The Fabric of Sin

Phil Rickman, Author . Quercus $24.95 (458p) ISBN 978-1-84724-084-2

British author Rickman once again cleverly blends supernatural elements with a conventional whodunit plot in his ninth Merrily Watkins novel (after 2007's The Remains of an Altar ). An apparition resembling the ghost in M.R. James's short tale, “Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad,” has appeared at an abandoned house near the Welsh border that's to be restored by a trust connected with Prince Charles. When Felix Barlow, the builder set to do the renovation, complains about the ghost, the bishop of Hereford orders Watkins, a minister who specializes in exorcism cases, to investigate. After Barlow is found bludgeoned to death, suspicion falls on his beautiful assistant, Fuchsia Mary Linden, who appears to have committed suicide out of remorse. Doubtful of the official line, Watkins does her own digging. The writing and characterizations are first-rate, though Rickman gives away part of the game rather earlier than most mystery fans would like. (May)

Reviewed on: 02/25/2008
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Fiction
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