Bellfield Hall: Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Series #1)

Bellfield Hall: Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Series #1)

by Anna Dean
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Bellfield Hall: Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Series #1) by Anna Dean

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429968225
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Series: Dido Kent Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 143,100
File size: 269 KB

About the Author

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.


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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Bellfield Hall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just discovered this series, and have become an ardent admirer of Dido Kent. Anna Dean offers a fresh character. Don't be fooled by the "Jane Austen writes Miss Marple" comparisons...it's even better than that! Off to hunt down #2 in the series....
Gertt More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book simply because I'm a fan of historical mysteries with a touch of romance and was not disappointed in the least. In fact, I'm looking forward to the second book of the series and many more to come.
Olene More than 1 year ago
Miss Dido Kent blooms where she is planted. The story is very reminiscient of the Jane Austen Mysteries. If this debut novel is indicative of its authors ability, we can reasonably expect to enjoy her next offerings. She pulled me into the settings and the main character's sensibilites with skill. Miss Kent is fearing the purgatory of spinsterhood but I doubt she will remain in it for long. There is a teasing possibility of a romance in the future for her. All the characters were believable and well delineated. It was easy to keep up with the plot and sub-plots but she did not hint at the villian's identity too soon. It is book to be enjoyed on a rainy afternoon with a large cup of honey-laced lemon tea.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1805, affluent Richard Montague and his fiancée Catherine Kent dance at their engagement party when an unknown man approaches them. .He says nothing but somehow Richard understands and provides him with a secret message before silently leaving. Immediately, Montague informs a stunned Catherine that their engagement is over and leaves. Distraught Catherine turns to a spinster relative Dido Kent for help as her aunt has a reputation for solving mysteries. She wants to know why her ex fiancé ended their relationship abruptly when he seemed so happy, where is he, and if he is safe. At Bellfield Hall Miss Dido Kent begins making observations upon arrival, but even she is unprepared for the corpse of woman found in the nearby shrubs. As she digs into the death of the young female and into the Montague family history, she seeks answers to her niece's questions. Using intelligent amusing letters to her sister Eliza as a means to explaining her observations, the first Dido Kent historical mystery is a delightful tale. Though the heroine arrives at the bequest of her niece to solve the disappearance, she also works the seemingly related (to her) murder mystery. Aunt Dido makes the tale as a sort of Miss Marple in Regency England with witty asides and observations. Although a few readers will feel her take is too contemporary, sub-genre fans will appreciate the spinster's effort to solve two mysteries. Harriet Klausner
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Fabulous historical mystery, this series is a favorite!
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This book is charming. Though I felt that a few plot points didn't quite come through strongly enough, I enjoyed the read immensely and have purchased the sequel.
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