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.
And are the Underhowle deaths really linked to the most sickening mass murders in British criminal history? The fifth Merrily Watkins mystery takes our endearingly fallible heroine from the wilder shores of millennial spirituality to the darkest hinterland of human depravity.
©2003 Phil Rickman (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Distracting accent problems"
I agree with the previous reviewer about the accents - key characters have had quite major accent changes from previous recordings, which is distracting. It's a good story and Emma Powell is generally a strong narrator, but on at least one occasion, Franny Bliss's accent veers wildly from Scouse to Birmingham and back again several times within one conversation! When you're losing focus on the story because the accents are becoming so irritating, think it's time to consider re-recording. Otherwise, a good and well read novel.
Firstly, I really enjoyed the story and I do rate this narrator. However, having listened to the previous books, all but one read by the same narrator as this one, I'm confused by the changes in accents for three of the central characters. Previously, their accents were neutral, placeless accents but in this reading, they all have Herefordshire accents. Don't get me wrong, I like a Herefordshire accent as much as the next person, but the dialogue and the personalities just felt wrong this time round. Hoping it's a blip and they'll return to their origins in the next book.
This is my fourth audio book from Phil Rickman over the last 4 years. The best story so far, I just had to keep listening,. Strong well written and developed characters. Brilliant throughout.
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