In 1805 Dido Kent inhabits a world easily recognizable to readers of Jane Austen. Unmarried at 35, she is regarded as a hopeless spinster and entirely at her family’s disposal to help with illnesses, deaths, lyings in etc. But when the crisis of a niece’s broken engagement summons her to Bellfield Hall – and a dead body is discovered in the shrubbery – Dido finds a much more satisfying outlet for her intelligence. A woman in her situation is well placed to investigate crime – by patiently noticing all the small details of life, and the character quirks of everyone around her. And, once she has taken on the role of mystery-solver, Dido is very reluctant to give it up. Travelling about for the convenience of her family, she finds mystery everywhere, in country houses, villages, fashionable Bath – even in a ruined abbey. And, wherever she goes, she writes letters to her sister Eliza, describing her investigations.
But her fascination with crime may jeopardize her last chance of making a happy marriage.
Dido Kent Mysteries
St. Martin's Press
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.Buy