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Capable of Murder (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Kavanagh
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


A fun read written by talented author Brian Kavanagh who introduces us to a cast of characters not soon forgotten. -- Anne K. Edwards

"It owes much to the classic English village mystery, with its reclusive older resident and the suspicious cast of characters, -- Barbara Franchi, Reviewing The Evidence

"Kavanagh managed to do what - MC Beaton, does so well, incorporate humor within the confines of a credible mystery -- Mary Lynn, author of 'Dear Cari'

"Splashes of excellent local color and descriptions. The writing is very visual.There are some very good descriptions and metaphors. -- eBook Reviews Weekly

"The story winds its way toward its startling conclusion. This is a must-read book. It is definitely recommended." -- Nancy Madison, author of 'Clues to Love'

Believe me when I tell you that with Capable of Murder, Brian Kavanagh has written a master piece! -- Euro Review

The reader quickly finds him or herself in the same situation as Belinda, wondering if a crime was actually committed. -- TCM-CA

From the Back Cover

The old lady's decaying body lay at the foot of the stairs.     The police believe it was simply an accidental fall that killed great-aunt Jane.     But was it?     Young Australian, Belinda Lawrence is convinced it was murder and when she inherits her great-aunt's ancient cottage and garden on the outskirts of Bath, England, she finds herself deep in a taut mystery surrounding her legacy.     A secret room. Unknown intruders. A hidden ancient document. They all contribute to the mounting dread.     A second vicious murder by a ruthless killer intensifies the tension and Belinda, now under threat herself, is befriended by two charming men: her neighbour Jacob and real-estate agent Mark Sallinger. But can she trust them? And what interest has befuddled antique dealer Hazel Whitby in the cottage?     Could one of them be the killer?

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  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (February 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping mystery December 6, 2005
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 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
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery writing at its very best. March 24, 2013
By Johnno
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Capable of Murder August 30, 2007
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WELCOME RETURN TO THE COSY MYSTERY March 29, 2013
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This story would fit well with the Golden Age of mysteries, with plenty of misdirection, a modicum of blood and clearly defined, interesting characters. The old house with its gloomy atmosphere and garden is well drawn and the prize at stake is original and satisfying. I have two small quibbles: the period is not made clear in the beginning, and I wondered about the lack of cell phones and other modern appliances, until deciding I was in the wrong time zone; also, I find head hopping away from the viewpoint character distracting when applied to several others. However,I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and look forward to Belinda's further adventures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant
Good, entertaining, easy read. Take it to the beach. Can be finished in one day. Not an edge of your seat story though.
Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader K
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I wouldn't rush out to buy the next book.
Published 9 months ago by The Chief
4.0 out of 5 stars A vividly told mystery story
Australian author Brian Kavanagh has given us a novel in the tradition of the “cosy” English murder mystery with some interesting historical material at the core. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stephen Crabbe
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Mystery
Belinda Lawrence receives an envelope from her Great Aunt, whom she has met only once, telling her that she has something important to say to her and requesting that she visit. Read more
Published 21 months ago by TomW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, great mystery
I have dragged my heels on writing a review for this one -- for a specific reason. When I started reading I was busy enjoying the vocabulary and location and little differences... Read more
Published 21 months ago by LLona Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read, full of mysteries
A very enjoyable read, that makes us want to know more about the mystery of Belinda's house . The end is unexpected. A book that makes me want to read more from Brian Kavanagh.
Published 22 months ago by Vio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was very interesting. The end was surprising. I found it very difficult to put down. It was a quick read.
Published 23 months ago by Westyraven
1.0 out of 5 stars I quit!
I quit 34% into the 'Capable of murder'. Childish behaviour of Belinda put me in the mood to pout and stomp my feet just as freely as she does. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mad4eBooks
2.0 out of 5 stars In the vein of Ms. Marple but not nearly as good
Borrowed for free via Prime, and that's about what it's worth. All the elements of Masterpiece Mystery are here: young woman summoned by aunt to mysterious country house. Read more
Published 24 months ago by L Wiz
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting!
This book is hard to put down. The characters are fascinating and so real. The author has created a plot that keeps you turning those pages. Read more
Published on May 24, 2013 by Faye M. Tollison
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More About the Author

After a lifetime making films, I have a new life writing books. No one is more surprised than I am.
Author of Belinda Lawrence mystery series,

I'm proud to have a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Film Editors Guild and an Australian Film Institute award for Best Editing for the children's film, Frog Dreaming. Proud also of my first feature film, which I produced and directed, A City's Child, which won an AFI award for actress Monica Maughan and was invited to screen at the London Film Festival as well as Edinburgh, Montreal, Chicago and Adelaide, where it won the Gold Southern Cross Advertiser Award for Best Australian Film, all in the days when most of you were a mixture of multiplying cells, when the world hadn't heard of Australian films (apart from the dear departed, Chips Rafferty) and therefore was a neater and cleaner place. I am also a member of the Australian Society of Authors.
I recently changed publishers and my books are now available as eBooks from Endeavour Press UK.

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