Brian Kavanagh






BeWrite Books, August 2005
Reviewed by Sally Roddom

When Belinda returns to England from a childhood spent in Australia, she is surprised to receive a letter from her great-aunt requesting that Belinda visit her. Belinda had only met her great-aunt once, and contact since then had just been by Christmas card. When Belinda arrives she finds the place in darkness and her great-aunt dead at the foot of the stairs. The police write it off as an accident, saying that her aunt must have tripped down the stairs. Belinda has her doubts. Belinda inherits the cottage and decides to move to the picturesque village for a new life. As she meets the locals she finds herself surrounded by people she's not sure she should be trusting. When her neighbour, Rosemary, is murdered, Belinda realises that the target should have been her and the race is on to find out who is capable of murder, and why.

CAPABLE OF MURDER is a cosy murder mystery written by an Australian, Brian Kavanagh. There is a wide range of really great, well rounded characters such as ‘the village idiot’ Jacob, and his sister Rosemary, who live next door and take Belinda under their wing. Then there is Mark the real estate agent, who is keen for Belinda to sell the property, and Hazel the antique dealer who seems to be hiding something. 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.


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