The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman
(A Merrily Watkins Mystery)

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The first in the historically rich, atmospheric mystery series featuring female exorcist Reverend Merrily Watkins

The new vicar had never wanted a picture-postcard parish—or a huge and haunted vicarage. Nor had she wanted to walk into a dispute over a controversial play about a 17th-century clergyman accused of witchcraft, a story that certain long-established families would rather remained obscure. But this is Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets. A paradise of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. And also—as Merrily Watkins and her teenage daughter, Jane, discover—a village where horrific murder is a tradition that spans centuries.


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 April 1, 2011 by Atlantic Books. 608 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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When Merrily takes up residence as the newly appointed priest-in-charge in the picture-perfect community of Ledwardine, she discovers a pagan influence lurking beneath the town's sunny surface that links the community to a horrific, centuries-old murder.

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For me, the expropriation of his real life and work has the same kind of failure to respect legitimate boundaries that is at the heart of the chaotic climax to this novel, though perhaps Drake fans would see it differently.

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Reviewing the Evidence

When Stefan Alder, a homosexual actor, who is infatuated with Wil Williams decides he and his partner Richard Coffey should produce a play explaining how Wil Williams came to die, the village family of Bull-Davies and the Powells, begin to worry what secrets will come out.

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