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Bloody Ham (a Belinda Lawrence Mystery) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Viviane Crystal (New York, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bloody Ham (Paperback)
Ham House is considered to be one of the haunted houses in Surry, Great Britain, as well as being a historic Jacobean mansion from the 17th Century. Now Belinda and Hazel are invited to the famed home where Hazel will provide some antique pieces to add to the authentic setting and Belinda actually along the way is asked to act a small part.
But the reader is quickly pulled into the palpable tension between producers, directors, actors, actresses and their spouses. The flip and sometimes tawdry jealousies between stars who want to become rich and those who can make or break them becomes drama paralleling the history of Ham House.
Alarm begins to spread when one famous actress collapses and dies and later an actor is found stabbed to death. Belinda and Hazel are drawn into the mystery while Belinda meanwhile has to decide between her recent lover and an older lover from Australia.
Brian Kavanagh continues to be a master of a quick-paced but interesting plot that tenaciously holds the reader's interest to the very taught but satisfying end. Bloody Ham is definitely the best of the whole series he has written.
Well done, indeed, Brian Kavanagh!!!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on November 11, 2007
The Embroidered Corpse (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery)
The two girls are back, Belinda - with a choice to make about marriage to Mark, while her old boyfriend Brad muddies the waters - and Hazel, who is at her rampant best with Tim, a young Australian editor. The plot moves at a good pace, and almost every question is answered. Brad is a bit of a twit, showing his hand at the end when confronted by - but I don't do spoilers!
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery of two murders and plenty of suspects. As to the question of who Belinda chooses - Kavanagh had better be in the throes of writing the next novel in this series, or woe betide him...
When an actress dies early in the filming things become very different from the trip she'd planned for Belinda. When the new star arrives, Monica Page insists that Belinda be her stand-in for lighting and marks as her regular stand-in is ill. Belinda finds more to the film industry than she could have imagined.
Next the producer is murdered and Belinda's fingerprints are all over the weapon, she held it while standing-in for Monica Page, and she decides that she must find out who is behind the deaths to clear herself.
The third in the Belinda Lawrence series is as tight and well paced as the first two. The friendship between Hazel and Belinda is very believable and one that grows ever forward. Stories and legends about Ham House are deftly woven into the mystery and very enjoyable. I recommend this book for a great visit to an interesting place with fascinating characters.
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