Midwinter of the Spirit : Merrily Watkins

  • by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Merrily Watkins
  • 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister, the Reverend Merrily Watkins ¿ parish priest and single parent ¿ cannot easily refuse. But the retiring exorcist, strongly objecting to women priests, not only refuses to help Merrily but ensures that she's soon exposed to the job at its most terrifying. And things get no easier: as an early winter slices through the old city of Hereford, a body is found in the River Wye, an ancient church is desecrated, and there are signs of dark ritual on a hill overlooking the city.

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What the Critics Say

"Dark ritual and psychic unrest confront Britain's first female exorcist. Endearing." (Publishing News)

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Another Good One from Rickman

Audible, you need to have ALL of Rickman's books available! This one was a good listen and was paced enough to keep me interested until the end.
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- Catherine

Another great read in the Merrily series!

Once again Phil Rickman doesn't disappoint. Merrily, Huw, Lol and Jane team up to solve a number of seemingly random occurrences involving desecration of churches, hauntings and not a few seemingly unrelated dead bodies,

Rickman introduces us to the insidious nature of evil in the character of Denzil Joy "scritch, scratch" ooooh it still runs shivers down my spine.

The characters, many from Wine of Angels have the opportunity to interact and develop through this book and we begin to see the blossoming of something wonderfully supportive happening between Lol and Merrily, and Merrily and Jane .

Having been a teenage girl I love how wonderfully sarcastic and quietly confused Jane is portrayed and look forward to seeing what comes of her in future books.

I was surprised that the delightful character of Gomer Parry was not reprised in this book but am glad to here there is another earlier book which details how he met his Minnie and where he used to live before we met him in Wine.

Lastly the character of Inspector Howe is growing on me -she's so rigid and tightly controlled.....I keep waiting for her to burst!

There are a number of different accents, all rendered amazingly well by the narrator-I would recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mysteries mixed with a bit of 'otherworldliness'.

Thanks Phil you've done a marvellous job :)


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- Brooke Hynch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2007
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books