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All of a Winter's Night
All of a Winter's Night

All of a Winter's Night

Merrily Watkins Mysteries


496 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: February 2018

ISBN 9781782396987

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (Feb 2018)

Price: $12.95


A medieval legend spawns an unhealthy cult, and a terrifying case for Merrily Watkins—single mother, priest, exorcist

It begins in the fog, with a bleak village funeral. In the early hours of the following morning, Merrily Watkins and her daughter Jane are made aware that Aidan Lloyd, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. A rural tradition is displaying its sinister side as an old feud reignites. It's already a fraught time for Merrily, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as deliverance consultant, or diocesan exorcist. Suddenly there are events she can't talk about as she and Jane find themselves potentially on the wrong side of the law. Meanwhile, DI Frannie Bliss, investigating a shooting, must confront the growth of organized crime which is contaminating the countryside. On the Welsh border, the old ways are at war with the modern world. As the days shorten and the fog gives way to ice and snow, Merrily Watkins is drawn into a conflict centered on one of Britain's most famous medieval churches, its walls laden with ancient symbolism.


"Merrily Watkins is the most singular of crime fiction protagonists . . . As ever [Rickman]'s supremely skilful at teasing out the menace that lies behind English folk customs and legends and weaving them into a compelling contemporary narrative." —Mail on Sunday

"What a captivating character Merrily Watkins turns out to be. . . . Reads like something that Agatha Christie and Jane Haddam might have collaborated on. " —Booklist on To Dream of the Dead

"I have a thing for long series with complex characters, moral ambiguity and evocative writing, and Rickman's Merrily Watkins series is one of the very best." —Diana Gabaldon

"Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman." —Guardian

"First rate crime with demons that go bump in the night." —Daily Mail

Author Biography

Phil Rickman is the author of the Merrily Watkins series and the John Dee series. The second Merrily Watkins book Midwinter of the Spirit was made into a three-part TV drama, which Wall Street Journal called "impressively chilling."