Overshadowed by power lines, the unlovely village of Underhowle is on the brink of a new prosperity after half a century of decay. But the community is also home to a man the police have identified as the killer of several women. Had it not been for the Reverend Merrily Watkins, diocesan exorcist for Hereford, and her gravedigger, Gomer Parry, the truth may never have emerged. But is it the whole truth?
As police search for more bodies, Merrily worries that D.I. Frannie Bliss might be blinkered by ambition. And when, after the horrific climax to a very public confession, she's asked to conduct the funeral, she becomes exposed to hidden tensions in Underhowle as volatile as the 400,000 volts passing overhead. Is there really a connection with the most sickening series of murders in Britain in the last century?
Meanwhile, at home in Ledwardine, Merrily is troubled by a woman's account of angelic visitation.
Over in Knight's Frome, the lovely Moira Cairns is urging Lol Robinson to perform on stage again for the first time since… well, since his problems began.
And Merrily's teenage daughter, Jane, is into a serious dark-night-of-the-soul situation which, at the very least, threatens to destroy her relationship with the long-suffering Eirion.
Original title: The Lamp of the Wicked
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives
Fiction→ Horror→ Detectives and Horror