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To Dream of the Dead

To Dream of the Dead

December, and the river is rising. The village of Ledwardine has never been flooded in living memory. Within days it will be an island. There’s no electricity. The church is serving as a temporary mortuary for two people who drowned. Only one man feels safer. An aggressively-atheist author has been been moved, for his own safety, Rushdie-style, into a secluded house just outside the village. Fundamentalist Christians have hated him for years. Now he’s offended the Muslims. Bad move.
Meanwhile, archaeologists, assisted by Merrily’s teenage daughter, Jane, are at work in Coleman’s Meadow, unearthing an ancient row of standing stones which some people would rather stay buried. The atheist’s temporary home is close to the site. And his young wife is becoming conspicuously agitated. Is it the fear of discovery — or the kind of fear that she, of all people, could never disclose? One thing is clear: the last person who’s going to be welcome in that house is an exorcist.
With the flood water washing up Church Lane towards the vicarage and the shop running out of cigarettes it looks like a cold and complex Christmas for Merrily Watkins in an ancient community forced to untangle its own history against the swirling uncertainty of the future.

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 2nd October 2008

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781847245786

Reviews

Phil Rickman manages to neatly reconcile the various strands of the plot to provide a satisfying dramatic conclusion, and characterization and dialogue are sharp and witty; the author provides a neat satire on village life in the 'new Cotswolds' - EuroCrime.co.uk.
EuroCrime.co.uk
I thoroughly recommend both these books …. They would make a solid Christmassy read, appropriate to the season … Rickman's work has a satisfying refusal to find easy answers or to take sides in spiritual debates. The destabilizing combination of death and religion is fascinatingly observed in this series. What T.S.Eliot did for Canterbury Cathedral, Rickman does for Hereford - Shotsmag on Fabric of Sin and To Dream of the Dead.
Shotsmag
Merrily is a most original sleuth and an interesting, sparky woman of emotional and spiritual depth. Rickman is an excellent writer, terrific on atmosphere…The best so far - The Times
The Times

Merrily Watkins Series