My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am a little behind in the Merrily Watkins series, this one being no.6 of 11. It took me ages to find a copy as it had gone out of print. I have all the ones that come after it but couldn’t read those as I didn’t want to read any of them out of order. However, according to Phil Rickman – who I met recently at a book signing – it doesn’t matter which one you start with.
Anyway, this book featured all the usual suspects from Ledwardine’s finest, with new characters in the centre of the story. Amber & Ben Foley are trying to raise money to restore Stanner Hall by holding murder mystery weekends based around a tentative link with Sherlock Holmes having stayed there and used it as the basis for Hound of the Baskervilles.
Meanwhile Merrily Watkins is holding informal meetings at the church which somehow become interpreted as “healing services” and she becomes involved with an aunt who wants her to heal her nephew’s asthma, but he is opposed to it as it will dredge up memories from his past.
There are lots of twists and turns towards the end of the book with revelations about the characters and how they are linked together in some historical ways.
Another good book in the series, and now I can get on with the others!!!