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Dry Pilgrimage is the thirteenth Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures novel. Featuring Bernice Summerfield, this is the first novel to be entirely set on the planet Dellah.

Publisher's summary[]

"I am going to make you immortal."

Bored with her job, bored with being perpetually skint, Bernice Summerfield leaps at the chance of a free holiday arranged by her new friend Maeve Ruthven, St Oscar's Professor of Comparative Religion.

But all is not what it seems.

Benny's holiday rapidly goes from bad to worse to downright dangerous. For a start, the "luxury cruise" is a religious pilgrimage, and alcohol is forbidden to those on board. Then she is attacked, badly injured and confined to a wheelchair.

And that's before the murder.

Benny finds herself caught in a web of intrigue — not knowing who on board can be trusted or which way to turn. And with the future of more than one world depending on her actions, she must decide who to believe, expose the hidden killer and prevent a ruthless grab for power.


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Aquatic vessels[]

  • Captain Dieter Fontana is captain of the Lady of Lorelei.

Fashion and clothing[]

  • Bernice wears a purple velvet bikini, with gold tassels on the nipples and a big star on the crotch.

Foods and beverages[]

  • Benny, in a desperate search for alcohol, drinks the potent (eye watering) Brettellian Potato Spirit.


  • Maeve Ruthven gets killed, has her mind put inside a Saraani, then inside a bioconstruct, goes on a rampage, recovers and then dies.
  • Maeve Ruthven is a professor and member of St Oscar's Comparative Religion department.
  • Martine Ingersköld is a climatologist.
  • Professor Hamilton Smith specialises in alien-human interaction.



  • Marunianism was a religion which believed all science is evil, but is now just against: genetics, vivisection and for no reason, experimentation. Its roots are in Protestantism.



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