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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.

Chapter titles[]

  1. Out to Get You
  2. Living Too Late
  3. Trouble With the Plumbing
  4. New Face in Hell
  5. I Need Proof Before Belief
  6. Between a Man and a Woman
  7. Waking Up in the Sun
  8. Secrets and Lies
  9. To Hide in Death Awhile
  10. A Conversation
  11. Suddenly My Feet Are Feet of Mud, It All Goes Slo-Mo
  12. Not Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  13. The Second Born is Dead
  14. Audience With the Mind
  15. Rage Against the Machine
  16. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime
  17. War Stories
  18. When You Tire of One Side the Other Serves You Best
  19. Violaine
  20. A War is Never Over, a Soldier Never Dies
  21. Unholy Transference
  22. Who Had Faith, Who Betrayed?
  23. Bottom of the Well
  24. The Great Escape
  25. True Faith
  26. Life's Hard and Then You Don't Die
  27. At the Edge of the Sea
  28. I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine


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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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