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Capable of Murder (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) by [Kavanagh, Brian]
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An old lady's decaying body is found lying at the bottom of the stairs.

The police believe it was simply an accidental fall that killed great-aunt Jane.

But was it?

When the young Australian Belinda Lawrence inherits her great-aunt's ancient cottage and garden on the outskirts of Bath she is convinced it was murder.

Her unexpected legacy comes shrouded in mystery.

A secret room.

Unknown intruders.

A hidden ancient document.

And then a second terrible killing.

Suddenly Belinda Lawrence is plunged into a terrifying mystery.

Half of the village seem Capable of Murder.

And if she can’t find out who the killer is, she may be next.

‘Capable of Murder’ is a brilliant re-invention of the classic English village murder mystery. A lively young heroine pits her intellect against a cold-blooded and ruthless killer, both determined to solve the riddle of an ancient garden.

‘Capable of Murder’ is perfect for fans of Peter James, Elizabeth George and Peter Robinson.

“A classy mystery that will keep you up half the night.” – Robert Foster, best-selling author of The Lunar Code.

“Mystery fiction at it’s very best.” – Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.

Brian Kavanagh has many years’ experience in the Australian Film Industry in areas of production, direction, editing and writing. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Film Editors Guild and an Australian Film Institute award for Best Editing for Frog Dreaming.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (Feb. 28 2013)
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  • Language: English
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When Belinda Lawrence's Aunt Jane dies suddenly, Belinda is stunned to learn that she's inherited Jane's cottage in a village outside Bath. She'd only visited her aunt once before and the taciturn Jane hadn't made Belinda feel particularly welcome. The official cause of Jane's death was a fall down the stairs, but a visit to the cottage and encounters with the locals, among other things, force Belinda to think otherwise. Add an intense interest in her aunt's property from two handsome strangers and ominous events, and you've got the making of a great curl-up-with-a-blanket cozy.

Capable of Murder is a short 184 page whodunit that zips along at a pretty quick pace because there aren't any of those pesky subplots to weave through the main story. Thing is, I love subplots. They add depth to a mystery and help flesh out characters, which is partly why I feel something was missing in this book. Also, I would have welcomed a few more suspects to make the puzzle trickier. Most readers will figure out who the killer is quite quickly. Still, those who love cozies that incorporate gardening into the story, not to mention a little romantic suspense, will enjoy the book.
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I really enjoyed this murder mystery. It was well-written and managed to convey an atmosphere of tension, dread and danger. There were several clever twists and turns that made it difficult to guess who the killer was until right near the end.

Belinda was a wonderful character--full of feistiness and courage and smart enough to know that something was fishy about her great-aunt's death. The sudden interest of several people wanting to purchase the cottage that was part of the inheritance left to her by Aunt Jane also had Belinda's instincts quivering with suspicion and doubt.

The story had all the elements of a good mystery--a secret room, a document valuable enough to bring out the killer instincts in people, a gloomy, oppressive cottage full of secrets and cobwebs, a cast of characters with plenty of motive and opportunity, and a heroine who wasn't afraid to find out the truth. The historical references and descriptions also made the novel quite enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to any fan of murder mysteries.
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"...a genius in designing gardens, gardens that he would never live to see in their maturity. He had an insight that allowed him to predict the way that his work would mature...His gardens express an ideal. The native English landscape." A garden run amok in a small suburban village near the famous city of Bath , England waits for restoration! Belinda Lawrence hasn't really known her great-Aunt all that well but is surprised to get an invitation to discuss something important. Belinda hardly expects to find something highly suspicious - indeed, an English village murder rivaling the best of Miss Marple tales. After the initial shock and brief mourning, it seems that one (or more) of three men could be the criminal. And it seems that everyone Belinda meets has an interest in the 80,000 pounds and cottage her aunt has left as an inheritance - or is it only the garden? Just what is so intriguing about this particular garden and this singular spot well-known in literary and horticultural circles of the past? This fast-paced plot is laced with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader enthralled and guessing to the very last chapter! Descriptions of details fill in the gaps with more questions and answers, thus making the reader part of the enfolding mystery! Humor and "real" personalities will induce laughter and annoyance alike, along with appreciation of the bucolic character of this sleepy yet oh so busy country English town! More will die before the discovery of the criminal and his or her twisted motive! Hope Brian Kavanagh will write more sleuth mysteries in this classic mystery style and pace! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 30, 2006. Crystal Reviews
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1a36558) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18d46f0) out of 5 stars The object of all the fuss is new March 6 2013
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Mysteriously summoned by her relative, Belinda finds Great-Aunt Jane's body dead on her own stairs. Too dead – the letter summoning her was mailed days after her aunt died.
Much to her surprise, Belinda inherits the ancient cottage and grounds. Should the city girl move to the village? Belinda rather likes the idea. Then she begins to notice that all of her neighbors seem to have ulterior motives. Her elusive solicitor, her determinedly friendly next door neighbors, a handsome real estate agent, and an alcoholic antique dealer all seem to think there is something valuable in Belinda's new home.
Belinda seems to be alone in her belief that Great-Aunt Jane was murdered, until another murder occurs in the same house. It was obviously meant to be Belinda lying dead there. Knowing the motive doesn't tell her who did the killing – it is a big, juicy motive almost in plain sight, enough to tempt any of her neighbors.
Read CAPABLE OF MURDER when you are in the mood for a village cozy. Relax and enjoy the puzzle. Cozy is definitely the category: you will never be afraid, although Belinda often is. Belinda shivers at harmless atmospherics yet walks casually into the arms of death.
CAPABLE OF MURDER is nicely written and pacey, with the momentum to keep you moving along at a quick clip. You will have your favorite suspects, cheering and sneering as occasion arises. Why does Belinda trust this person? Why does she enter that building alone? Why does she get into a fight at that particular spot? The object of all the fuss is new – I don't think I've ever seen this motive before.
Author Brian Kavanagh's years of creative experience have been in film. CAPABLE OF MURDER begins a successful new venture for him. Belinda returns in the second of the series, THE EMBROIDERED CORPSE.
Reviewed by Joy Calderwood
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1b133b4) out of 5 stars Gripping mystery Dec 6 2005
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A spellbinding mystery that held me from the first page. Set in a small English village it has a cast of characters, each of whom are well drawn and each is under suspicion of being a murderer. That is the dilemma facing Belinda Lawrence when she inherits her aunt's cottage. Written visually, Capable of Murder leads the reader along with Belinda as she encounters each new danger. There is humour and the title itself is a clue. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a well-written and entertaining puzzle.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19f0ab0) out of 5 stars Mystery writing at its very best. March 24 2013
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I became an avid fan of Brian Kavanagh after reading this, his first novel. Like all successful writers of mystery books, he immerses you in another time and place and nothing is ever what it seems. Belinda Lawrence is a young Australian, who pays a visit to her Great Aunt Jane's cottage on the outskirts of the historic Georgian city of Bath, England. There she discovers the body of her Great Aunt on the stairs of the small cottage she will inherit. As the mystery unfolds, Kavanagh takes the reader on a journey of discovery of mysterious characters and spine chilling events. Like walking alone, down a small cobbled street filled with shadow and light and the echo of strange footsteps he leads you into the world of murder and mystery. I highly recommend this to all fans of great mystery writing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa19f03c0) out of 5 stars Capable of Murder Aug. 30 2007
By Anne K. Edwards - Published on
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Belinda Lawrence discovers the body of her reclusive great aunt on the floor of her home and becomes an heiress as the old lady's death is labeled an accident by the police. But Belinda can't stop the niggling doubt at the back of her mind. The problem was who would kill an old woman and why. There seemed to be nothing missing in the house.

Belinda learns there are great differences from living in the lights of the city and the darkness that descends on the unlighted streets of the village once she claims her inheritance with the intention of living in the house.

It isn't long before an antiques dealer turns up looking for old furniture and a realtor wants to sell the house for her. The only people who seem friendly are her closest neighbors.

A break in at the house, another murder in the house keep the action in this well crafted story moving forward as Belinda has to decide who to trust among the people who have taken an interest in her new home. Why did the lawyer who wrote her aunt's will disappear? Why does the neighbor feel so strongly about the overgrown garden?

These and other questions will keep the reader turning pages as they try to identify the villain of the tale and solve the mystery before Belinda does. Recommended as a fun read written by talented author Brian Kavanagh who introduces us to a cast of characters not soon forgotten. A story with a surprise in store for the reader.

I am pleased to recommend this book to any mystery fan. Enjoy. I did.
HASH(0xa19f0a5c) out of 5 stars A World of Secrets April 19 2013
By Bonnie Cehovet - Published on
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Brian Kavanagh has created quite an interesting character in Belinda Lawrence - an English girl raised in Australia, now working in London. The story takes on the character of a classic English village mystery when Lawrence receives a letter from her great-aunt, asking her to visit the next weekend. She arrives to find her great-aunt lying at the bottom of the stairs, dead. In fact, she has been dead for several days!

Lawrence inherits her great aunt's house and property, and enough money to bring them up to standard and live there. She also inherits a brother and sister as neighbors, and a village filled with eccentric characters. She juggles two male interests - Mark, a real estate salesman, and Jacob, her next door neighbor, who wants to redo her back garden.

Through a hidden room, an old map, and references to a creator of famous gardens, the story unfolds in dramatic fashion. A very pleasant read!