Bellfield Hall

Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent

Dido Kent Mysteries (Volume 1)

Anna Dean

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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1805. An engagement party is taking place for Mr Richard Montague, son of wealthy landowner Sir Edgar Montague, and his fiancee Catherine. During a dance with his beloved, a strange thing happens: a man appears at Richard's shoulder and appears to communicate something to him without saying a word. Instantly breaking off the engagement, he rushes off to speak to his father, never to be seen again. Distraught with worry, Catherine sends for her spinster aunt, Miss Dido Kent, who has a penchant for solving mysteries. Catherine pleads with her to find her fiance and to discover the truth behind his disappearance. It's going to take a lot of logical thinking to untangle the complex threads of this multi-layered mystery, and Miss Dido Kent is just the woman to do it.

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Chapter One

Bellfield Hall,

Monday, 23rd September 1805

My dear Eliza,

I must begin another letter to you, although it is not six hours since I sent my last. I have some news to communicate which I think will surprise you not a little.

Miss Dido Kent hesitated, her pen suspended over the page. All her education and almost thirty years’ experience of writing letters had not quite prepared her for this situation. As well as she could recall, the rules of etiquette said nothing about the correct way in which to convey the news that she now had to impart.

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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 Thomas Pitt and William Monk series

“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, BELLFIELD HALL is a worthy addition to the historical crime tradition.”
Laurie R. King, author of TOUCHSTONE

"This wonderful mystery is rich in suspense, period detail, humor and most of all characters. They come alive, and none more than Miss Dido Kent. In her Anna Dean has created a masterpiece of detection, a Miss Marple-esque character both razor sharp and kindly. A totally enjoyable read!"
--Louise Penny,
Agatha award–winning author of the Armand Gamache mysteries

"Anna Dean's elegantly-plotted debut is sure to delight Regency lovers and mystery fans alike."
--Deanna Raybourne, author of SILENT IN THE GRAVE

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Anna Dean

Anna Dean set about crafting stories at the age of five under the impression that everyone was taught to write in order to pen books.  By the time she discovered her mistake, the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up. She resides in the Lake District of England.

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Bellfield Hall
Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent
Anna Dean

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429968225
ISBN10: 1429968222
304 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
February 2011
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ISBN: 9780312680305
ISBN10: 0312680309
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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