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Friends of the Dusk (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series)
Friends of the Dusk (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skulls out for Autumn..., 15 Dec. 2015
Friends of the Dusk is the thirteenth novel in the Merrily Watkins series and it really is at least as dark and chilling as any of its predecessors. The discovery of human bones unearthed by a violent act of Nature on Hereford's Castle Green sets in motion a chain of tragic events. DI Frannie Bliss must attempt to make sense of them and attempt to discover whether they are linked and if so, exactly who is responsible.

Merrily Watkins is asked to help with a problem of a seemingly dark spiritual nature in a location close to the Welsh Border but she must not mention it to her Bishop. Merrily quickly realises the new Bishop, in the spirit of a new broom sweeping clean, has plans to dispense with 'irrelevant archaic practices', meaning Merrily and her 'deliverance ministry' are directly in the path of the Bishop's broom. At the same time as she attempts to come to terms with these impending changes and questions her own inner feelings about her role in the Diocese, Merrily uncovers hints of an insidious darkness centred around a remote farmhouse. An atmosphere of gloom and dread pervades as Merrily investigates...

The more novels there are in a series, the more there is a risk of repetition, a sense of becoming over-familiar with the characters and themes. Phil Rickman's invention, creativity and quality ensure there is no such problem here; indeed his dexterous management of storytelling, plot and imaginative tropes continues to deliver original and exciting episodes imbued with the same freshness as The Wine of Angels, the first novel in this major sequence.

FOTD features all of those satisfying qualities that keep Rickman's readers coming back for more: his wonderful evocation of genii loci, atmosphere, uncannily believable characters (delineated with sensitivity, allowing their humanity to surface by way of dialogue; he achieves this with authoritative and deceptive ease resulting in a completely natural portrayal of convincingly real people), scenes slotted into place with a watchmaker's precision, thrillingly dark storylines...

An extremely rich, exciting and satisfying read.


Midwinter Of The Spirit - Series 1 [DVD] [2015]
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would really like to see how this develops, 20 Oct. 2015
I can't wait to see this again on DVD! As a TV drama (details already given in other reviews) this is something new and fresh - a crime story with the creepy atmosphere and shocks of a horror film - and yet the supernatural element is ambiguous, is it 'real' or is it all in the mind? What is real evil? Is it purely psychological or does evil intent allow something else to enter into our world? Are dark and malicious thoughts a contagion that infects and corrupts in ways that are more than psychological, emotional or physical?

And how do the police deal with this type of crime? Can they successfully work with Merrily Watkins, Diocesan exorcist/deliverance minister? Is a modern-day exorcist an appropriate and effective counter measure to a darkness that leaves Herefordshire CID floundering?

The relationship between Merrily and her daughter, Jane, is intriguing, I would really like to see how this develops. Midwinter of the Spirit is quality TV: the acting is convincing, the locations are wonderful and the production values are superb. I do hope there will be more in this series, preferably with each episode of longer duration, maybe even each story could also have more episodes.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 May 2015
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Night After Night
Night After Night
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story, Well Told..., 16 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Night After Night (Hardcover)
At 500+ pages Night After Night is a feast, an opportunity to spend several hours in a reputedly haunted house in the company of intriguing characters, including old friends from the (previously published under the pseudonym) 'Will Kingdom' novels, The Cold Calling and Mean Spirit: Welsh shaman and 'Last Ventriloquist' Cindy Mars-Lewis, New Age journalist Grayle Underhill and Marcus Bacton, ex-schoolteacher, ex-editor-and-proprietor of an ex-New Age journal.

Commissioned by Channel 4, Big Other is a reality TV series blending Big Brother with Most Haunted; the invited 'celebrity guests' consist of believers in the paranormal and rabid sceptics; the programme is set to run for seven days, night after night...

Without revealing plot details (the publisher's blurb already serves as an adequate appetiser) rather I will give a general overview along with my impressions of the novel's qualities.

From the first paragraph you can feel the tingling excitement, that Rickman trademark 'sit yourself down, I'm going to shiver your timbers... maybe not in the way you expect.' Written in the present tense, the novel has the feel of edited-for-broadcast VT.

As the scenes slide into place we simultaneously learn about the sad, dark threads running from the past (including the very distant past), through the novel's opening present - where the stage is being set for those threads to converge - and into the future.

Rickman, his unique style forged in the fires of his impressive body of work, communicates with the reader through his unmistakeably naturalistic dialogue, subliminal cues, almost intangible tones, through his deftly delineated characters (in never less than 3D HD).

An impressive array of subjects comes into play that enlightens and entertains as well as forming key features in the narrative, including psychology, history, reality TV (obviously!), paranormal experience, the whole sprinkled with some priceless moments of humour.

With a certain cynical relish, Rickman skilfully pulls aside the curtain to present us with behind-the-scenes workings of the media including the pressure-cooker of egos, resentments and devious motives. There is a sense that with so much happening - all the bustle of a TV production crew, the comings and goings of staff, the ever-present caprices of the weather (another classic Rickman 'sky painting': p48 '...shiny charcoal clouds, racing at him, bunched like fists.'), echoes of the past, tensions between and issues within the characters - that the uncoiling evil will be lost in the hubbub, but rest assured the focus sharpens insidiously, slicing into the narrative like a black knife through butter. Rich in atmosphere, intrigue, drama, surprises and shocks. Crime!

I wasn't sure about the dustwrapper design with its ancient door, wrought-iron hinge and studs, but when re-opening the novel part-way through, I'd swear the cover creaked...

Rickman skips swiftly from scene to scene, simultaneously building atmosphere, a sense of 'other' – and a lurking malevolence. Conversation, chat, interchange, Night After Night is in large part about the interactions of disparate characters set against the backdrop of the brooding Knap Hall ('The house connives'), a backdrop more than capable of wrong-footing anyone venturing into its chill embrace, an embrace that reaches out, tentacles slithering over the Cotswold hills, into the village-town of Winchcombe, nearby Sudeley Castle and that burial chamber and repository of ancient power, Belas Knap.

Try as I might, I couldn't slow down my inexorable hurtle towards the end, dismayed at seeing the number of remaining pages diminish while devouring them greedily.

A completely convincing, absolutely compelling read, confounding expectations and delivering roomsful of drama, shivers and terror that will more than satisfy the discerning reader.

In other hands it could be said the subject matter is ambitious, a bite that's more likely to choke than be swallowed, but to Phil Rickman this is obviously familiar territory – all of it – and here we find him in his element and so obviously at the top of his game, presenting us with a BIG stand-alone novel written with clarity, elegance and powerful authorial skill.
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The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series)
The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Merrily Watkins Series)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Town Noir, 15 Nov. 2013
The Magus of Hay is number twelve in the Merrily Watkins series and here we find the quality and power of its predecessors returning stronger than ever. The 'town of books', Hay-on-Wye, is presented as an eerie place, its characterful old streets full of shadows and uncertainties. Rickman, as ever, evokes a wonderful sense of place.

A chain of events is set in motion by a seemingly ordinary death and a desperate whim to open a bookshop. What follows is the gripping story of unaborted seeds of resentment, how they grow within certain individuals, making them, through their delusions, into portals that allow the entry of evil. Benign spiritual intentions are subverted with sly and cunning deception. A tangled and chilling web indeed. Can Merrily Watkins survive this legacy of past aspiration and its continuing fatal repercussions? Can the battered DI Frannie Bliss keep up the pace?

As a bonus, The Magus of Hay features the welcome return of some familiar characters, a dense atmosphere and beautiful depictions of the landscape in and around Hay.

This novel grabbed me from the outset, unputdownable and plenty of bang for your buck. As is always the case with Phil Rickman's novels, the pages seem to fly past and when the few remaining pages begin to diminish with ever increasing speed, you can't help but wish the novel would never end - one of the most telling signs of a thoroughly satisfying and thrilling read.
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Comes the Storm: Viene la Tormenta
Comes the Storm: Viene la Tormenta
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5.0 out of 5 stars Misty Mountain Hop, 17 Nov. 2012
This is the story of two misfit climbers who wandered off the map in the vast, lonely reaches of the Canyonlands of Utah when adventure and the Unknown still held sway.

It is also the story of a long and deep friendship. It's 1988 and Terry Lockton and his pal, Henry `Hacksaw' Montgomery, are in the final stages of a climbing expedition that could be their swan-song as a team.

Throughout their journey, both friends know that it's Terry's crunch-time for making life-changing decisions, weighing personal responsibilities against personal dreams and the meaning of freedom. Both men know sacrifices are inevitable. Hacksaw wants to help Terry make the right decision but how far will he go to ensure an outcome that Terry's wife, Susan and their kids will be happy with? Which path will Terry take?

Viene La Tormenta is the vivid account of an adventure that takes in hair raising climbs and colorful situations; an adventure that leads relentlessly towards its inexorable resolution...

This tale opens with Hacksaw and Terry most of the way through their `last gasp' four-month road trip, on their way to Anasazi Canyon, Utah, for possibly their one final climb together. On the way they have a strange encounter, plunging the reader into what feels vaguely like a blend of Freak Brothers meet Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan - but things aren't exactly what they seem...

A poignant, mystical, gritty and very moving tale of two free spirits and how they deal with some serious soul-searching amid the beautiful desert and mountain landscape and the moods of the weather.

This is the original Alternative Great American Story and there is Truth, Beauty, Loss, Triumph and a great heart to be found in these pages. I enjoyed spending time with these guys, in their world. Superb.


The Heresy of Dr Dee (The John Dee Papers)
The Heresy of Dr Dee (The John Dee Papers)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness on the edge of Wales..., 4 Nov. 2012
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In this second historical novel from Phil Rickman, `young' Dr John Dee and his friend Robert Dudley set out on another adventure, this time to Wales. The premise of this story is adequately described in other reviews so I won't repeat it here. You need have no worries about the quality of this novel, it's brilliant! It has a strange beauty, despite the urge, during reading, to don a pair of wellies (that happened with its outstanding predecessor, The Bones of Avalon too). In The Heresy of Dr Dee you can feel the slow build of inexorable doom as the devious cogs of the plot ratchet into place, unstoppable gears in ancient malevolent machinery. It's full of unexpected twists and turns and the climax is weird, evil and unpredictable. As in all his novels Rickman excels with atmosphere, character and dialogue. Highly recommended.


To Live Outside the Law: Caught by Operation Julie, Britain's Biggest Drugs Bust
To Live Outside the Law: Caught by Operation Julie, Britain's Biggest Drugs Bust
by Leaf Fielding
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acid went everywhere..., 3 Nov. 2012
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This is a riveting and entertaining account of Operation Julie from an insider's perspective, fascinating enough just for that, but it's also much more. Leaf begins with a description of the brutal police raid on his cottage in Wales and later, his life in prison. He then relates, in flashback, his childhood and adolescence, his alignment with the sixties' counterculture, his ideals and how this led to his becoming part of the LSD distribution network.

Well-written and briskly paced, To Live Outside the Law includes the writer's beliefs, thoughts and concerns - and how he endured and finally overcame the oppression of life in prison...

One of my favourite lines is 'Trippers wouldn't trash the planet': this encapsulates Leaf's belief throughout and with which I heartily agree! If you have an interest in the British counterculture, psychedelics and the law, this is essential reading. Highly recommended.


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