Merrily Watkins

15 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693 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

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  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

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  • 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 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

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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    • The Fabric of Sin

    • A Merrily Watkins Mystery
    • By: Phil Rickman
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  • Book 10

    • 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

  • 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 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.

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  • 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 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

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  • 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 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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

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  • Book 13

    • 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

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  • 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 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