The Magus of Hay, by Phil Rickman

A new Rickman book- long awaited, it’s just fantastic. I ordered my copy from Amazon UK, but here’s the Amazon US link And my Amo review is below:

Merrily is called upon by friend and policeman Frannie Bliss when a local murder victim’s house proves to have a huge library of occult books; related tangents have the pair then involved in some new and old mysteries in nearby Hay-on-Wye’s bookshops and Capel-y-ffin’s mountain top church. Phil Rickman’s books can always be enjoyed on so many levels- that of crime fiction, local Welsh and English legend, supernatural and religious mystery, and just plain excellent characters. For us book-lovers, the setting of Hay with its castle and bookshops and lore is right up our alley. Old friends return, such as Gwynn Arthur Jones and Robin and Betty Thorogood. I was relieved that Robin doesn’t wind up a stereotyped stupid American; in fact he gains acceptance and respect among the other eccentric booksellers in Hay. Lol’s on tour recording a third Hazey Jane II album, we hope. Rickman leaves no taboo unturned, exposing the base and sinister sides of humanity- not unique to the Welsh border, of course. Merrily with her “peculiar tangents” achieves a sort of deliverance of her own. Rickman- one of my favorite writers ever!

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Sydney’s sketch

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I’m honored to be the subject of a sketch by the lovely Sydney, a student at our school. She was doodling in the margins at convo on October 29, 2013 when the TWC band played a few numbers. I’m so flattered! Thanks, Sydney.