**** Charming, funny and darkly engaging., 24 May 2013 By KatrinaV Amazon Verified Purchase This review is
from: A Canterbury Crime (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) (Kindle Edition) The excellent writer Brian Kavanagh returns
with another Belinda Lawrence Mystery, this time set in Canterbury. Intimately detailing various locations within the ancient
city, readers local to the area will thoroughly enjoy this book, and those who do not know the city will learn a lot about
the history and geography as well. Being from Canterbury myself, I enjoyed the little notes Kavanagh makes of street names,
church locations and near-by villages. As Belinda and Hazel attempt to solve the mystery of Professor de Gray's death, they
find themselves caught up in a web of local, personal, and religious history, all coming together in order to resolve a life-long
family secret. Full of twists and turns, this book takes you on a memorable journey and will leave you wanting more.
*** Becket Remains A Mystery, June 25, 2013
By Karen J. Dahood "moxie cosmos" (USA) - (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase
This review is from: A Canterbury Crime (A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) (Kindle Edition)
Ha, ha on me. After reading Capable of Murder and The Embroidered Corpse, and confessing that I didn't like Belinda and
Hazel very much, I am right back at Kavanagh's knee. The author is a good storyteller and he gives the reader a lot of English
history to chew on. I feel a bit like a cow, though, because I am supposed to know this stuff by now. Never mind, Kavanagh
gives a bit more than dry textbooks, and from my quick researches it seems he is accurate enough.
He has been very successful in the Australian film industry, and the years devoted to that medium seem to have put him
at an advantage for setting a brisk pace in his books about the amateur detective, an Australian who who inherited her aunt's
cottage in Bath, England, and is now helping an antiques dealer buy and sell, and, in this case, evaluate the contents of
an historic manor house. Belinda also is thinking about settling down with a lover who makes a living in real estate. In this
fourth book in the Belinda series, Mark is about to become a Lord. Belinda must decide if she has the patience to be a Lady.
However, matters at hand put that decision off. She has accompanied Hazel to Canterbury, the cathedral city that developed
from the first seat of Christianity in England. It was the place where four knights of Henry II brought about the death of
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until 1170. Becket and Henry had been friends and collaborators until they
disagreed about the powers of Church over State, or vice versa. Becket's assassination was especially brutal, according to
popular accounts, with the crown of the victim's head being severed so it revealed his brain. Becket was canonized in 1173
and in death had a cult following. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is about pilgrims on their way to Becket's shrine.
More important to this mystery is that Becket's mangled remains were buried and later moved twice within the Cathedral
grounds, so that today no one is sure where exactly they are or what they consist of. The fictional Professor de Gray's work
on this subject was about to be presented to publishers when he died. There was something a little dodgy about the hasty burial,
and then when Belinda and Hazel arrive and start snooping,...
Kavanagh has improved Belindas's personality - has tamed her Aussie-ness, perhaps - and this time I did enjoy her along
with the spooky setting, suspicious characters, and details of the actual architecture. One critic puts Kavanagh in the company
of Peter James, Elizabeth George, and Peter Robinson. I disagree and would point instead to Jacqueline Winspear. It's not
quite a fit, though, as Maisie Dobbs, after serving in World War I, is more serious than our Belinda, who is a perky woman
with 21st century independence yet embedded in romantic mystery novels that depend on history to carry the plots.
***** Almost farcical murder mystery, 23 May 2013 By Elinor Brinsley This review is from: A Canterbury Crime
(A Belinda Lawrence Mystery) (Kindle Edition) Kavanagh's Canterbury murder mystery is a fun foray into the world
of ancient history and modern secrecy. Belinda and Hazel work well as a team in discovering the true story behind Professor
de Gray's sudden, and bloody, death - only weeks before his book on St. Thomas was due to be completed and published. Lacing
amateur detective work with their professional duties as evaluation clerks, the ladies spend time in Canterbury, London, and
Bedfordshire in an effort to unearth the mysterious wrongdoings of a seemingly wholesome network of personal and professional
relationships. Quick-witted, fun to read and ultimately everything you could want from a detective novel, Kavanagh's text
is definitely worth your time!
**** A great story, 20 May 2013 By dragonlance This review is from: A Canterbury Crime (A Belinda Lawrence
Mystery) (Kindle Edition) Brian Kavanagh is as brilliant as ever with this latest instalment of his Belinda Lawrence
mysteries. This time Belinda is in Canterbury along with her associate Hazel and lover Mark, called to a house in order to
value the furniture of the recently deceased Professor de Gray. As time progress Belinda come to suspect that de Grays death
was not from natural causes. But can she prove it? Brian Kavanagh writes wittily and skilfully, and does not disappoint his
readers. The plot flows well and like his previous books he sticks to a winning formula by making sure the murder does not
take over the story. Instead we see Kavanagh develop his characters further, and deepen the relationship between Belinda and
Mark. If you enjoyed any of Kavanagh's previous works you will definitely enjoy this.
5.0 out of 5 stars A cozy whodunit. Very enjoyable, February 3, 2012
By Diana M. Hockley "lacock2" (Australia)
This review is from: A Canterbury Crime (BELINDA LAWRENCE MURDER MYSTERY) (Kindle Edition)
I loved the imagery of Canterbury and the cathedral, a city I have not visited unfortunately. Next time I go to the UK
I shall certainly do so, mainly because of this book, a great rainy afternoon read.
A "cozy" tale - if murder- could be said to be - the characters are engaging and the plot reasonably simple,
though I don't mean that in a derogeratory way.
I don't give spoilers, as I feel that the synopsis put out with the book is more than enough about the plot, but suffice
to say I do have another Brian Kavanagh novel on my kindle and shall be seeking out more :)
I like most crime fiction, but the sub-genre of the 'cosy' is just
about my favourite. Brian Kavanagh has become an adept at this type of novel, and the fact that he uses the same characters,
so that we see their personal stories and their relationships develop, really adds something. Of course Brian is also
adept at weaving in history. So far he's dealt with myseries involving Capability Brown, the Bayeux Tapestry and now the murder
of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. As usual, "A Canterbury Crime" kicks off with the Odd Couple of Belinda Lawrence
and Hazel Whitby getting involved thru their antiques business. They are valuing the late Prof de Grey's household contents
when almost at once there's a hint that de Grey's "heart attack" death might have been something more sinister. From there
the story is off and running, as the cleverly dropped clues lead Belinda and Hazel to unravel a callous murder. Woven thru
the crime part of the story is Belinda's love affair with the gorgeous Mark Sallinger, who's now a baronet, proposing formally
to Belinda. But she's still got her old boyfriend Brad back in Australia... The author is not letting go of that sub-plot
in a hurry. I'm pretty good at spotting whodunnit in crime novels, but I didn't in this one. And when for various tedious
reasons I had to put the book aside for 2 days I was furious not to be able to get on with it. For me it ended too suddenly,
so I'll have to wait for the next one to get my fix. But what a TV series this'd make, with the contrasting main characters,
and the clever, historically based plots and the weirdness of the people who come and go, and may or may not turn out to be
the murderer. I once told Caroline Graham her books'd make a great series, and now they are "Midsomer Murders", so let's hope
Kavanagh has the same luck. A damn good read.
This review is from: A Canterbury Crime
A Canterbury Crime by the brilliant Author, Brian Kavanagh really caught my attention in this fourth
book in the series. Although I had enjoyed the other three, this time the subject, location, and crime interested me right
There is something to be said about covers of books as well. You know that this was going to be an unique crime
as the cover showed a jigsaw puzzle and it continued on the back cover. So, I figured out there was likely a sub-plot as well
as the main crime.
Belinda and Hazel and Mark were back up to their usual speed. Each with their own individual styles
that ends up working well together. I found Hazel more interesting in this book as we got to know her better and through her
eyes a bit.
I can easily see this book become a British Mystery Series on Television. Until then, I hope for many
I finished reading A Canterbury Crime and thought it was one of your best works.....seamlessly written with a lot of
atmosphere, well drawn characters and superbly edited to keep one guessing on every page....to say nothing of the well researched
historical aspect and the recreation of Becket's murder.....a winner this and I'm very happy for you.......Belinda and Hazel
have lost nothing of their personalities and Canterbury itself became another character in the plot....a good mystery with
enough twists and turns in the storyline to make it impossible to put down. John Alaimo, Director of "Antonio Gaudí: Una
That pair of antique dealers from Bath, England, are at it again. This time their work takes them to a manor house near
Canterbury where they become involved in the crime that rocked early England--the murder of the Bishop of Canterbury, Thomas
Well the reader may ask how that is possible. The mansion in which Hazel Whitby and Belinda Lawrence are evaluating the contents
belonged to an aged professor who was finishing the last chapter of his book on that murder and the professor promised new
information that would change history.
The professor had either passed from a heart attack or had been murdered. That was the question that draws Belinda and Hazel
into an investigation of his death. What they uncover will surprise the reader as much as it did them.
This tale by talented author Brian Kavanagh is well worth the time. It will provide you with lots of fun as you try to think
what will happen next. Lots of action and intrigue brought to the story by interesting characters make for a good time and
will have you looking for other work by this imaginative author.
The trail leads Hazel and Belinda into danger as it proceeds through the cellars of the Canterbury Cathedral and cemeteries
and you will feel the damp chill of those places and share Belinda's unease.
A story that will keep you reading. I'm pleased to highly recommend it as a tale you won't soon forget. Enjoy. I sure did.
Anne K. Edwards
Anne K. Edwards
Cool and low-key, this is a mystery that shimmers on the surface of a plot that is historically deep, with emotions only
hinted at. Love, terror, betrayal and real insanity appear like fleeting shadows, coming up to break the surface in small
but violent explosions. Ancient weapons causing contemporary death: a grisly but inevitable end for two of the characters.
One is known from the outset: Belinda and Hazel are on location to make valuations of a deceased estate, after all. But the
other is a complete surprise, and shocks the reader out of complacency.
Brian Kavanagh has done it again. This is a recommended read that comes with one proviso: the reader will wish it was longer.