Book List in Order: 25 titles


  • THE FIFTEENTH INSTALMENT IN THE MERRILY WATKINS SERIES'Merrily Watkins is the most singular of crime fiction protagonists... As ever [Rickman]'s supremely skillful at teasing out the menace that lies behind English folk customs and legends and weavin...



  • 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 displa...



  • When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a tree blown down on the city's Castle Green. But why have they been stolen? At the nearby Cathedral, another storm is building around a modernizing bishop who ...



  • An eerie novella for fans of the Merrily Watkins series The angular, modernist house was an unexpected bargain for Zoe and Jonathan Mahonie—newcomers to the city of Hereford and apparently unaware that the house's pristine, white interior walls had...



  • A spooky supernatural thriller by the author of the Merrily Watkins seriesLiam Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. As the head of a production company, however, he does believe in high-impact TV. On the lookout for his next idea, he hires journalist G...



  • An unnatural body, a town steeped in black magic, and maddening isolation—has paranormal advisor Merrily Watkins finally met her match?A man's body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning—until DI Frannie Blis...



  • Tudor intrigue, murder, and the dark arts—the second in a stunning and acclaimed historical series starring Dr. John Dee, perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom All talk is of the End-time, and the dead are rising. At the end of the sunless summer of 15...



  • Glastonbury, legendary resting place of the Holy Grail, is a mysterious and haunting town. When Diane Ffitch returns home, it’s with a sense of deep unease. As the town becomes increasingly split by violence and death, Diane and her friends face up...



  • The discovery of an Iron Age body preserved in the peat bogs surrounding the village of Bridelow is one of the finds of the century Though dead for two millennia, he remains perfectly preserved in black peat. The Man in the Moss is one of the most ...







  • The elite warriors of the Hereford-based SAS know all about pain and the enduring of it. Syd Spicer, ex-SAS trooper, has found himself back the Regiment—this time as its chaplain, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the hardest men in or out o...



  • A country divided. A newly crowned, desperately vulnerable young queen. Can one man uncover the secret that will save her throne? It is 1560, and Elizabeth Tudor has been on the throne for a year. Dr. John Dee, at 32 already acclaimed throughout...



  • The village of Ledwardine has never been flooded in living memory, but as the river continues to rise with December rains, within days it will be an island. Electricity has been cut and the church is serving as a temporary mortuary for two people who...



  • NOW A MAJOR ITV DRAMAThe Master House, close to the Welsh border, is medieval and slowly falling into ruins. Now the house and its surrounding land have been sold to the Duchy of Cornwall. But the Duchy's plans to renovate the house and its outbuildi...



  • In 1934, the dying composer Sir Edward Elgar feebly whistled to a friend the theme from his Cello Concerto and said, "If you're walking on the Malvern Hills and hear that, don't be frightened. It's only me." Seventy years later, Merrily Watkins—par...



  • The border town of Ludlow has it all—exquisite medieval streets, a parish church the size of a cathedral, and a weight of history and legend. After a young teenage boy dies, his grandmother becomes convinced she's still seeing her dead grandson in ...



  • A crumbling hotel on the border of England and Wales, a suggestion of inherited evil, a mystifying love affair ... and the long-disputed origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles. It's all endlessly fascinating for young Jane ...



  • It appears that the unlovely village of Underhowle is home to a serial killer. But as the police hunt for the bodies of more young women, Rev. Merrily Watkins fears that the detective in charge has become blinkered by ambition. Meanwhile, Merrily has...



  • When a derelict country church is bought by a pagan couple, the local evangelical minister reacts with fury. A modern witch hunt begins, and Merrily Watkins is expected to keep a lid on the cauldron. Meanwhile, there is the problem of the man who won...



  • As high summer bakes the rich earth of north-east Herefordshire, dark shadows gather around a converted hopkiln where the last owner was savagely murdered. Though the local vicar dismisses claims by its current occupants that the place is haunted, th...







  • 'Exorcism' is a word no longer favoured by the Church of England. 'Deliverance Ministry' sounds more caring, less sinister ... so why not a role for a woman? The Rev. Merrily Watkins, parish priest and single mother, can hardly turn it down, even whe...



  • A paradise parish of cobbled streets and timber-framed houses, a huge and haunted vicarage -- not what the Rev. Merrily Watkins ever had in mind. Nor had she wanted to walk into a local dispute over a play about a curious seventeenth-century cleric a...



  • Thirteen years after recording and hiding an album in a tower house that had been an abbey in the twelfth century, the members of The Philosopher's Stone band reunite and agree to confront the dark horror that prevented the album's release. Original....



  • Trying to participate in village life despite its standoffish citizens, professional couple Giles and Claire are horrified when events culminate in a town uprising against them, and they discover a sinister truth. Original....



  • Every night for 400 years, a curfew bell has tolled from the church tower of Crybbe—superstitious ritual or sole defense against an ancient evil?In Crybbe, only strangers walk at twilight . . . For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly ...




Complete Series List in Order

A Reverend Merrily Watkins Mystery

1) The Wine of Angels (Mar-1999)
2) Midwinter of the Spirit (Dec-2000)
3) A Crown of Lights (Aug-2002)
4) The Cure of Souls (Jul-2002)
5) The Lamp of the Wicked (May-2003)
6) The Prayer of the Night Shepherd (Apr-2004)
7) The Smile of a Ghost (Nov-2005)
8) The Remains of an Altar (Nov-2006)
9) The Fabric of Sin (Nov-2007)
10) To Dream of the Dead (Oct-2008)
11) The Secrets of Pain (Sep-2011)
12) The Magus of Hay (Jan-2014)
12.5) The House of Susan Lulham (Jan-2016)
13) Friends of the Dusk (Feb-2016)
14) All of a Winter's Night (Apr-2017)
15) For the Hell of It (Nov-2019)