Called in secretly to investigate an allegedly haunted house with royal connections, Merrily Watkins, deliverance consultant for the Diocese of Hereford, is exposed to a real and tangible evil. A hidden valley on the border of England and Wales preserves a longtime feud between two border families as well as an ancient Templar church with a secret that may be linked to a famous ghost story. On her own and under pressure with the nights drawing in, the hesitant Merrily has never been less sure of her ground. Meanwhile, Merrily's closest friend, songwriter Lol Robinson, is drawn into the history of his biggest musical influence, the tragic Nick Drake, and finds himself troubled by Drake's eerie autumnal song "The Time of No Reply.
"Cleverly blends supernatural elements with a conventional whodunit plot." Publishers Weekly
"A thinking reader's Elizabeth George." Kirkus Reviews
"First rate. A passionate, flawed, modern woman, every bit as concerned with the intricacies of crime as with demons that go bump in the night." Daily Mail
"Compassionate, original and sharply contemporary. Rickman’s crime series is one of the best around." Spectator