normal for Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, to be called
to the scene of a crime, but this is the third murder in quick succession where
the victim’s chest has been cracked open and their heart torn out. Bainbridge
suspects there’s a symbolic reason for the stolen hearts, so he sends for
supernatural specialist Sir Maurice Newbury and his determined assistant, Miss
neither of them are in much shape to take the case. Veronica has been hunting
for some way to alleviate the mysterious forces that have been hounding her
family of late, and Newbury has been retained by a private client: Edward,
Prince of Wales, who’s concerned that his mother, the Queen of England, is
losing her grip on the nation.
the two detectives pull together long enough to determine that the killings may
be the work of a mercenary known as the Executioner. French, uncannily
beautiful, her flesh covered in tattoos and inlaid with precious metals, the
Executioner is famed throughout Europe, with legends going back for hundreds of
years. Something is keeping her in a form of living stasis, but her heart is
damaged, leaving her an emotionless shell, inexplicably driven to collect her
victims’ hearts as trophies.
is the Executioner targeting, and who hired her? Why has Veronica stopped
trusting Bainbridge? What does the Prince of Wales really want? These are just
some of the mysteries that Newbury and Hobbes will confront on the way to
unearthing the secret of the Executioner’s heart. Download and start listening now!