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A Woman of Consequence (Dido Kent #3)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  775 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
On a visit to the ruins of Madderstone Abbey, Penelope Lambe suffers a bad fall and before she slips into unconscious, manages to say 'I saw her, it was her'. Some take these words to mean that Penelope saw the Grey Nun, the ghost reputed to haunt the abbey, but Miss Dido Kent is determined to find the real cause.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Allison & Busby (first published 2010)
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Suspense Magazine
Jun 21, 2012 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
This is the third in Dean’s Dido Kent engaging historical series set in England. Miss Kent, an unmarried woman of a certain age, referred to as a spinster in her time, is writing to her sister, Eliza, as the book opens. She’s trying to give Eliza an account of Penelope Lambe’s accident, but her sister-in-law, pointedly and repeatedly reminds her that she is dependent on her brother’s hospitality—a cold garret room—and there is mending to do. Margaret, the sister-in-law, continues to interrupt th ...more
Aug 12, 2013 MRB rated it it was amazing
I thought the first two books in this series had a lot of promise and potential that they didn't quite realize. In this book, that promise and potential has been lived up to in sublimely enjoyable fashion! I hesitate to compare anyone's writing to Jane Austen's, because Austen herself is such an incomparable master. That said, this book contains the elegant language, eminently insightful wit and sophisticated intelligence of which Jane would likely approve.

This was one of Kirkus' "Best Fiction B
Dido Kent, spinster, is now living with her eldest brother Francis and family. While on a visit with some neighbors to Madderstone Abbey, she hears tales of the Grey Nun, a ghost which supposedly haunts the ruins of the old Abbey. Dido doesn't believe in ghosts but when Miss Penelope Lambe falls on the stairs after seeing something shocking, Dido is convinced there's a rational explanation. Her ghost hunting is overshadowed by the discovery of a skeleton in the Abbey pond. The skeleton is believ ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
The Miss Dido Kent series by Anna Dean just keeps getting better and better. The book opens just after the summer that Dido spent in Richmond ("A Gentleman of Fortune".

Because of her brother's bank failure, Dido and her sister are now in sadly reduced financial circumstance. Dido, very much like Jane Austen, is a spinster, and at 36, is also like Jane and Cassandra Austen, totally dependent on her brothers for a home. Dido now has moved into her brother's vicarage in Badleigh. Margaret, her bro
Jun 04, 2012 Bee rated it really liked it
It's funny -- I know I read BELLFIELD HALL and enjoyed it (but didn't love it), however I cannot for the life of me remember anything about the story. I liked Dido Kent but the book didn't leave an indelible mark on me. At any rate, I saw the 3rd in the series on the library shelf and decided to take it home. I loved it. One by-line on the back cover said something like 'if Jane Austen wrote Miss Marple' which is basically the truth of the matter.

A WOMAN OF CONSEQUENCE finds Miss Dido Kent embr
First Sentence: My dear Eliza, I promised yesterday that just as soon as I had leisure for writing should send you a full and satisfactory account of Penelope Lambe’s accident at Madderstone Abbey; and so I shall begin upon it.

Unconscious after Penelope Lambe falls down stone steps in the ruin of Madderstone Abbey, it is thought she saw the ghost of the Grey Nun. Miss Dido Kent is skeptical and believes the cause was more corporal than spiritual. When a skeleton, identified as Elinor Fenn, gover
Rachel Knowles
Jan 20, 2016 Rachel Knowles rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Dido Kent mystery series. This one is set in the autumn of 1806 when Dido's family has suffered some financial losses and she has been obliged to take up residence in the household of one of her brothers. Dido's romance seems to be going nowhere because she won't give up her mystery-solving, although Mr Lomax is determined to keep trying.

Dido uncovers all manner of secrets and puts some things to rights, but not all. It does raise the awkward question of whether on
May 10, 2012 Duckpondwithoutducks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-mysteries
If you, like me, love Jane Austen and anything about or inspired by Jane Austen, then you will like this book! Not that this book ever mentions Jane Austen's name or has any characters from any of her books, no, but it's the kind of book Jane Austen would have written if she had written a mystery. The setting is England in the early 1800's, and Miss Dido Kent is past a certain age, living on the charity of relatives, and infinitely curious - as she puts it, not "inclined to rest contented with h ...more
Brittany Wouters

"I mean to bring about a woman's justice."

This was...intensely sensitive. I don't mean the sort in which feelings are easily hurt, but in the way where a woman's compassion for another woman shines through so clearly that her actions are dictated by it; she is ruled by it, by a sense of morals that an antiquated society's rules cannot comprehend. You can't understand the motives of this book unless you are a woman; I feel that very very strongly. It's...impossible. There is a bond that just tran
Jan 17, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Dido Kent works to solve the mystery of the ghost of the Grey Nun and what part she plays in past and current events.

I really love Dido and her family and friends and I have to say the author is very good at getting me to despise her villains and I enjoy how intricate and cross connected all of her mysteries are, I almost feel as though they shouldn't work, they are so involved and yet in the end the do.

I am finding myself getting a little tired of the back and forth between Dido and Mr.
Sep 23, 2015 Yvette rated it liked it
Most enjoyable book of the series yet.

The plot is a bit transparent at points, but the mystery and its twists are intriguing enough. The main attraction for me is our Miss Dido Kent. Her character shines through in this book and all the challenging circumstances that have been beset upon her.

Dido sighed inwardly. Why, after a woman turned thirty, must 'economy' become her greatest recommendation?


'My dear Miss Kent, gentlemen do not discuss the cause of a duel!'

'Then gentlemen are very foolish
Sep 18, 2014 Dorothy rated it it was amazing
It is a truth universally acknowledged that far too many Jane Austen fans try to write Austen-style novels, but shouldn't!

Thankfully, Anna Dean is not one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency whodunit, and will be seeking out the others in the series.

I've read a couple of other Regency novels recently, where the authors have tried to mix Jane Austen-style writing with an exciting mystery. They haven't worked, because the restrained atmosphere of the genre simply doesn't gel with images of
May 07, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Dido Kent satisfies my Regency cozy yen yet again, although her circumstances aren't good this time - she's living with a brother and his unpleasant wife, and being treated rather like Anne Elliot. The mystery involving the skeleton of a long lost woman and a possible haunting is interesting and the romance is picking up, but Dido isn't willing to change her personality despite the urging of friends & neighbors. The series continues to improve.
Vicky Thomasson
Oct 06, 2012 Vicky Thomasson rated it really liked it
This is the first Dido Kent mystery I've read and I enjoyed it very much. It was full of suspense and mystery with a happy ending. Most importantly I didn't guess the ending at all. I love the way Anna Dean has written the book in a Jane Austen kind of style, it was very convincing and wasn't over the top like some historical fiction I've read.
Kimberly Ann
Feb 10, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I skipped most all of the letters Miss Dido Kent wrote to her sister Eliza about the mystery.

Miss Dido Kent is a 30ish "spinster" who has a proclivity for solving mysteries, especially murders.... In this story a young woman has fallen down the stairs of a local ruined abbey after having seen a "ghost". When the pool next to the ruined abbey is drained the skeleton of a missing woman is found and Miss Dido Kent is there to investigate.

What is interesting is her relationship w/ Mr. Lom

I enjoyed this third outing of Miss Dido Kent, although I did find it a bit slower than the previous books. There were side mysteries and red herrings galore. So many, that at times I felt that Ms. Dean was trying too hard to impress her reader with Dido's cleverness. I was able to solve the smaller puzzles ahead of Dido, but was completely surprised at the outcome of the central mystery. As always, the handsome Mr. Lomax made an appearance and the romance between Dido and him continues
Jan 17, 2014 Marci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series about the Regency-era spinster Dido Kent who solves mysteries while visiting this or that relative. In this installment, she has lost her home because of her brother's bank failure and is consigned to living in the attic of a clergyman brother and his unlikeable wife. Although this series is firmly rooted in Jane Austen's era and style, I was hoping to find just a hint of humor directed at Jane Eyre's madwoman in the attic, but alas, nothing. Dido Kent is more a R ...more
Kelly Georgiana
Mar 14, 2015 Kelly Georgiana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I found this book hard to put down. A little slow at first as I was trying to decide whether this book followed the lines of an "Austen spin-off" but as I continued and got further into the story, I forgot about trying to dislike it as a spin-off and began to be consumed in the very fabric of the story. The twists and turns kept me entirely gripped until the end, and even then I wanted more. As this was the first book I had picked to read I quickly realised and was thrilled that it was one in a ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This didn't excite me quite as much as the previous two. However, that may be because the author has captured the period so well that I was beginning to feel a little bit stir-crazy from the limits placed on 19th century women. I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Jul 20, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing
There are so many authors trying to write Jane Austen novels, and so few come even close to getting it right. This was excellent. The language was right, the plot was clever, the characters interesting, and the dialog very witty. I can't wait for the next one.
Oct 28, 2015 Roshni rated it liked it
The main character, Dido, is intelligent, but the author sometimes focuses too much on her 'internal struggle of reason and society's stringent rules' which detracts from the actual mystery. The mystery was complicated and had an ending that was satisfying.
Sep 15, 2015 Deanne rated it really liked it
A complicated plot which has a few devious turns. A gothic feel at the start with the ghost of a grey nun supposedly haunting the ruins of an Abbey, a skeleton discovered and a collection of missing letters. An entertaining mystery.
Dec 17, 2014 Emmalg rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful find in my local library. Another winner from judging a book by its cover!

The style of the writing feels genuine. I can't emphasise how important that is to me when reading regency period novels and it is severely lacking in most.

The content reminded me a little of Amanda Quick's work as Dido Kent is a remarkably intelligent woman who suffers from insatiable curiosity and has a calling to investigate strange things. The difference is that this book crosses over between roma
Sally Szudy
Jan 22, 2013 Sally Szudy rated it really liked it
Really excellent mystery with a good lead character. It also had some insights into gender and the fate of an intelligent, strong-minded women in a society that forces her to be dependent, so it was a good read on several levels.
Sep 29, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Irritated with myself that I did not recall having read this book previously and probably was not enthused about it at the time since back then I did not go back to read the first two which I have recently done in 2014. Oh well. What does this have to do with this book? Simply, I think the rendering to be labored. I know my library has the book that came after this third, so I will take the time to sit down and read a bit at library prior to deciding to check it out or not. I think the letters t ...more
Feb 25, 2016 George rated it it was amazing
# 3 in the Dido Kent, 36 year old spinster dependent upon her family for taking care of her mystery series. This story opens on on October 8. 1806 with Dido staying at her brother's vicarage. On a visit to the ruins of Madderstone Abbey, Penelope Lambe suffers a bad fall and before she slips into unconscious, manages to say 'I saw her, it was her'. Some take these words to mean that Penelope saw the Grey Nun, the ghost reputed to haunt the abbey, but Dido is determined to find the real cause. Wh ...more
Nov 10, 2011 Éowyn rated it really liked it
A love these books by Anna Dean - can't wait for the next instalment! Will Dido finally marry Mr Lomax?
Aug 23, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3.5 stars) The third book in the Dido Kent series opens with Dido in reduced circumstances due to her family's finances. She and her sister have lost their little cottage and she is now living with her brother and his family at the vicarage. His wife, Margaret is somewhat resentful of Dido's presence and she assigns her a cold attic bedroom and hints about her workload whenever Dido takes some time for herself. Invited to a visit to the ruins of a nearby Abbey, one of the party, Penelope has a ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 22, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dido Kent, deemed an inevitable spinster at 36, stumbles across a mystery when the body of a beloved governess who disappeared 15 years earlier is found at the bottom of a newly drained pond. The silly coroner rules the death to be a suicide, but Dido soon realizes that the peerless Miss Fenn was murdered.

A Woman of Consequence has even more twists and turns than the previous two novels in the series, Bellfield Hall (published in England as A Moment of Silence) and A Gentleman of Fortune. Dido s
Jul 23, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it
Miss Did Kent, forced by financial circumstances to live with her brother and his wife, Margaret (who is distinctly reminiscent of Elinor's grasping sister-in-law in Sense and Sensibility), tries to reconcile her independent spirit with the necessities of life as a dependent in Dean's third book. Luckily, Dido manages to escape her chores and drudgery often enough to allow her play investigator for the nearby lady of the manor when a former governess's bones are dredged up from a pond on the est ...more
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Anna Dean was born in Cumberland (now part of Cumbria) in England in 1956. She moved to the Midlands as a child but as she grew older she became determined to return to the Lake District and, after a few years living in Wales, she moved back to Cumbria in 1984. She lives near Ambleside with her husband.

Dean has worked as an assistant to a psychologist; she has worked for the National Trust; she ha
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Dido Kent (4 books)
  • Bellfield Hall (A Dido Kent Mystery, #1)
  • A Gentleman of Fortune (A Dido Kent Mystery #2)
  • A Place of Confinement (A Dido Kent Mystery, #4)

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