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Bleeding Heart Square

Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

Nineteen thirty-four, London. Into the decaying cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square steps aristocratic Lydia Langstone fleeing an abusive marriage. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow? And why are parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive?

Andrew Taylor is the author of a number of critically acclaimed crime novels, including the Roth Trilogy (ITV's Fallen Angel) and The American Boy, his best-selling historical novel which was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey Award, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America and two CWA Ellis Peters Historical Daggers.

©2008 Andrew Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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A very satisfying experience

Set in the 1930’s, this makes a very refreshing change from my usual Victorian era historical novels. It also gives a fascinating insight into the volatile political landscape when none of the protagonists are yet aware they are on the brink of another devastating world war and are witnessing the development of fascism from a completely impartial and innocent perspective. Lydia is an aristocratic young woman on the run from an abusive marriage and who ends up living in the same house as Rory, a lovelorn young man who is still attempting to ingratiate himself with his ex fiancé. Underpinning all of this is the mystery of a woman who has left her home in dubious circumstances and whose story is intertwined with all the people in this story. All the characters are very richly drawn and superbly brought to life by the narrator John Banks. There are enough suspicious folk to make the ending a genuine surprise and overall this was an extremely enjoyable and enthralling tale. I have read a few books by Andrew Taylor and all of them have been excellent so I will certainly be back for more.

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Atmospheric journey

What did you like most about Bleeding Heart Square?

The characters were great, I particularly liked the heroine who showed character, backbone and grace. The story takes you on an interesting journey with some real surprises at the end.

What did you like best about this story?

It really showed the difficult situation of an upper classed woman who is trying to live without the support of her husband. She is neither fish nor fowl, but her courage enables her to create a viable life for herself.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The denouement.

Any additional comments?

I think it caught the zeitgeist of the time well and how attitudes were beginning to alter prior to WW2, changes which continued apace soon after.

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Good story telling well read

Really enjoyed this one. Especially as I know this part of London very well. More of a mystery rather than a crime novel, but nothing wrong with that

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Another excellent Andrew Taylor story

I found this riveting. Well put together and well read. A nice little twist at the end.....

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Superb narration, interesting characters. Would love to see it as a TV mini series very evocative of the era.

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Fantastic twists.

Wow. Loved it. Amazing narrator. Fantastic twists. Would read this author's work again. Well done.

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Excellent book

This is a very well written book. It is an excellent, integrated story with many interesting characters. The ending is satisfying. The narrator also does a fine job. I recommend heartily.

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I gave up on this

I listened for a couple of hours but it was so boring to listen to that I found it irritating and I gave up on it.

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Disappointing book

Unfortunately I can’t recommend this book. Unlike The American Boy the plot of this book was really boring. Only listened to the end because I value my own commitment to books I download. The only audio book I could not finish won the best audio book prize of the year read by Colin Firth. That was most dull love (stalking) story created by a writer who knows nothing about men.

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Bleeding Heat Square - Good old fashioned yarn

Bleeding Heat Square - Good old fashioned yarn
Nice little book, quite a lot of twists & turns to keep you questing.
Surprised ending
Good narration