British author Taylor (An Unpardonable Crime) springs a number of well-timed and well-planned surprises in this briskly paced thriller set in November 1934. Fed up with the slights and slaps of her husband, well-to-do Lydia Langstone decides to room temporarily with her father, whom she hasn't seen since she was a toddler, in his seedy boarding house in London's Bleeding Heart Square. Lydia soon finds out that papa is in the pocket of landlord Joseph Serridge, a darkly charismatic man skilled at manipulating others. Serridge is being investigated by another tenant, journalist Rory Wentwood, for his involvement in the disappearance of Philippa Penhow, the house's former owner. As Lydia helps Rory in his delvings, she uncovers a tangled skein of scandal and deadly intrigues stretching back decades and involving many of those near and dear to her. A hasty finale is the only misstep in this otherwise satisfying period piece. (Mar.)
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"A compelling and suspenseful evocation of London in that uneasy period before WWII. In Lydia Langstone, Andrew Taylor has created a protagonist of her time, an intelligent woman coming to terms with her growing sense of self. Intricately plotted and beautifully crafted."―Margaret Maron, author of Death's Half Acre and Hard Row
"It's easy to see why Andrew Taylor's historical mysteries have won so many accolades. The square itself emerges as a major player in this atmospheric, elegantly told mystery, in which you, the reader, are assigned the role of detective."―Rhys Bowen, Agatha, Anthony and MacAvity award-winning author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mystery series
"Finely drawn period atmosphere, compellingly complex characters, breath-stopping suspense, then twists that will leave you reeling. Taylor is a riveting storyteller, and Bleeding Heart Square may be his best work yet. Absolutely bloody brilliant!!"―Deborah Crombie
I liked it enough to keep reading, but not the best story of its kind. I generally enjoy it, but not one of my favorites.Published 18 months ago by reader in ny
Yesterday I finished BLEEDING HEART SQUARE by Andrew Taylor. Whoo boy, I didn't see it coming--rather, I did see something coming--and it made me complaisant. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Theresa de Valence
A true page-turner that keeps you guessing and second guessing your assumptions. Main story pulls you further in at every turn while side stories leave you guessing even after it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by MissRight
Well written. Historical details seemed accurate and added much. Too many writers leave things vague instead of doing their research. The ending was a surprise but fit.Published on December 24, 2012 by Janelle E.
I quite like the style of the book. I don't think it could ever be described as a thriller per se, nevertheless there was certainly plenty of mystery about it. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Richard B. OSBORNE
Unlike other mysteries this one is clever, suspenseful, surprising and introduces a cast of characters Dickens would love. Read morePublished on June 2, 2011 by Mad Jar
The book was a little hard to get into. The ending was a suprise. Did keep me reading after the first three chapters.Published on August 27, 2010 by Pat R. Morrison
Reason for Reading: The book sounded perfect for me: a British historical mystery set in the thirties which the blurbs assured me was "beautifully crafted". Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Nicola Mansfield
This a hard one for me because although I agree the prose is dense and the descriptions intricate, I just couldn't sink into the story itself. Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by C. Quinn