Dido Kent Mysteries

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. 

 

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A Place of Confinement
A Place of Confinement
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The inquisitive Miss Dido Kent returns in A Place of Confinement to elucidate the mysterious disappearance of a young woman in the fourth installment of Anna Dean’s charming Regency era series

The dependably sharp Miss Dido Kent is suffering her sister-in-law’s attempts to marry her off to the ghastly clergyman Doctor Prowdlee. Dido, however, is determined to refuse him, as well as his abominable side whiskers. As punishment she is sent to accompany her hypochondriac—and quite wealthy—Aunt Manners on a trip to Charcombe Manor. The family hopes that revisiting her childhood home will keep Aunt Manners in good spirits, and Dido in her good graces.

However, upon their arrival it’s clear to Dido that there is much more at stake than her aunt’s favor. The rich heiress Letitia Verney has disappeared while visiting Charcombe, and Mr. Tom Lomax is suspected of abducting her. Dido is inclined to believe in his innocence, but how is she to explain by what method a young lady could enter through the front door and not appear on the other side? And this isn’t the only enigma that the Elizabethan manor holds: there is a deserted wing in which lights mysteriously appear at night, a crying ghost which keeps visitors awake, and memories of old family quarrels.

When the senior Mr. Lomax comes to town to defend his son, the mystery intensifies—and so does Dido’s romantic life. With lives and reputations on the line, it’s up to Dido to put the pieces together to save the Lomaxes and find the vanished young Miss Verney. In this captivating fourth installment of the Dido Kent series, readers will find more of the rich characters, meticulous historical detail, and masterful suspense they’ve come to expect from Anna Dean.
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Dido Kent Mysteries (Volume 4)

Anna Dean

St. Martin's Press

The inquisitive Miss Dido Kent returns in A Place of Confinement to elucidate the mysterious disappearance of a young woman in the fourth installment of Anna Dean’s...

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A Woman of Consequence
A Woman of Consequence
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“If Jane Austen had written Miss Marple, she would have been Dido Kent, the inquisitive spinster.”--Kirkus (starred review)
 
A Woman of Consequence, the third installment in Anna Dean’s charming mystery series, opens with a visit to the ruins of an Abbey where Penelope Lambe, suffers a bad fall from the ancient stone steps. Before she slips into unconsciousness, Penelope manages to say, ’I saw her—It was her.’ Soon people are certain that she saw the Grey Nun, a ghost reputed to walk the abbey’s ruins. Miss Dido Kent, however, does not approve of ghosts. Disregarding everyone else’s assumptions, and endeavoring to take her mind off the troubles of her family, Dido turns her energy toward solving the mystery. But events start to seem more sinister when a human skeleton is found at the abbey. Is Miss Lambe’s accident connected to this discovery? Everyone is relying on Dido to find out. A captivating continuation of the Dido Kent series: rich in suspense, historical detail, and most of all, characters.

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Dido Kent Mysteries (Volume 3)

Anna Dean

St. Martin's Press

“If Jane Austen had written Miss Marple, she would have been Dido Kent, the inquisitive spinster.”--Kirkus (starred review) A...

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A Gentleman of Fortune
A Gentleman of Fortune
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With all the charm of a Georgette Heyer novel, the sequel to Bellfield Hall finds Miss Dido Kent vacationing at the home of her cousin. When a neighbor passes away quite suddenly, Dido feels she is ideally placed to observe the reaction of the community, but her suitor, Mr. William Lomax, feels otherwise. As Dido presses on, she learns more about the dirty dealings among the upper classes of Surrey than even she could have imagined. Anna Dean has crafted a delightful historical mystery series; the next best thing to reading Jane Austen.

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Dido Kent Mysteries (Volume 2)

Anna Dean

St. Martin's Press

With all the charm of a Georgette Heyer novel, the sequel to Bellfield Hall finds Miss Dido Kent vacationing at the home of her cousin. When a neighbor passes away quite suddenly, Dido...

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Bellfield Hall
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Dido Kent Mysteries (Volume 1)

Anna Dean

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.

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