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All of a Winter's Night (Merrily Watkins Series) Paperback – 2 Nov 2017
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Merrily Watkins is the most singular of crime fiction protagonists... As ever [Rickman]'s supremely skilful at teasing out the menace that lies behind English folk customs and legends and weaving them into a compelling contemporary narrative. * Mail on Sunday * Rickman is on top form here, as are all his characters... the plot is probably the most spine-tingling one to date. Delightfully sinister -- CrimeReview.co.uk Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth. * The Times on the Merrily Watkins series * Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around. * Spectator on the Merrily Watkins series * Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman. * Guardian on the Merrily Watkins series * First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night. * Daily Mail on the Merrily Watkins series * I have a thing for long series with complex characters, moral ambiguity and evocative writing, and Rickman's Merrily Watkins series is one of the very best. * Diana Gabaldon *
'First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night.' (The Daily Mail)
'I have a thing for long series with complex characters, moral ambiguity and evocative writing, and Rickman's Merrily Watkins series is one of the very best.' (Diana Gabaldon) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Another fabulous dance through Merrily's world - not so much Annie and Bliss in this one, which I approve of!
Thought at first this was going to be similar to book I read last year which had Morris as the themes for various murders - that author clearly not a fan - was wrong on that one. Enjoyed the bits about KIlpeck church as I became somewhat obsessed with the medieval period whilst doing an MA. Look it up on wiki for more info - quite unusual Green man to many I have seen - has almost an African influence about him.
Used to live in Shropshire so used to Border - or "blackface Morris' sides - so that added interest - again, look up on youtube if you have never seen a border side dance.Only problem with finishing a Phil Rickman is having to wait for the next one! Though how he is going to beat this I know not!
Please don't let them be televised Mr Rickman - the pictures aren't so good!
I won't go into more detail about the background to the series, not least because I've already reviewed a few of the books and I'd be going over old ground, but I will say that I think this is one of the strongest instalments in the series.
It opens with Merrily and Jane investigating a night-time disturbance in the churchyard next to the vicarage, where some men seem to be gathering at the grave of a young man recently killed in a quad bike accident. What unfolds is an eerie tale of murder, folk ritual, blood feuds and mysticism, but there are also more worldly subplots involving corrupt local politics and criminals from Eastern Europe, plus the ever-present threat of Merrily losing her deliverance role and being moved to a parish away from her beloved Ledwardine.
This book feels like vintage Merrily Watkins, with lots of familiar characters playing an integral role to the plot and Merrily herself playing a pivotal role in driving the action forward. The development of the characters over the course of the series is, along with the powerful sense of place, one of the strongest elements of Phil Rickman's writing. It also goes beyond eeriness and atmosphere and into full-on folk horror at times, and it does so wholly successfully.
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I would like to read a German translation, too!
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