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  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (47)
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    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    Sires says: "I Really Enjoyed the Book But Not for Newcomers"
  • 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.

    dave says: "Best yet"
  • 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
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
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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….

    Michael says: "Can't imagine a Merrily story without Emma Powell"
  • 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.

    Lesley says: "Extremely Enjoyable"
  • 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.

    Brooke Hynch says: "A nicely woven tapestry...."
  • December | Phil Rickman

    December

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
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    (75)
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    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    In the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site's dark history. The experience almost destroys them.

    Diane says: "Ghosts of Decembers Past and Present"
  • 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.

    Ruth says: "Brilliant!"
  • 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.

    Girlymctx says: "Enough Global Warming Scare Tactics!"
  • 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.

    Catherine says: "Another Good One from Rickman"
  • The Bones of Avalon | Phil Rickman

    The Bones of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (67)
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    (68)

    It is 1560, and Elizabeth Tudor has been on the throne for a year. Dr John Dee is her astrologer and consultant in the hidden arts…a controversial appointment in these days of superstition. Now the bookish Dee has been sent to Glastonbury to find the missing bones of King Arthur. With him is his Robert Dudley, a wild card…and possibly the Queen’s secret lover. The town is still mourning the gruesome execution of its abbot, Richard Whiting. But why was he killed?

    Madeleine says: "Historical Fiction with a Wicked Hint of Evil"
  • The Magus of Hay | Phil Rickman

    The Magus of Hay

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (65)
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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.

    Bette says: "I Gotta Stop"
  • The Chalice | Phil Rickman

    The Chalice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Glastonbury, legendary resting place of the Holy Grail, is a mysterious and haunting town. But when plump, dizzy Diane Ffitch returns home, it's with a sense of deep unease - and not only about her aristocratic family's reaction to her broken engagement and her New Age companions. Plans for a new motorway have intensified the old bitterness between the local people and the 'pilgrims', so already the sacred air is soured.

    ciorstan says: "Great sequel to Crybbe / Curfew"
  • 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.

    Sharon says: "My favorite Phil Rickman"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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?

    Sires says: "The House Is Surely Too Modern to be Haunted"
  • The Man in the Moss | Phil Rickman

    The Man in the Moss

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
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    Though dead for two millennia, he remains perfectly preserved in black peat. The Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century. But, for the isolated Pennine community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign. A danger to the ancient spiritual tradition maintained, curiously, by the Mothers' Union. In the weeks approaching Samhain - the Celtic feast of the dead - tragedy strikes again in Bridelow.

    Barbara says: "Another creepy wonderful Rickman story"
  • Curfew | Phil Rickman

    Curfew

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets. Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit. But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him....

    Flossie says: "Not as scary"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Sires says: "Ghosts Past, Ghosts Present and Ghosts Future"
  • Night After Night | Phil Rickman

    Night After Night

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
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    (55)
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    Leo Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. But as the head of an independent production company, he does believe in high-impact TV. Defford hires journalist Grayle Underhill to research the history of Knap Hall, a one-time Tudor farmhouse that became the ultimate luxury guest house...until tragedy put it back on the market. Its recent history isn't conducive to a quick sale, but Defford isn't interested in keeping Knap Hall for longer than it takes to make a reality TV show that will run night after night....

    Sires says: "Big Brother in a haunted house, or Big Other"
  • 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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    (61)
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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.

    Diane says: "A Murder Mystery Wrapped Up in Rational Mysticism"
  • Candlenight | Phil Rickman

    Candlenight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Siriol Jenkins
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    Corpse candles. Phantom funerals. The bird of death. It was insidious.... For Bethan, the schoolteacher, the old superstitions woven into the social fabric of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful. Which is why she's pleased to welcome the sophisticated newcomers: London journalist Giles Freeman and his wife, Claire. Surely they'll let in some fresh air.

    whiterabbit says: "Beautifully atmospheric, subtle horror"
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