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A Wicked Design: A Belinda Lawrence Mystery

by Brian Kavanagh

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I think the author's decision to base this novel in his, and Belinda Lawrence's, home town of Melbourne is a very successful one, as is his basing one of the plot lines on a piece of Melbourne's colourful history. It also considers the ever present Republican debate, a very real Australian political divide.

A WICKED DESIGN is a well constructed cozy with a heroine who has grown in stature with every outing in this series. Belinda Lawrence and her antique dealer friend Hazel Whitby are very realistically drawn, as is Belinda's fiance Mark Sallinger.

I have also reviewed
CAPABLE OF MURDER
THE EMBROIDERED CORPSE
4.2, BLOODY HAM
4.3, A CANTERBURY CRIME

I think each one has seen Brian's writing become more assured.
All the books are available in print and as e-books. ( )
  smik | Dec 19, 2013 |
The fifth adventure with Belinda Lawrence was well worth the wait. This story takes place in Australia and brings with it a sense of adventure and suspense. From the insidious hook at the beginning to the solution of the mystery one is treated to a rare visit to Melbourne and some of it's most interesting sites. A delightful tale with a vacation into the mix. I sincerely recommend this book for anyone who would like to spend some time following a bit of history in a fresh arena. ( )
  MareF | Oct 21, 2013 |
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Belinda Lawrence returns to her home town of Melbourne, to discover a murder that's close to her heart. A murder which leads to the seat of political power, Parliament House. The various threads of deceit and intrigue are gradually unravelled and, with Hazel Whitby at her side, Belinda is confronted by warring political factions. The mystery deepens with the discovery of a priceless historical item, of value to both political powers, and which places Belinda's life in jeopardy. The gregarious Major; An enigmatic university Professor; Two colourful antique sellers; Eccentric retired music-hall entertainers; And Belinda's partner, Mark Sallinger... ...all immersed in the scheming and covert encounters besieging Belinda as she solves her most challenging mystery.… (more)

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