The Wine of Angels (Merrily Watkins 1) (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series) Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth. The Times First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night. Daily Mail Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around. Spectator Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman. Guardian Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favourites. I love everything he's done, from horror to mystery to supernatural thriller - often all in the same book. -- Diana Gabaldon
The Revd Merrily Watkins had never wanted a picture-postcard parish - or a huge and haunted vicarage. Nor had she particularly wanted to walk straight into a local dispute over a controversial play about a strange seventeeth-century clergyman accused of witchcraft ... a story that certain old-established families would rather remained obscure. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets. A paradise of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. And also - as Merrily and her teenage daughter Jane discover - a village where horrific murder is a tradition that spans centuries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Since then I have read all of the series and like all sustained efforts at writing it had its ups and its downs, but above and beyond that if you, like me, think that entertaining reading does not have to be simplistic this is the book for you. I envy you if you are about to click and hit the basket because going to Ledwardine for the first time is always the best. Turn down the lights, put another log on the fire and have a frothy mug of hot chocolate at the ready...Wine of Angels will keep you up late!
Possibly the most innovative and unique thriller writer working in the UK today. I often used to get confused on the series order...I would say read them in order if you can...it doesn't matter if you can't but the growth of the characters is so much clearer!
The Wine of Angels (1998)
Midwinter of the Spirit (1999)
A Crown of Lights (2001)
The Cure of Souls (2001)
The Lamp of the Wicked (2002)
The Prayer of the Night Shepherd (2004)
The Smile of a Ghost (2005)
The Remains of an Altar (2006)
The Fabric of Sin (2007)
To Dream of the Dead (2008)
The Secrets of Pain (2011)
The Magus of Hay (2013)
The House of Susan Lulham (2014) = KINDLE SINGLE = NOVELLA (Previously a short story for Oxfam but expanded here)
Here Merrily, as the new 'priest in charge' in the picturesque Herefordshire Village of Ledwardine, finds herself in the middle of a local disagreement about the possibility of using the church to stage a new play - about a previous incumbent who was accused of witchcraft - and more.
She also has to contend with a possibly haunted vicarage and problems with her teenage daughter Jane, who has Pagan tendencies and isn't at all happy about her mother's vocation.
And all this is before the killings start!
A marvellous, richly atmospheric story which will keep you enthralled right to the end. If you've never read a Merrily novel, this is the ideal place to start - but, if you have read any of the later books, do buy this one and find out how it all began.
Once you're hooked - and you will be - don't despair if you can't find the rest of the series, they are all to be republished at bi-monthly intervals.
This, the first of the Merrily Watkins procedurals is a ghost story wrapped inside a mystery and bound tightly together with the twine of dark folklore. It also delivers a plot twist that gives the sort of jolt you would normally only expect from a gibbet trapdoor.
As always Rickman's dialogue is a joy as he fleshes out the various suicidal dreamers, quirky eccentrics and sexual predators who inhabit his strange little village. As Nick Drake, the quintessential lost soul himself, who makes an eerie cameo role in the book says - The Pink Moon is gonna get you all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series of books was recommended by a friend to read. Started off quite well but I have to say I agree with other reviewers that it rambles on and is boring in parts. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jam
Second book in the series to feature Merrily Watkins, daughter Jane and Lol Robinson.As always for me any series is best read in order. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tinalouise1969
This is the first of the Merrily series and the book that got me hooked. Merrily, the new vicar of Ledwardine, is full of fear and self-doubt yet carries on regardless. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Herbalgirl
I was reccomended Phil Rickman as an author to try. I feel that I have started on a poor example and will continue on with some of his others away from this series of Merrily... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs D
Incredibly slow and very incredibly, the sexism is through the roof. The characterisation of the 'slutty' teen girl, who of course… (spoiler here)…
gets raped and... Read more