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The Smile of a Ghost Audio Download – Unabridged

4.7 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 54 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Feb. 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IL0PB6O
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Format: Hardcover
In this the seventh of his Merrily Watkins novels, Phil Rickman once again proves that you really can't get too much of a good thing. While The Smile of a Ghost does not find the Rev. Merrily Watkins in such dire or dark supernatural peril she has contended with previously, the demons she must face are just as chilling -- the possible elimination of her very role as Deliverance Minister by modernizing forces in the Church as well as her own self-doubt. And this crisis couldn't have come at a worse time -- in the midst of a tragic trend of teen suicides, possibly influenced by a 12th century ghost and a very hauntingly real "ghost" of sorts from Merrily's Goth days of the more recent past.
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.
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Format: Paperback
I've read every one of Phil Rickman's / Will Kingdom's books and have found them utterly un-put-downable. I'd already started a Dan Brown when Mr Rickman's latest offering dropped through the letter box, but Dan was discarded in favour of Phil. As usual, there is the careful crafting of an intricate story, with a deceptively slow start. It's a case of drip, drip, drip, FLOOD! with this book. A lot happens very quickly in the last few chapters and it took a while to decipher all the connections. This was very good, but not quite Mr Rickman's best offering. It is still well worth buying & I've already recommended it to my friends. I'm disappointed that I've already finished the book and I look forward to the next offering.
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Format: Paperback
If I had known before I bought the first Merrily Watkins novel (The Wine of Angels) that Merrily is an exorcist, I probably would have saved my money. But I didn't know, and now I'm hooked.

The characters are fabulous - Merrily, the sometimes hapless vicar; Jane, the pagan daughter; Gomer, the archetypal local; Lol, the fragile folk-rock mystery. Any and all of these will fix your attention and concern, to say nothing of a wide array of secondary characters and ghosts. OK, the ghosts sound hard to take, but Rickman carefully constructs Merrily's vocation, making the line between spiritual work and work with spirits very faint indeed. The vicar's faith is remarkably practical and so are most of the problems she faces.

The plots grow out of the settings on the Welsh border, exquisitely detailed in all the books. In Smile of a Ghost, the town of Ludlow becomes another character, in some ways the principal victim. Of all the books, this one has the most subtly integrated element of the supernatural: you can take it or leave it.

If the exorcist plot makes you nervous, start with this book and see if your concerned affection for Merrily, Lol, Jane and others doesn't over-come your hesitation.
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Format: Paperback
The Smile of a Ghost is another page-turner from Phil Rickman who continues to play with his "did or didn't the paranormal cause the murder" theme. The psycho-geographical character this time is Ludlow. Meanwhile poor Merrily has an added sinister threat to contend with. New Labour managerialism and psycho-babble has finally caught up with the Church of England in the form of the Diocesan Deliverance Advisory Panel.

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.....
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If you are a firm fan of Merrily Watkins (or indeed Rickman in general) you will not be disappointed by this luxuriously long, enticing book. If you're a Watkins virgin, put the kettle on, unplug the phone and look forward to a gripping read. I keep thinking that Rickman has surpassed himself with his novels as they come out, and then he surprises us yet again.
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!
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