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Capable of Murder [Paperback]

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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.

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 30, 2005
Publisher   Bewrite Books
ISBN  1905202105  
ISBN13  9781905202102  

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Capable of Murder   Jul 29, 2008
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.

Capable of Murder  Jul 13, 2008
Capable of Murder
By Brian Kavanagh

Capable of Murder is the first book in a new mystery series. Readers will meet Belinda Lawrence, who ends up inheriting a cottage and garden near Bath, England when her Aunt Jane dies by falling down the stairs. Belinda then finds a hidden room and hears that her aunt was looking for a map. She begins to wonder if her aunt really fell down the stairs after all . . . or if she was pushed. Seems that Belinda's garden might be worth enough to kill for. Belinda begins to investigate while meeting her neighbors Rosemary and Jacob and a somewhat pushy real estate agent named Mark. She also meets Hazel, an antique dealer. At the end of the book, Belinda and Hazel make a deal where they enter into a partnership.

This was a good mystery and a good introduction to some interesting characters. This was a quick read. I do wish that some of the supporting characters, namely Mark and Hazel, were developed more but I am hoping that they do so in later books. I will gladly continue this series.

Reviewed by Melissa A. Palmer
July 13, 2008
Capable of Murder  Aug 31, 2007

Belinda Lawrence discovers the body of her reclusive great aunt on the floor of her home and becomes an heiress as the old lady's death is labeled an accident by the police. But Belinda can't stop the niggling doubt at the back of her mind. The problem was who would kill an old woman and why. There seemed to be nothing missing in the house.

Belinda learns there are great differences from living in the lights of the city and the darkness that descends on the unlighted streets of the village once she claims her inheritance with the intention of living in the house.

It isn't long before an antiques dealer turns up looking for old furniture and a realtor wants to sell the house for her. The only people who seem friendly are her closest neighbors.

A break in at the house, another murder in the house keep the action in this well crafted story moving forward as Belinda has to decide who to trust among the people who have taken an interest in her new home. Why did the lawyer who wrote her aunt's will disappear? Why does the neighbor feel so strongly about the overgrown garden?

These and other questions will keep the reader turning pages as they try to identify the villain of the tale and solve the mystery before Belinda does. 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.

More than Capable  Jan 28, 2006
A new author whose first mystery captured my attention. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a mystery that has a touch of the thriller and a smidgen of romance. Well developed characters and an intriguing plot. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Gripping mystery  Dec 6, 2005
A spellbinding mystery that held me from the first page. Set in a small English village it has a cast of characters, each of whom are well drawn and each is under suspicion of being a murderer. That is the dilemma facing Belinda Lawrence when she inherits her aunt's cottage. Written visually, Capable of Murder leads the reader along with Belinda as she encounters each new danger. There is humour and the title itself is a clue. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a well-written and entertaining puzzle.

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