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A Moment of Silence Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753181886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753181881
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,954,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANNA DEAN began writing early on under the impression that everyone was taught to do so in order to pen books. By the time she discovered her mistake, the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up. The author of "Bellfield Hall, A Gentleman of Fortune, A Woman of Consequence, "and "A Place of Confinement, "Dean lives in England.


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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: My dear Eliza, I must begin another letter to you, although it is not six hours since I sent my last.

Catherine Kent is engaged to Richard Montague. During a special ball at Betsfield Hall, Richard reacts strongly to a red-headed man and then disappears.

Catherine's father sends for his spinster sister, Miss Dido Kent. The same day Dido arrives, the body of a murdered woman is found under a hedge on the property and Dido decides it's up to her to discover the killer.

Ms. Dean's writing is literate, intelligent, funny and completely captivating. I give her top marks for sense of time and place, as well as dialogue, which is delightfully appropriate to the period. Her observations on women, marriage and inheritance are done with a light, but informative, touch.

Dido Kent is a wonderful protagonist. She is smart and clever without being malicious; something of a Miss Marple of 1805, but better. I particularly enjoyed the letters to Dido's sister, which convey Dido's internal questions, observations and explorations. All the characters come to life under Ms. Dean's deft hand.

The story is very well plotted. Ms. Dean provides her readers all the clues as Dido uncovers them but, as one who let's the protagonist solve the crime, I was delighted watching the solution unfold.

Those who are fans of Jane Austin, traditional mysteries, and/or historical mysteries, should enjoy this book. Personally, I loved it!
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This is an utterly delightful novel sure to engage fans of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie's spinster detective, or anyone who enjoys good writing.

Set in 1805, it takes a Jane Austen-alike plot (particularly, perhaps, Mansfield Park) and mixes it up with a murder mystery in a country house, complete with assortment of diverse characters. Why has Catherine's recent fiance, Richard Montague, suddenly broken off their engagement and disappeared? Who is the mysterious woman found shot in the shrubbery? What is the secret of the odd household in a nearby village?

The author cites Jane Austen as a favourite of hers, and the 'detective', Catherine's spinster Aunt (improbably named Dido!), bears more than a passing resemblance to Jane herself as she appears in her letters. In fact, the narrative alternates between a 3rd person and Dido's own letters to her sister Eliza, a reference to JA's own letters to her sister Cassandra.

My only quibble with this book (and it's a small one, but hence 4 stars) is that the relationship between the classes is all wrong: Dido mingles easily with the servants and they, too, are at home with her. Any reader of Jane Austen will know that servants were beneath even her upper-middle class notice (apart from the housekeeper of Pemberley, and even she couldn't ever be imagined sitting down and having a cosy chat with Elizabeth).

But small quibble aside, this is a delightful, amusing, vastly entertaining read, with some very sly humour (Colonel Walborough and his pursuit of the handsome servant Jack is priceless!). Highly recommended.
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I really enjoyed this book - I like a good Agatha Christie and have enjoyed Jane Austen and this is kind of a good mix of both. The relationship building between the heroine and the brooding male to one side of the picture reminds me of Bruce and Maddy in Moonlighting - will they/won't they! There is nothing twee or 'Agatha Raisin' about this book. It is the first in a series of three and I read them in quick succession, wanting a fourth! I have also bought copies for my friend's as birthday presents as this little book is just what you need when you want to hide away in a book for a couple of days. You do need to read them in order though, this being the first:A Moment of Silence This being the second:A Gentleman of Fortune] and this being the third[[ASIN:0749009179 A Woman of Consequence (Dido Kent Mysteries)
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2011
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Dido Kent is 29 years old and unmarried. She is the maiden aunt, always on call and relient upon her brothers for her allowance. So, when her niece Catherine has a problem and calls for her to come, she sets off at once for Belsfield Hall to be of assistance. It is 1805 and Catherine has made a good engagment with Mr Richard Montague, the son of Sir Edgar and Lady Montague. At a ball to celebrate, a tall, red haired man appears and approaches Richard. Afterwards, he tells Catherine it is best if they part and disappears. Sir Edgar tells her it is nothing and that everything will be sorted out, but Catherine's parents are concerned and she is confused and upset. Then the under-gardener finds a woman dead in the shrubbery. Nobody knows who she is or why she is there, but she has been shot and there is no doubt it is murder.

Dido is a very engaging heroine, who immediately sets out to discover the truth. Other reviews have already mentioned her similarity to Miss Marple and, in many ways, this is true. Dido's skill lies in drawing out information from people - she listens in, befriends the servants, lurks outside doors and questions everyone and everything. Like Marple, Dido is also very reliant on others. She has to wait until someone goes to a place she wishes to visit and then ask to be taken with them - we are always aware that she is of little consequence herself and cannot command a carriage of her own.

There are many interesting visitors at Belsfield Hall and most of them have secrets. Young men with gambling debts, servants who have been rather too friendly with members of the family, Colonels who has vices dear Miss Kent cannot even dream of. In her quiet way though, she gets to the truth and solves the mystery.
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