- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (18 Nov. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405051698
- ISBN-13: 978-1405051699
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Smile of a Ghost (A Merrily Watkins Mystery Series) Hardcover – Unabridged, 18 Nov 2005
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'A first class thriller with a difference' -- Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian.
'Rickman's crime series is one of the best around.' -- Andrew Taylor, Spectator Books of the Year.
'The setting is brilliant... a great job.' -- Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail
The seventh novel in this hauntingly unique mystery seriesSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
In spite of this novel's thematic seriousness, Rickman manages to weave subtle strands of wit and humor throughout, and his astounding facility with character and dialogue only gets better with each book. Through his superb crafting of narrative perspective, the personalities of Rickman's characters' seem to hijack their way from chapter to chapter with an amazing fluidity that makes the book very hard to put down.
If you're a regular reader of Rickman's novels, this newest one will not disappoint. If you're new to the novels of Phil Rickman, you're in for a treat. Either way, The Smile of a Ghost will leave a reader smiling.
There are ghosts enough to satisfy the most avid ghost hunter in Ludlow as well as other - perhaps evil - influences. The Bishop of Hereford asks Merrily to look into the increasingly strange happenings in the town on an unofficial basis because no one wants a fuss made. This leads Merrily into many strange and dangerous situations where no one's motives are clear. All the familiar series characters are here - Lol Robinson, recently returned to Ledwardine and living in Lucy Devenish's old cottage; Jane - Merrily's teenage daughter; Sophie - the Bishop's secretary and Frannie Bliss - maverick detective.
I found this seventh episode in the Merrily Watkins series to be every bit as good as the previous six and it kept me reading late at night to finish it - even though I have read it before when it was first published. Each of the books in the series can be read as a stand-alone novel but it adds an extra depth to your reading if you have read the previous instalments. I recommend both this book and the series as a whole to anyone who likes an extra dimension to their crime novels.
As ever the author has his finger on the pulse of contemporary society, exploring uncomfortable themes with a deftness of touch:-the dangers of internet chat-rooms; the fate of active policemen forced into retirement;teenage depression and the role of religion in an increasingly secular society, prone to turn more to New-Age self-help books than to God. And the framework is all there, proving as always that truth is often stranger than fiction.....
This story is mainly based in Ludlow around some mysterious deaths which have taken place; however as usual the paranormal and the criminal is interjected with commonplace problems that Merrily Watkins, vicar, exorcist, lover of musicion Lol Robinson and mother of tempestuous teenager Jane, faces at work and in her private life, which brings the reader back to earth with a non-instrusive bump. The characters are, as always, fantastically drawn and the dialogue is so real you can hear it in your head. The twist at the end is both horrifying and deeply saddening. Don't miss it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always another good story in the Merrily Watkins series.At times it became quite spooky. Very good descriptions in certain parts of the plot made the story seriously creepy.Published 3 months ago by J. Gilbert
I'm biased being a great Phil Rickman fan - but - another book I couldn't put down. Prepare yourselves to ignore everything until you finish reading!Published 13 months ago by Hetty F.
Arrived on time excellent condition very happy with the book as I enjoy reading books by Phil Rickman.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The usual strengths - place, character, light and shadow. I cannot believe that the nobs who own Ludlow Castle would not co operate with the author and wanted him to set it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Silver Moon Sailor