A Gentleman of Fortune
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'Wonderful mystery - rich in suspense, period detail, humour and most of all characters. They come alive, and none more than Miss Dido Kent. A masterpiece of detection, a Miss Marple-esque character both razor-sharp and kindly. A totally enjoyable read' Louise Penny, author of The Murder Stone --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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....Read 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.
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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With its skilful simulation of a Jane Austen narrative, "A Gentleman of Fortune" (and, indeed, "A Woman of Consequence," which I read first) evokes a past period... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gus Thomas
Super little period who-dun-it...very genteel and well thought out.Published 12 months ago by Jenny
Arrived as promised, bought for someone else to read.Published 13 months ago by Mrs A Hilary Hawker
A very nice copy at a bargain price, very pleased thanks.Published 17 months ago by mrs elizabeth bell
The second of the series, and just as enjoyable as the first. Recommended for an afternoons read. If you like Jane Austin you will like these books... Read morePublished 18 months ago by silverbelle