Merrily Watkins
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  • 1
    The Wine of Angels | Phil Rickman

    The Wine of Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lacey
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    A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, and a huge, haunted vicarage were not what the Revd Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious 17th century cleric accused of witchcraft, a story that certain old-established families would rather remained in obscurity. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets.

    Grabbed me midway through

    About a third of a way into this novel I was seriously considering trying something else instead. I didn't know where the plot was going and there we..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 November 2007 by Jane (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Midwinter of the Spirit | Phil Rickman

    Midwinter of the Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    When offered the post once styled Church of England Deliverance Minister, the Reverend Merrily Watkins ¿ parish priest and single parent ¿ cannot easily refuse. But the retiring exorcist, strongly objecting to women priests, not only refuses to help Merrily but ensures that she's soon exposed to the job at its most terrifying.

    Killer Thriller Chiller

    `Mid Winter of the Spirit' begins with Merrily receiving training for her new post as Diocesan Exorcist. It's insidiously creepy stuff and the subject..Show More »

    Reviewed on 24 September 2007 by A. Watson (Glasgow)
  • 3
    A Crown of Lights | Phil Rickman

    A Crown of Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    When a disused church is bought by a young pagan couple, who intend to use it for their own rituals, the evangelical local rector reacts with fury. In an isolated community on the Welsh border, an atmosphere of stifling menace develops - with the persecution of innocent people, false accusations and the formation of a Christian vigilante group. Diocesan deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins is expected to keep the peace as this cauldron of conflict threatens to boil over into serious violence.

    Pagans 1 Christians 0

    At some point the snake-handling, talking-in-tongues, jitter-bugging Christian militia across the pond are going to fix their sights firmly on Phil Ri..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 April 2013 by A. Watson (Glasgow)
  • 4
    The Cure of Souls | Phil Rickman

    The Cure of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    In Herefordshire's hop-growing country, a converted kiln is the scene of a savage murder. When the local vicar refuses to help its new owners cope with the aftermath, Merrily Watkins is sent in by the Bishop of Hereford to defuse the situation. Merrily, however, is already contending with a woman's claim that her daughter is possessed by evil. In both cases Merrily remains unconvinced, but nothing is ever quite what it seems.

    More Hops Than a One Legged Firewalker........

    The Cure of Souls was first time I ever picked up a Phil Rickman with a muted feeling of half hearted enthusiasm. The problem you see was Hops - those..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 April 2013 by A. Watson (Glasgow)
  • 5
    Lamp of the Wicked | Phil Rickman

    Lamp of the Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    The village of Underhowle appeared to be on the brink of a new prosperity after half a century of decay...but now, instead, it seems destined for notoriety as the home of a psychotic serial killer of women. DI Francis Bliss of Hereford CID is convinced he knows where the bodies are buried, but diocesan Deliverance Consultant Merrily Watkins - called in to conduct a controversial funeral - wonders if Bliss isn't blinkered by personal ambition.

    Distracting accent problems
    Reviewed on 25 May 2015 by Mrs ()
  • 6
    The Prayer of the Night Shepherd | Phil Rickman

    The Prayer of the Night Shepherd

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    A crumbling hotel on the border of England and Wales, a suggestion of inherited evil, a mystifying love affair...and the long-disputed origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. It's all endlessly fascinating for young Jane Watkins, flushed by the freedom of her first weekend job. But her mother, Merrily, Deliverance Consultant to the Diocese of Hereford, is increasingly aware of the sinister secrets that are being unearthed.

    Merrily Watkins continues to entertain
    Reviewed on 02 May 2014 by George (United Kingdom)
  • 7
    The Smile of a Ghost | Phil Rickman

    The Smile of a Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    Ludlow: exquisite medieval streets, an imposing ruined castle and a weight of history and legend. Wealthy, famous people come here to live. A sad teenage boy comes here to die...dramatically, at sunset, in a fall from the ruins. Accident or suicide? Either way, no great mystery. Or is it? Robbie Walsh was the nephew of former Detective Sergeant Andy Mumford, who calls on Merrily Watkins when his ailing mother becomes convinced that she's still seeing her dead grandson in the town.

    Atmospheric and enthralling

    I love this series of supernatural detective novels, they are set in the borderlands between England and Wales, each in a different place. I have jus..Show More »

    Reviewed on 08 July 2014 by Anon ()
  • 8
    The Remains of an Altar | Phil Rickman

    The Remains of an Altar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mother, and Deliverance Consultant, heads for the Malvern Hills to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension to a spate of road accidents. A revamped local pub has injected the valley with a shattering surge of inner-city nightlife and drugs. When a dealer is found savagely murdered below the great earthen hillfort of Herefordshire Beacon, police wonder if it is a gangland disposal, a cry of outrage or something more sinister.

    Land of Dope and Gory

    ?The Remains of an Altar' is the eighth in the Merrily Watkins series, and finds our favourite Vicar investigating ghostly sightings of the composer, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 September 2007 by A. Watson (Glasgow)
  • 9
    The Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery | Phil Rickman

    The Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar, and after seven centuries, the Welsh Border village is still shadowed by their mysteries. A few fields away, the Master House, abandoned and falling into ruin, has been sold to the Duchy of Cornawll. But renovation plans stall when a specialist builder refuses to work there, insisting it's a place that doesn't want to be restored.

    Ghosts at Garway Church?

    Firstly I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Having said that I must admit to having reservations about how well this particular story..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 July 2009 by Pat (KilkennyIreland)
  • 10
    To Dream of the Dead | Phil Rickman

    To Dream of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    Late December and the river is rising. The Herefordshire village of Ledwardine has not been flooded in living memory but in these days of climate change nothing is certain. Merrily Watkins, parish priest and diocesan exorcist, has learned that one of the incomers is an author who is a figure of hate for religious fundamentalists. Meanwhile, the Hereford police make a gruesome discovery linked to the Dinedor Serpent, a unique prehistoric monument.

    Thoroughly enjoyable

    I love the Merrily Watkins series by Phil Rickman and I've been waiting for ages for another one to be
    added to the Audible list. It was not a d..Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 November 2011 by Ann (Brighton, United Kingdom)
  • 11
    The Secrets of Pain: A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 11 | Phil Rickman

    The Secrets of Pain: A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    Syd Spicer served with the SAS. He has been trained to overcome pain and fear in all their forms. Well...almost all. Faced with a situation that would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford deliverance consultant Merrily Watkins, Spicer is handling it himself...and coming close to breakdown. Is there a national security aspect here, or is it something more personal? With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily Watkins is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is welcome....

    enjoyable relaxing listen

    I have read all the Merrily Watkins series but wanted something to listen to at night, wasn't too sure at first whether the narrator would annoy me bu..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 December 2015 by herbie ()
  • 12
    The Magus of Hay | Phil Rickman

    The Magus of Hay

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning - until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam.

    exemplary

    Creepy tale , perfect combination of fact, fiction, ancient and modern. Outstanding performance. from narrator.

    Reviewed on 04 May 2016 by P. F. Mcwilliams (County Durham UK.)
  • 12.5
    The House of Susan Lulham | Phil Rickman

    The House of Susan Lulham

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    A new husband and a new house. Just as well, because Zoe doesn't like old. Back in the 1960s, this house was built to look ultra modern, with lots of glass and sharp angles. And it was going cheap, perhaps because of the self-inflicted death of a previous owner - notoriously bloody and prolonged. But Zoe didn't know that. And if her husband Jonathan knew, he kept very quiet. How is Merrily Watkins, diocesan exorcist for Hereford, to know what's behind Zoe's claim that the late Susan Lulham is still in residence?

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  • 13
    Friends of the Dusk: Merrily Watkins, Book 14 | Phil Rickman

    Friends of the Dusk: Merrily Watkins, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
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    When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a blown down tree. At the nearby Cathedral, another storm is building around a new bishop who believes that the Church must phase out irrelevant archaic practices.

    The anticipation of a new Merrily Watkins!!!

    I love this series and I hope that there are many more to come and that they are all read by
    Emma Powell. (Actually, all his books are well read a..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 April 2016 by Ann (Brighton, United Kingdom)