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BLEEDING HEARTS Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Crimeline; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553569368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553569360
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,989,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Almost everyone on Cavanaugh Street seems to be getting into the spirit of Valentine's Day. Bennis' brother Christopher drops in for a visit, and begins a relationship with Lida, and even Hannah Krekorian has a new boyfriend...a once- popular figure in the 'recovery' movement whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.
Should be read after _Not a Creature Was Stirring_, which introduces Christopher and his gambling problem. By this point in the series, Chris has been to "Camp Boredom" (which was run by Hannah's boyfriend) and has his life straightened out.
Haddam takes on the 'recovery' movement in this volume. As Chris and Bennis put it in _Not a Creature Was Stirring_: C: I don't think I'm crazy because I've got Daddy's genes, and I don't think I'm crazy because Daddy warped my mind, either. I think I'm crazy because I'm a jerk. B: I don't think that kind of attitude is going to get us anywhere. C: I think it's going to get us a hell of a lot farther than the attitude I've been taking, which is that I just can't help myself, no explanations necessary.
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Intriguing well-plotted mystery Sept. 16 2013
By carl brookins - Published on
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Jane Haddam has written a lot of excellent novels. Not a Creature was Stirring was the first Gregor Demarkian novel. If you haven't read it, seek it out. Most of her books revolve around holidays and most of them are set in a certain neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Down the middle of the neighborhood runs Cavanaugh Street.

Demarkian, a retired FBI agent, lives in an apartment on Cavanaugh Street. Several other people whose names end in -ian- live nearby. There are lots of characters in Haddam's books so you have to pay close attention. But that's good, because these delightful novels in which Haddam writes with such care and affection about this mostly Armenian-American enclave will amply reward the reader. You get a cracking good murder mystery in the bargain, along with crisp writing about vivid entertaining characters and bouncing action.

As one might expect, Bleeding Hearts is set in February, which can be a miserable month in Philadelphia, weather-wise, right around Saint Valentine's Day. What happens at the party thrown by Hannah Kerkorian, however, is anything but saintly. Her new love--and understand that Hannah is no spring chicken--is Paul Hazzard. The year before Hazzard was a suspect accused of murdering his wife. That crime is still unsolved. On the eve of the party, the neighborhood is all a-twitter because Paul's ex-mistress is rumored to be writing a tell-all book which might reveal something about the murder of Paul's dead wife. So, who shows up at the party with a legitimate invitation? None other than the ex-mistress. So they're all there when Paul gets bumped off. Who invited her and why are integral to this intriguing mystery.

It's enough to drive Father Kasparian, Gregor Demarkian, Lida Arkmanian, and old George Tekemanian over the edge! In the end, of course, Gregor sorts it all out for the Philadelphia police and for the neighborhood, solving two murders in the bargain.
This is a very entertaining and satisfying crime novel.
Nice... May 27 2014
By Carmen - Published on
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A bit wordy but still has that Haddam nice effect. Wish Haddam would do more with her
core characters. They're much more interesting than some of the surrounding characters
they meet in each situation.
Another hit for Haddam April 3 2014
By Mary L - Published on
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I've liked every one of her books so far. This holiday series was wonderful. I enjoyed all of them. I like her psychological look into the human mind. It's fascinating.
Love Demarkian Dec 29 2013
By Sylvia Plath - Published on
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The mysteries are always solid and well written, the detective interesting with his quirks. I could, however, do with a little less of the neighborhood background stories usually more prominent in earlier novels. Quality mysteries though to some today, they may seem a touch old fashioned because of the overall lack of sex and gratuitous violence - emphasis on the story and the psychology, not the gruesome.
Again March 25 2013
By Lynda Baut - Published on
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Gregor Demarkian, I am continuing my collection, I love the books and the author. I have read everything she has put out to date.

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