- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Pan General Fiction; 4 edition (3 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330484508
- ISBN-13: 978-0330484503
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.5 x 3.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Crown of Lights Paperback – 3 Oct 2003
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The paranormal investigator with a down-to-earth attitude. This is no rural paradise --Sunday Telegraph
A haunting quality unique in crime fiction... rich in atmosphere and practically unique --Great British Fictional Detectives, Russell James --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The third instalment in the Merrily Watkins series: Single mother and Diocesan Exorcist Merrily Watkins must keep the peace in rural Hereford, quelling a modern witch hunt, and a killer with an old tradition to guard... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A fundamentalist local minister who is profoundly provoked by this, all the more as this church is one of five dedicated to St Michael, warrior against dragons.
A country solicitor who cannot seem to let his dead wife go.
And Old Hindwell, the small border community, holds quite a few more dark and unsettling secrets. In the midst of all this and with conflicts growing on all sides, the Rev. Merrily Watkins, 'diocesan deliverance consultant', finds herself not only in a situation where her own beliefs and loyalty to the church are seriously tested, but also on late-night trash TV to represent the Church against militant pagans. When she finds out the truth about the shadowy secrets of Old Hindwell's spiritual legacy, she puts her own life at risk.
'A Crown of Lights', the third in the 'Merrily Watkins'-series, is a brilliant blend of crime novel, supernatural suspense and murder mystery. The characters and the setting are so utterly real and believable that you seem to see and hear and smell and feel as your read, you are take right into the eerie athmosphere. A book "you live as well as you read", so while you're at it, take a few days off work, unhook the phone and find a baby-sitter! (and when you've finished, look forward to the sequel...).
What follows in an intriguing and fast paced plot which I found difficult to stop reading. The conflict between different religions and belief systems is well portrayed as is the claustrophobic nature of some country areas. There are some interesting characters - Nick Ellis - the priest; Ned Bain - the pagan; Robin and Betty - the unfortunate couple who have bought the church ruins. The book shows clearly how crowd can be controlled and incited to certain behaviour which individually they might abhor. This is human nature at its worst and at its best.
I really enjoyed this book and have read it several times. I like Merrily Watkins as she is a far from perfect individual. She does her best in the most awful situations and sometimes makes mistakes. She is a three dimensional character as is her headstrong daughter, Jane. I would recommend this series to anyone who wants something out of the ordinary which will cause them to question their own beliefs.
installment,he really keeps you guessing. You feel
the tension build and you want more. Some of those quaint little towns hold nasty little secrets. By all means, do not miss. It's a ride
you won't soon forget!
I'm steadily reading all his books. They are consistently good. All have show us edges:wgere culture edge, where reality may end, where belief is stretched to the limit.
Why has it taken so long to recognise this gifted and entertaining writer? Or have I simply missed him?
The strength of Rickman's latest novel lies not only in his talent for developing a number of wonderful characters in each story or for sustaining the lively regional dialects, but also in the thematic attention Rickman pays to our foolish-and dangerous-human desire to separate "us" from "them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phil rickman is a genius of suspense! Could not put this book down. Grabs you from page one until the end!Published 3 months ago by Irene Lees
This is a good enough book but much of the Pagan information was inaccurate and the representation of Pagan practices and beliefs unbalanced. Otherwise a good mystery. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Starfish57
I'm re reading the whole series as I can't wait for the new one, which I've pre ordered! Even though I've read them before, still engrossed in them, A Crown of Lights is one of my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by mrs h
Merrily Watkins isn’t your typical detective. She’s a priest, attempting to put her own traumatic past behind her, bring up her teenage daughter and fulfil her new role as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tribalchick
I first read A Crown of Lights fifteen years ago, and having just finished Friend of the Dusk, Phil Rickman's latest novel in the Merrily Watkins series, I decided to revisit some... Read morePublished 9 months ago by winterchild
Crown of Lights (Merrily Watkins 3) (2007)
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Phil Rickman’s third novel to feature the Church of England’s ‘exorcist-in-chief’, vicar Merrily... Read more
Great author and great book. Characters are well defined, story-line is brilliant and leaves you wondering the outcome from page 1.Published 9 months ago by Mrs Sally A Reeve