The Remains of an Altar (A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 8)

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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • The Remains of an Altar (A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 8)
  • Phil Rickman
  • English
  • 14 May 2019
  • 9781905204519

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The Remains of an Altar (A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 8)[Read] ➫ The Remains of an Altar (A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 8) ➳ Phil Rickman – Johndore.co.uk In , 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 In , the dying composer of an PDF/EPUB ½ 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 The Remains PDF or 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 Remains of an PDF/EPUB ✓ the hard men of the drug world—with extreme and sinister elements on both sides And as the choral society prepares to stage an openair 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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10 thoughts on “The Remains of an Altar (A Merrily Watkins Mystery, Book 8)

  1. Alison S says:

    I love this series, but this one felt a bit formulaic and as though I'd read it before. Maybe I've just read too many of the series. Still enjoyed it though, and it's head and shoulders above most mystery/crime novels.

  2. Christine says:

    Not the best of the series. There is something a bit off, maybe because Lol and Gomer aren't as present. But Rickman does tap into the fear of development and tourism as well as how ghost stories are seen by different people in the same area. That's what makes it a good read. And it's always nice to spend time with Merrily who is one of the best written characters in the world.

  3. S.C. Skillman says:

    A mystical, social & psychological tale of intrigue leading to a crescendo of horror,I was fascinated to find so many disparate elements drawn together in Rickman's novel: horror, religion, New Age mysticism, violence, English landscape,classical music,ghost haunting and social problems. There were almost too many elements for me to fully grasp in one story; which is why I have given this otherwise excellent book only 4 stars. Although I have a strong interest in each individual element and concede that Rickman's plotting wove them together ingeniously, this was a book I couldn't pick up again easily after I'd put it down. On a personal level, I found Rickman's range of interests akin to my own; the beauty of the Malvern hills; the sublime music composed by Edward Elgar in his Dream of Gerontius; paganism & earth mysteries, the Music of the Spheres, religion and ghost hauntings; woman priests and the Diocesan Deliverance Ministry. But now I have found Phil Rickman I will definitely read more of his Merrily Watkins mysteries and have already bought Wine of Angels.

  4. Trilby says:

    This is the seventh Merrily Watkins mystery for me, and I admit my interest in her and her deliverance counseling began to flag upon reading this book. The reasons are primarily two:
    1) Lack of spookiness. If Merrily's main job is diocesan exorcist, then her mysteries should have some spooky aspect, even if it's explained away at the end. There's none of that in this book.
    2) Edward Elgar. I know Elgar's music has been enjoying a revival, and that he has many fans worldwide. Call me a crank, but despite his popularity, an entire book revolving around him and his works is way too much Elgar.

    On the other hand, what I consider the Jane problem (i.e., a teenage character too sophisticated to be believed) is not so problematic in this book. Jane does daring/stupid things that are perfectly in line with her being a high school junior. It's clear that Rickman is giving signals that Jane will be around Ledwardine to help and hinder Merrily after she gets out of high school. Maybe she'll be going to Hereford Community College.

    However, I am not all that motivated to find out what happens next to Merrily and Jane. I've run out of gas (petrol?) on this series and need to take a hiatus, perhaps a permanent one. I suppose that's a problem with many novels in series--running out of ideas as the number increases. The 10th Merrily mystery is due out on April Fool's Day 2013. I won't be waiting in line to buy it.

  5. Gayle Noble says:

    Merrily goes to investigate a possible haunting in Wychehill, after reports of a ghost cyclist causing accidents is reported. Meanwhile Jane looks into trying to save a local meadow, which could be of historical interest, from developers.

    It sounded more interesting than it actually was. The story was rather meandering and could have been about 100 pages shorter. Jane was plain annoying - I know she is only a teenager but she still rushes in without taking two minutes to think things through. I would only rate this one so-so.

  6. Picky Virgo says:

    As others have said, this is not the strongest book in the series; however, this review concerns the American Kindle version.

    I now have all of the Merrily Watkins novels on my Kindle and am re-reading my way through them in order. It took me several pages to figure out what was different about this story until I realized that the conversations were enclosed by double quotation marks instead of the single quotes used in the other Kindle editions as well as all of the hardbound versions. Kind of weird for a Phil Rickman book, but OK. BUT -- Merrily is described by everyone, including Jane, as being Jane's Mom, not her Mum. Colours have become colors. And Gomer Parry owns an equipment-for-hire company. Really? That's not what is printed on my sweatshirt...er, fleece. It clearly advertises Gomer Parry Plant Hire.

    Whose idea was it to make these silly changes? This novel wasn't broken until someone tried to fix it by meddling with it. I hope that The Remains of an Altar is the only one of Mr. Rickman's books to have received this treatment.

  7. Jamie Collins says:

    3.5 stars. Not my favorite of the Merrily books, but still a good read. I love the characters and the setting and Rickman’s prose.

    The ghost of English composer Edward Elgar is possibly haunting a village in the Malvern Hills, and Merrily is summoned, reluctantly, by the local priest. She gets an earful of the local grievances, chief amongst them the fact that an historic local pub called The Royal Oaks has been purchased by a shady Islamic businessman and converted into a raucous dance club called “Inn Ya Face”. The locals are unamused, and the cops have grown cynical. Is the club owner an entrepreneur fighting racial discrimination? Or is he a criminal using political correctness as a shield? Disappointingly, this controversial plot is dropped without resolution.

    There is plenty of other drama - the locals are sleeping around, some of them are a little crazy, and someone finally turns murderous. There are some interesting tidbits about Elgar and his musical ambitions. As usual, the book offers a slightly paranormal twist to largely mundane hanky-panky. Also as usual, Merrily does very little except drive around and talk to people and feel inadequate. (It’s surprising how compelling this is.)

    Meanwhile Merrily’s teenaged daughter Jane is stirring up the Ledwardine local council, objecting to new development on a piece of land that she believes is an ancient sacred site. This kind of thing is usually right up Jane’s alley, but she is strangely nervous and reticent in this book.

    There is not enough of Lol or Gomer Parry, but I’ll take what I can get.

    Looking forward to the next one of these!

  8. Victoria says:

    Unfortunately, this was not the series’ strongest addition. The beginning really dragged on for a long time, and the new characters that were introduced just did not have the same charm and realism that I’ve come to expect from Rickman. The supernatural element was very low-key, here and the overall plot simply was not as complex or unpredictable as those found in previous installments in the series.

    The sections revolving around Jane, however, were particularly riveting - and much more exciting than the more dominant Merrily sections (especially by the end - I am interested to see how much of a role this Neil Cooper will play in the later books in the series, particularly because of that medium’s prediction). Gomer’s role fit perfectly, and I was so pleased to finally see Athena again!

    While this was far from my favorite book in the series, I am quite sad that I am nearing the published end of the series! There are only a few books that are already published that I have yet to read before I join the publication wait!

  9. Lori says:

    One of my favorite series by far and this book didn't disappoint although less otherworldly than Rickman's previous books (more down and dirty with the plagues of current day: drugs and dealers, shady developers and protectionism and racism). I love the characters of Merrily and her daughter Jane. Both are so complex and multiple-faceted. Having a daughter Jane's age really helps me relate to Merrily's angst in sitting on that fine line between over-mothering and allowing the freedom for children to grow and make their own choices. Supporting characters: Lol and Gomer are also fabulous. I like seeing how Lol becomes more of an active participant in life with each new book that comes out. The character of Syd Spicer in this book was extremely interesting: former SAS agent, trained to kill in hand-to-hand combat and now turned priest in the C of E. I look forward to reading the next book in this excellent series.

  10. Kilian Metcalf says:

    I'm not sure what to think of this book. It's very English. The characters are either muted (adults) or hysterical (adolescents). It's a bit of a muddle, at least to me. I'm not sure who killed whom or why. I was particularly annoyed by the fact that everyone carried cell phones, but nobody ever answered them. Seemed pointless. Lots and lots of exposition revealed in pages and pages of dialogue with no action. I hope this isn't Rickman's best book, but I won't be finding out.