Woman of Consequence, A Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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If you like Austen then give the Dido Kent books a go. This one was my favourite, it was well paced and powerful, and no line was wasted. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Faye Mylward
Haven't read it yet and I have no more to say than that so will not write anything else as it would be wafflePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by Caroline Jackon
This is how the system is supposed to work and I would trade with this supplier again and recommend them to my friends..Published on 9 Aug. 2013 by tone123_123
SHE IS NOW MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR. I HAVE READ ALL "DIDO KENT" MYSTERIES AND I AM HOPING THAT THERE ARE PLENTY MORE.Published on 7 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed this series. It probably wouldn't appeal to the men, but if you enjoy a historical mystery with a bit of romance then the Dido Kent mysteries might be worth a look.Published on 18 July 2013 by Teresa
I am so glad I bought this one! It is to be recommended to those who like Jane Austen and haven't met Miss Dido Kent yet. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by H. Lacroix