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All of a Winter's Night

Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 14
Narrated by: Emma Powell
Series: Merrily Watkins, Book 14
Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
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When Aidan Lloyd's bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that Aidan, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. Aidan's hidden history has reignited an old feud, and a rural tradition begins to display its sinister side.

It's already a fraught time for Merrily Watkins, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Suddenly there are events she can't talk about as she and her daughter, Jane, find themselves potentially on the wrong side of the law.

In the city of Hereford, DI Frannie Bliss, investigating a shooting, must confront the apparent growth of organised crime, also contaminating the countryside. On the Welsh border, the old ways are at war with the modern world. As the days shorten and the fog gives way to ice and snow, a savage killing draws Merrily Watkins into a conflict centred on one of Britain's most famous medieval churches, its walls laden with ancient symbolism.

©2017 Phil Rickman (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Might be the best Merrily book yet.

I've been a huge fan of this series for some time, and though I wasn't thrilled with the last book--its a bit of a "transition" novel, necessary in order for the characters to have room to grow, but a bit dark because of this--this one reminds me why I loved the series so much in the first place. And though it ends with all our characters still in transition---Frannie Bliss and Annie Howe in the most shocking way possible--the story is fantastic and we can see a light at the end of the tunnel for all of them. Or at least those who survived the winter's night.

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  • Cheryl
  • Westminster, CO
  • 04-09-18

Merrily Watkins' Haunted Herefordshire

If you haven't read any of Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins books, you are missing a real treat. These quietly terrifying books are a view of the English countryside that take the everyday circumstances of life and show you what would happen if you stir in just a little true evil. Phil Rickman has a deft way of describing the surroundings, and his characters jump off the page. He uses complicated plots tied to the history and customs of the area to entertain and terrify the reader (or listener). Give these a try. I am working on learning the Breastplate of St. Patrick, just in case!

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Confusing

Would you try another book from Phil Rickman and/or Emma Powell?

Wearisome overuse of delayed explanation of events. Big stuff happens but not described as it happens, flash forward and then characters explain how it looked and felt to them. Confusing and frustrating.

What could Phil Rickman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above.

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Great story

I cant wait for the next book to come out. Merrily is great! This series is so education plus entertaining I so want to go there.

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Fantastic!

Love Phil rickman's stories!!
No one is better than Emma Powell to narrate them! She's fabulous! !

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  • Simie
  • 11-25-17

Excellent, had me guessing up to the very end

I've listened to the whole Merrily series narrated by Emma Powell. You may think the books start to struggle when the series goes on. Not at all. One of the best yet! I thought I knew the format and work out who was doing what! Wrong! Emma's narrative is superb as there are a lot different characters to handle! Phil has a lot of subtle sub plots going on with plenty of humour that Emma has picked up on. Thanks for all the books Phil! Keep them coming.

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  • A Genealogist
  • 11-06-17

The best Merrily Watkins mystery?

I have listened to all of Phil Rickman's Merrily books. They are all really excellent. This one is definitely one of the best - if not the best. At least one big surprise relating to recurring characters in the series. Very highly recommended but it may help to have listened to OR read books 1 to 13 first!

Emma Powells narration is perfect. Very highly recommended.

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  • A. G. Richardson
  • 10-02-17

Merrily does it again!!!

All the old favourites including Bliss, Annie, Gomer, Jane, Lol & Eirann but Phil has done a bit of a "Game of Thrones" with this one.. Who's left standing?

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  • ChrisH
  • 08-02-17

good read but a bit confusing

As with all Phil Rickman books there is a lot of mystery and tradition in the story.

The story is very good if not a bit confusing in places particularly at the end, had to listen to it twice.

A good read while worth listening to.

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  • eurzulie
  • 07-22-17

Exce!!ent story

I really enjoyed this audio book. I had already read the book, but I had wanted to re-read it, so I thought I would try the audio version. I'm glad I did, as I had missed some things in the first reading. I was enthralled by the Kilpeck part of the story, as I have always wanted to go there. This book really held my attention. The characters are much loved, and it feels like you know them. I am very much looking forward to the next book.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 06-20-17

SO good to have her back!

Love Merrily Watkins - love Phil Rickman - love Emma Powell - love having all these characters back in my life! What's more to say - except - when can we expect the next one, please?

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  • Smee
  • 12-22-18

another excellent tale

Phlil rickman doesn't disappoint. He evocatively weaves a story round the landscape of Merrily's border.

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  • Andrew Foulds
  • 09-27-18

9 Men’s Morris

A real return to form. Lots of dark themes here especially about things so familiar. Never have Morris Dancing seemed to dark but deep! To be honest the mystery behind this was incidental this was more an exploration of our lost connection to Nature and how it is expressed in modern life. Jane also comes into her own and for once Merrily is left to just go with the deep spirituality of the earth.

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  • Earthymama
  • 06-19-17

Phil Rickman- the Border's secrets

I love Phil Rickman's writing.
I can thoroughly recommend reading the Merrily Watkins series
This latest episode meets the usual high standards.
Phil reminds us of the secret and hidden ways of all societies while giving us a cast of excellent characters.
I would give 5***** in all categories but I didn't feel that Frannie Bliss got the fab Scouse voice he deserved

Waiting for the next one so will probably reread all of the others!

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  • flc
  • 06-13-17

Interesting.

well narrated and very interesting as I'm sure the facts were well researched. kept me going till the end.

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  • Michelle
  • 12-09-18

Hard to follow

I've listened to (and loved) many of Phil Rickman's stories but this one was impossible. The American accent was terrible, and many voices sounded the same making it very difficult to differentiate between characters. I had to keep going back and re-listening. Very disappointing.

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 09-06-17

Gripper of a tale.

Mr Rickman, you've done it again! Dragged me in and spat me out, willingly! Listen.