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The Embroidered Corpse (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Kavanagh
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a quiet English village two bodies are discovered.

Both murdered.

But it is the manner of the death that most startles amateur detective Belinda Lawrence.

They were both slain in a way that perfectly replicates the death a medieval English king.

But why?

There appears to be no motive for so elaborate a crime.

But after she stumbles across a mysterious ancient tapestry, Belinda Lawrence and her associate Hazel Whitby are drawn into a terrifying conspiracy involving a bizarre religious cult, an enigmatic academic, a group of secretive monks -- and a mystery that dates back nearly a thousand years old.

And it soon becomes apparent that 'The Embroidered Corpse' will not be the last dead body - Belinda's own life is at stake.

‘The Embroidered Corpse’ is a brilliant re-invention of the classic English village murder mystery, following on from the best-selling 'Capable of Murder'.

Belinda Lawrence is a lively young heroine who pits her intellect against cold-blooded and ruthless killers - a character who is among the most memorable and engaging in modern detective fiction.

‘The Embroidered Corpse' 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 fast moving story with much local colour, witty dialogue and historical background. -- Barbara Buhrer, Reviewer's Choice

An intriguing mystery … for mystery and history buffs alike, this is a fast, clear read, recommended for all ages. -- Jennifer Macaire

Dan Brown & Kavanagh are great researchers. Their novels provide history lessons that make the reader curious about the past. -- OALA Reviews -Lee Gooden

If you love history or a good mystery, you must read this book! -- Alicia Karen Elkins, GWN Book Reviewer

Kavanagh has done it again, writing a riveting and historical tale rivaling the finest style in the traditional British mystery! -- Viviane Crystal-Crystal Reviews.

Kavanagh's books are addictive. Once you start this mystery series, you want to keep reading. -- Nancy Madison

Rich characterization brings the story to life, and his approach to plot development keeps that life moving at break-neck speed. -- TCM-Reviews Kevin Aguanno

The Embroidered Corpse is one of the most thrilling stories that I have ever read. -- Annick. Euro reviews

With mystery, mayhem and murder, The Embroidered Corpse delivers a well-written tale to mystery readers, antiquities aficionados and history buffs. -- Amy Brozio-Andrews

Product Details

  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905202369
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BU4C5BC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Murder Mystery March 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy elaborate murder mysteries, particularly when the murderer has a signature move. The inclusion of medieval history and religious elements make this far more interesting than your typical crime thriller. The author builds the tension of the book to its climax excellently and Belinda is a refreshingly smart, likeable heroine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of British cozy November 10, 2006
I thought the beginning was slow vs an action packed opening, The background is modern England, the narrator a young woman who has a closer relationship with the female owner of a pawn shop than with her boyfriend (and yes this annoyed me).

There are two vicars and a church mystery. To me, the villain was too strong, too hateful.

Once the story got going, it was absorbing, the ending came to a satisfying conclusion which was unexpected and wrapped up nicely. I wanted more description,, of tbe English country side. What the major char looked like, niggling stuff. I was engrossed in the plot and satisfied at the conclusion. I am looking for other works by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "a great story" August 9, 2006
When Belinda goes to York with Hazel, they decide to visit the Kidbrooke House, just out of curiosity. But when they get there, they are astonished to see an embroidered figure of what appears to be the corpse of a monk. Nobody seems to be able to explain where it comes from, but it has been in the family for a long time. Somehow Belinda becomes intrigued by Kidbrooke House and by Sir Gerald Taylor, as somehow that man fascinates her.

A few days later, a body is found at Kidbrooke House, the body of a man who was murdered in a very brutal and sadistic way. It must have happened just after Belinda and Hazel left. When Belinda finds out about the murder, she and Hazel decide to return to Kidbrooke House. But what they never could have expected happens and before they know it, they are involved in a murder case.

The Embroidered Corpse is one of the most thrilling stories that I have ever read. Sadistic murderers, a religious cult, a strange riddle and monks who are involved in some way... Brian Kavanagh has mixed all of this, and much more, together and the result is a great story that is fascinating to read. I promise you that once you start reading The Embroidered Corpse, you will find it very difficult to put this story beside you! You want to know the clue, who did those murders and why? You'll find out...

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5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY, MYSTERY AND MURDER ! March 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
History, two murders, a possible piece of the famous Bayeux Tapestry and a religious sect that is devoted to King Harold who was overthrown at the Battle of Hasting, have come together in the mystery novel of Brian Kavanagh, who weaves a tale tighter than the threads of the tapestry itself. In his second novel of the Belinda Lawrence series, Belinda and her outspoken and somewhat bizarre associate, Hazel Whitby, immerse themselves in this tale of historical intrigue of dark forces which include a very aggressive group of monks and clues to a nefarious conspiracy almost a thousand years old. Kavanagh, as always, keeps the pages turning at every step of this epic tale of murder and mystery. And along the way one has a very sound sense of history. A great read and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit for Brian Kavanagh June 19, 2013
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This is the second book I have read from this author and again I was impressed with his ability to build suspense into the story-line without having to resort to gimmickry. A fine story by a great author. I was going to say this series was for anyone who likes British mysteries, but that would be an injustice because of the limitation. Instead, I will say it is for anyone who enjoys a finely crafted story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intruiging Plot Device June 10, 2011
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I enjoyed this book much more than I enjoyed the first of the series. Maybe it's just the medievalist in me, but I loved the plot device of a missing panel of the Bayeaux Tapestry coming to light and not being recognized for what it was (except by a select few). The author deftly winds British history into his story, and made me want to pull out one of my books about the Tapestry to refresh my memory. This book also had a much 'stronger' ending than the first book did - that was my main gripe about the first book - a weak ending. The characters seem a little more fully-developed from the first book, and the action is not as predictable - you can see that the author has matured as well as the characters.

Note on Kindle formatting: Excellent. I did not note any issues at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling May 24, 2011
Belinda Lawrence and Hazel Whitby head off on Castle Howard Antiques Fair on a shopping trip for Hazel's antiques shop. In the pub it is suggested to the ladies that if they would like to see antiques, they should visit Kidbrooke House. They meet a very charming older gentleman who tells them of the history of the house and while touring the house Belinda sees a piece of tapestry in a cracked frame that catches her attention. She offers to buy it, but the the gent says that nothing it going to be sold from the house until the family dies out.

As they are leaving Kidbrooke House Belinda sees a couple of monks arguing with the old gentleman. The next day she reads an article in the paper about the old gentleman's murder, replicating the death of a medievael king on the tapestry.

She and Hazel go to the auction at Kidbrooke House and Belinda can't find the tapestry to bid on. Hazel buys some pieces to supply her second shop and they set off home. Belinda is convinced that she has spotted one of the monks at the auction. While unpacking Hazel's purchases at the shop Belinda finds the tapestry in a Jacobean cabinet and Hazel gives it to her as a gift.

Hazel's shop is broken into, Belinda sees the same monk on several more occasions and another murder in the same manner as the first seem to point to something important about the tapestry. The tale is an adventure of historic proportions.

This is the second in the Belinda Lawrence series and it is as finely written as the first. The tidbits of historical information and legend are a delight to devour while reading a finely tuned mystery. The characters continue to grow and I look forward to seeing more of them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in English history and an appetite for a good mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Put Down
The title and the synopsis saounded good, but I had trouble getting into the story. Maybe if I had stayed with the story I might have found something to like. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - but now Delighted!
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As I discovered through messages here at amazon, the mistake I site below was not Brian Kavanagh's fault. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars History and Geography Outpace Mystery
This is the second Belinda Lawrence Mystery I have read, wishing to give the series a fair chance. The main character is a little prickly for my taste, and her friend Hazel Whitby... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karen J. Dahood
3.0 out of 5 stars The Embroidered Corpse
In Brian Kavanagh's Capable of Murder (, we are introduced to protagonist Belinda Lawrence, who is heading to the Village of Milford after receiving a letter... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D.A.Sarac
5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY, MYSTERY AND MURDER !
History, two murders, a possible piece of the famous Bayeux Tapestry and a religious sect that is devoted to King Harold who was overthrown at the Battle of Hasting, have come... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John J. Alaimo
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read.
Medieval mysteries can always "suck me in" and this was no exception. Ancient tapestries and churchyards are always good fodder for a murder plot :) The pace of this "cozy" murder... Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Diana M. Hockley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Embroidered Corpse
Belinda Lawrence had emigrated from Australia years ago and had settled in nicely in England with a nice job in the city , along with friends and a moderately comfortable... Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Condorena
4.0 out of 5 stars The Embroidered Corpse
The Embroidered Corpse
By Brian Kavanagh
ISBN: 1-905202-36-9

This book, second in the series, has Belinda, Hazel and Mark searching for clues to a missing... Read more
Published on July 27, 2008 by Melissa A. Palmer
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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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