The Remains of an Altar: A Merrily Watkins Mystery

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Quercus, Sep 6, 2007 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mum and Deliverance Consultant to the Diocese of Hereford, heads for the Malvern Hills to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension to a spate of road accidents in the sleepy village of Wychehill.

Merrily is called in when two people are killed in a head-on crash that is also linked to the revamped local pub which, it seems, has injected the valley with a shattering, strobing surge of inner-city nightlife... and drugs. When a dealer is found savagely murdered below the great earthen hillfort of Herefordshire Beacon, police ask: is it a ritual killing, a gangland disposal or a cry of outrage?

As Merrily and the police follow separate paths towards the truth, Merrily's teenage daughter, Jane, faces the consequences of her own obsession with a possibly prehistoric site in their home village of Ledwardine. Until, on a night of frenzied violence, in a place at the centre of an ancient, universal mystery, the final, shocking connections are made.


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Excellent writing, and description of scenery as usual. - Goodreads
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Review: The Remains of an Altar (Merrily Watkins #8)

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I'm a fan of Phil Rickman even though his books are a bit wordy for my taste because he can weave multiple story lines together in the last 60 pages better than anyone plus he once scared me so much ... Read full review

Review: The Remains of an Altar (Merrily Watkins #8)

User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

Another excellent mystery (or whatever) featuring Merrily Watkins. The author manages to invoke a wonderful sense of atmosphere as the story builds. Read full review

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Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the author of the Merrily Watkins mystery series, introducing the Reverend in The Wine of Angels, and charting her career as the diocesan exorcist with Midwinter of the Spirit, A Crown of Lights, The Cure of Souls, The Lamp of the Wicked, The Prayer of the Night Shepherd, The Smile of a Ghost, The Fabric of Sin and To Dream of the Dead.

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