All of a Winter's Night

Phil Rickman

RRP: £7.99

2 November 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396987

RRP: £18.99

5 January 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396970

RRP: £4.99

5 January 2017

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396994

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


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.


No-one writes better of the shadow-frontier between the supernatural and the real world.
Bernard Cornwell, praise for Merrily Watkins

Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth.
The Times, praise for Merrily Watkins

Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favourites. I love everything he's done.
Diana Gabaldon, praise for Merrily Watkins

[Rickman] is supremely skilful... a compelling contemporary narrative.
Mail on Sunday, praise for Merrily Watkins

Tight with atmosphere, thick with latent violence... Brilliantly eerie.
Peter James, praise for Merrily Watkins

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

Complex, absorbing, fascinating...
Andrew Taylor, praise for Merrily Watkins

Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman.
Guardian, praise for Merrily Watkins

The layers, the characters, the humour, the spookiness - perfect.
Elly Griffiths, praise for Merrily Watkins

First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night.
Daily Mail, praise for Merrily Watkins

Classic mysteries... [which] cleverly illuminate the darkest corners of our imaginations.
John Connolly, praise for Merrily Watkins

Engrossing and beautifully dark... a cracking good read ensues.
Jo Brand, praise for Merrily Watkins