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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant from beginning to end.
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...
Published on 17 May 2011 by Amazon Customer

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1.0 out of 5 stars I feel conned
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.
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Jay


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I feel conned, 26 Mar 2011
This review is from: Bellfield Hall: Or, the Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) (Paperback)
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant from beginning to end., 17 May 2011
This review is from: Bellfield Hall: Or, the Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) (Paperback)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and authentic sounding peek into the wonderful Regency world, 5 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Bellfield Hall: Or, the Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries) (Paperback)
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. Dido is hampered as a genteel Regency woman; she can't go rushing about the countryside following up clues and has to employ considerable ingenuity to get at the information she needs to solve the crime. This chiefly consists of talking to as many people as many times as she can.
Despite her advanced age (for Regency times, anyway) and the fact that she has taken herself off 'the marriage market' (as Jane and Cassandra Austen did by subtle changes in their dress and hair arrangements and by sitting out at balls as chaperones), Dido appears to have caught the attention of a most attractive widower and I shall be interested to see how that progresses throughout this series.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys 'Whodunnit?' stories and those who love Jane Austen - the combination of the two is masterly done and I shall be looking for the rest of the series with great enthusiasm.
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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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