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Posted April 21, 2010
Atmospheric British mystery--will read more by this author
Guess I should start off with the fact I'm not someone who normally reads mystery novels (though I do enjoy them; I just don't read tons of them) but I was intrigued by this particular book because it was set in the tumultuous period between WW1 and WW2 in Britain; a time period and locale I'm especially fond of. So, I had no real expectations, I just hoped the story wouldn't turn out to be too simplistic or the characters too broad, flat, etc.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story is set in both London and the British countryside and centers initially on one Lydia Langstone, a young, privileged society wife who is strong enough to leave her handsome home when her young, spoiled husband abuses her; thus setting into motion the mystery at the heart of the story (please forgive the blatant pun; once you read the book you'll understand why I couldn't resist). Luckily she's got a deadbeat, slightly alcoholic but kindly Dad she can move in with while she sorts out her troubles; his home base being the Bleeding Heart Square of the title. Once there, Lydia and readers quickly encounter all sorts of well-thought out and believable characters from all walks of life and the book's underlying mystery really begins to take off. The author definitely takes his time unraveling both the plot and the back stories of the numerous characters and their many facets; and all the better for us as this is a book full of rich, evocative detail as well as a smattering of British history which makes for a very satisfying, convincing and atmospheric tale. While reading this, I couldn't help thinking that this book could easily be adapted and serialized as part of PBS "Mystery" series-- what could be better than that?
Having read this mystery, I'm going to check out other works by this Andrew Taylor; perhaps mysteries will be on my reading list more often having discovered this new author whose intelligent and well-researched style kept me guessing and absorbed for nearly 500 pages.
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