The Secrets of Pain

The Secrets of Pain

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MERRILY WATKINS - SINGLE MUM, PARISH PRIEST...COSY? I DON'T THINK SO...Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mother, and exorcist, works for the Diocese of Hereford in a remote village on the border of England and Wales. THE SECRETS OF PAIN The elite warriors of the Hereford-based SAS know all about pain and the enduring of it. Syd Spicer, ex-SAS trooper, has found himself back in the Regiment - this time as its chaplain, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the hardest men in or out of uniform. Faced with a case which would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford diocesan exorcist Merrily Watkins, Spicer is forced, for security reasons, to try and handle it himself...and is coming close to a breakdown. Meanwhile, the scattered communities along the Welsh border have their own crisis. With recession biting deep, urban crime has spilled into the countryside and old barbaric evils are revived. When a wealthy landowner is hacked to death in his own farmyard, the senior investigating officer, DI Frannie Bliss is caught in the backlash, his private life in danger of exposure. With the framework of her own world beginning to crack, Merrily is persuaded to venture into areas where neither a priest nor a woman is unearth secrets linked with the border's pagan past. Secrets which she knows can never be disclosed. The previous book in the bestselling Merrily Watkins series is The Dream of the Dead.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 44mm | 539.77g
  • Corvus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1848872755
  • 9781848872752
  • 115,290

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Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary, Rickman's crime series is one of the best around. Spectator Ancient history, violent deaths, feuds, intrigues and murder. A most original sleuth. The Times A thriller that calms spirits both quick and dead. Rich with shivers. Guardian First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night. Daily Mail A dark no man's land where murder mingles with superstition. Brilliant. Andrew Taylor A first class thriller with a difference Guardian The clever combination of modern idiom and the timeless echo of history leaps from every page. You are there with poor Merrily every step of the way. Daily Express Rickman writes mysteries in the classic sense, cleverly combining the supernatural and criminal elements to illuminate the darkest corners of our imagination. -- John Connolly 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 No-one writes better than Rickman about the shadow-frontier between the supernatural and the real world -- Bernard Cornwell

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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 on BBC Radio Wales. He is the acclaimed author of The Heresy of Dr Dee, The Bones of Avalon, Midwinter of the Spirit (now a major ITV series), the Merrily Watkins series and the John Dee Papers. Visit his website at:

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