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  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749008199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749008192
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.4 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,453,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beautifully written. Characters one cares about immediately and a mystery which becomes more urgent with every page' ANNE PERRY, AUTHOR OF THE INSPECTOR PITT NOVELS 'Anna Dean has captured the tricky business of presenting a clever and resourceful woman, hedged in by a tight-laced society, who turns those limitations to her own benefit. Decorative and thoughtful, this is a worthy addition to the historical crime tradition' LAURIE R KING, AUTHOR OF THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE


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Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: My dear Eliza, I promised yesterday that just as soon as I had leisure for writing should send you a full and satisfactory account of Penelope Lambe's accident at Madderstone Abbey; and so I shall begin upon it.

Unconscious after Penelope Lambe falls down stone steps in the ruin of Madderstone Abbey, it is thought she saw the ghost of the Grey Nun. Miss Dido Kent is skeptical and believes the cause was more corporal than spiritual. When a skeleton, identified as Elinor Fenn, governess, is found within a lake being drained on the property, the verdict is self-murder. A friend does not believe Miss Fenn would have committed suicide and, in order to save her being buried in unconsecrated ground, asks Did to investigate.

Beginning with a wonderful opening, I am reminded how much I enjoy the voice of Anna Dean and, therefore, her character Dido Kent. With shades of Jane Austen and her own delightful, wry humor, we are transported back to Georgian England..."I believe that every family which has any claim at all to grandeur should have a ghost. I consider it a kind of necessary which should be attended to as soon as the fortune is made and the country estate purchased." Ms. Dean writes her books in both third person narrative and first person through letters from Dido to her sister. While some may find this annoying, for me it is an interesting and amusing way of conveying relevant information without slowing down the story. It allows us to see both all the events and be privy to Dido thoughts at the same time.

At 36 years old, Dido is considered a spinster yet is anything but shy and retiring. She has a logical mind and approach to solving problems by investigating the clues. The secondary story of her relationship with Mr.
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I enjoyed the previous two books, but in a cozy, easy-read way that left me a little flat. This one, however, had me more convinced and eager to read more of the adventures of Dido. I still dislike the copious amount of letter writing, and do find I want to skip the italics, but I enjoyed the characters in this one more, and felt that both the mystery and the moral dilemmas had much more to say and were more of a page-turner. I'm surprised I haven't seen these more prominently on display in major booksellers, but perhaps it is a case of a subject not being massively on trend. Perhaos if Dido were a Norwegian detective she would be more widely received.

Still some anachronisms, but the overall effect is pleasing and I will be buying the next one when it's published. The writing style is true to the period (too much 'cannot help but' usage though - my pet hate) but at the same time fresh and readable.
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By Jay on 26 Mar. 2011
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The third in the 'Dido Kent' series and just as good as the two previous books. Can't wait for the fourth book, which is why I was so disappointed when I bought 'Bellfield Hall', expecting it to be the fourth in the series, only to find it was the first book, 'A Moment of Silence' re-printed in America under a different title. Enjoy the first three books, but don't be fooled like me.
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Another instalment in this remarkably enjoyable Regency detective series and it does not disappoint. Fans of the series will be pleased to see more development in the ongoing relationship between our heroine and her determined suitor. A fine addition to this excellent series.
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On to the third in the series now, and I'm very much enjoying this author's work. The plot is well thought out, the writing style is excellent, and the characterisations have depth and meaning. I'm enjoying Dido's adventures, and how she manages to work within the constraints of her time. Looking forward to the fourth book immensely.
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An interesting story which held my attention and kept me turning the pages. I found the 'Jane Austin' style writing a bit quirky and rather laboured. I do not think I will be buying another one though.
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I found this a good ending to the tale that has been unfolding over the series. From the first book where the pair were introduced to each other the the final conclusion, the story has been delightful.
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I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across Anna Dean's first Miss Dido Kent novel (A Moment of Silence). I really enjoyed it's unique combination of Jane Austin and Sherlock Holmes - but when I found myself starting this (actually the 3rd) Dido Kent novel, I wondered how much of my pleasure had been in it's distinctiveness.

It turns out that the answer is "somewhat"!

Anna Dean's strengths are in her characters and sense of time and place; but the plot here is definitely weaker and I feel definitely let down by too many of the plot strand resolutions. One or two plot twists were too unbelievable, and the "answer" to the main puzzle is simply impossible for the reader to predict - a cardinal sin in a mystery novel. However, there *is* a terrific plot twist that revolves around two letters that I didn't see coming at all.

But this book is largely redeemed by the splendid Ms Kent and the amusing and alarming folk she meets. So I feel a bit mean only giving it 3 stars, given that I'll almost certainly pick up another Dido Kent novel before too long... I'll be more generous next time!
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