A Place of Confinement: The Investigations of Miss Dido Kent

A Place of Confinement: The Investigations of Miss Dido Kent

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by Anna Dean
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In 1807, being an unmarried woman dependent upon the goodwill of her brothers can mean that when she is selected as a lady's companion by a cantankerous, wealthy aunt, she has no choice in the matter. Arriving at Charcombe Manor to visit her aunt's family, Dido struggles with the unpleasant feelings her servitude and further loss of status in society have bestowed upon her. Only when Dido is invited to investigate the whereabouts of missing fellow houseguest Miss Verney does her zest return, even with the complication of Tom Lomax as the missing young lady's suitor. When Tom is accused of murdering a man, Dido must exonerate Tom in order to keep the family name, and his father, respectable. A clever, crafty lady with unending determination to do what is right, Dido Kent deserves a spot alongside Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple in the great sleuth pantheon. VERDICT In this fourth series outing, historical observations on how gender and wealth affect the perceived value of an individual life give greater depth to Dido's personal story line and time period. Plus? The actual whodunit portion of this novel is superb, surprising, and satisfying!—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH
Publishers Weekly
In Dean’s highly entertaining fourth Regency mystery featuring 30-ish spinster Dido Kent (after 2012’s A Woman of Consequence), Dido bristles at serving as companion to her Aunt Manners during the latter’s visit to Charcombe Manor, which she finds to be “not a house at ease with itself.” One reason for the underlying tension is the disappearance two days earlier of 19-year-old Letitia Verney, who was under the care of Dido’s host, Lancelot Fenstanton. Letitia was last seen with a young man of dubious reputation, Tom Lomax, who just happens to be the son of the man Dido is in love with. Tom insists that he not only walked Letitia back to the manor but watched her enter, despite the testimony of those in the house at the time that Letitia never came through the door. The solution to that impossibility is as clever as the rest of the plot. Agent: David Marshall, Marshall Rights. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

“Dean lays out a complex but never confusing plot. And it's not only the storyline that lifts this novel to a high plane; Dean's prose -- intentionally reminiscent of that of Jane Austen -- and her mastery of period detail combine with Dido's amiability to create another shining example of the historical mystery.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The fourth in this excellent series, beautifully written in the style of Jane Austen, will leave even die-hard mystery mavens puzzled until the final chapters.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A clever, crafty lady with unending determination to do what is right, Dido Kent deserves a spot alongside Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple in the great sleuth pantheon… Plus? The actual whodunit portion of this novel is superb, surprising, and satisfying!” —Library Journal (starred review)

“In Dean's highly entertaining fourth Regency mystery…The solution is as clever as the rest of the plot.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This entertaining series set in 1805...is historical mystery at its most effective....If you are looking for a quality historical crime series to get stuck into, then you have just found it.” —Historical Novels Review

“There is something delightfully gothic about Ms. Dean's tales of Dido Kent and her investigations...A very well rounded novel that Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed, not to mention Georgette Heyer...Highly recommended.” —My Shelf

“A clever regency sleuth much like Jane Austen with her ability to see that the mundane things of life are more important than they seem.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred) on A Woman of Consequence

“With its unusually fine sense of time and place, this third Dido Kent entry makes a charming addition to Dean's Regency mystery series.” —Booklist on A Woman of Consequence

“Dean smoothly integrates a wealth of historical detail . . . Well-drawn secondary characters . . . lend color.” —Publishers Weekly on A Woman of Consequence

“Dean has again scored highly with an imaginative mystery that captures Regency England . . . with Austen-like prose.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch on A Woman of Consequence

Kirkus Reviews
A Regency lady must prove a man innocent of murder if she is to have any chance of future happiness. Clever, independent Dido Kent chafes under the strictures of caring for her wealthy Aunt Manners, who's visiting her childhood home of Charcombe Manor. The task is Dido's punishment for refusing an offer of marriage from a cleric with a pack of children after she had already received an offer from William Lomax. Although she loves William, she has given him no answer because she fears that her self-reliance might jeopardize their marriage. Upon their arrival at Charcombe, they discover that Letitia Verney, a wealthy heiress, is missing and that William's son Tom is suspected of spiriting her away, even though he is to be found in the neighboring town. The annoying George Fenstanton and his charming nephew Lancelot, who owns Charcombe, have a good deal of money invested in a new town they are building at the nearby seaside, and Miss Verney's fortune would certainly be a help to their scheme. Dido can see that both George's daughter and Miss Verney's best friend are hiding secrets. Even her Aunt Manners is acting strangely. When a man bringing information about the disappearance is found murdered, Tom Lomax is arrested, and although his father does not want Dido putting herself in danger by investigating, she knows that any chance of a marriage between them will be over if Tom is not proven innocent. The fourth in this excellent series (A Woman of Consequence, 2012, etc.), beautifully written in the style of Jane Austen, will leave even die-hard mystery mavens puzzled until the final chapters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250029683
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Dido Kent Mysteries , #4
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
144,271
File size:
431 KB

Meet the Author

ANNA DEAN began writing early on under the impression that everyone was taught to do so in order to pen books. By the time she discovered her mistake, the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up. She lives in the UK.
ANNA DEAN began writing early on under the impression that everyone was taught to do so in order to pen books. By the time she discovered her mistake, the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up. The author of Bellfield Hall, A Gentleman of Fortune, A Woman of Consequence, and A Place of Confinement, Dean lives in England.

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The Dido Kent series is great for lovers of period pieces and mysteries!