An inherited ancient cottage. An abandoned and derelict garden. Both combine to immerse amateur sleuth, Belinda Lawrence,
in a deep mystery, filled with sinister intrigue. The distinguished designer of the garden has a place in history, and there
are those who will stop at nothing. including murder, to lay claim, to the illustrious estate.
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"Another aspect of Mr. Kavanaghs writing is the historical knowledge he peppers throughout the story. Never does this information
dampen the telling, it only enhances the thrill of the solving." THE MUSE REVIEW OF THE EMBROIDERED CORPSE.
CAPABLE OF MURDER. Five Stars.
***** Cosy village mystery 28 Mar 2013
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I am always looking for new murder mystery authors to read, and Brian Kavanagh did not disappoint. Belinda is interesting,
intelligent and likeable as a main character and the narrative is full of twists and turns that keep you racing towards the
end. It may not have the gruesome `scare' factor - don't expect gory detailed descriptions of dead bodies, but it plays on
the genre of `village' mysteries - a cosy little town plagued by a sudden spate of killings. This is a well-crafted read perfect
for fans of Midsummer Murders and Miss Marple.
This review is from: Capable of Murder (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this murder mystery. It was well-written and managed to convey an atmosphere of tension, dread and danger.
There were several clever twists and turns that made it difficult to guess who the killer was until right near the end.
Belinda was a wonderful character--full of feistiness and courage and smart enough to know that something was fishy about
her great-aunt's death. The sudden interest of several people wanting to purchase the cottage that was part of the inheritance
left to her by Aunt Jane also had Belinda's instincts quivering with suspicion and doubt.
'What a great new cozy mystery set in England. Capable of Murder is a Belinda Lawrence Murder mystery first in a new series.
Really love the small English town and set of characters. Only problem is that in a small town people love to get into everyone's
business. Belinda finds out quickly about small town life.'
'Love the plot to this book as well as the Old English charm. So cozy up to a fire and sit back and be amazed at all the
twists and turns coming your way.
Review by Penny M.'
***** Mystery writing at its very best. March 24, 2013
By John J. Alaimo
I became an avid fan of Brian Kavanagh after reading this, his first novel. Like all successful writers of mystery books,
he immerses you in another time and place and nothing is ever what it seems. Belinda Lawrence is a young Australian, who pays
a visit to her Great Aunt Jane's cottage on the outskirts of the historic Georgian city of Bath, England. There she discovers
the body of her Great Aunt on the stairs of the small cottage she will inherit. As the mystery unfolds, Kavanagh takes the
reader on a journey of discovery of mysterious characters and spine chilling events. Like walking alone, down a small cobbled
street filled with shadow and light and the echo of strange footsteps he leads you into the world of murder and mystery. I
highly recommend this to all fans of great mystery writing.
A four star review for Capable of Murder. **** An excellent English
mystery with keeps you guessing' 7 Mar 2013 By Helen This is a new author to me and I really like his style. This
is a truly great murder mystery. The author was excellent at building tension and creating vivid pictures of the various crime
scenes which made it all the more real- and frightening. I look forward to reading more from the Belinda Lawrence series.
**** Gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written!, 1 April 2013
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This review is from: Capable of Murder (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) (Kindle Edition)
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 the villain
was 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.
'along the lines of Agatha Christie. There were many twists and turns leaving readers guessing right along with Belinda.
It was fast-paced leaving me wanting more. Since I loved this so much and it reminded me so much of older beloved mysteries
that I'm giving it a Socrates' Great Book Alert Award.'
There's nothing like a good old fashioned English cottage owned by a
reclusive woman to arouse the interest of the reader. Add a few British rainstorms, a mysterious and handsome neighbor with
something to hide, a few real estate agents and lawyers with ulterior motives and it all wraps up into a perfectly packaged
mystery that makes the reader shiver with delight.
Hopefully this Belinda Lawrence mystery is the first of a series, and
that Brian Kavanagh's first foray into mystery writing produces a good many more books.
The characters in this books are wonderfully defined. They all behave
in a sinister manner at one time or another. The descriptions of the gardens and cottage are quite vivid. Historical information
interspersed with the story is wonderful. I very much enjoyed learning about the gardens and their various incarnations. Mary
Fairchild MYSTERY LOVERS CORNER http://www.sleuthedit.com/BrianKavanagh/CapableMurder.html
The object of all the fuss is new – I don't think I've
ever seen this motive before.
Author Brian Kavanagh's years of creative experience have been in
film. CAPABLE OF MURDER begins a successful new venture for him. Belinda returns in the second of the series, THE EMBROIDERED
Aug 2007 Review Joy Calderwood Reviewer's Choice Reviews
"Belinda Lawrence is a woman who is highly charged when it comes to solving
a mystery. She lets nothing stand in her way right down to entering other people's home without invitation. I like her independent
nature, her daring maneuvers, her determination. Mr. Kavanagh did a great job choosing characters that supported and/or worked
against Belinda. A good read filled with suspense and mystery." Full review on http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/
The story is well-written and the plot is absorbing, with a touch
of suspense and just a little romance. I couldn't put this book down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish
it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and kept me up late at night. I simply
could not decide who was capable of murder, and the revelation when it arrived at the spooky climax was very satisfactory.
This is the first in a series, other titles being THE EMBROIDERED CORPSE, and the soon to be released BLOODY HAM.” Reviewed
by Sally Roddom. Reviewers Choice
Recommended as a fun read written by talented author Brian Kavanagh
who introduces us to a cast of characters not soon forgotten. A story with a surprise in store for the reader. I
am pleased to recommend this book to any mystery fan. Enjoy. I did. Review of Anne K. Edwards 09/24/06 http://www.Mysteryfiction.net
Death and intrigue abound
as the plot gradually unravels in this cleverly written book. The information slowly seeps out and the characters show their
true colors. For those who like murder mysteries, this book should really make their day. Belinda Lawrence becomes her
own detective, leading the way through the trail of death, mystery and fear.
Caroline Lake, gottawritenetwork.com May 1, 2006 copyright CL & GWN
'an English village murder rivaling the best of Miss Marple tales.'
Just what is so intriguing about this particular garden and this singular spot well-known in literary and horticultural circles
of the past? This fast-paced plot is laced with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader enthralled and guessing to
the very last chapter! Descriptions of details fill in the gaps with more questions and answers, thus making the reader part
of the enfolding mystery! Humor and real personalities will induce laughter and annoyance alike, along with appreciation of
the bucolic character of this sleepy yet oh so busy country English town! More will die before the discovery of the criminal
and his or her twisted motive! Hope Brian Kavanagh will write more sleuth mysteries in this classic mystery style and pace! Reviewed
by Viviane Crystal
With interesting characters, Brian Kavanagh's well-crafted, seductive
tale, Capable of Murder lulls the reader into a false sense of security then attacks when least expected. There are many twists
and turns as the story winds its way toward its startling conclusion. This is a must-read book. It is definitely recommended."
Review by Nancy Madison, author of Clues to Love, Never Love a Stranger and What the World Needs Now. http://www.ebooksonthe.net .
"The reason for the mayhem is unusual, and the killer was not the one
I suspected. There are splashes of excellent local colour and descriptions." " The writing is very visual." "The first meetings
of Belinda and Jacob are funny, involving spilled coffee, bumped heads, torn clothes, seeds, and nudity. There are delightfully
loopy minor characters: The gin-swilling middle-aged antiques dealer. The malodorous, hairy-handed and rather gross bookseller
who reads Barbara Cartland novels." eBook Reviews Weekly USA.
Twists and turns abound keeping the reader from guessing the killer
early on. If you are looking for a light, entertaining mystery to get lost in for a few hours, CAPABLE OF MURDER is an excellent
choice. Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth http://www.romancereadersconnection.com Rating: FOUR DAGGERS (Excellent) USA
My Rating: Choccies, coffee, sparkling shiraz, book in hand, comfy chair
late on a Sunday afternoon in the fading sun read. Brian is a recent member of one of my favourite online reading groups,
has been very circumspect and is, I hasten to add not somebody I've ever met. Some may not be aware but amongst other editing
credits Brian boasts two of the greatest all time Australian movies Odd Angry Shot and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (IMNSHO
of course) so his presence piqued my interest and I had to move a few planets to get my hands on one of his books. IT'S
A CRIME REVIEWS. Karen Chisholm
Capable of Murder has all the hallmarks of a classic mystery: a secret
room, sudden disappearances, and a setting steeped in a history that comes to life on every page. Gabriel Gregoire
- Author. born2write Yahoo Group
"It owes much to the classic English village mystery, with its reclusive
older resident and the suspicious cast of characters, including the somewhat dense village constable. It's fun and worth searching
for." Reviewed by Barbara Franchi,
"The pages seem to turn themselves. It's a cosy mystery set in a quintessential
English village." "It has a little twist at the end too, which I'm very partial to. I did enjoy the book and if you
like old-fashioned whodunnits with an amateur sleuth, you'll enjoy this too." Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of Silent
Capable of Murder is a good mystery with a number of lively characters.
Pat Reid - RAM Books&Bytes
If you like to read puzzling mysteries set in eerie old houses
with hidden rooms and endangered damsels in distress -- with a helping of horror and a dash of girlish romance, plus a surprise
ending to haunt you -- then you will enjoy this book, written by an award-winning Australian film producer and editor." Joan
Riley - Absolute Write USA