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    • Friends of the Dusk

    • Merrily Watkins, Book 14
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a blown down tree. At the nearby Cathedral, another storm is building around a new bishop who believes that the Church must phase out irrelevant archaic practices.

    Non-member price: $34.49

    • The Man in the Moss

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Though dead for two millennia, he remains perfectly preserved in black peat. The Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century. But, for the isolated Pennine community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign. A danger to the ancient spiritual tradition maintained, curiously, by the Mothers' Union. In the weeks approaching Samhain - the Celtic feast of the dead - tragedy strikes again in Bridelow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another rip snorter by the brilliant Mr Rickman

    • By Bonita N. Jones on 26-05-2017

    Non-member price: $39.35

    • The Fabric of Sin

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
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    Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar. After seven centuries, the Welsh border village is still shadowed in their mysteries. Why do the local pubs have astrological names? What happened in Garway to intimidate the Edwardian ghost-story writer M. R James? And why is it impossible to find a builder prepared to restore the ancient Master House, a few fields away from Garway church?

    Non-member price: $17.82

    • The Remains of an Altar

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Shadowed by the Malvern Hills, the village of Wychehill is no rural paradise but an uneasy mix of embittered farmers, escapees from the city, and a pub with a reputation for drug dealing. Called in to investigate an unsettling series of road accidents, Merrily Watkins stumbles into a barbed tangle of alienation, murder...and the fatal pursuit of an archaic secret.

    Non-member price: $17.47

    • All of a Winter's Night

    • Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 14
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    When Aidan Lloyd's bleak funeral is followed by a nocturnal ritual in the fog, it becomes all too clear that Aidan, son of a wealthy farmer, will not be resting in peace. Aidan's hidden history has reignited an old feud, and a rural tradition begins to display its sinister side. It's already a fraught time for Merrily Watkins, her future threatened by a bishop committed to restricting her role as diocesan exorcist for Hereford.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to follow

    • By Michelle on 09-12-2018

    Non-member price: $54.63

    • The Chalice

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Glastonbury, legendary resting place of the Holy Grail, is a mysterious and haunting town. But when plump, dizzy Diane Ffitch returns home, it's with a sense of deep unease - and not only about her aristocratic family's reaction to her broken engagement and her New Age companions. Plans for a new motorway have intensified the old bitterness between the local people and the 'pilgrims', so already the sacred air is soured.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Utterly Enjoyable

    • By Bonita N. Jones on 01-07-2017

    Non-member price: $36.25

    • Curfew

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 22 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets. Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit. But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly narrated by Sean. Brilliant storyline.

    • By Bonita N. Jones on 15-10-2017

    Non-member price: $29.32

    • To Dream of the Dead

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Late December and the river is rising. The Herefordshire village of Ledwardine has not been flooded in living memory but in these days of climate change nothing is certain. Merrily Watkins, parish priest and diocesan exorcist, has learned that one of the incomers is an author who is a figure of hate for religious fundamentalists. Meanwhile, the Hereford police make a gruesome discovery linked to the Dinedor Serpent, a unique prehistoric monument.

    Non-member price: $24.03

    • The Secrets of Pain

    • Merrily Watkins Mysteries, Book 11
    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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 in the regiment - this time as its chaplain, responsible for the spiritual welfare of the hardest men in or out of uniform. Faced with a case which would normally be passed discreetly to Hereford diocesan exorcist Merrily Watkins, Spicer is forced, for security reasons, to try and handle it himself - and is coming close to a breakdown.

    Non-member price: $54.63

    • The Cure of Souls

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    In Herefordshire's hop-growing country, a converted kiln is the scene of a savage murder. When the local vicar refuses to help its new owners cope with the aftermath, Merrily Watkins is sent in by the Bishop of Hereford to defuse the situation. Merrily, however, is already contending with a woman's claim that her daughter is possessed by evil. In both cases Merrily remains unconvinced, but nothing is ever quite what it seems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Cracker of a story

    • By Bonita N. Jones on 07-11-2016

    Non-member price: $38.40

    • The Bones of Avalon

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    It is 1560, and Elizabeth Tudor has been on the throne for a year. Dr John Dee is her astrologer and consultant in the hidden arts…a controversial appointment in these days of superstition. Now the bookish Dee has been sent to Glastonbury to find the missing bones of King Arthur. With him is his Robert Dudley, a wild card…and possibly the Queen’s secret lover. The town is still mourning the gruesome execution of its abbot, Richard Whiting. But why was he killed?

    Non-member price: $23.66

    • The Magus of Hay

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    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 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.

    Non-member price: $23.66

    • The Heresy of Dr Dee

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    It's 1560, and rumour shrouds the death of the one woman who stands between Lord Robert Dudley and marriage to the young Queen Elizabeth. Did Dudley's wife, Amy, die from an accidental fall? Or was it murder? Even Dr John Dee is uncertain. Then a rash promise to the Queen sends him to his family's old home on the Welsh Border in pursuit of a crystal credited with supernatural properties. With Dee goes Robert Dudley. They travel with the entourage of a judge sent to try a Welsh brigand with a legacy dating back to the Battle of Brynglas.

    Non-member price: $23.66

    • Night After Night

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Leo Defford doesn't believe in ghosts. But as the head of an independent production company, he does believe in high-impact TV. Defford hires journalist Grayle Underhill to research the history of Knap Hall, a one-time Tudor farmhouse that became the ultimate luxury guest house...until tragedy put it back on the market. Its recent history isn't conducive to a quick sale, but Defford isn't interested in keeping Knap Hall for longer than it takes to make a reality TV show that will run night after night....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Phew!!!!

    • By Bonita N. Jones on 03-05-2017

    Non-member price: $35.20

    • December

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site's dark history. The experience almost destroys them.

    Non-member price: $29.32

    • Candlenight

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Corpse candles. Phantom funerals. The bird of death. It was insidious.... For Bethan, the schoolteacher, the old superstitions woven into the social fabric of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful. Which is why she's pleased to welcome the sophisticated newcomers: London journalist Giles Freeman and his wife, Claire. Surely they'll let in some fresh air.

    Non-member price: $35.20

    • The House of Susan Lulham

    • By: Phil Rickman
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    A new husband and a new house. Just as well, because Zoe doesn't like old. Back in the 1960s, this house was built to look ultra modern, with lots of glass and sharp angles. And it was going cheap, perhaps because of the self-inflicted death of a previous owner - notoriously bloody and prolonged. But Zoe didn't know that. And if her husband Jonathan knew, he kept very quiet. How is Merrily Watkins, diocesan exorcist for Hereford, to know what’s behind Zoe’s claim that the late Susan Lulham is still in residence?

    Non-member price: $24.65