Bleeding Heart Square
However the ending didn't really have me racing to finish it and I thought the actual mystery element of the story was fairly weak and slow. However, this does not detract from what makes this a good book.
It is set on a back drop of the confused political a ...more
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story is ...more
This is not his best work, in comparison to everything I had read by him. It is, however, atmospheric and is set in the 1930s which was a troubled time, of course.
Lydia is married to the horrendous Marcus and after an altercation goes to live with her estranged father in Bleeding Heart Square, which is a shared house of apartments with some v ...more
The cast of characters is colorful and Dickensian. It includes Lydia Langstone, a young woman who has ...more
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I have found myself a new favourite author! After reading this book, I want to get my hands on anything else by this man. This is a clever book, very intelligently crafted and written with a literary flair. His combination of mystery and history is absolutely superb.
There is so much story here and a mystery that morphs itself in so many direc ...more
"C'est Lou qui m'a envoyé ce livre lors de notre mini swap British et mon thème était Londres, ses crimes et ses secrets. J'avais pas mal entendu parler de celui-ci et il n'est pas resté longtemps dans ma PAL."
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"Lydia Langstone a un mari, une belle maison et une place dans la bonne société mais elle va tout quitter pour aller vivre à Bleeding Heart Squa ...more
It's about trust and betrayal between mother and daughter, daughter and father and husband and wife. It is also a brilliant extension of the Ingoldsby Legends, taking them from the mid-1800s to the time between the wars in England. If you have not heard of the Ingoldsby Legends, it would be a good thing to learn a little about them ...more
I've looked back through my notes on every book of Andrew Taylor's that I've read over the last five years and I've pretty much liked them all and really loved several of them. Which makes me feel not too guilty, when you look at the overall picture, about saying that this was a bit of an "eh?" book for me.
There were lots of little things I liked but the overall story didn't especially engage me: I liked the main female character Libby and the insights into 1930s living, divorce and the rise of...more
I like Andrew Taylor's uncluttered prose and the way he subtly builds an underlying sense of menace, which he does so well in this novel. It's a period piece, steeped in vivid detail and a sense of 1930s decay. You can almost smell the damp and imagine the faded wallpaper and dark, draughty hallways. I found the central mystery and the final twist disturbing and compelling.
Its a fairly standard mystery/crime novel set in 1930's London. Bleeding Heart Square is a real place. I shall be going to recheck out the Mitre Pub which is in the area. The story, as per the notes at the end, is based on a true life crime.
This adds a high degree of authenticity to the story. Especially as the politics of the times (fascist party in particular) are liberally sprinkled across the story.
Lots of charact ...more
"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 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 ...more
Something has happened in connection to 7 Bleeding Heart Square. In 1934, Lydia Langstone seeks refuge there from her violent husband. It's a decaying London cul-de-sac, ...more
A vrai dire, j'attendais davantage, ou plutôt autre chose, de cette intrigue. Certes, il n'y a absolument rien à redire de cet ouvrage qui conjugue ...more
Aristocrat Lydia Langstone leaves her violent husband and having no one else to turn to moves in with her ne'er-do-well drunken Father, Captain Ingleby-Lewis.
Their scruffy, lodging house at 7 Bleeding Heart Square used to be owned by a rich spinster Miss Phillipa Penhow but she has, apparently, gone to America after signing over the house to Joseph Serridge, a mysterious, menacing ...more
Set in the 1930’s, Bleeding Heart Square has the feel of a classic gothic mystery, with al ...more
At the same time, Lydia Langstone is fleeing from her abusive husband Marcus. Her father, Captain Ingleby-Lewis lives there. She has not seen her father since she was two and her ...more