When a man's body is discovered near the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, his death appears to be 'unnatural' in every sense. Merrily Watkins, priest, single mother and exorcist, is drafted in to investigate.
The castle was moonlight-vast, all its ages fused together by the shadows, chimney stacks like the backs of hands turned black...
Hay-on-Wye: a eccentric medieval town known for its dozens of secondhand bookshops... and for having its own king. Now in the grip of recession, Hay is fighting for its future. Not the best time to open a bookshop, but Robin and Betty are desperate, and only Betty worries about the oppressive atmosphere of the shop they're renting.
Merrily Watkins, diocesan exorcist for nearby Hereford, knows little about Hay until a body is found in the dark pool below a waterfall on the outskirts of the town and the police ask her to assist. The dead man's peculiar interests will open a passage to the hidden heart of Hay and a secret history of magic and ritual murder. And Merrily is alone and vulnerable as never before...
About the Author
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 hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins series.
Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth. The Times First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night. Daily Mail Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around. Spectator Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman. Guardian Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favourites. I love everything he's done, from horror to mystery to supernatural thriller - often all in the same book. -- Diana Gabaldon
Series: Merrily Watkins Series
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st July 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1