The Remains of an Altar

The Remains of an Altar

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Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mum and Deliverance consultant to the Diocese of Hereford, heads for the Malvern Hills in the latest installment of Phil Rickman's acclaimed series of 'first class thrillers with a difference' ("The Guardian"). In 1934, the dying composer Edward Elgar feebly whistled to a friend the theme from his Cello Concerto and said, 'If ever you're walking on the Malvern Hills and hear that, don't be frightened. It's only me.' Over seventy years later, Merrily is called in to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension to a spate of road accidents in the Malvern village of Wychehill, where she discovers new tensions in Elgar's countryside. The proposed take-over of a local pub by a nightclub owner with a criminal reputation has become the battle-ground between the defenders of Olde Englande and the hard-men of drug culture - with extreme and sinister elements on both sides. And as the local choral society prepares to stage an open-air performance of Elgar's Caractacus on the Iron Age hillfort known as British Camp, the deaths begin...

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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 42mm | 698.54g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1905204515
  • 9781905204519
  • 730,810

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'Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around.' The Spectator 'This is no rural paradise, but a setting for an uneasy mix of embittered farmers, escapees from the city and a local pub with a reputation for drug dealing It's probably his best book.' Sunday Telegraph 'Crime fiction lovers who like their stories with a quirky twist need look no further.' Yorkshire Evening Post

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About Phil Rickman

Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf for BBC Radio Wales. He is the author of seven Merrily Watkins Mysteries, introducing the Reverend in The Wine of Angels, and charting her career as the diocesan exorcist with Midwinter of the Spirit, A Crown of Lights, The Cure of Souls, The Lamp of the Wicked, The Prayer of the Night Shepherd and The Smile of a Ghost.

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