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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (931 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Taylor Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses, a man is found horribly mutilated on a building site, another goes missing in the teeming stews of the city’s notorious Seven Dials district, a deathbed vigil ends in theft, and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe’s young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth, like the youthful Poe himself, has its origins in the New World as well as the Old—in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812.

With settings ranging from the coal-scented urban jungle of late Regency London to the stark winter landscapes of a rural Gloucestershire, An Unpardonable Crime is a multi-layered literary murder mystery, a historical novel, and a love story. In addition to shedding fascinating light on Edgar Allan Poe, the book is a fast-paced suspenseful tale, filled with shocking revelations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Taylor grabs hold of the nineteenth-century novel and runs…Taylor’s sweeping mystery tale is populated by innocents, eccentrics and evildoers whose lives twist, turn and overlap in a brilliantly intricate pattern.”

    Washington Post

  • “A fluid, atmospheric period thriller…Taylor does an excellent job in portraying early nineteenth-century London and writes in a clear, consistent period style…A pleasurable read that will engross many.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The most notable aspect of this novel is Taylor’s masterful use of some of Poe’s most renowned themes, including victimization, extreme states of existence, mysterious presences and mourning for the dead. A delectably dark blend of mystery, gothic horror, romance and literary history, An Unpardonable Crime will leave readers captivated until the very end. A fittingly macabre tribute to the master of the macabre.”

    BookPage

  • “[This] atmospheric mystery is lots of fun. Simon Vance does a lovely job of making the complex sentences and bygone words of the period writing style easy to listen to... Entirely involving.”

    AudioFile

  • “Taylor knits his considerable skills as a crime writer and as a master of historical detail into a smooth, agreeably complex solution of two mysteries in the life of the real-life Poe.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sounding more like a crew of readers than an individual narrator, British actor Vance excellently portrays the characters’ stark class differences through changes of dialect and tone…Listeners who enjoy steeping themselves in the atmosphere of Regency England will welcome this strong performance.”

    Booklist (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsay | 2/19/2014

    " A well written and interesting book. The mystery is well created, unfurling slowly and revealing depths to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda | 2/9/2014

    " The story seems extremely long and meandering but it neatly tied up at the end. Even the significance of the title doesn't become clear until the end. A good read for the Halloween weekend and a mystery that remains surrounding Edgar Allan Poe and his family even today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/9/2014

    " This was slow-moving at times but overall a pretty gripping read. But despite the title and the jacket synopsis, the story doesn't have all that much to do with Edgar Allan Poe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 2/7/2014

    " I just love historical settings and mysteries. This book was a delight for me. Compulsive reading... sneaking time to read when I should be doing other things. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is a British author best known for his crime novels, which include the Dougal series, the Lydmouth series, the Roth trilogy, and the historical novel The American Boy. He has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award twice.