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The Cure of Souls (A Revd Merrily Watkins mystery) by Phil Rickman
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2001 was a good year for Phil Rickman fans, with two new novels to his name. (OK, three if you include Phil's, erm, partner-in-crime, Will Kingdom novel, MEAN SPIRIT.) For my money, though, this one is the best of them.
It's summer, and the temperature's rising in more ways than one. A haunted hop-kiln. a drop-out trainee psychotherapist/sensitive musician (yep, folks, Lol Robinson's back, after being criminally dismissed from the last book in a couple of sentences), the wonderful and irreverent Simon St John (from DECEMBER; along with Prof Levin and Simon's missus, with her useful collection of carnal verbs), as well as Annie Howe, whom we see a lot more of than the last book, too… Read more
The Midnight Man by Stephen Laws
The Midnight Man by Stephen Laws
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Published as a limited edition demi-hardback with dust-jacket, THE MIDNIGHT MAN is Stehens Laws's first solo collection of short stories, and it is, simply, a treat. Gathering together his best stuff from the last twenty-odd years, the book contains many classics -- including the prize-winning "The Song My Sister Sang". The contents page should be enough to make anyone familiar with Laws's work jump to the "Add to Basket" icon right now, but for those who need telling . . .
First up is a short introduction by the man himself, quickly followed by a fine beginer (and one I hadn't read before) "He Who Laughs", before moving on to the urban paranoia story… Read more
Mean Spirit by Will Kingdom
Mean Spirit by Will Kingdom
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Readers familiar with Will Kingdom`s previous novel, THE COLD CALLING, will recognise the cast list of this book. It`s pretty much the cast of the last novel all over again ... including the dead ones! Which should, of course, have you diving straight to the add to shopping basket.
MEAN SPIRIT is a corker, right from the outset we`re hooked on Kingdom`s fine, sassy dialogue and prose. Pacy and slick, the novel just flies along, and the only complaint can be that it`s been so long comming. The dark humour is wonderful, as ever, and you will be howling with laughter at Marcus Bacton`s re-introduction to the transvestite performer (and now national lottery host) Cindy Mars-Lewis, shaman… Read more