The Remains of an Altar (A Merrily Watkins Mystery)

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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—parish priest and Deliverance Consultant to the Diocese of Hereford—is called in to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension in a spate of road accidents in the Malvern village of Wychehill. There, Merrily discovers new tensions in Elgar's countryside. The proposed takeover of a local pub by a nightclub owner with a criminal reputation has become the battleground between the defenders of Olde Englande and the hard men of the drug world—with extreme and sinister elements on both sides. And as the choral society prepares to stage an open-air performance of Elgar's Caractacus at a prehistoric hill fort, the deaths begin...Another spellbinding thriller in Phil Rickman's lauded occult mystery series.

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About the Author:

Phil Rickman is the author of the Merrily Watkins Mysteries series. Julie Maisey has appeared in The Bill, Eastenders and many sit-coms including Birds of a Feather and Holding the Baby.

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An innovative librarian or bookseller might put this sophisticated mystery in the music section. Composer Edward Elgars life and music are the background for this most unusual story. Priest and Deliverance Consultant Merrily Watkins is called upon to investigate seemingly paranormal car accidents on a remote road. Emma Powell expertly presents a range of well-drawn characters and excels at a myriad of accents. Conversations are so realistic that listeners cannot help but be drawn into the ever increasing feeling of terror. Powell also captures Merrilys young daughters sincere emotion and re-creates the lore of local legend. Insatiable mystery fans will love this production. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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