Monday, December 26, 2005

I'm reading a page turner! Phil Rickman's Midwinter of the Spirit about Rev. Merrily Watkins, the Anglican priest. You know how I like clergy women mysteries. I discovered this series on Amazon and I ordered three more in the series this afternoon.

Midwinter is hardly holiday fare but I can't put it down! Ms. Watkins serves as a parish priest as well as a "deliverance counselor" (goofy contempary name for an exorcist) a job she didn't want. Rickman knows about spiritual issues, writes great detail about the geography of the area and makes Watkins a likeable, reasonable character. She could be a RevGalBlogPal.

All this reminds me of another purchase I made with Christmas money. I felt flush with buckage so I decided to order new clerical blouses from Almy. First mistake. My old ones are holding up all right but the collars drive me nuts. I could have ordered new clericools. I DID order new ones but thinking of comfort I ordered 17" collars. Oh yeah, like a short gal needs a linebacker neck size. It made sense at the time but when they arrived I realized the collars are for a linebacker and not me. I ordered larger blouses thinking I could be a bit more comfortable with some extra room without remembering that my current blouses fit like tents. I'm returning giant shirts and collars to Almy A.S.A.P. (note to self: check size guides before ordering stuff.)

I have a very important visitor arriving this week. I thought I'd wear my clericals to meet her at the airport so she'd know me because we've never met.

I guess I'll put on that goofy polyester cheater collar.... I don't care for the polyester even if it is easy to launder, comfortable and fits under sweaters.

Back to reading. What clergy woman mysteries am I missing? I know the Michelle Black and Julia Spencer Fleming ones.

St. Casserole


Songbird said...

Maybe we should wear the t-shirt that asks about the pulpit and the posterior quantity?

thankyoudarlin said...

I am about to start the third of the Pullman trilogy. Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for the recommendation - they're incredible!

Kathryn said...

Thanks St C...I read and enjoyed a Merilyn Watkins story a while ago, then lost track of her...will have to pursue your other ones.
And you're managing an irl?! Oh, WISH I were there!
Hugs xx

St. Casserole said...

Songbird, hadn't thought of that!

Quotidian Grace said...

Thanks for the book tip--there's a Barnes and Noble coupon begging to be used before it expires.

I think you and Songbird should wear the aforementioned t-shirts for a little photo to share with us. Have a great visit!

Songbird said...

Sadly, I don't really have a t-shirt. But I do have the "Yes, Virginia" sweatshirt!

Emily said...

(also wishing to be there to hang out with the revgals)

There's another series of mysteries with an Episcopal priest, Lily something, set in Boston. Maybe someone else can remember more details?

see-through faith said...

green with envy and sending blessings to you both. grrr!

I'm a little miffed as I didn't get any books under the tree this year. so thinking of invading all your homes for leftovers .
Be warned :)

the book recommendations sound fun. Wouldn't rev gals make a great tv series, with a little mystery thrown in for fun.

TYdarling the Pullman trilogy is fab. I read it to my kids, but it was too slow that way so I was caught red handed reading ahead :)

MicahGirl said...

I have never hear of Rickman before and just ordered a copy of Midwinter of the Spirit from my local library. I am yearning for a fun read right now.

St. Casserole said...

I finished the Rickman book several days ago. Scared the bejeesus out of me.