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    • The Fabric of Sin

    • A Merrily Watkins Mystery
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite Phil Rickman

    • By Sharon on 12-10-13

    Regular price: $30.05

    • 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

    • Lamp of the Wicked

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I can 't wait for the next one!

    • By Deborah Long on 08-24-16

    Regular price: $19.07

    • 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 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

    • The Heresy of Dr Dee

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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

    • To Dream of the Dead

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 30 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

    • The Smile of a Ghost

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ghosts Past, Ghosts Present and Ghosts Future

    • By Sires on 02-17-16

    Regular price: $16.83

    • The Wine of Angels

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lacey
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 294
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant!

    • By Ruth on 03-07-12

    Regular price: $43.26

    • The Prayer of the Night Shepherd

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best in the series so far

    • By dbec1998 on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $19.07

    • 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 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    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

    • A Crown of Lights

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best yet

    • By dave on 10-28-09

    Regular price: $31.85

    • Candlenight

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    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

    • 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

    • Friends of the Dusk

    • Merrily Watkins, Book 14
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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

    • Midwinter of the Spirit

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good One from Rickman

    • By Catherine on 03-16-10

    Regular price: $26.71

    • Curfew

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    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: $19.93

    • Night After Night

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 64

    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 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    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: $19.93

    • The Remains of an Altar

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mother, and Deliverance Consultant, heads for the Malvern Hills to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension to a spate of road accidents. A revamped local pub has injected the valley with a shattering surge of inner-city nightlife and drugs. When a dealer is found savagely murdered below the great earthen hillfort of Herefordshire Beacon, police wonder if it is a gangland disposal, a cry of outrage or something more sinister.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty boring

    • By Meagan vR on 01-08-11

    Regular price: $26.71

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