The Secrets of Pain Hardcover – Sep 1 2011
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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 Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman - Merrily Watkins is both strikingly original and consistently intriguing... A fascinating portrayal of ancient grudges and shifting allegiances make this an absorbing and thought-provoking thriller. 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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I was so excited when I learned that Phil Rickman had published a new Merrily Watkins novel at long last. Read morePublished on May 18 2012 by Riding the GO to Toronto
Best author going excellent. Always buy books written by this author, will look out for all his others, I collect them all.Published on Nov. 12 2011 by June & Geoff Barrett