Merrily Watkins: late thirties, single mum, parish priest. Cosy? I don't think so.
'This receptacle was found in the wall beside the fireplace. It has been suggested you may wish to restore it to its proper place.'
When a redundant church is bought by a young pagan couple, the local fundamentalist minister reacts with fury. In an isolated community on the Welsh border, a modern witch hunt begins. Diocesan exorcist Merrily Watkins is expected to keep the lid on the cauldron. but what she finds out will seriously test her beliefs.
Also, there's the problem of the country solicitor who won't be parted from his dead wife. The mystery of five ancient churches all dedicated to St Michael, slayer of dragons.
And a killer with an old tradition to guard.
Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins Mysteries.
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