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The Prayer of the Night Shepherd (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) [Paperback]

Phil Rickman
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1 Feb 2012 Merrily Watkins Mysteries (Book 6)
"There were certain phrases you could feel, like fingers up your spine. Hattie Chancery's room. The possessive. Present tense. Oh God...A crumbling hotel on the border of England and Wales. A suggestion of inherited evil, a strange love affair...and the long-disputed origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. Fascinating for young Jane Watkins, flushed by the freedom of her first weekend job. But the sinister side becomes increasingly apparent to her mother, Merrily, diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Then come memories of a child-killer, blood in the fresh snow..."

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085789014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857890146
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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""Merrily links criminal, psychological, moral, sociological, spiritual, and supernatural realms to dig deeper into evildoing just when most fictional sleuths would be calling it quits." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In a Victorian country-house hotel on the Welsh Border, ex TV producer Ben Foley hosts murder mystery weekends and nurtures his dream - to show beyond all doubt that this hotel is the mansion on which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based his famous Baskerville Hall. This intrigues young Jane Watkins, on her first weekend job, but her mother, the Rev. Merrily Watkins, exorcist for the local Diocese of Hereford, is unhappy about how Ben Foley proposes to prove his theory. As the days shorten and the weather worsens, Foley's dabbling uncovers more than he can handle. For the history of Stanner Hall is linked not only to the Victorian fascination with spiritualism and the legacy of a terrifying medieval exorcism but with a chain of death that proves far from fictional. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Eyed Dog - He Called At My Door 15 Sep 2007
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One of the principal rules of ensuring a long running genre series retains its stamina and mass appeal is knowing the precise moment to change the dynamic. Avoidance of this fact inevitably results in character stagnation, plot repetition and eventual banishment to the twilight zone of a publishers back catalogue. Thankfully Rickman is a canny enough writer to realise Merrily can't go tilting at (haunted) windmills in every book and in `The Prayer of the Night Shepherd' he wisely reins in the supernatural elements of previous novels and gives his characters breathing space to evolve. Not to say that Rickman has stripped the novel of all things that go-bump-in-the-night. Far from it, but there is a more subtle sleight-of-hand approach to the unquiet dead this time around, allowing the focus of the story to develop into a stylish who-done-it mystery that would do credit to Sherlock Holmes whose creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle features prominently in the story line.
The central thrust of the plot concerns the legend of a `Black Dog' whose unwelcome appearance foretells of a death in a local family and is attributed to be the inspiration for `The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Meanwhile Merrily is becoming the focal point of alleged miracle working when a woman claims to have been cured of cancer at a meditation and prayer session. Another disturbing plot strand involves children who kill - and it's here that Lol Robinson finally emerges from the shadows of Merrily's cassock to show his true mettle. These stories and other curious tales wind around each other like a nest of hissing serpents - and as you would expect there is a twist of Chubby Checker proportions at the finale.
Another excellent book from Phil Rickman in the Merrily Watkin's Deliverance Procedurals.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale of ancient and modern evils 26 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
I won't go into plot details which are mentioned in previous reviews but suffice it to say that - along with Crybbe - this is my favourite among the Phil Rickmans I've read to date. Ancient, old and modern evils are woven together seamlessly in a sometimes snowbound scenario which also involves elements of a spectral dog legend a la Hound. The last bit is no coincidence - long before reading the book I heard Mr Rickman talking on Radio Wales about the possibility that Conan Doyle took his inspiration from a Welsh Borders legend rather than Devon or even Norfolk.
As an entry in the Merrily saga many familiar faces are involved in the action. The always endearing Gomer Parry and his mate Danny Thomas play their parts while Lol survives a chillingly close call(maybe he was able to work it out of his system by writing a song??)
Apart from the many nailbiting twists and turns of the plot the most satisfying - perhaps even moving - element of the entire book is that it ultimately offers some hope of redemption for a troubled individual who has thoroughly earned it.
This book has all the hallmarks of vintage Rickman - not least the strongly defined sense of place but even more characters (both the regulars and others) who feel like real flesh and blood. Thoroughly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself in a brilliant read 16 Aug 2011
By sharon
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Hands up first to being a fan of The Merrily Watkin books. I first came across her with The Smile of a Ghost and from that i wanted more! This novel is my favourite of them all as it touches on so many things i find interesting. Where else could you find rural conflicts,folklore, seances, Conan Doyle,business nightmares, tv folk, teenage angst and vicars! Thats without mentioning paranormal activity!
Whatever time of year you read this in you will be transported to a snow filled world that you won't want to be dug out of until you've finished the book. I guarantee that if this your first read of Phil Rickmans book you will be left wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Eyed Dog - He Called At My Door 17 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
One of the principal rules of ensuring a long running genre series retains its stamina and mass appeal is knowing the precise moment to change the dynamic. Avoidance of this fact inevitably results in character stagnation, plot repetition and eventual banishment to the twilight zone of a publishers back catalogue. Thankfully Rickman is a canny enough writer to realise Merrily can't go tilting at windmills (or haunted Hop Kilns)in every book and in `The Prayer of the Night Shepherd' he wisely reins in the supernatural elements of previous novels and gives his characters breathing space to evolve. Not to say that Rickman has stripped the novel of all things that go-bump-in-the-night. Far from it, but there is a more subtle sleight-of-hand approach to the unquiet dead this time around, allowing the focus of the story to develop into a stylish who-done-it mystery that would do credit to Sherlock Holmes whose creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle features prominently in the story line.
The central thrust of the plot concerns the legend of a `Black Dog' whose unwelcome appearance foretells of a death in a local family and is attributed to be the inspiration for `The Hound of the Baskervilles'. Meanwhile Merrily is becoming the focal point of alleged miracle working when a woman claims to have been cured of cancer at a meditation and prayer session. Another disturbing plot strand involves children who kill - and it's here that Lol Robinson finally emerges from the shadows of Merrily's cassock to show his true mettle. These stories and other curious tales wind around each other like a nest of hissing serpents - and as you would expect there is a twist of Chubby Checker proportions at the finale.
Another excellent book from Phil Rickman in the Merrily Watkin's Deliverance Procedurals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars They are that good!
Really enjoyable, all the series. Some more spooky than others. Can be read as one offs, not necessary to follow the sequence. Read more
Published 12 days ago by east
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love merrily watkins
Published 1 month ago by Julie Chenery
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,dark and creepy
I have been a fan of sherlock Holmes since primary school. Can well believe the "hound" is alive and roaming the Welsh borders.......
Published 1 month ago by gumpyoldgit
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow burn
A little slow at the beginning but it really takes off in the second half. In the end I couldn't put it down.
Published 3 months ago by John Griffiths Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Totally confused
I meticulously plod through these Merrily Watkins books and genuinely get a lot of pleasure from them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Knights
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Phil Rickman
I've read most of the Merrily Watkins mysteries, this one was new to me. They're all real pageturners, it's difficult to stop reading and you feel a bit lost when the book ends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ase Johannessen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
Enjoyable read, love the characters, have only been reading Phil Rickman for a few weeks but I am hooked on the Merrily books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CazzJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one finished
Compelling series. Having been a regular visitor to Hereford for the Marches Sevens in past years and knowing some of the places mentioned, I can imagine it all happening very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by nita
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-chilling
Ghost hounds on the Welsh/English border?
No Problem for Jane Watkins.
She is working in a Hotel in the area - but then something goes wrong. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniela Taitl
5.0 out of 5 stars A potent blend
History and historical mystery mixes with modern, criminal psychology, supernatural evil with the mundane, (if there is any such thing). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sara Salyers
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