The Wine of Angels, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'Gappy old grin, eyes like grey holes...these very branches.

Look up, Janey...' It looks like a paradise parish: cobbled streets, black and white timber -framed houses.

But, even before she moves in, Merrily Watkins, the new woman priest, has witnessed an ugly death.

Soon she'll be involved in a bitter dispute over a play about a 17th century vicar accused of witchcraft...a story which certain old families would rather remained obscure. Welcome to Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrecy. And, as Merrily and her teenage daughter, Jane, discover, a village where horrific murder is a tradition spanning centuries.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780857890092



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I liked this a lot more than I expected. Fast paced entertainment with a supernatural twist, and great central characters in priest Merrily Watkins and her daughter Jane. There's plenty here that's by the numbers and it's far from original, but it's well executed and I'd happily read other installments. 4 stars for being fluff, but good fluff.

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Merrily Watkins is the new vicar of Ledwardine and along with her daughter Jane has to adapt to new village life. It is not easy though as the village and it’s people are not always what it seems. The events focus on a previous minister in the 17th century, a witch hunt and an old orchard that starts the bear fruit.My Thoughts: What I did love about this book was the village. I loved the idea of an old village full of customs and superstitions. Also like any village there is a unusual mix of characters that all seem to hold a secret. I also liked the plot of the story which revolves around the orchard and old customs. The characters too were fun to follow around and I do feel that this book was very character driven. There are twelve of these books so this being the first I feel that it is introducing the reader to the village and it’s people.What I didn’t like was the length of the book. I felt that nearly 600 pages was too long and I wasn’t get bored but just wanted the book to conclude. The book could have been the same with at least 150 pages less.I think I would read more of the series but I’m not looking forward to overlong books if all the other follow suit. I would also read Phil Rickmans stand alone novels as these too have been given good reviews.

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