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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.
©2015 Phil Rickman (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sires on 04-04-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Girlymctx on 10-16-16


With just 1 suggestion for the Author? I would love for the Author to use proper names more often. Like instead of he, she or they. It would be helpful to know who the characters are referring to when they're discussing a situation or another character. That said, this is one of 12 marvelous books in a series. I just wished it had ended without a cliffhanger. I love Mr. Rickman stories.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gabrielle Harvey-Jones on 04-16-16

Has to be the best one, so far!

Here I am, at the end of the presently available Audible versions of the Merrily Watkins series! I have absolutely loved the time I have spent in the company of Phil Rickman's carefully developed cast of characters,and will greatly miss them, while I wait for the next book to come along! Love Emma Powell's reading of them, and the way she manages to bring the books to life! I don't care if Franny Bliss sounds like a girl - he comes over as a perfectly believable copper, to me - and I can't wait to find out how his story develops, amongst many other of the personae! Believe me - if another becomes available I shall be among the first to pre-order it!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By kyla grey on 04-19-18


as usual per Phil Rickman, was gripped and the book dosnt disappoint . I'm addicted to merrily

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