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The Embroidered Corpse (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery)

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

Brian Kavanagh
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905202369
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (3 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BU4C5BC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,352 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average Murder Mystery 22 Mar 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling series 24 July 2006
The arrival of a new mystery series is always something to celebrate and with the arrival of Belinda Lawrence the English village murder mystery is secure. The Embroidered Corpse follows on from Capable of Murder, which introduced the young Australian, Belinda who inherits a cottage near Bath. Tightly written, the second in the series expands Belinda's relationship with her neighbours and carries them into a mystery surrounding a piece of tapestry that is found in an old country house. It seems the tapestry is more than just an ornament and when the murders begin, Belinda and her friend, Hazel sink deeper into the mystery. A group of young monks, a religious couple and a college professor are all interested in the tapestry and lead to an exciting and thrilling climax.

History plays an important part in the story and is cleverly woven into the contemporary events. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent plot and engaging characters. 25 Mar 2013
By Miss HP
Format:Kindle Edition
This came up under Recommended for You and I was drawn in by cover. I needed a new series/character to get into so gave it a try. The murders were certainly startling and story is intelligently written and plotted. Historical angle should appeal to general reader and enthusiasts of period. Series has real potential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit of history 22 May 2013
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Wasn't sure what to expect from this one; but it quickly engaged me. Never too fond of history, I found this raising my interest in history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars " a new type of mystery" 5 Sep 2006
By Aggie
Buying antiques has its dangerous moments as Belinda and Hazel learn after a trip to buy some furniture from the estate of a man who was recently murdered. They soon receive a visit from a mysterious couple and Hazel's antique shop is broken into. The question is what were the thieves looking for and why did they scratch up a fine table in the store? Is this related to a piece of old tapestry Belinda found in a drawer? How did the thieves know the women had it? Is there a connection between the strange couple and the thieves?
What relationship does the death of the vicar have to the tapestry and a religious group founded by the mysterious couple? Why do the members of the group look like thugs instead of people who have found religion? And why does Belinda keep seeing them wherever she goes?
These questions, a kidnapping, more deaths, and deceit all follow the trail of the origin of the piece of tapestry and its significance. It ultimately leads to a church that existed at the time of William the Conqueror as shown by the tapestry.
A story with lots of action and mysterious happenings to keep you reading and guessing. Join Belinda as she decides to visit the religious community and meet its members. Just how religious are they?
Talented author Brian Kavanagh uses history to fashion a new type of mystery, combining clues from the days of the Norman invasion to murders in our own time. Join Belinda as she tries to figure out how it all connects.
I'm pleased to recommend this fresh look at one of the oldest motives for murder to any mystery or fiction fan. A tale worth the time to read. Enjoy. I did.
Review by Anne K. Edwards 09/24/06
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2.0 out of 5 stars Strange Book 15 Jun 2014
By Wendy
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Didn't like this. There were several times when it was so obvious that the information should have been given to the police, and I couldn't understand why it wasn't. All in all, it was an odd and boring story that didn't gel. I wouldn't bother with this author again. I didn't bother to finish it.
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Very good book, well paced - not quite a "page turner" as it is on Kindle, but none the less a well written novel. Author is worth giving a try on other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the embroidered corpse 28 Oct 2013
By Horace
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Well written and entertaining. A good read for a cold winters night, with the wind rustling the trees outside to add to the atmosphere
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3.0 out of 5 stars light holiday read
Quick fun read although got slightly irritated by the amateur sleuths not involving the police! Nonetheless I'd recommend as it's free
Published 9 months ago by mrs linda j seaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Petite Point
A change from the norm. The historical background to this novel was well woven through the tale. I gave this book a four star rating because I thought the writer handled the plot... Read more
Published 9 months ago by KSB
4.0 out of 5 stars The Embroidery Corpse
Found it to be a page turner, thought I knew who did it, then a twist came. Would read other books by this author.
Published 9 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A fantastic read a book.I just couldn't put down and one I shall read over and over again the characters were a delightful group a great book
Published 9 months ago by david dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Tapestry and murders
I liked the characters in this book and although I read it on a sunbed, there was enough action to keep me engrossed.
I would read any other books by Brian Kavanagh.
Published 9 months ago by Margaret Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I really enjoyed this book, I didn't want to put it down once I started. I will definitely be looking out for Brian Kavanagh's work again. :-)
Published 9 months ago by Doots1975
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
This had the making of a good mystery story but the characters had no depth at all, no background info on them so the reader just couldnt get to know them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Angie cymru
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
When I started reading this I was wondering quite where it was going as it took quite a time to latch onto the story line. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrew S
5.0 out of 5 stars a good whodunnit.
A good read, enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting but light read.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Janette G North
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
A really good read. Keeps you enthralled to the end and brings history alive in a fictional way. Enjoyed it.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer Mimi
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