Illusion of Death


Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
196 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2019
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Author Biography

After a lifetime making films, I have a new life writing classic mysteries.
Author of Belinda Lawrence mystery series,
CAPABLE OF MURDER,
THE EMBROIDERED CORPSE,
BLOODY HAM,
A CANTERBURY CRIME,
A WICKED DESIGN
MURDER ON THE ISLAND
ILLUSION OF DEATH
I'm proud to have a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Film Editors Guild and an Australian Film Institute award for Best Editing for the children's film, Frog Dreaming. Proud also of my first feature film, which I produced and directed, A City's Child, which won an AFI award for actress Monica Maughan and was the first Australian film invited to screen at the London Film Festival, as well as Edinburgh, Montreal, Chicago and Adelaide, where it won the Gold Southern Cross Advertiser Award for Best Australian Film, all in the days when most of you were a mixture of multiplying cells, when the world hadn't heard of Australian films (apart from the dear departed, Chips Rafferty) and therefore was a neater and cleaner place.
Production, direction, editing and writing.
My editing credits include THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, ODD ANGRY SHOT, THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND, LONG WEEKEND, SEX IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD.
Directing: DOUBLE DEAL. DEPARTURE.
Produced: MAYBE THIS TIME.
I am also a member of the Australian Society of Authors.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Illusion of Death by Brian Kavanagh, Belinda Lawrence is back in Australia with English friend Hazel Whitby, recovering from her broken engagement. When she bumps into old school friend Birdie, and is invited to a private screening of a film at the home of someone called Max, Belinda meets members of the cinematic group. Little does Belinda realize that Max has missing for some time, but is about to be discovered. The events that follow will plunge Hazel and Belinda into a dangerous and dark world of investigating a murder. The answer seems to involve a missing negative of an old Australian film. Someone in the group knows more than they are willing to reveal, and every one of them has a motive. Belinda must use every investigative skill she has to outwit the members of the group until she finds the murderer. Will she and Hazel solve the mystery before there is another victim?

This is my first novel in the Kavanagh series, but I have to say I am hooked. The author has an amazing ability to build tension within the first few lines of this story. The detailed descriptions of the characters and setting bring a great sense of realism to the story. I also love the development of the relationships between each of the characters, each one very unique and giving an added layer of interest to the plot. Belinda is a powerful female protagonist but her character flaws make her very likeable and easy to relate to. There are so many twists and turns in the plot as the author draws the reader into the world of the characters and challenges them to solve the murder too. The roller-coaster of intrigue and suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Highly recommended for lovers of murder mystery novels.