BOOKS

Merrily Watkins collection 3: Prayer of the Night Shepherd and Smile of a Ghost

Phil Rickman

RRP: £9.99

1 August 2013

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782391517

The Prayer of the Night Shepherd
A crumbling hotel on the border of England and Wales. A suggestion of inherited evil, a strange love affair… and the long-disputed origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Young Jane Watkins is fascinated, but her mother, Merrily, Diocesan Exorcist, can soon see the sinister side. Especially when blood appears in the fresh snow.

The Smile of a Ghost
In the affluent, historic town of Ludlow, a teenage boy dies in a fall from the castle ruins. Accident or suicide? And why does the boy’s uncle turn to exoricist Merrily Watkins? Merrily must work fast as the death toll rises, but there is a dangerous obsession lurking in these shadowed medieval streets.

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