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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (932 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Taylor Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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England, 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after, a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of Seven Dials. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny links each of these events to the American boy Edgar Allen Poe, brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated. Soon the intrigue enmeshes a poor schoolmaster, Thomas Shield, who struggles to understand what is happening before it destroys him and those he loves. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Belynda Smith | 2/19/2014

    " Convincing tale of Victorian England and Edgar Allan Poe's childhood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mary | 2/17/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. I hate the device of literal foreshadowing. Quote-pg. 8: "Nor did I realise that X and Y would lead me, step by step, towards the dark heart of a labyrinth, to a place of terrible secrets and the worst of crimes." Up until that sentence I was interested in the story. I find this only works for me when I've already been introduced to the character who is narrating and have some sympathy for him/her at that point when they begin the story. But to throw these bombs into an otherwise straightforward, first-person story loses me. I made it to page 83 then gave up. I just didn't care who died, how, why or who got punished for it. The only sympathetic character had been dismissed already as a crackpot. I couldn't have cared less about any of the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Selene | 1/31/2014

    " This was very well written, but failed to give any of the promised macabre of Poe. I feel this was a missed opportunity really! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " Finished this last night. Good mystery with some unexpected twists and turns. Found it to be a little wordy and at times had to go back and reread something to make sure I understood it. If you like historical fiction though it was good. "

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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.