Dezember in Herefordshire, die Fl sse steigen, bald wird der kleine Ort Ledwardine eine Insel sein Der Strom ist schon ausgefallen Sicher f hlt sich nur der vor einer Fatwa hierher geflohene bekannte Religionskritiker Derweil entbrennt Streit um eine arch ologische Grabung, die manchen gar nicht passt militanten Christen, den Grundst cksbesitzern und auch der jungen FrDezember in Herefordshire, die Fl sse steigen, bald wird der kleine Ort Ledwardine eine Insel sein Der Strom ist schon ausgefallen Sicher f hlt sich nur der vor einer Fatwa hierher geflohene bekannte Religionskritiker Derweil entbrennt Streit um eine arch ologische Grabung, die manchen gar nicht passt militanten Christen, den Grundst cksbesitzern und auch der jungen Frau des Atheisten Mehr als den Medienzirkus um das urzeitliche Heiligtum f rchtet sie aber etwas anderes Etwas, das nach einem Exorzisten verlangt Doch in Ledwardine ist nicht nur der Teufel los, sondern auch ein M rder.
S ndenflut Dezember in Herefordshire die Fl sse steigen bald wird der kleine Ort Ledwardine eine Insel sein Der Strom ist schon ausgefallen Sicher f hlt sich nur der vor einer Fatwa hierher geflohene bekannte

  • Title: Sündenflut
  • Author: Phil Rickman Karolina Fell
  • ISBN: 9783499253393
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Sündenflut”

    1. I wait every year for Rickman's new book and this one did not disappoint. Merrily Watkins, his parish priest/diocesan exorcist, is one of the great characters in modern British mystery fiction - open, wise without always knowing it, conflicted in many ways, and always looking for explanations, both natural and supernatural. Her daughter, Jane, is also a well-developed, beautifully written character and I always look forward to the ups and downs of her relationships with both her mother and her c [...]

    2. I have read several of the Merrily Watkins books. To be reading this one, which features flooding, in the early months of 2014, seemed appropriate.The main impetus of the book is the excellent story, littered with twists and turns and surprises round many of the corners. That alone makes it worthwhile, but the way the author deals with the flood was an added bonus. People's 'it'll never happen here' and 'I'm staying put' atitudes were well drawn, giving an insight into the workings of the human [...]

    3. This one is set at Christmas, but if anything it’s even darker and more cynical than usual for this series. Plus Ledwardine is in danger of flooding, which cheers no one but does keep Gomer Parry pleasantly busy. (I still want a “Gomer Parry Plant Hire” t-shirt.)The writing is as engaging as ever, but this is one of the weaker books. It’s also the first one where the woo began to interfere with my ability to enjoy the story - I can’t help but think that Jane’s spiritualism would in f [...]

    4. I thought this book was a lot more involved that the earlier one I read in the series, the story is much more a murder mystery than a Deliverance one. It's almost Christmas and the village of Ledwardine is about to be cut off by floods, with a killer on the loose. Some great writing here, good descriptions again, interesting on the archeaology side as well.

    5. I'm really enjoying this. I had forgotten how exciting it is to read a novel which gains in momentum; that builds one's interest and curiosity as it progresses. I'm 3/4 of the way in to the book and I am riveted! I updated this, but obviously it didn't save! I really enjoyed this. He is a novelist that builds momentum, I became more enthralled by the storyline as I progressed. Loved it.

    6. I particularly liked this because he gets archaeology right! So often archeaological digs are portrayed inaccurately in fiction. Not only did this not make me cringe, I was punching the air as he showed how archaeology is organised today. All the information about the Dinedor Serpent/Rotherwas Ribbon is spot on.He gets Herefordshire County Council spot on too! For a local, there are parts of this book that don't read as fiction at all, because they're all too recognisable from the real world of [...]

    7. It usually takes me ages to read a Merrily Watkins book and by the end I've usually forgotten who is who! But this one I read quite quickly and I think this helped at the end. As usual there is hint of supernatural goings on but when you come down to it, it is usually just evil people trying to get what they want and the he'll with who gets hurt. Probably one of the most enjoyable Merrilys but I love them all!

    8. Really enjoyed this one. It was very, very atmospheric, even more that the others I think. I have read the Bryant and May books and they use the weather in just the same way so that it becomes a major character in the story. I have to admit that there was a great deal of angst for the vicar and her little group of cronies, a great deal and I felt heartily sorry for her - However, on the upside she didn't borrow the darned duffle coat. Mind you there were the red wellies - then again I'm partial [...]

    9. Being trapped in the house due to unusually large amounts of snow gives small insight into what it must be like to be hemmed in by flood water. This book starts tense, then builds and builds as Christmas approaches. The darkness swirls around the village, making everyone desperate and giving small things a significance they might not deserve. I am deeply attached to the characters Phil Rickman has created and felt like I was drowning in their fears and troubles, a very affecting book, well writt [...]

    10. Great thriller, fast paced with lots of local interest for anyone who knows Hereford or the county.Great sense of time and place with the unremitting rain pelting down on the old black and white buildings while everyone is hoping a great christmas, whatever that is. Merrily and Jane are drawn into the debates about the archeological dig and Frannie Bliss is pushed out of a macabre murder investigation. Twists and turns aplenty

    11. Not much to say on this other than I thoroughly enjoyed it (as I knew I would!) This is a series I follow avidly& one of the few where I've actually read everything in order! Usually I would say that the sequence didn't matter but felt this very much followed on from Fabric of Sin (which I read three years before getting to this! Luckily it all came back to me)Excellent :o)

    12. This is more of a "what I learned from this book" than a review. It was about ten or twelve years ago that I picked up one of Phil Rickman's books (it was Crybbe or Candlenight), concluded from the blurb that Rickman was a British Stephen King wannabe, and bought it for some light reading and comparison. After reading those two, in whatever order, I read The chalice, and decided that Rickman was better than Stephen King, and started looking out for his books. Whenever I see one I haven't read, I [...]

    13. It's been a few years since I read any of this series and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy them. Having said that, there are signs that the series is starting to run out of steam - still enjoyable at this point, but I'm not sure how long that can continue.

    14. A coherent, entertaining entry in this engaging series, with some excellent character development (especially of Lol). The mystery is satisfying, and as ever not all the loose ends are tied up making it all the more intriguing. One slight let-down is that the supernatural overtones are more in the background- though still there; a strength is the dual examination of atheistic and Christian fundamentalism.

    15. A – if not the – distinctive trait of Phil Rickman’s “Merrily Watkins” series has always been the way he has kept things in the balance between rational and possibly supernatural explanations for the events transpiring. Individual novels have been leaning to more towards the one side or the other, and To Dream of the Dead – the tenth volume in the series – not only shifts the balance towards the rational, but is the installment with the least amount of supernatural elements in the [...]

    16. Merrily Watkins books are always a little hard to categorize, there is a supernatural element there, but it is more spiritual than vampires and the usual urban fantasy fare. I suppose the spiritual supernaturalness makes sense because Merrily is a priest, and the exorcist (deliverance specialist) for her diocese. This book finds Merrily combating a member of her own parish who has been seduced by a more fervent view of Christianity. Merrily's daughter Jane is fighting to save the spiritual soul [...]

    17. Ledwardine is wet and getting wetter by the minute as Christmas approaches. Merrily Watkins – parish priest and Hereford Diocese Deliverance Consultant – is wondering whether there is more trouble in store from Shirley West – village post mistress and fundamentalist Christian. Frannie Bliss is not the most popular person in CID and finds himself side-lined from a big murder investigation when Councillor Clement Ayling is murdered. Jane Watkins – Merrily’s teenage daughter – is excite [...]

    18. To Dream of the Dead takes place at Christmas time, and the west of England is beset with flooding. It was dislocating to read this at Christmas time, in the heat of a New Zealand Christmas. The description of cold and wet was so at odds with what I was experiencing while I was reading it that it was sometimes hard to stay fixed in the story.Jane is full of anticipatory excitement for the uncovering of the buried stones she has discovered, but close by in the city of Hereford a man is found murd [...]

    19. Since he is my favorite author, I never tire of reading Rickman's books, and it was nice to read this one in real time around the same time of the book's setting (the week before Christmas). As usual, the author draws heavily on a current or actual event and effectively incorporates it into his plots. This time he borrows from the recent floods in Britain and addresses the struggle between preservation and commercial development (in this case taking inspiration from the Serpent of Dinedor). Rick [...]

    20. Phil Rickman is the only writer whose books I buy in hardcover as soon as they become available in the United States. His atmospheric mysteries, set in a small town near the Welsh border, are perfect for a rainy weekend, and he has successfully created and developed an array of fascinating, diverse characters.All that said, I found this latest installment in the Merrily Watkins series a tad disappointing. I'm still giving it four stars because a disappointing Rickman is better than most of what' [...]

    21. An epic story set within daily life in a small town. Brilliant. Loved the sharpness of the writing, the sudden endings and new beginnings and, of course, the twists in the tale. Phil Rickman has made Ledwardine so real, that in some parallel universe it must actually exist. Along with Lucy Devenish and the magical ley lines so beloved by Jane. As ever I adore Jane, her interests matching my own, although our ages are years apart. Phil Rickman completely nails the awfulness of the growing up proc [...]

    22. In To Dream of the Dead, Phil Rickman focuses some of the mystery back on the local archaeology that first surfaced two novels earlier in The Remains of an Altar. The discovery of the Dinedor Serpent has Merrily Watkins' daughter Jane excited. When the star of the TV show 'Trench One' is appointed in charge of the excavation of Coleman's Meadow, Jane hopes to get involved. Now, surely, there can be no question of a housing estate being built there.But, as usual, dark deeds are afoot in Merrily's [...]

    23. I'm becoming unsure about this series. In this book the town that Merrily Watkins (the Hereford diocesan exorcist) and her daughter (Jane the Pagan) live in are threatened by flood water.At the same time, a local councillor (and authority on transport matters who's critical of the "smelly liberal anti-road brigade") has been murdered (seemingly at the hands of local smelly liberals), so they're off investigating who did that when another couple of deaths occur.Sure enough the killer's caught, bu [...]

    24. One of the twistier mysteries in this series, it features more police procedural than other entries. The character of Frannie Bliss is given more space and this character is worth it. Atheists, fundamentalists, pagans, and the spirit of the long-departed and much-lamented Lucy Devinish all make appearances. Political power players will apparently do anything to push through their development agendas for Herefordshire, leaving a dead county councillor in two pieces in order to implicate conservat [...]

    25. c2008. Great read. Considering that I read this book straight after a brilliant brilliant fantasy novel, I am surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. I seem to have skipped the 6 books between this one and The Crown of Lights and Merrily and Jane's story and characters have definitely moved forward a pace. I like the vague esoteric bits and pieces thrown into the plot and the cop, Bliss, is such a good counterpoint. The atmosphere created by the flooding and the personification of the rive [...]

    26. I found this book a little disappointing and starting to get formulaic after reading a few of Phil Rickman's works. The 'deliverance' angle of the main character was less obvious than in others, so this was more of a regular thriller with a lot more of the plot revolving around the controversial development of an environmental/heritage/spiritual site. He is undoubtedly strong on creating atmosphere and settings with the occasional light humour, which I found refreshing among the darkness and rai [...]

    27. Not read one of Phil Rickman's books before and I found To Dream Of The Dead a mixed blessing. I don't know if this book was part of a series but the way the characters were introduced made it very difficult to pick up on who they were. They just appeared and I had to just continue with that confusion in my mind until you could identify their place.The book really came alive in the middle and promised great things and a climactic, revealing ending. It became one of those books that you can't put [...]

    28. I have to admit I came across a few reviews of this before I read this latest installment of the Merrily Watkins series Mostly it seems this book was seen as the worst But personally I loved it I don't usually put much faith in reviews as everyone has their own ideas on what should and shouldn't be a good book Again personally I think a good book is one when you can't put it down or can't wait to pick it up Both for me with this one Yes I have read all the others in the series and have enjoyed t [...]

    29. The style of writing was amazing. While I was reading it I almost felt like I was in the scenarios described. It was very eerie. But the problem with this book, it was not to my taste. It was too slow moving, the plot was snail paced. There were no deaths, there was no frenzy. Even the flood was rising real slow. I got to know a lot about the characters though. It was a good experience knowing them. I understand them at a deeper level, maybe that is the reason that makes Rickman such a good writ [...]

    30. Though most of the books in the Merrily Watkins series are more or less standalone plots, this tenth book really built quite a bit on the actions of the previous novel, The Fabric of Sin. The ending is not as neatly tied up, so I would imagine that the eleventh book, The Secrets of Pain, will continue on in this manner.As usual, it is the characters who really shine in the novel - and though I always enjoy Merrily and Lol, it was nice to see Erion return. Another special cameo is made by a serie [...]

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