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review 2018-10-28 02:15
The Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman
The Prayer of the Night Shepherd - Phil Rickman

Series: Merrily Watkins #6


This installment of the series has links to Arthur Conan Doyle and his Hound of the Baskervilles. Merrily has more deliverance stuff, of course, and there's more background character development with her relationship with Lol. There is a potential haunting and although a skeptic would still find a lot to deny, I think it counts towards the 2018 Halloween Bingo Ghost Stories square.


I'm really terrible at writing about these books.


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review 2018-05-11 17:30
Yes, it takes place in that Hay
The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) - Phil Rickman

It was somewhat ironic reading this on a kindle considering. I do prefer real books to ebooks. It's an okay story and mystery. A bit Midsome Murders too

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review 2017-09-29 01:41
The Lamp of the Wicked by Phil Rickman
The Lamp of the Wicked - Phil Rickman

Series: Merrily Watkins #5


Merrily, a vicar who does deliverance work (exorcism) on the side, gets dragged in when her friend Gomer goes to confront a rival the night his equipment storage place burns down. The guy, Lodge, is out digging up some sewage tank he installed that the owner asked Gomer to take out, and they both discover that the reason Lodge was so intent on doing it himself is because he wanted to recover a dead body. So the police are thinking that he's a serial killer that's got other bodies stashed around the area but he's not talking to them. Stuff happens, the plot gets twisty, there's more stuff about a serial killer that was arrested in the 90s, and things don't turn out quite as you might have thought, but if I told you how they did, that would involve spoilers. Things do get wrapped up fairly nicely.


As usual with this series, I felt compelled to keep reading but now I'm not really sure what to say about it. I read this for the "Serial/Spree Killer" square for the Halloween Bingo, which it definitely fits. This gives me my first Bingo! The book could also fit the squares "Murder Most Foul", "In the dark, dark woods", "Supernatural" (there isn't much of it, but there's a bit), "Chilling Children" (Merrily's daughter, Jane, is still only 17 and she's a main character), and "Ghost" (there is a brief scene with a ghost). Actually, it may even work for "Romantic Suspense". Not sure about that one though.


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text 2017-09-27 02:22
Reading progress update: I've read 186 out of 583 pages.
The Lamp of the Wicked - Phil Rickman

So far we have the suspicion that there's a serial killer but only one body (several women have gone missing over the years but there's no proof they're dead). We'll see how twisty things get. One of the missing women apparently had an alien abduction experience when she was 18 that called in the local deliverance minister (exorcist) to consult.


I probably shouldn't be hoping for the bodies to start piling up, should I? It's just that I'm trying to read this for the "Serial/Spree Killer" square...

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text 2017-06-04 08:38
Mopping up
Skendleby - Nick Brown
All of a Winter's Night - Phil Rickman

So far, I'm not doing too badly with my resolution to finish some of those books I started but never got more than a quarter of the way through. Just four days in and already two books finished. Don't think I'll manage to keep this up but we'll see. It's amazing what you can achieve on a sleepless night.

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