Midwinter of the Spirit Paperback
by PHIL RICKMAN
Part of the Merrily Watkins Series series
'They'll follow you home...breathe down your phone at night...a prime target for every psychotic grinder of the dark satanic mills that ever sacrificed a chicken...' Diocesan Exorcist: a job viewed by the Church of England with such extreme suspicion that they changed the name. It's Deliverance Consultant now. Still, it seems, no job for a woman. But when the Bishop offers it to Merrily Watkins, parish priest and single mum, she's in no position to refuse. It starts badly for Merrily and gets no easier. As an early winter slices through the old city of Hereford, a body is found in the River Wye, an ancient church is desecrated and signs of evil appear in the cathedral itself, where the tomb of a medieval saint lies in pieces.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/06/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780857890108
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Review by RuthieD
I remember reading this book a long time ago. I also being a lone parent was intrigued. I relished it. And although his other books went on to disappoint there s part of the book which absolutely terrified me. And it still remains the only book to do so. Quite an honour....
Review by imyril
There's no avoiding it: this series is problematic, and some of the motifs would normally be a red rag to a bull for me. Packaging it up with a charming single Mum priest and her smart, difficult teenage daughter goes a long way to making it irresistible though, and I devoured this outing in 2 days despite some of the issues the bit of my brain I locked up for the duration would have liked to froth over.Merrily has lived down the difficulties of her first months in Ledwardine, and picked up a new challenge: the reforming new Bishop of Hereford wants her to be his new exorcist. As dark clouds gather over the county in the run up to Christmas, she must decide whether she really believes in evil - and whether she's really ready to face it.