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Merrily Watkins collection 2: Cure of Souls and Lamp of the Wicked

Phil Rickman

RRP: £9.99

6 June 2013

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782391500

The Cure of Souls
When the local vicar refuses to help his parishioners in the aftermath of a savage murder, Diocesan Exorcist Merrily Watkins is sent in by the bishop. Already involved in the case of a schoolgirl whose mother thinks she’s possessed by evil, Merrily is drawn into a deadly tangle of deceit as she uncovers the twisted secrets of the village’s past.

The Lamp of the Wicked
A serial killer is on the loose in the small village of Underhowle. DI Francis Bliss is convinced he knows where the bodies are buried. But Merrily wonders if Bliss isn’t blinkered by personal ambition. And are the Underhowle deaths really linked to some of the most sickening killings in British history?

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REVIEWS

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