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 drowned. Only one man feels safe: an aggressively atheist author who has been moved for his own safety into a secluded house just outside the village. Meanwhile, archaeologists assisted by Merrily Watkins’s teenage daughter, Jane are at work unearthing an ancient row of standing stones which some people would prefer stay buried. The atheist’s temporary home is close to the site and his young wife is becoming conspicuously agitated. Is it the fear of discovery? With the flood water washing up Church Lane towards the vicarage and the shop running out of cigarettes, it looks to be a cold and complex Christmas for Merrily Watkins.
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Phil Rickman is the author of the Merrily Watkins Mystery series.From AudioFile:
Emma Powell is the ideal narrator for Rickman's unique series featuring parish priest Merrily Watkins. Powell delivers an authentic accent for the residents of rural Hereford, England, both the educated and those who remain close to the region's superstitions. The always-cool-and-composed Merrily and her passionate daughter, Jane, are fascinating counterpoints to the timely issues that make up these layered mysteries. In this one, as Christmas approaches and a flood threatens, Merrily must weigh right and wrong, and ancient and modern beliefs as she decides how to assist her beloved church and congregation. Powell also skillfully depicts the heavy weather and strongly flowing river that are so much a part of the story's atmosphere. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Quercus, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11184724579X