Bellfield Hall

Bellfield Hall

Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent

Book - 2010
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A Dido Kent Mystery - 1st in a captivating new series featuring amateur sleuth, Miss Dido Kent. Miss Kent - an unmarried woman past her 'first youth' - is summoned to Bellfield Hall to comfort her niece, Catherine. Catherine's well-off fiance, Richard, has disappeared in the wake of their engagement ball after receiving a mysterious message. A few days later the body of a young woman is found on the grounds of the house. This intricately plotted novel, set in the same time period as Jane Austen's novels, should prove to be popular.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312562946
Branch Call Number: DEA
Characteristics: 300 p


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Sep 17, 2018

The retelling everything through the format of Dido's lengthy letters to her sister makes for a slow-moving and rather tedious read. As a murder mystery it's a yawn with little to redeem it in setting or plot or character development.

Apr 02, 2013

Uneasy mix, the author seemed to be looking for a blend of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. She didn't find it.

mrsgail5756 Jun 27, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

readtoday Jul 05, 2011

Anna Dean crafts a good Victorian mystery. There are clues, a murder, suspense, and a cast of characters easily identifiable. Dido Kent is an interesting character who is not afraid to ask the questions that may very well put her own life in danger. Think the sequel will be worth reading as well.

Sep 28, 2010

Another sleuthing spinster that solves the problems and mysteries of those around her who can't seem to behave themselves. It is an easy read, light but it still held my attention.

Mar 04, 2010

The first chapter could probably be reduced to a single sentence, and the extraneous description omitted.

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