This is the cult novel extraordinaire. It came out 17 years ago and still refuses to die. If you can find a copy, hang on to it - the value of a copy (as sold secondhand on Amazon) is now 500% of the original cost 17 years ago.
hundred years ago, a series of terrible murders was committed
in the village of Morbing Vyle. Now the place lies hidden
behind a forest of burned-out blackened trees, and people
in neighboring towns prefer to forget it ever existed.
Martin Smythe rediscovers it, following an old signpost
and a hidden path. All that remains is a vicarage and a
vast building site.
characters inhabit the vicarage: Mr Quode, Melestrina Quode
and their son, Baby Panker; Mr Caulkiss and his wife, Craylene;
and Mr Scrab, kept outside in the back garden. They make
Martin welcome - but there's a price to pay.
of his own danger, Martin investigates. What strange religious
belief drives these people to try and build the largest
church in the world? If they're so religious, why is Mr
Caulkiss obsessed with mechanical inventions, why is Mr
Quode obsessed with gourmet cuisine? Martin is sure that
the mysterious Vicar is at the bottom of it all.
he discovers that he is no longer free to leave . . .
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