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All of a Winter's Night

Phil Rickman

RRP: £18.99

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396970

RRP: £9.99

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396994

When Aidan Lloyd’s bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that Aidan, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace.

Aidan’s hidden history has reignited an old feud, and a rural tradition begins to display its sinister side.

It’s already a fraught time for Merrily Watkins, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford. Suddenly there are events she can’t talk about as she and her daughter Jane find themselves potentially on the wrong side of the law.

In the city of Hereford, DI Frannie Bliss, investigating a shooting, must confront the apparent growth of organised crime, also contaminating the countryside.

On the Welsh border, the old ways are at war with the modern world. As the days shorten and the fog gives way to ice and snow, a savage killing draws Merrily Watkins into a conflict centred on one of Britain’s most famous medieval churches, its walls laden with ancient symbolism.

Midwinter of the Spirit, televised last year to worldwide critical acclaim, was the first novel to reflect the reality of exorcism in modern Britain. All of a Winter’s Night is the 15th episode in this electrifying series.

REVIEWS

Merrily Watkins is the most singular of crime fiction protagonists... As ever [Rickman]'s supremely skilful at teasing out the menace that lies behind English folk customs and legends and weaving them into a compelling contemporary narrative.
Mail on Sunday

Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around.
Spectator on the Merrily Watkins series

Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth.
The Times on the Merrily Watkins series

Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman.
Guardian on the Merrily Watkins series

First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night.
Daily Mail on the Merrily Watkins series

I have a thing for long series with complex characters, moral ambiguity and evocative writing, and Rickman's Merrily Watkins series is one of the very best.
Diana Gabaldon

Rickman is on top form here, as are all his characters... the plot is probably the most spine-tingling one to date. Delightfully sinisterCrimeReview.co.uk