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Antique dealer Belinda Lawrence can't interest her associate Hazel Whitby in the ancient scrap of tapestry—or not until its owner is murdered. Delving into the mystery, Belinda discovers a religious sect devoted to King Harold, overthrown at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and she realises that she might have a missing panel of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
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The ‘monks' and their sinister leader are implicated in more deaths and Belinda's investigations lead her deeper into danger as she follows the tapestry's history.

Brian Kavanagh's first novel, Capable of Murder, introduced Belinda Lawrence and Hazel Whitby. The Embroidered Corpse is the second in a series of English murder mysteries set in the world of Antiques and Heritage.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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