted. Although its new owners don't believe in ghosts, they do believe in the need for exorcism.
Merrily's discovery of the house's links with the medieval legend of a man who resisted mortality threatens to expose the hidden history of a more modern cult and its trail of insidious abuse.


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I Really Enjoyed the Book But Not for Newcomers

I love the Merrily Watkins series but I would beg you if you have not read the prior books in the series that you do not start here. It is not as though you really need to know all of the backstory of Merrily and Lol and Gomer Perry, but it would add to the pleasure of a book that isn't completely horror or completely mystery.

Things are changing at the Hereford Cathedral. Merrily's affable Bishop has retired and the new Bishop is a reformer. In fact he is a fire and brimstone modernist who is calculating how much the Church could make out of selling the 15th Century Vicage of Ledwardine and put the Merrily and her daughter in a semi-detached on a local estate. He also thinks that the Church would do quite well without the post of Diocesan Exocist, Merrily's night job.

So far so good. But while Merrily is coping with these changes as well as her first attempt at calming an interfaith psychic disturbance, there is also the mystery of a stolen archaeological artifact and a couple of murders, as well as an upcoming shake up in Gaol Street. And the ancient, kittenish Miss Athena White meets Huw Owain

Many of the characters in this book have appeared in prior books by Rickman, he even gives a nod by reference to his latest non-Merrily novel--Night After Night. If you know and love the books grab this. If you don't know and love the books yet, go for the first one The Wine of Angels (Merrily Watkins Mysteries).

I bought both the hardcover and the audible book-- The hardcover to put on my shelf and the Audible because I love Emma Powell's narration. She does a good job here as she always does, with these books.
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- Sires

Oh, come on!

Although a fan of these books, I actually cannot stand the Merrily character with her ceaseless reaching for something to feel guilty about while she bumbles ineffectually around rarely sleeping and even more rarely eating and never accomplishing anything. It's the other characters who keep bringing me back. But everything and everybody fell flat in this latest effort (Gomer never even showed up). Practically every paragraph ended with a cliffhanger, but only one thread is untangled (at least I guess it was, the plot is really muddled). I like for a teensy bit cleaner resolution in my fiction. There were at least five major plot points that were brought up and left hanging, an obvious and rather cheap ploy on the part of an author who is already a big seller. Rather than reach a conclusion after nearly 15 hours, this book just fizzles out and stops.
In other words, don't bother. Re-read one of the old ones.
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2016
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd