CAPABLE OF MURDER - Brian Kavanagh

Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

My Rating: Choccies, coffee, sparkling shiraz, book in hand, comfy chair late on a Sunday afternoon in the fading sun read.


A young Australian girl's elderly english great-aunt leaves everything to her after she dies in her home, seemingly from an accidental fall down the stairs. After Belinda moves into her great-aunt's house it seems that everyone is very interested in her and the house and in particular the garden.

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.

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Set in England, Belinda Lawrence visits her aunt but is shocked by her discovery. Her aunt is dead and her body is rotting. From this moment on Belinda's life changes and will never be the same again. Belinda inherits her aunt's estate and doesn't believe her aunt's death was an accident. Whilst mingling with the villagers she receives clues and soon finds some old hidden information within the property.

The police, however, do believe her aunt's death is an accident. Belinda does her own investigating and soon realizes she could be in serious trouble. Unsure whether to sell the estate or keep it, Belinda knows one thing, she has to unravel this murderous mystery.

Her dear neighbors Jacob and Rosemary are generous to her. Jacob agrees to help her with the garden and Rosemary offers Belinda a job, but soon even destruction hits their relationship. Rosemary is found murdered in Belinda's home and it becomes obvious who the murderer is really after.

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.

Review CAPABLE OF MURDER - Brian Kavanagh
Karen Chisholm
Monday, October 1, 2007

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