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 SundayIN THE DARK HEART OF THE COUNTRYSIDE… Aidan Lloyd’s cold and sombre funeral suggests he won’t be resting in peace. But not even diocesan exorcist Merrily Watkins foresees its unearthly aftermath. As a string of killings shakes the wintry Welsh border and a farming feud intensifies, Merrily – personally threatened by an enemy within – confronts secrets hidden in ancient dances and the walls of an enigmatic medieval church.
All of A Winter’s Night
It begins in the fog, with a bleak village funeral. In the early hours of the following morning, Merrily Watkins and her daughter Jane are made aware that Aidan Lloyd, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. A rural tradition is displaying its sinister side as an old feud re-ignites. It’s already a fraught time for Merrily, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as deliverance consultant, or diocesan exorcist, for Hereford. Suddenly there are events she can’t talk about as she and Jane find themselves potentially on the wrong side of the law.