Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Canterbury Crime by Brian Kavanagh

Cozy Mystery

BeWrite Books

Release Date:
October 2010


Hazel Whitby and her colleague Belinda Lawrence are hired to evaluate the contents of Manor House which belonged to the now deceased Professor de Gray. They leave Bath with the intentions of spending some time in Canterbury going through the items. Belinda becomes a bit suspicious when she learns the professor died of a heart attack but was found with blood covering his head. She can’t shake the feeling that something more than a heart attack killed him. Belinda has recently been involved in a few murder investigations so she has become somewhat of a pro about these things.

She learns that many people were interested in a book the professor had been writing which contained secrets involving the death of St. Thomas Beckett. Quite a number of people wanted that book, but did they want it enough to kill him?

Meanwhile, Belinda’s boyfriend, Mark Sallinger, continues to romance her in the hopes she will agree to marry him. When she learns his family is party royalty, she’s more and more convinced she won’t fit in at all. That doesn’t stop Mark from pursuing her.

This is the fourth book of the Belinda Lawrence mysteries. I’m not sure if there are any others coming, but they are nice, quick mysteries. They are written in the same style of an Agatha Christie book. There’s a good mix of romance and mystery in these stories. I must admit, I did et a bit confused towards the end of the book in trying to keep all the different characters straight, but I enjoyed trying to figure it all out.

FTC Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thanks for reminding me that I want to read this! I first heard about it on a list of mysteries good to read for Christmas. Sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  2. Oh his family is part of royalty. Lol, sometimes I do not need more than that to read something

  3. Blodeuedd, just a slight correction. He is not part royalty. Inherits a title bestowed for development of 'industrial machinery' in the late 19th century. Trade.

  4. I've read Brian Kavanagh's latest mystery, and must say what I enjoyed most was the thorough research that went into making it a very interesting read. The personal lives of his protagonists are not as intriguing as the historical background, but yes - their antics do add to the enjoyment of the story.


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