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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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,
A WICKED DESIGN (to be published)

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 25 Oct. 2005
By A Customer
Out of the blue, Belinda Lawrence receives a letter from her great aunt Jane imploring Belinda to come to the old woman's cabin that weekend. Feeling a sense of urgency hidden in the words of the note, Belinda complies with the Jane's request. Sadly, once Belinda arrives at the cabin she discovers that her great aunt is dead, seemingly of an accidental fall down the stairs. However, as more and more strange clues suggest that Jane had a secret that she was about to tell her neice, Belinda starts to wonder if her great aunt's death was actually the result of an accidental fall.
Capable of Murder is a wonderful mystery with lots of great twists and turns. The reader quickly finds him or herself in the same situation as Belinda, wondering if a crime was actually committed and if so why would someone want to kill a reclusive old lady whom no one seemed to know much about. Moreover, every clue that Belinda uncovers leads to a dozen more questions and wonderings
keeping the reader guessing and wondering until the very end. TCM-CA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written! 1 April 2013
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Capable of Murder is the first book in the Belinda Lawrence Murder Mystery series and is just under 200 pages long. It is about a young woman called Belinda Lawrence who receives a mysterious letter from her great-aunt, who she then finds dead in her village cottage. Belinda suspects it was murder despite the police's opinions that it was an accident, and basically the story takes off from there! I don't want to say too much as that would spoil the plot.

I really enjoyed this book! The writing style was what made this for me; the way that the author created the atmosphere and suspense was artistic and beautiful, yet did not distract from the plot at all. Sometimes in this type of novel, the creative writing can take away from what's actually happening, but I feel that Brian Kavanagh got the balance perfect.

The characters were amazing in this book. They really developed throughout the novel, and although the book itself is quite short, there was a lot of development with certain characters and also a lot of tension built up steadily as you read. I won't say much about the plot, as I said, but I will say that this was a great mystery and I honestly didn't know who was the villain until the very end.

The only negative thing that I have to say about this book is, although I do love strong female characters in literature, I found that at some points Belinda did act a bit too irrationally in situations that were potentially extremely dangerous, and for that reason, sometimes this book was a little unrealistic. Having said that the mystery element was great and the writing really suited the style of novel.

Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars and would definitely recommend it. The ending was perfect and I am looking forward to reading more from Brian Kavanagh in the future.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and well-written 27 Mar. 2013
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Belinda Lawrence has been invited to pay a visit to her great-aunt. Upon arrival she finds her aunt's dead body at the bottom of the stairs. She discovers she is to inherit her property and so moves into the quaint village. Things soon take a turn for the worse, however, when there is another murder, and Belinda starts to suspect that her Aunt's death wasn't an accident... Atmospheric, well-written, full of suspense - Capable of Murder ticks all the right boxes. It is by no means flawless, but for a debut book it is well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read 6 April 2013
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Brian Kavanagh's murder mystery, Capable of Murder, is a fantastically written novella which successfully manages to thrill its reader. It begins with a letter arriving for the protagonist Belinda addressed from her great-aunt Jane which summons the young girl to her great-aunt's cottage in Milford. Upon arrival, Belinda is shocked to find the old woman dead; the verdict: accidental death. However, Belinda is not persuaded and after inheriting the cottage another neighbour is found murdered; this compounds the girl's fears that her aunt was indeed killed in cold blood. As the story progresses, Belinda uses her intellect to uncover details surrounding the mysterious deaths and it is through Kavanagh's use of descriptive narrative that we see Belinda's emotions seep through to the reader, sweeping you along with the shocking events in the girl's life.
Kavanagh's use of light and dark storylines means that Capable of Murder is unlike other murder mysteries. The novella contrasts the mundane lives of its characters with a more sinister undercurrent which emerges as the novella progresses, so that when shocks occur, Kavanagh ensures the reader feels the act with full force making Capable of Murder an exhilarating read.
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Firstly the good points:
- It is short so it only takes a day or so to read, could be done on a longish train journey or flight
- Well-written, no spelling or grammatical errors, no superfluous detail
- Plenty twists and unexpected turns, some suspense thrown in for good measure
- A likeable main character

Some not-so-good points, in my untrained opinion:
- The plot is fairly far-fetched
- Where are the boys in blue?!
- The rural setting inspires some stereotyping

These last points are just minor quibbles and did not spoil my enjoyment overall. The fact I gave this five stars is the main point I want to make.

To earn five stars, a kindle book has to have something special, whether it be a fiction, biography or non-fiction book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read
A nice read, a bit flat at times and the people described in a two-dimensional way, with too many extremes, but all in all enjoyable
Published 8 months ago by Rolaa
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Published 13 months ago by Sarah D
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book passed the time but i found it predictable
Published 14 months ago by 53woman
4.0 out of 5 stars bit predictable
Good read but able to predict the ending however an excellent hols book to escape to - have read this author in the past and would again
Published 18 months ago by shugs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cosy Crime novel
Belinda Lawrence is invited to visit her aunt in an English village but on arrival she meets with a shocking discovery. Read more
Published 21 months ago by AnnW
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Freebie
This book took a little bit of getting into but I am glad I stuck with it, as once immersed I really enjoyed this murder mystery, which had a surprising twist at the end. Read more
Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by DenMorris
3.0 out of 5 stars Easily read, but too bland for me
I don't know when the book was supposed to be set, but a young man addressing a girl as "miss" ("look Miss, I'm sorry" etc. Read more
Published on 20 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been 5 but...
Great story, and well written.

But I fail to see how any woman would stick with the man who tried to 'romance' her for his own means...... Read more
Published on 31 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars CAPABLE OF MURDER
An okay read, fairly good storyline with strong characters. story seemed to slow in places which took away the pageturner appeal
Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by Jennifer Gilbertson-Dann
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