The Fever of the World

Merrily Watkins is back, in this chilling and transfixing mystery

Phil Rickman

RRP: £20.00

2 June 2022

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786494597

RRP: £6.99

2 June 2022

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786494603

‘Brilliantly eerie’ PETER JAMES

‘Engrossing and beautifully dark . . . a cracking good read’ JO BRAND

‘Cleverly illuminates the darkest corners of our imagination’ JOHN CONNOLLY

*Book 16 in the Merrily Watkins series – now a critically acclaimed ITV drama starring Anna Maxwell-Martin!*

England’s most famous poet once thought of himself as a modern druid and found his deepest inspiration on the banks of the River Wye, where Celtic magic can still be found and an old darkness lingers.

Now, as the world is at the mercy of a deadly virus, country vicar and part-time exorcist Merrily Watkins learns that the ghosts of the lower Wye Valley still need some attention…

More praise for Phil Rickman

‘The layers, the characters, the humour, the spookiness – perfect’ Elly Griffiths

‘First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night’ Daily Mail

‘No one writes better of the shadow-frontier between the supernatural and the real world’ Bernard Cornwell

‘One of the best’ Spectator

‘Terrific’ The Times

‘Wonderfully original’ Daily Telegraph

‘Nail-biting yet thoughtful and complex’ Shotsmag

‘Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman’ Guardian

‘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

‘Pages that quicken the pulse and chill the room’ All Hallows