Merrily, Merrily, Merrily…

Oh Phil…

I have a bone to pick with Phil Rickman’s publishers. What do they think they’re doing publishing the latest Merrily Watkins novel at such a busy time of year? Now my poor family are going to have to fend for themselves and the tapestry is going to be neglected, while I immerse myself in the latest supernatural happenings at the vicarage in Ledwardine.

I suppose with an immense amount of will-power, I could have put The Magus of Hay on the shelf and waited for a quieter time, but come on – he’s not only given us the first Merrily book for two years, but he’s set it in Hay-on-Wye (my spiritual home). I mean really – how inconsiderate. I have no choice, I just have to read it…NOW!

IMAG3822Thanks Phil – please keep them coming…





Author: Anny

English countryside, old places, making art.

7 thoughts on “Merrily, Merrily, Merrily…”

  1. What a beautifully unique blog you have! So happy I stopped over, from “The Deepest Well.”

    Came to say here, what I posted in her comments…. That I like “mostlymotley’s” idea of keeping a small smooth pebble in a pocket…. As a gentle reminder… Plan to get a small smooth pebble of my own. Thank you “mostlymotley.”

    Oh, and possible book suggestions! Always love finding reading suggestions!


    1. Well now, there is a whole series of these books featuring a Diocesan Deliverance Vicar (exorcist) – who’s a single mother, living in rural Herefordshire – and every book has a supernatural element. They really appeal to me, but I am notorious for not agreeing with other people’s recommendations, so I hesitate to say if I think you’d like them. It may help to read them in order, or at least read some of the earlier ones first though to get all the nuances. But yes, usually they have quite spooky bits…

  2. I remember the series from my librarian days, but have never sampled any. Not being one to turn down a good recommendation ,I’m off to check the library catalogue. 🙂

    1. I hesitate to recommend anything as I seem to have different tastes to lots of my friends – but if you do try any, pick an early one just so you get to know some of the characters – the stories stand alone, but feel more rounded following on from each other.

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