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The Secrets of Pain Hardcover – Sep 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848872739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848872738
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Rickman once again cleverly blends supernatural elements with a conventional whodunit plot. . . . The writing and characterizations are first-rate."  —Publishers Weekly on The Fabric of Sin
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins Mysteries.

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Format: Hardcover
The latest book in the Merrily Watkins saga does not disappoint. This is the largest tome in the series, for good reason. The story is chock full of twists and turns, telling what appears to be at least four different stories. Never fear, by the end Rickman pulls it all together in his usual fashion. He is a master craftsman who never fails to provide a perfectly finished product.

In this one we learn more about the SAS, military heroes who endure the most rigorous training to become the best in the world and sometimes make deep sacrifices in their personal lives. We also follow Frannie Bliss as he investigates a seemingly racially motivated murder of two immigrant women. Jane, Merrily's daughter, is occupied with discovering the existence of an exceptionally cruel 'sport' occurring in Ledwardine. While all this is going on Merrily looks into the death of a former colleague which leads to a strange, militaristic cult created by the followers of Mithras.

As usual, Rickman provides us with a fascinating history lesson as well as trenchant observations about the changes occurring in England's small towns.

When you finish this book, you will come away feeling that you have had an experience that is seldom found in the average mystery novel.
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Format: Hardcover
How could these topics be connected? With a great deal of research and imagination, Phil has once again developed a thought provoking plot. There is an intricate story line, connecting murder, animal cruelty and the paranormal.

I plan to re-read this novel and because I own the book, I will take the liberty of making notes in the margins and hi-lighting certain items so I can delve a little deeper into certain subjects.

Merrily is trying to find out what happened to a fellow vicar, Syd Spicer with the aid of boyfriend, Lol. Jane attempts to prove an incomer to the area is responsible for despicable acts of animal cruelty. Gomer and his love for heavy machinery provides some comic relief at the right moments.

This review would not be complete if I did not mention Frannie Bliss. All I can say is, I am anxiously awaiting installment 12 in the Merrily Watkins series to learn the outcome of Frannie's frazzled personal life.
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully convoluted story with lots of side trips through the Marches countryside...and throught the minds of the lead characters so familiar to Merrily's followers.Rickman takes you into those strange place around Ledwardine.This is truly a page turner that you only want to put down to make it last longer.A book to make you think......although the Hereford Tourist Board may want to edit your thoughts a bit.Buy The Secrets of Pain and enjoy working your way through the labrynth that is Rickman's mind and Merrily's world.Enjoy
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