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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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review 2017-02-09 17:10
The House of Susan Lulham (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) - Phil Rickman

Merrily Watkins find herself at the center of Facebook. Okay, she goes to help a woman who misrepresents what happens. The story is actually quite gripping. You do not need to have read other Watkins books to follow this one.

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review 2017-01-10 00:38
The Cure of Souls by Phil Rickman
The Cure of Souls - Phil Rickman

Series: Merrily Watkins #4


It was a bit weird reading about all the summery July weather in January, but overall it was an enjoyable typical Merrily Watkins book. With Lol!


These books are quite readable, but a bit scattered when it comes to the mystery.

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