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Posted March 7, 2012
The latest book in the Merrily Watkins saga does not disappoint. This is the largest tome in the series, for good reason. The story is chock full of twists and turns, telling what appears to be at least four different stories. Never fear, by the end Rickman pulls it all together in his usual fashion. He is a master craftsman who never fails to provide a perfectly finished product. In this one we learn more about the SAS, military heroes who endure the most rigorous training to become the best in the world and sometimes make deep sacrifices in their personal lives. We also follow Frannie Bliss as he investigates a seemingly racially motivated murder of two immigrant women. Jane, Merrily's daughter, is occupied with discovering the existence of an exceptionally cruel “sport” occurring in Ledwardine. While all this is going on Merrily looks into the death of a former colleague which leads to a strange, militaristic cult created by the followers of Mithras. As usual, Rickman provides us with a fascinating history lesson as well as trenchant observations about the changes occurring in England's small towns. When you finish this book, you will come away feeling that you have had an experience that is seldom found in the average mystery novel.
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Posted June 15, 2012
To creating the level of elegance Rickman achieves with his writing. This is the type of mystery that borders on the supernatural and his characters are real people you become involved with. I have read everything he has ever written. He is an incredible writer contemporary yet at the same time Victorian in atmosphere. I am happy once again to enjoy the company of Merrily, Jane, Gomer, Lol etal. Rickman is chronic.
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Posted September 5, 2012
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