The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins, #12) by Phil Rickman

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The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins, #12) Read Online Free - When a man's body is discovered in the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, his death appears to be "unnatural" in every sense. Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mother, and exorcist, is drafted in to investigate, in this 12th installment

A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning—until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man's home. What he finds there sends him to Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of Hereford's official advisor on the paranormal. It's been nearly 40 years since Hay was declared an independent state by its self-styled king—a development seen at the time as a joke, a publicity scam. But behind this pastiche a dark design was taking shape, creating a hidden history of murder and ritual-magic, the relics of which are only now becoming horribly visible. It's a situation that will take Merrily Watkins—alone for the first time in years—to the edge of madness.

Title : The Magus of Hay (Merrily Watkins, #12)
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ISBN : 0857898655
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 pages


Carol rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2013

This being the 12th instalment of the Merrily Watkins series, I was a bit reluctant to read this. I had pre ordered it and was pleasantly surprised when it dropped thru my letterbox, but I put it on the shelf for 'later' and actively avoided picking it up when it came time for a new book. Why? Be...

Caroline rated it ★★★★★

November 08, 2013

After a two year absence Merrily Watkins is back, and boy does she ave a story to tell. For the first time in many years she finds herself alone. Her daughter Jane is away on an archaeology dig, and her boyfriend Lol is on tour. Merrily is supposed to be on a much needed and long overdue holiday....

Damaskcat rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2016

A new Merrily Watkins mystery is always something I look forward to reading and this one does not disappoint. Merrily is on her own as daughter Jane has gone on an archaeological dig. She had already booked a week’s holiday which now seems a little irrelevant without Jane but she is soon occupied...

Lc rated it ★★★★★

January 30, 2014

One of the best books in the series, and worth reading! Fans of this series should be happy with this book, even though we are missing some old friends: both Jane and Lol are away, and even Gomer Parry Plant Hire only makes a small appearance. But don't worry--we have Frannie Bliss, still recover...

Lesley rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2013

Oh, this was fun! I live in Hay, and I have lived in Cusop Dingle, where part of the action takes place. In fact, the first victim in the book is drowned in my favourite waterfall! And Phil Rickman gets Hay. He understands what makes the booksellers tick. For those unfamiliar with Hay-on-Wye, it h...

Lori rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2016

Merrily on her own. No Lol (on tour), no Jane (on a dig) and only a teeny bit of Gomer. This story was so good I didn't miss them. Besides Frannie Bliss was there and it was fabulous to see Betty and Robin Thorogood and retired policeman Gwyn Arthur Jones returned from their first appearance in C...

Sheila rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2013

Absolutely brilliant Merrily Watkins by Phil Rickman. Once I started reading the book I found it extremely difficult to put down, I just had to carry on until I finished it. I didn't miss the absence of Jane and Lol although I hope that they will be back in the next Merrily book along with Gomer...

Greg rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2013

Neo nazis, ghosts and satanists. What's not to like in a mystery novel?

David rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2013

It's good to see Rickman's Merrily Watkins return, this time in a mystery that centres on the second hand book capital of the UK, Hay-on-Wye. (The self-referentiality of a supernatural mystery, about books and Hay, written by an author and broadcaster with links to Hay, only adds to the thrill -...

Kerry rated it ★★★☆☆

November 20, 2013

Phil Rickman’s latest Merrily Watkins novel is a welcome return to top form for the celebrated mystery writer. His previous title in the series, The Secrets of Pain, was one of the more difficult of the Watkins stories to follow, and seemed to lack the kind of esoteric spark that I enjoy in his b...

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