- 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
- ASIN: B00BNFJB2Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Capable of Murder (Belinda Lawrence Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
- 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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