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The Cure of Souls | [Phil Rickman]

The Cure of Souls

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.
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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.

As she is drawn into a tangle of trickery, deceit, corruption and sexual menace, her hastily conducted exorcism produces unhappy results. With her career now on the line, she tries to uncover the secrets of Knight's Frome - a village concealing a twisted past as...

©2001 Phil Rickman; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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"Rickman writes mysteries in the classic sense, cleverly combining the supernatural and criminal elements to illuminate the darkest corners of our imaginations." (John Connolly)

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    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 03-22-09
    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 03-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Extremely Enjoyable"

    Wonderful. Do push on through the rather slow start. As you get further in, you realise that a faster start would have left the listener confused. There is a lot of information and a lot of characters to be taken in, but once the groundwork has been laid, then the story romps away. Beautifully written. The reader was 90% there. She paused at inappropriate (to the sense of a sentence) moments. Her 'voices' really added to the atmosphere and to the characters. Extremely Enjoyable.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Warren, VT, USA 11-21-09
    Kathryn Warren, VT, USA 11-21-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Spellbinding"

    Rickman once again weaves his fascinating fabric of the supernatural, the criminal, and the folklore of the countryside. While I normally listen to audio books while driving or doing chores, Rickman's stories so ensnare me that I find myself sitting down and just listening for much longer than I planned.
    Ms. Powell is a wonderful narrator and makes the characters come alive. She enchants the reader with the distinctive local accents.
    I only wish all the Merrily books were available on Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 03-16-10
    Catherine Potsdam, NY, United States 03-16-10 Member Since 2012
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    "A Good Read that Kept Me Wondering"

    Just when I decided that the story was a certain way, Mr. Rickman steers it in another direction! Loved the suspense! If you like Agatha Christi, Midsummer Murders or the like then you may like this one as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Allan
    glasgowUnited Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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 little flowery things used in the beer brewing process. No matter which way I turned it over in my head I couldn't envision how `hop picking' would ever lend itself to the sort of edge-of-your-seat thriller chillers that Rickman specialises in. As it turned out my fears were groundless as the Cure of Souls was a fantastic read and if Rickman ever decides to write about `Porcelain Thimble Collecting' or `Tapeworm Charming' then I'll be more than happy to bow to his better judgment.



    This time round Lol Robinson - who every guitar strumming bloke of a certain age must surely identify with - returns after a strategic absence from `A Crown of Lights' (edged out most likely by Robin the fluffy Wiccan) to play a lead role in the story arc and he teams up with a couple of old lags from `December' - Prof Leven and Simon St John to record his first album since Hazey Jane broke up. Merrily meanwhile is called upon to exorcise a haunted Hop Kiln and suddenly we're off and running on the Rickman Express. The storyboard is studded with all manner of good things; possessed schoolgirls, vengeful gypsies, bent coppers, and to top it all a very naked Annie Howe.



    Having written my thoughts on more than a few Phil Rickman novels my hyperbole tank is pretty running low so let's leave it at this - the guy is a superb writer - one of a kind. In fact I intend to commission a statue of him, albeit rather small and made from plasticine but all are welcome to come and pay their respects. Just watch out for those pesky hop bines, they get everywhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loki
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    4/5/09
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    "Very enjoyable"

    A good match of character and narrator, likeable heroes, convincing villains and a nicely puzzling plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kenneth
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    "The Cure of Souls"

    I am three-quarters of the way through this reading and am struggling to finish it. I do not enjoy unneccessary wordiness of it nor its adolescent script. I do not think many younger people who would find nothing untoward in this style of writing would have the patience to wade through it. The pace of the narration is irritatingly slow at times. I would avoid a recording using this narrator in the future. Altogether disappointing.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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