By Phil Rickman
The first in the historically wealthy, atmospheric mystery sequence that includes girl exorcist Reverend Merrily Watkins
The new vicar had by no means sought after a picture-postcard parish—or an enormous and haunted vicarage. Nor had she desired to stroll right into a dispute over a debatable play a couple of 17th-century clergyman accused of witchcraft, a narrative that definite customary households could relatively remained vague. yet this can be Ledwardine, steeped in cider and secrets and techniques. A paradise of cobbled streets and timber-framed homes. And also—as Merrily Watkins and her teenage daughter, Jane, discover—a village the place bad homicide is a practice that spans centuries.
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Caroline tossed him a disapproving look. ‘I used to be going to assert the poet Traherne. ’ ‘The poet Traherne, through leave out Devenish,’ Barry acknowledged stolidly. ‘Being as none people have been that conversant together with his paintings. It comes from a prayer Traherne’s speculated to have written with a lady over at Kington, yet nobody’s relatively definite approximately that. ’ ‘Well,’ Merrily acknowledged. ‘It sounds reasonable sufficient to me. As you’ve most likely amassed, I’m attempting to make the church much less formal, extra available, and whereas it'd be a section early to establish an exact bar, with beer pumps and optics and things—’ Caroline tittered shrilly. ‘—I can’t see any challenge over a number of glasses of cider. do you need me to form of bless the stuff or anything? ’ Caroline appeared delighted. ‘Would that be so as? ’ ‘I don’t be aware of, quite. Ted? ’ Didn’t comprehend why she was once asking him. She used to be, in spite of everything, solely on her personal. ‘Merrily,’ Ted acknowledged, ‘in his time, Alf Hayden blessed every little thing from tractors to the microwave oven within the village corridor. ’ Didn’t appear to be an issue, then, whether the point out of Dermot baby in reference to cider had despatched a nasty ripple down her backbone. ‘OK then,’ she acknowledged. ‘What’s it known as? ’ ‘The cider? ’ Barry Bloom stated. ‘The Wine of Angels. you love that? ’ ‘That’s Traherne? ’ ‘The line is going “Tears are the Wine of Angels and the pride of God, which falling from ... ” what's it, Mrs Cassidy? the total verse is outlined on a label at the again. ’ ‘Something approximately them being candy, valuable and healthy. ’ ‘That’s the bit. “Sweet, helpful and healthy ... and scrumptious certainly. ” after which there’s a little bit a duff line approximately them being the simplest water works to quench the Devil’s Fires, yet we’ve stopped it prior to that. candy, necessary and healthy and scrumptious certainly. You couldn’t get an advert company to do a greater one than that, may well you, Vicar? ’ ‘But, I suggest, he wasn’t really conversing approximately cider, he was once speaking approximately tears. ’ ‘Well ... ’ Barry unfold his fingers. ‘If it results in tears, at the very least we will be able to all get under the influence of alcohol. ’ Leaving the church, Merrily met James Bull-Davies coming in. ‘Ah. Mrs Watkins. ’ as though the assembly was once a shock. It was once the 1st time they’d been face-to-face because the alternate within the vicarage kitchen. ‘Look. ’ Bull-Davies shuffled just a little. ‘Glad I stuck you. truth of the problem is ... little bit of a pig the opposite evening. attempted to strain you. unsuitable of me. are looking to ask for forgiveness. ’ Merrily acknowledged not anything. She walked out of the porch. He her into the churchyard. ‘Gets on best of 1, the previous relations background factor. Narrows the outlook. Can’t concentration. Sorry. ’ ‘So. ’ Merrily stopped prior to the 1st grave, grew to become to appear up at him. ‘You’ve had a give it some thought. ’ His eyes narrowed. ‘And might be come to the belief that the assumption of your family’s stature being toppled via a polemical play with an awl to grind approximately homosexual rights is anything of an overreaction? ’ His lengthy face started to redden. He had no longer, after all, concluded this sort of factor. ‘Anyway,’ Merrily stated, ‘on the query of the church getting used, I’ve make a decision, and I’ll most likely slip it in while I say a couple of phrases on the reception this night, okay?