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    • The Man in the Moss

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another creepy wonderful Rickman story

    • By Barbara on 10-14-15

    Regular price: $26.74

    • The Chalice

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great sequel to Crybbe / Curfew

    • By ciorstan on 11-09-15

    Regular price: $24.99

    • The Bones of Avalon

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical Fiction with a Wicked Hint of Evil

    • By Madeleine on 01-12-12

    Regular price: $16.31

    • The Cure of Souls

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extremely Enjoyable

    • By Lesley on 03-22-09

    Regular price: $26.47

    • Friends of the Dusk

    • Merrily Watkins, Book 14
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I Really Enjoyed the Book But Not for Newcomers

    • By Sires on 04-04-16

    Regular price: $23.55

    • To Dream of the Dead

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Murder Mystery Wrapped Up in Rational Mysticism

    • By Diane on 03-06-13

    Regular price: $16.41

    • Curfew

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 133

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really good book

    • By Dawnde W. on 09-27-17

    Regular price: $21.05

    • The Secrets of Pain

    • Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 11
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    The elite warriors of the Hereford-based SAS know all about pain and the enduring of it. Syd Spicer, ex-SAS trooper, has found himself back in the regiment - this time as its chaplain, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the hardest men in or out of uniform. Faced with a case which would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford diocesan exorcist Merrily Watkins, Spicer is forced, for security reasons, to try and handle it himself - and is coming close to a breakdown.

    Regular price: $37.30

    • All of a Winter's Night

    • Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 14
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Might be the best Merrily book yet.

    • By linda on 06-07-17

    Regular price: $37.30

    • The House of Susan Lulham

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The House Is Surely Too Modern to be Haunted

    • By Sires on 12-18-15

    Regular price: $16.83

    • The Magus of Hay

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I Gotta Stop

    • By Bette on 09-06-15

    Regular price: $16.31

    • The Heresy of Dr Dee

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    It's 1560, and rumour shrouds the death of the one woman who stands between Lord Robert Dudley and marriage to the young Queen Elizabeth. Did Dudley's wife, Amy, die from an accidental fall? Or was it murder? Even Dr John Dee is uncertain. Then a rash promise to the Queen sends him to his family's old home on the Welsh Border in pursuit of a crystal credited with supernatural properties. With Dee goes Robert Dudley. They travel with the entourage of a judge sent to try a Welsh brigand with a legacy dating back to the Battle of Brynglas.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • disappointing

    • By Kindle Customer on 07-23-13

    Regular price: $16.31

    • Night After Night

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Big Brother in a haunted house, or Big Other

    • By Sires on 05-13-15

    Regular price: $24.26

    • December

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ghosts of Decembers Past and Present

    • By Diane on 12-22-12

    Regular price: $21.05

    • Candlenight

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully atmospheric, subtle horror

    • By whiterabbit on 07-24-15

    Regular price: $24.26

    • The Remains of an Altar

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Shadowed by the Malvern Hills, the village of Wychehill is no rural paradise but an uneasy mix of embittered farmers, escapees from the city, and a pub with a reputation for drug dealing. Called in to investigate an unsettling series of road accidents, Merrily Watkins stumbles into a barbed tangle of alienation, murder...and the fatal pursuit of an archaic secret.

    Regular price: $11.93

    • The Fabric of Sin

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar. After seven centuries, the Welsh border village is still shadowed in their mysteries. Why do the local pubs have astrological names? What happened in Garway to intimidate the Edwardian ghost-story writer M. R James? And why is it impossible to find a builder prepared to restore the ancient Master House, a few fields away from Garway church?

    Regular price: $15.88