Black Hearts in Battersea Paperback
by Joan Aiken
"Simon paid off the driver and turned to follow Mrs Twite.
But she seemed to have locked the door behind her and, as he rattled the latch unavailingly and then rapped the locker, something dark and suffocating was forced down over his head and a pair of hands gripped his throat." Simon, coming to London to study painting with his old friend Dr Field, finds he has vanished without trace.
Determined to discover what lies behind his disappearance, Simon is trapped in a fiendish plot.
Why has his landlord got guns in his cellar and how does one deal with his irrepressible daughter, Dido ...?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 01/02/2004
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9780099456391
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Review by elkiedee
A young man goes to London to study art, but is dismayed to find no sign of his friend Gabriel Field at the address he was given. Instead, he is living with an eccentric family. But the cheeky brat becomes a friend as Simon shows her the kindness she's missing from her parents. Gradually Simon discovers he's living with a family who are plotting against the king. A fast paced and funny adventure story, with characters you really come to care about. The brat is Dido Twite, a first appearance of a wonderful heroine.