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The Embroidered Corpse Jul 27, 2008
The Embroidered Corpse By Brian Kavanagh ISBN: 1-905202-36-9
This book, second in the series, has Belinda, Hazel and Mark searching for clues to a missing tapestry that may have been the reason for more than one murder. The book begins with a murder of a man with antique furniture. Hazel then purchases some of his furniture at an auction, which is how the tapestry ends up with Belinda. Belinda tries to translate the tapestry and it ends up getting stolen. People connected to Belinda's tapestry end up getting murdered. Belinda infiltrates a religious group nearby; they are apparently connected to the tapestry as well. There are many twists and turns in the search for the tapestry and the people who want it.
Belinda, Mark and Hazel are better developed in this book than in the first. The author seems to have hit a good groove of understanding with his main characters. This book was a stronger mystery than the first in the series. I rated it a 4.5/5.
Reviewed by Melissa A. Palmer Melissaenglish72@yahoo.com
July 27, 2008
A different kind of British cozy Nov 10, 2006
I thought the beginning was slow vs an action packed opening, The background is modern England, the narrator a young woman who has a closer relationship with the female owner of a pawn shop than with her boyfriend (and yes this annoyed me). There are two vicars and a church mystery. To me, the villain was too strong, too hateful. Once the story got going, it was absorbing, the ending came to a satisfying conclusion which was unexpected and wrapped up nicely. I wanted more description,, of tbe English country side. What the major char looked like, niggling stuff. I was engrossed in the plot and satisfied at the conclusion. I am looking for other works by this author.
"a great story" Aug 10, 2006
When Belinda goes to York with Hazel, they decide to visit the Kidbrooke House, just out of curiosity. But when they get there, they are astonished to see an embroidered figure of what appears to be the corpse of a monk. Nobody seems to be able to explain where it comes from, but it has been in the family for a long time. Somehow Belinda becomes intrigued by Kidbrooke House and by Sir Gerald Taylor, as somehow that man fascinates her. A few days later, a body is found at Kidbrooke House, the body of a man who was murdered in a very brutal and sadistic way. It must have happened just after Belinda and Hazel left. When Belinda finds out about the murder, she and Hazel decide to return to Kidbrooke House. But what they never could have expected happens and before they know it, they are involved in a murder case. The Embroidered Corpse is one of the most thrilling stories that I have ever read. Sadistic murderers, a religious cult, a strange riddle and monks who are involved in some way... Brian Kavanagh has mixed all of this, and much more, together and the result is a great story that is fascinating to read. I promise you that once you start reading The Embroidered Corpse, you will find it very difficult to put this story beside you! You want to know the clue, who did those murders and why? You'll find out... Annick EURO-REVIEWS
"another absorbing mystery" Jun 26, 2006
The Embroidered Corpse by Brian Kavanagh. The adventures of Australian Belinda Lawrence continue with the second book in Brian Kavanagh's compelling mystery series. Belinda now has a close relationship with Mark Sallinger, the handsome realtor she met in Capable of Murder. And she's entered a business partnership with Hazel Whitby, a still handsome middle-aged woman with lusty appetites. Hazel and Belinda travel across England in pursuit of rare antiques. Her share of the antique business profits coupled with funds from tour groups visiting her home and gardens has made Belinda comfortable, financially. And with Mark to share her life, she's more than content. While on one of their antique-searching trips, the two women stumble on a square of tapestry portraying a king seated on his throne. The material appears quite old. The owner's uncertain as to the age of the tapestry but it's supposed to be William the Conqueror. Hazel dismisses the tapestry as Victorian until the owner's killed. Belinda has a hunch the square may be part of the Bayeaux tapestries created to commemorate William's defeat of the English. Belinda investigates and finds a religious sect loyal to King Harold whose throne William took at the Battle of Hastings. Putting her life in danger, she searches for the truth as more people are murdered. This is another absorbing mystery well worth the reader's time whether he is an anglophile or simply loves a good read. Let's hope the next book is released soon. Kavanagh's books are addictive. Once you start this mystery series, you want to keep reading. Review- Nancy Madison (Clues to Love, Never Love a Stranger, What the World Needs Now}