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.
But 7 Bleeding Heart Square is a place of secrets. 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?
Parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive. Legend has it the Devil once danced in Bleeding Heart Square. And now there is a new and sinister presence lurking in its shadows.
"Taylor is the modern master of a very Dickensian underworld... A sense of brooding evil pervades the complex plot, handled with great assurance" - Independent
"The period atmosphere, as in all Taylor's work, is flawless. He simply gets better and better" - Daily Telegraph
"It's crime, but I'd hate to think of it being ghettoised, with lovers of good fiction missing this absorbing and sinister story." - Publishing News