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Product Details

  • Series: Merrily Watkins Mysteries (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184724792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847247926
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Past and present collide with fatal results in British author Rickman's unsettling 10th mystery to feature parish priest Merrily Watkins (after 2008's The Fabric of Sin). A few days before Christmas, a body with a mutilated face turns up in a ruined monastery in the Herefordshire village of Ledwardine near the Welsh border. Also casting a pall over the holiday season are the threat of a flood and a contentious debate at a town meeting about whether to build a highway through a beloved meadow. Meanwhile, the unearthing of the ancient Dinedor Serpent, a prehistoric monument, leads Merrily's aspiring archeologist daughter, Jane, into dangerous territory. A newcomer to the village, an outspoken atheist despised by fundamentalists, adds fuel to a volatile mix. Amid the mayhem, Rickman skillfully weaves together the assorted subplots. Credible characters—some down-to-earth, others lunatic—and absorbing archeological lore are a plus. (Aug.)
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"Credible characters . . . and absorbing archeological lore are a plus."  —Publishers Weekly



"Merrily is a most original sleuth and an interesting, sparky woman of emotional and spiritual depth. Rickman is an excellent writer, terrific on atmosphere . . . The best so far."  —The Times

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This book is set in and around the village of Ledwardine where Merrily and her daughter Jane live.
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His characters are varied, complex and likable, his plots entertaining, his mythology right on and he is an absolute master of atmosphere and nuance.
Elizabeth
I await each Phil Rickman book - whether Merrily Watkins or his other excellent novels - impatiently.
Jacqueline M. Tomlinson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bloomsbury on November 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The latest installment of the adventures of Merrily Watkins, Deliverance Consultant (read exorcist) & parish priest for the village of Ledwardine, is a wonderful book.

Phil Rickman seems incapable of putting a foot wrong in this series. The characters are interesting, totally believable & varied, from Merrily herself to minor bit players, all fully realized & unerringly depicted.

Merrily's daughter Jane has developed convincingly through the series and is arguably the best creation of a teenaged girl in modern fiction. This book sees her struggling with issues that would be vividly familiar to this age group, all concerned with the transition to an independent life.

Her long term boyfriend Eirion is back, as is the complex musician Lol. The multi-layered plot vividly details the uneasy juxtaposition of "progressive" development which disenfranchises many of the long term residents of the area, and the workings of the human heart and spirit.

Rickman is honest and fearless in his examination of motivation and character, and of how struggling to do "the right thing" can make your life very difficult. The many facets of loneliness are a constant refrain in his books. Lol expresses this with his "Alien" sweatshirt & album, & in this book the detective Frannie Bliss - an outsider from Merseyside - finds himself on the outer from the Police force & his family.

Merrily is more of a traditional priest in "To Dream of the Dead", with the supernatural aspects of her job less intense. Rickman handles the supernatural elements of this series superbly & intelligently.

As always, music is an important background element, with the late Nick Drake an invisible presence throughout.

The complexity & richness of this series is amazing. Lesser books than "To Dream of the Dead" have won the Booker prize.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on November 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's the week before Christmas, Ledwardine is threatened by flooding and a gruesome discovery is made at the old Blackfriars Monastery. The events that follow create a nightmarish advent for Merrily, Jane, Lol, Detective Frannie Bliss and the people living in Ledwardine. In his inimitable style, Phil Rickman once again delivers a tightly-woven tale of murder, greed, hate and religion gone wrong. While Bliss fights to find a cold-blooded murderer and save his career, Merrily fights to save the spiritual core of her parish -- and herself -- from a hateful attack. And the chaos created by those natural and human forces also wreak havoc in the personal lives of the characters we've grown to love.

While Rickman's latest offering is more of a detective story than a supernatural thriller, fans of "woo-woo" will not be disappointed. The supernatural element, though sparingly evidenced, proves crucial throughout.

I particulary loved To Dream of the Dead for the major role Jane and Bliss play in solving the crime. BIG surprises await readers at the end of this one. Put Dream on your Christmas list, if you can wait that long!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia E. Adams on September 21, 2009
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I love all the Merrily Watkins books and can't really add to the book reviews here except to say, did you know there are two albums, too? Songs from Lucy's Cottage and A Message from the Morning are CDs of character Lol Robinson's songs, lyrics by Phil Rickman and music by Allan Watson and Hazey Jane II. Readers of the Merrily Watkins novels will recognize Baker's Lament, Cure of Souls, Elgar, and Lucy's Song because snippets of Lol's lyrics appeared in the novels. But now the songs have been completed, and they're gorgeous. Lol was heavily influenced by Nick Drake and elements of Nick are interwoven. Lol spent his own time in the psych ward, hence Heavy Medication Day. Find info at Phil Rickman's website and Hazey Jane 2's myspace page. For all of us fans of the Merrily Watkins books, Lol lives! Added treats are Phil Rickman reading from Traherne, quotations from Leather's Folklore of Herefordshire, and the voice of Gomer Parry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline M. Tomlinson on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Phil Rickman has written an absorbing and intriguing mystery starring my favourite clergy person, Merrily Watkins and her irrepressible daughter Jane. I await each Phil Rickman book - whether Merrily Watkins or his other excellent novels - impatiently. Great plots, interesting history and folklore, and beautifully drawn characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Wilder on December 28, 2008
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...so goes the old spiritual. And rain it does in the 10th Merrily Watkins novel set against the background of the great Herefordshire flood. As if the steadily increasing waters of the river threatening to engulf the town of Ledwardine weren't trouble enough, Merrily has to deal with the opposite ends of the Christian spectrum. On one hand is a famous, outspoken atheist and on the other is a fundamentalist who espouses the insidious teachings of American evangelists which are creeping into the UK via the internet (sorry British people, this is one import that you don't need.)

Part of the book is a police procedural that follows DI Frannie Bliss as he investigates a particularly gruesome murder reminiscent of the author's horror beginnings. At this point in his life his marriage and his career seem to be going down in flames. Frannie is a dedicated public servant and he doesn't deserve the treatment that he gets.

Merrily's daughter, Jane, finds the career that she has chosen jeopardized by a famously egotistical archeologist who has been chosen by the Council to lead the Coleman's hill project.

These are well drawn characters and we suffer with them as everything is made much worse by the constant, depressing rain that keeps swelling the rivers and dampening their spirits.

This is probably the best novel that Rickman has done in the series. The narrative flow pulls you through the story without a wasted moment. The only thing that slowed me down was the tendency to go back over particularly excellent passages just to see how they were done. That and, of course, the desire to stay in Merrily's world as long as possible.

All the events in the book come together in the dénouement which contains the multiple twists that we always can expect from this author. This book will leave you with the satisfaction of knowing that you have read a work of the highest quality written by a true literary craftsman.
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