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Bellfield Hall: Or, the Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) [Paperback]

Anna Dean
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312680309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312680305
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in the English Lake District with a husband and a cat. I write compulsively. It all started with a mistake. When I was taught to write at the age of five I assumed that I must write books. By the time I realised my mistake and understood that it was not actually compulsory to create stories - the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up.

My other interests include: reading old letters and journals in local archive collections, walking, visiting old houses, watching Star Trek and canoeing on very flat water.

The Dido Kent series of mystery novels has grown out of many things including my enjoyment of puzzles and word-play, my love of the English countryside in which I have always lived, my interest in old houses, my time spent reading eighteenth and nineteenth century documents and my affection for the work of Jane Austen. The books are not in any sense continuations or 'spinoffs' of Austen's work. But they are set in the same period and they tend to focus on '3 or 4 families in a country village' - the setting which Jane Austen once described as 'the delight of my life.'

There are also other influences and references, not only to the novels but also Jane Austen's own life. For example, the visit to Lyme in A Moment of Silence is influenced by Persuasion; there are parallels with Emma in A Gentleman of Fortune; and the ruined abbey in A Woman of Consequence owes much to Northanger Abbey. Readers unfamiliar with Austen's work need not worry about all this. These allusions and references are certainly not essential to understanding the stories. Sometimes though, there are extra clues which avid readers of Jane Austen may be able to pick up; but, beware, the references to her life and work are not always pointing you in the right direction...

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By Dean, Anna [ [ Bellfield Hall: Or, the Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) ] ] Feb-2011[ Paperback ]

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1.0 out of 5 stars I feel conned 26 Mar 2011
By Jay
This is the same book as 'A Moment of Silence' but published by an American company. The book is well worth reading and the first of the 'Dido Kent' trilogy, but why it should be re-printed under a different title is beyond me. I bought it thinking it was the fourth in the series, and I feel conned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant from beginning to end. 17 May 2011
After reading, re-reading and plowing through the market for something historical, yet not a sexed up regency, I was delighted to find this series by Anna Dean. After reading many Georgian romances, and finding myself skipping pages of graphic material, Bellfield Hall was a delight to come across.

Something entirely different, Bellfield Hall was so refreshing to read and entirely unpredictable. The combination of historical romance and mystery is like nothing I've come across before and Anna Dean has done this with superb intrigue and suspense. The character of Miss Dido Kent is one of those rare females who women today will relate to, and her strength and intelligence is original, far more realistic and likeable than the typical heroine you read in regency romps.

I am set to finish the series and look forward to seeing more of this magic released from Anna Dean.
Highly recommended to all.
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Despite some confusion over the title of this book (it seems to be called different things on different websites), I tracked down a copy and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The author has cleverly incorporated many of the tenets of the Jane Austen novels; like a woman should release a man from an engagement if she becomes aware he's tired of it/her. The author has also clearly imbibed deeply from the well of available late Georgian/early Victorian literature and hence the characters do nothing out of character and say nothing that I can't imagine Jane Austen including in one of her novels. The author has also written a 'Who Dunnit?' with a plot that is entirely plausible in the very authentic setting. The main character, Miss Dido Kent (spinster and aunt), is permanently at the beck and call of her married relatives to help with confinements, prop up nieces thwarted in marriage and solve the occasional mystery. In this case, the mystery is why the handsome Richard would suddenly leave his engagement ball without a word to his new fiancee. Why would the appearance of a tall, thin red headed man, who doesn't say a word to Richard, cause him to run out on his fiancee and send her a note to say that their engagement is over? And why is the heir called 'Richard' and not 'Edgar' like all heirs of the family for generations? Why is the Colonel pursuing John the footman? (Dido is quite innocent in some ways!) That is the mystery that Catherine calls her Aunt Dido in to solve, but within days there is a murder in the shrubbery, where her ladyship is wont to take her afternoon walks, and on the day when all the gentlemen are out at a shooting party near the house. The victim is a young woman who has been shot. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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great book, could not put it down
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waiting to read 7 Feb 2014
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Book extremely scruffy- much worse than expected from "Slightly worn" description this will detract from a book I would otherwise have looked forward to reading.
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