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BLEEDING HEARTS [Mass Market Paperback]

Jane Haddam
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Jan. 1 1995 The Gregor Demarkian Holiday Series
Former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian races against time to prevent a Valentine's Day murder that would keep the perpetrator of a long-unsolved crime secret forever. Reprint. PW. K.

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Charmingly original, with the occasional cuteness redeemed by a suddenly exposed hard edge, Haddam's ninth Gregor Demarkian holiday mystery begins in February on the busy streets of an Armenian neighborhood in Philadelphia. Tongues wag when 58-year-old Hannah Krekorian takes up with Paul Hazzard, a psychologist famous for his books and his seminars and for the nasty death of his wife four years earlier, a crime for which he was tried but never convicted. When Hazzard is murdered in Hannah's bedroom, his blood staining the same ornamental dagger that also figured in his wife's death, Hannah is an immediate suspect. Series hero Gregor, a former FBI agent, takes up Hannah's cause and casts his eye on the dead man's magnificently dysfunctional trio of grown-up children and his former mistress, who is soon to publish a tell-all tale. Aiding Gregor is his no-nonsense lover, fantasy writer Bennis Hannaford. While Gregor considers the unusual entry wounds on Hazzard's body and those featured on the next victim, the author details several believable romances that flourish and flounder on Cavanaugh Street. Never quite cozy and never quite tough, this tale combines the best of both styles to stunning effect.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Haddam, too, condenses time when she "continues" a four-year-old Philadelphia murder case with a new, related murder. After writer Paul Hazzard's wife dies of stab wounds, everyone thinks he did it: now, someone kills Paul, with the same unusual knife. Another inhabitant of their Armenian neighborhood, Gregor Demarkian, attempts to solve the mystery. The author's psychologically detailed, self-consciously literate foray into a small community should fare well with series fans.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gregor Demarkian for Valentine's Day. Oct. 20 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing well-plotted mystery Sept. 16 2013
By carl brookins - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Haddam April 3 2014
By Mary L - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Demarkian Dec 29 2013
By Sylvia Plath - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Again March 25 2013
By Lynda Baut - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Gregor Demarkian for Valentine's Day. Oct. 21 2000
By Michele L. Worley - Published on Amazon.com
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bleeding heart - a person who is considered excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be underprivileged or exploited
- AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY

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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