The fifth and most devastating Merrily Watkins mystery takes Phil Rickman's endearingly fallible heroine from the wilder shores of millennial spirituality to the darkest hinterland of human depravity.
Phil Rickman writes mystery in the original sense. His current novels blend authentic crime fiction with a careful element of the unexplained. The internationally-acclaimed Merrily Watkins series, about the diocesan exorcist for Hereford, is currently in development with ITV Drama.
Rickman, a former TV and radio news reporter who still presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales, has also written two historical novels with a new take on Dr John Dee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I. His earliest novels - paranormal thrillers based on aspects of British folklore - are all in print. His only short story, The House of Susan Lulham, can be found in the anthology Oxcrimes and he's also a contributor to Books to Die For, in which crime writers celebrate their literary heroes.
The (October) 2014 novel, Night After Night is a ghost story and crime novel which stands alone but involves characters from two thrillers originally written under the name Will Kingdom. A new Merrily Watkins novel is pencilled-in for 2015. PR has also collaborated with musician Allan Watson to produce on CD and iTunes the songs of Lol Robinson from the Merrily series and the Abbey Tapes from his early novel December. He is married and lives on the Welsh Border.
Oh... and The Magus of Hay is not, as it says here, the 9th Merrily novel. It's the 12th. (You just can't get the staff these days.) For the full facts, check out the website www.philrickman.co.uk.