Bleeding Heart Square

Bleeding Heart Square

Book - 2008
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'If Philippa Penhow hadn't gone to Bleeding Heart Square on that January day, you and perhaps everyone else might have lived happily ever after . . . '

It's 1934, and the decaying North London cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square is an unlikely place of refuge for aristocratic Lydia Langstone. But as she flees her abusive marriage there is only one person she can turn to - the genteelly derelict Captain Ingleby-Lewis, currently lodging at no.7.

However, unbeknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts 7 Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the lodging 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 smelling of rotting meat being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive . . . ?

Publisher: London ; New York : Michael Joseph, 2008.
ISBN: 9780718147501
9780718153731
0718153731
Characteristics: 467 p. ; 24 cm.

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WhiteRabbit14 Feb 03, 2015

This is the first book by Andrew Taylor I've read. It's based in London with multiple interesting characters whose lives intersect in mysterious ways. The main character is a woman dealing with her marital problems, a fractured relationship with her father and all the while trying to cope with her loss of wealth and status in London of WWII era. However the actual crime mystery carries the reader along without giving away the ending.
I'll be reading more of this author's books as this one has been really enjoyable indeed.

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