The Cure of Souls : Merrily Watkins

  • by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Merrily Watkins
  • 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Herefordshire's hop-growing country, a converted kiln is the scene of a savage murder. When the local vicar refuses to help its new owners cope with the aftermath, Merrily Watkins is sent in by the Bishop of Hereford to defuse the situation. Merrily, however, is already contending with a woman's claim that her daughter is possessed by evil. In both cases Merrily remains unconvinced, but nothing is ever quite what it seems. As she is drawn into a tangle of trickery, deceit, corruption and sexual menace, her hastily conducted exorcism produces unhappy results. With her career now on the line, she tries to uncover the secrets of Knight's Frome - a village concealing a twisted past as...

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"Rickman writes mysteries in the classic sense, cleverly combining the supernatural and criminal elements to illuminate the darkest corners of our imaginations." (John Connolly)

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More Hops Than a One Legged Firewalker........

The Cure of Souls was first time I ever picked up a Phil Rickman with a muted feeling of half hearted enthusiasm. The problem you see was Hops - those little flowery things used in the beer brewing process. No matter which way I turned it over in my head I couldn't envision how `hop picking' would ever lend itself to the sort of edge-of-your-seat thriller chillers that Rickman specialises in. As it turned out my fears were groundless as the Cure of Souls was a fantastic read and if Rickman ever decides to write about `Porcelain Thimble Collecting' or `Tapeworm Charming' then I'll be more than happy to bow to his better judgment.



This time round Lol Robinson - who every guitar strumming bloke of a certain age must surely identify with - returns after a strategic absence from `A Crown of Lights' (edged out most likely by Robin the fluffy Wiccan) to play a lead role in the story arc and he teams up with a couple of old lags from `December' - Prof Leven and Simon St John to record his first album since Hazey Jane broke up. Merrily meanwhile is called upon to exorcise a haunted Hop Kiln and suddenly we're off and running on the Rickman Express. The storyboard is studded with all manner of good things; possessed schoolgirls, vengeful gypsies, bent coppers, and to top it all a very naked Annie Howe.



Having written my thoughts on more than a few Phil Rickman novels my hyperbole tank is pretty running low so let's leave it at this - the guy is a superb writer - one of a kind. In fact I intend to commission a statue of him, albeit rather small and made from plasticine but all are welcome to come and pay their respects. Just watch out for those pesky hop bines, they get everywhere.
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- A. Watson

Gypsies, Hops and Spooks

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book and I would also recommend reading December as characters from that book emerge in this one. Which ties in nicely.


What other book might you compare The Cure of Souls to, and why?

All the Merrily books are brilliant.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The kiln and not quite an exorcism


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gypsies, Hops and Spooks


Any additional comments?

I think to really enjoy this book you have to read December which ties in characters from Phil Rickmans other books. I have read all of the Merrily Watkins series and the other books he has wrote. Characters from Crybbe, Man in the Moss, December etc all tie in with the Merrily books and are a very good read.

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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2009
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books