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The Wine of Angels
Phil Rickman
0330342681
December 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In the U.S. release of Rickman's first title featuring Rev. Merrily Watkis and her teenage daughter, Jane, Rickman (Midwinter of the Spirit) moves farther away from the traditional horror genre to craft a first-rate thriller with supernatural overtones. When Merrily takes up residence as the newly appointed priest-in-charge in the picture-perfect community of Ledwardine, she discovers a pagan influence lurking beneath the town's sunny surface that links the community to a horrific, centuries-old murder. In resurrecting the 17th-century murder in the form of a play, tensions between the townsfolk come to a head, and it's up to Merrily to resolve their issues. Rickman deftly illuminates the intrigues of village life and the conflicts between new residents and well-established families; teenagers and older...


A Crown of Lights (Merrily Watkins Series)
Phil Rickman
0330484508
September 2005
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Book Description
A modern witch-hunt splits a remote community - in a further challenge for exorcist Rev. Merrily Watkins. A disused church near a Welsh border hamlet has already been sold off by the Church when it's discovered that the new owners are 'pagans' who intend to use the building for their own rituals. The local rector, an extreme evangelical, is appalled and blames these inoffensive middle-class witches for infesting the whole community with evil... even calling in the diocesan exorcist, Rev. Merrily Watkins. An atmosphere of stifling menace develops - with the persecution of innocent people, false accusations, and the formation of a Christian vigilante group. As this cauldron of conflict threatens to boil over into serious violence, Merrily uses all the diplomacy she can muster. But, as the confrontation moves towards...


Midwinter of the Spirit (Merrily Watkins Series #2)
Phil Rickman
033037401X
December 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
An early winter slices though the old city of Hereford, a body is found in the River Wye, an ancient church is desecrated, and there are signs of a dark ritual on the hill overlooking the city. Meanwhile, reports of psychic unrest in the city’s cathedral speak of an undying evil lying close to the heart of the Church of England. In this second electrifying tale, exorcist Rev. Merrily Watkins must tread in places where an intangible malevolence thrives uncurbed by the forces of law and order.

From the Publisher
Over the years, Phil Rickman has won high acclaim for his chilling supernatural tales, including Celtic thrillers as well as the Reverend Merrily Watkins Mysteries, featuring Britain’s first female exorcist. Meticulously researched, rich in historic detail,...


The Cure of Souls (Merrily Watkins Series #4)
Phil Rickman
0330487566
March 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Merrily Watkins, single mom and Anglican priest, faces more than one occult threat in her third chilling outing, set in northeast Herefordshire near the Welsh border, from British author Rickman (Midwinter of the Spirit; A Crown of Lights). In her role as the appointed diocesan Deliverance Minister, Merrily is looking into a family's claims that "evil" has possessed their daughter when the Bishop of Hereford asks her to intervene in a dispute over whether or not a converted hopkiln is haunted. Once used to dry the hops in beer making, the kiln was also the scene of a terrible murder. Sensible, down-to-earth Merrily, as she investigates each case, isn't totally convinced that the unnatural phenomena are genuine. However, after her attempted exorcism of the hopkiln fails, another brutal murder occurs, the possessed...


The Smile of a Ghost
Phil Rickman
0330438158
Nov 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Merrily Watkins faces her most challenging case yet in British author Rickman's unsettling seventh mystery to feature the Anglican priest and deliverance consultant to the diocese of Hereford (after 2004's The Prayer of the Night Shepherd). When the 14-year-old nephew of newly retired Det. Sgt. Andy Mumford falls from the ruined castle in the medieval town of Ludlow, the official inquest rules the boy's death a suicide. Suspecting foul play, Mumford seeks Merrily's aid. Two more deaths shatter the village, and Mumford, not yet at peace with his retirement, begins to investigate on his own. Rickman vividly depicts Ludlow's narrow streets and the sinister castle, but it's his masterly handling of the occult elements and their impact on the psychology of his sensitive and memorable characters...


The Smile of a Ghost
Phil Rickman
1405051698
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Merrily Watkins faces her most challenging case yet in British author Rickman's unsettling seventh mystery to feature the Anglican priest and deliverance consultant to the diocese of Hereford (after 2004's The Prayer of the Night Shepherd). When the 14-year-old nephew of newly retired Det. Sgt. Andy Mumford falls from the ruined castle in the medieval town of Ludlow, the official inquest rules the boy's death a suicide. Suspecting foul play, Mumford seeks Merrily's aid. Two more deaths shatter the village, and Mumford, not yet at peace with his retirement, begins to investigate on his own. Rickman vividly depicts Ludlow's narrow streets and the sinister castle, but it's his masterly handling of the occult elements and their impact on the psychology of his sensitive and memorable characters...


The Prayer of the Night Shepherd: A Merrily Watkins Mystery
Phil Rickman
0330490338
March 2005
Paperback
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The Lamp of the Wicked
Phil Rickman
033049032X
March 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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Publishers Weekly, for The Cure of Souls
“Chilling… fast–paced… provocative… even skeptics of the paranormal will shudder with fear.” --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Kirkus Reviews
“A monumentally ambitious fourth outing…” --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Chalice
Phil Rickman
0330342673
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Glastonbury, legendary resting place of the Holy Grail, is a mysterious and haunting town. When Diane Ffitch returns home, it’s with a sense of deep unease—and not only about her aristocratic family’s reaction to her New–Age companions. Old bitterness between the local people and the “pilgrims” is intensifying, and as the town becomes increasingly split by violence and death, Diane and her friends face up to the worst of all possibilities: the existence of an anti–Grail—the Dark Chalice.

From the Publisher
Over the years, Phil Rickman has won high acclaim for his chilling supernatural tales, including Celtic thrillers as well as the Reverend Merrily Watkins Mysteries, featuring Britain’s first female exorcist. Meticulously...


The Cure of Souls
Phil Rickman
0333906233
April 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Merrily Watkins, single mom and Anglican priest, faces more than one occult threat in her third chilling outing, set in northeast Herefordshire near the Welsh border, from British author Rickman (Midwinter of the Spirit; A Crown of Lights). In her role as the appointed diocesan Deliverance Minister, Merrily is looking into a family's claims that "evil" has possessed their daughter when the Bishop of Hereford asks her to intervene in a dispute over whether or not a converted hopkiln is haunted. Once used to dry the hops in beer making, the kiln was also the scene of a terrible murder. Sensible, down-to-earth Merrily, as she investigates each case, isn't totally convinced that the unnatural phenomena are genuine. However, after her attempted exorcism of the hopkiln fails, another brutal murder occurs, the possessed...


Man in the Moss
Phil Rickman
033033784X
May 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Perfectly preserved in black peat, the Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century. But for the isolated community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign—a danger to the ancient spiritual tradition. In the weeks approaching the Celtic feast of the dead, tragedy strikes again and again in Bridelow. And, as zealots challenge an older, gentler faith, the village faces a natural disaster unknown since the reign of Henry VII.

From the Publisher
Over the years, Phil Rickman has won high acclaim for his chilling supernatural tales, including Celtic thrillers as well as the Reverend Merrily Watkins Mysteries, featuring Britain’s first female exorcist. Meticulously researched, rich in historic detail, these atmospheric procedurals are all...

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