The Lamp of the Wicked by Phil Rickman
(Merrily Watkins Mysteries)

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'You're looking at his inspiration. These are ones he wishes he'd done, the ones he wishes he'd got to first...'

After half a century of decay, the village of Underhowle looked to be on the brink of a new prosperity. Now, instead, it seems destined for notoriety as the home of a psychotic serial killer. DI Francis Bliss, of Hereford CID, is convinced he knows where the bodies are buried. But Merrily Watkins, called in to conduct a controversial funeral, wonders if Bliss isn't blinkered by personal ambition. And are the Underhowle deaths really linked to perhaps the most sickening killings in British criminal history?

About Phil Rickman

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Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins Mysteries.
Published December 1, 2011 by Corvus. 624 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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But the spectacular self-immolation is only the beginning of a more unsettling mystery that links these crimes to the career of Frederick West, the most notorious real-life mass murderer in modern English history—a mystery whose riddles reach out in the most unexpected directions.

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A serial killer stalks a small English town in British author Rickman's fourth Merrily Watkins mystery, a darker, more disturbing tale than last year's The Cure of Souls.

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