- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Vivid Publishing (1 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1922204501
- ISBN-13: 978-1922204509
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,919,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bloody Ham (a Belinda Lawrence Mystery) Paperback – 1 Jun 2013
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adventures of ex-pat Australian Belinda Lawrence. Pressured to make a
commitment by her gorgeous boyfriend Mark, Belinda flies to visit her
family in Australia to give the relationship serious thought. Here she
meets up with an old friend. Brad seems to be everything Mark is not
and Belinda returns to England in a state of emotional confusion. She
is immediately plunged into another adventure.
Hazel, Belinda's business partner and best friend, runs an antique
business. A film company is filming a historical movie at the nearby
Ham House and have hired some of Hazel's antique silver for the
banquet scene. The vampy Hazel has collected yet another younger man,
Tim, to console herself after being rejected by her ex-husband for a
younger woman. Tim is a film editor for the movie. Belinda and Hazel
are invited to the set while the banqueting scenes are filmed - both
are shocked to witness the death of the leading lady. A new actress
takes over the part within days and filming proceeds. Belinda is asked
to be the stand-in for the new actress, which she accepts because it
will give her a chance to snoop and solve the murder. A second murder
quickly follows and this time Belinda is a suspect as her fingerprints
are all over the murder weapon.
I adore Belinda. She is a strong and independent character - in total
control of herself. She is in charge of her romantic life, and does
not bat an eyelid when Brad turns up in England and she has dinner
with him and her English beau, Mark. Since her first appearance in
CAPABLE OF MURDER Belinda has grown as a character. Growth is good.Read more ›
Lawrence Cozy Mystery series, Brian brings Hazel Whitby to center stage where she assumes the position as leader in the investigative team.
Hazel Whitby, an antiques dealer, hires antique silver to a film company
for use in a dinner scene in the proposed film Playing Boys. Belinda Lawrence, as Hazel's business partner, is allowed to be on the set with Hazel to watch over her silver during filming. As a result Belinda is present when one of the stars suddenly drops dead at the end of the dinner scene.
As a result, Belinda is asked to play stand-in to the American actress taking the place of the murdered star. She feels this position provides an opportunity for her to investigate the murder and obtain some evidence. When a second murder takes place, her new role as stand-in tests her ability to act when she faces off with the murderer. Belinda will never forget her brief acting career.
Bloody Ham is a sequel to Capable of Murder and The Embroidered Corpse. Read them all and follow Belinda Lawrence as she plays detective in each of them. Brian Kavanagh's superb job of juggling the clues and keeping the mystery a mystery until the very end has produced another great story.
Lucille P Robinson
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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.