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on October 9, 2013
This is the fourth of Rickman's books about priest and Deliverance minister Merrily Watkins. And by 'Deliverance' it means that she deals with the apparent supernatural. On this occasion it's a mix of familiar elements: a spirit that refuses to leave a kiln where a brutal murder took place, and a young girl apparently possessed by evil. What Rickman is very good at doing is creating a sense of foreboding, and building a suitably convoluted tale in a small village where the nouveau riche are exerting their financial power over those who have lived in the area for generations. Add to this Romany gypsies and a hint of black magic and you get the general idea.

I'd say Rickman is an author who is consistently good without being consistently great. I think this is the sixth of his books that I have read, and they have all been intriguing and held my attention. I think all of them have been a little too long for the amount of story contained within, but his characters are very good (he has a real flair for dialogue) and the mysteries they become involved in are well-plotted with a fair amount of surprises thrown in.

This is proving to be a very reliable and enjoyable series.
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