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4.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful Miss Dido Kent
First Sentence: My Dear Eliza, The great Mrs. Lansdale is no more.

Miss Dido Kent is 35, without fortune and unmarried. Due to her situation, she finds herself `loaned' out to various relatives to act in various unpaid roles. In this instance, she is on holiday at her cousin Flora's home in Richmond and is becoming rather bored and until a neighbor dies...
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by L. J. Roberts

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3.0 out of 5 stars Comfort Reading
I didn't fall instantly in love with this series. A heavy head cold when I started reading the first book made me wonder if it was me or the plot that was a bit lacklustre. I think it was, perhaps, a bit of both. There isn't anything hugely surprising in the plot in either the first or in this - a committed Agatha Christie fan would have got to the solution by the halfway...
Published on 1 Jun 2012 by J. Mccready


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4.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful Miss Dido Kent, 4 Jun 2009
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L. J. Roberts (Oakland, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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First Sentence: My Dear Eliza, The great Mrs. Lansdale is no more.

Miss Dido Kent is 35, without fortune and unmarried. Due to her situation, she finds herself `loaned' out to various relatives to act in various unpaid roles. In this instance, she is on holiday at her cousin Flora's home in Richmond and is becoming rather bored and until a neighbor dies. The wealthy elderly woman's doctor announces she died from an overdose of a sleeping opiate. Immediate suspicion falls on the victim's nephew who will inherit. Flora doesn't believe it to be true and implores Miss Dido to find the truth.

The story's opening causes one to lament the lost art of letterwriting. Ms. Dean employs letters from Miss Dido to her sister, Eliza, as the means by which we learn many of Miss Dido's thoughts and investigative activities. Rather than possibly being boring, they are quite delightful.

Miss Dido is a wonderful character. She is a Georgian combination of Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes, with few dead bodies than the former and much more approachable than the latter. She is smart, literate, highly observant and quite independent. I am happy to say Mr. Lomax, to whom we were introduced in the first book, also appears here.

The story is beautifully written. Ms. Dean paints a vivid picture of, at this time, a somewhat rural England town with its sights, sounds and smells. The people are ones about whom we care and I particularly like that even Miss Dido can come to the wrong conclusion.

The dialogue conveys the period. One of my favorite lines, not even said by Miss Dido, is the observation that "Mrs. Midgely...no longer has a soul...deduce[d] from the fact...that she no longer reads any books at all...."

The plot is so well done with a very good mystery, with plenty of twists and turns along the leading us to an unexpected, and very satisfying, conclusion. I so enjoyed this book and only regret having to wait another year for the visit to one of Miss Dido's relatives.

A GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE (Hist. Mys-Dido Kent-England-1806/Georgian) - VG
Dean, Anna - 2nd in series
Allison & Busby Limited, 2009, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780749007256
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, witty, intriguing read, 5 Sep 2011
This review is from: A Gentleman of Fortune (Paperback)
May 1806 finds Miss Dido Kent staying with her cousin Flora Beaumont, just when rumours begin to circulate about the death of Flora's neighbour, Mrs Lansdale. Dido's curiosity is naturally awakened and when it seems certain that a miscarriage of justice is liable to take place, she embarks on a private investigation of her own. If Mrs Lansdale's was not a natural death, then who hastened her passing? Was it the principal beneficiary, her nephew Mr Henry Lansdale? The strange and slightly sinister companion, Miss Clara Neville? What does Mr Vane, the apothecary know? Or poor old Miss Prentice, whose rooms overlook the comings and goings at Mrs Lansdale's grand house across the road? What happened to Mrs Lansdale's dog - and who were the mysterious visitors on the evening of her death? And just when you are assimilating all those questions, the plot thickens a little more...

This novel is a delight from start to finish, a satisfying mystery, elegantly written, choc a bloc with wit and accurate in its historical detail. Few authors manage to create characters and events which fit so convincingly within the historical framework they have chosen, then produce a satisfying denouement too - but Anna Dean pulls off the hat trick and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentleman of Fortune, 2 Jun 2013
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Gentleman of Fortune (Paperback)
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark".

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, which has a lady, believed by all and sundry to have reached her `spinsterhood', pitting her mind to help her niece, and solve a mystery while staying at a stately home.

In this novel, Miss Dido Kent is staying at her cousin's for a holiday, and the year is 1806. An elderly lady in the neighbourhood has just died, and her young relative has come into a fine fortune; but why does another woman seem determined to implicate him in his aunt's death? Dido can not, of course, bear to have someone slandered, or worse, for something they may have had nothing to do with. So she sets her considerable talents at sleuthing to finding out what is going on, and hopefully setting all to rights.

This is another great novel featuring Miss Kent; she is witty and clever, the characters with whom she interacts are well drawn and suitably `Austen-like' to bring a wry smile to the reader. The action is well-paced, and there are plenty of twists and turns until all is put to rest. And while Miss Kent may consider herself broad-minded, there seem to still be a few things that can bring a blush to her cheeks. Totally recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mystery for Dido, 11 Sep 2011
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I am not normally a fan of historical crime novels, but Anna Dean's first novel, A Moment of Silence was so strongly recommended by a friend that I gave it a try. I enjoyed it enough to buy the second in the series and I have to say that A Gentleman of Fortune is even better. If you like your mystery presented in a beautifully written, light, amusing and yet genuinely gripping package, you cannot fail to enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent Service, 14 Dec 2013
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Good book brought as a Christmas Present and is to add to the other books in this series. Sure that the person will be delighted
Good quick service thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIDO KENT, 7 Aug 2013
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THE BEST OF AUTHORS,YOU MUST BUY AND READ ALL THESE DIDO KENT MYSTERIES,
THERE IS ALWAYS A TWIST. TRY THEM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 6 July 2013
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If you have not yet discovered this Regency period sleuthing series you are missing a delight! A feisty heroine worthy of Austen herself and well plotted intrigue will please those attracted by good historical novels. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Regency mystery, 17 Jun 2013
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The early 19th century's Miss Marple, the heroine that Jane Austen would have created if only detective fiction had even been a genre has returned with a clever and well executed narrative. Red herrings abound as Miss Dido Kent endeavours to solve another conundrum. She has also to try to persuade Mr Lomax that mystery solver is a good occupation for a lady with mixed results. A finely constructed mystery with very well observed and convincing characters. Well worth a read. A fine successor to Georgette Heyer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful discovery!, 24 May 2013
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Having read all the Agatha Christies, all the Georgette Heyers and all the Jane Austens I am very glad to have stumbled across this series. I have read the first two, and just ordered the next two - thoroughly enjoyed the references to Austen, the gentleness of the crimes (not too bloody, not too many bodies), and the Lizzie Bennett/Heyer heroine independence of Dido Kent herself.
A week later, and the other two books have arrived and have already been devoured. Just as enjoyable as the first ones, and I really hope there will be more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the three I have read so far..., 24 Feb 2013
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H. Lacroix (France) - See all my reviews
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I read the one-star review of the book and was quite surprised at its content. Of course Anna Dean's books are 'pastiches' of Jane Austen's, stories that have more than just a little bit in common with Jane Austen's own plot and characters.This is precisely what makes them so entertaining, the fact that they are both alike and unalike books we have delighted in. As for surmising that Miss Dean's books won't be read in 200 years time, well I think it is most probaby true but that's not the point. I don't read her books because I don't have the courage to read Austen's. I have read all of Austen's and since there are no more to be had I do enjoy these clever imitations. 'A gentleman of fortune' might well be my favourite of the three I have read so far! The plot is faultless in its intricacy and the dialogue sharp and witty. Another very pleasant Dido Kent murder mystery. And I do hope that there are many more coming in the next few years.As long as they remain as good as this one I will be willing to continue my acquaintance with Miss Kent!
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