Brian Kavanagh has many years experience in the Australian Film Industry in areas of production, direction, editing and writing. His editing credits include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Odd Angry Shot, The Devil's Playground, Long Weekend, Sex is a Four-Letter Word, and the recent comedy, Dags. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Film Editors Guild and an Australian Film Institute award for Best Editing for Frog Dreaming. His first feature film which he produced and directed, A City's Child, won an AFI award for actress Monica Maughan and was screened 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. Capable of Murder and The Embroidered Corpse are the first two in the Belinda Lawrence Cozy Murder Mystery series by Brian Kavanagh.
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Capable of Murder
The old lady's decaying body lay at the foot of the stairs. The police believe it was simply an accidental fall that killed great-aunt Jane. But was it?
Young Australian, Belinda Lawrence is convinced it was murder and when she inherits her great-aunt's ancient cottage and garden on the outskirts of Bath, England, she finds herself deep in a taut mystery surrounding her legacy.
A secret room. Unknown intruders. A hidden ancient document. They all contribute to the mounting dread.
A second vicious murder by a ruthless killer intensifies the tension and Belinda, now under threat herself, is befriended by two charming men: her neighbour Jacob and real-estate agent Mark Sallinger. But can she trust them? And what interest has befuddled antique dealer Hazel Whitby in the cottage?
Could one of them be the killer?
An excellent example of a time-honoured English village murder mystery with a lively young heroine pitting her intellect against an evil killer, both bent on solving the riddle of an ancient garden.
An inventive puzzle glazed with wit
and the first of the Belinda Lawrence series.
genre: Mystery: detective fiction -- British cozy
Book 2 of the Belinda Lawrence Cozy Murder Mystery series.
Antique dealer Belinda Lawrence can’t interest her associate Hazel Whitby in the ancient scrap of tapestry -- or not until its owner is murdered. Delving into the mystery, Belinda discovers a religious sect devoted to King Harold, overthrown at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and she realizes that she might have a missing panel of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
The "monks" and their sinister leader are implicated in more deaths and Belinda’s investigations lead her deeper into danger as she follows the tapestry’s history.
Brian Kavanagh’s first novel, Capable of Murder, introduced Belinda Lawrence and Hazel Whitby. The Embroidered Corpse is the second in a series of English murder mysteries set in the world of Antiques and Heritage.
The Embroidered Corpse was
selected as one of the Ten Top Reads for 2002 by reviewer