Merrily Watkins

15 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551 ratings

The Wine of Angels Publisher's Summary

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. And also as Merrily and her teenage daughter, Jane, discover, a village where horrific murder is a tradition spanning centuries.
©1998 Phil Rickman
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  • Book 1

    • The Wine of Angels

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Rebecca Lacey
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 279
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 201

    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

  • Book 2

    • 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 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    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

  • Book 3

    • 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 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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

  • Book 4

    • 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 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    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

  • Book 5

    • Lamp of the Wicked

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    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

  • Book 6

    • 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 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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

  • Book 7

    • 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 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    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

  • Book 8

    • 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 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    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

  • Book 9

    • 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 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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

  • Book 10

    • 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 82
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    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

  • Book 11

    • 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 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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

  • Book 12

    • 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 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    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

  • Book 12.5

    • 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 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    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

  • Book 13

    • 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 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    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

  • Book 14

    • 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 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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