The Magus of Hay, Paperback
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The Merrily Watkins series will have you hooked. Join Merrily in her chilling tales of murder, mystery and intrigue. A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning - until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home.

What he finds there has him consulting Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal.

It's nearly forty years since the town of Hay-on-Wye was declared an independent state by its self-styled king.

A development seen at the time as a joke. But the pastiche had a serious side. And behind it, unknown to most of the townsfolk, lay a darker design, a hidden history of murder and ritual magic, the relics of which are only now becoming visible.

It's a situation that will take Merrily Watkins - on her own for the first time in years and facing public humiliation over a separate case - to the edge of madness.



  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780857898685



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Another great addition to the series. Missed Jane and Gomer but as the author says you don't travel with the same people everyday. Enjoying the development of Bliss and Annie. Interesting plot regarding Hay. Loved the slight spookiness as usual.

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