A Gentleman of Fortune (A Dido Kent Mystery #2)
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A Gentleman of Fortune (Dido Kent #2)

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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
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Published March 29th 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published May 11th 2009)
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Anna Dean captures the Georgian period and the Georgian language admirably in this mystery novel that features a Jane Austenish heroine.

A letter runs through the whole book, keeping the recipient up-to-date with happenings in the mystery that is developing; it is very much in the style of Jane's letters to Cassandra. And when we get to examine the mystery itself, it is has the feel of Mrs Gaskell's 'Cranford' but with much more intrigue - once again the feel for the period is well captured as th...more
A GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE (Hist. Mys-Dido Kent-England-1806/Georgian) – VG
Dean, Anna – 2nd in series
Allison & Busby Limited, 2009, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780749007256

First Sentence: My Dear Eliza, The great Mrs. Lansdale is no more.

Miss Dido Kent is 35, without fortune and unmarried. Due to her situation, she finds herself ‘loaned’ out to various relatives to act in various unpaid roles. In this instance, she is on holiday at her cousin Flora’s home in Richmond and is becoming rather bored and u...more
This is a tough book to review. Objectively, I think it was of very good quality: a well written, smart and even insightful mystery. Subjectively, though, I just didn't enjoy reading it all that much.

Mysteries are usually 'unputdownable' for me. Even when they're not exactly of Christie-esque quality, I find myself compelled to discover 'whondunit' and how the puzzle pieces do (or don't!) ultimately fit together. In this case, though, I found myself putting the book down for long stretches of ti...more
Apr 28, 2014 Jeannette marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgian, cosy, krimis
I enjoyed the first in the series, but this one didn't grab me. The elements borrowed from Emma only served to confuse me.
A Gentleman of Fortune makes a very interesting contrast to Stephanie Barron's Austen mystery series. Dean's books are more gentle, less sensational, a bit less detailed about Regency life, but more in line with Austen's early themes. I enjoyed the moral components of the tale and enjoyed the solution immensely and found it in spirit with the style of the book. I cannot honestly agree with other reviewers that the style of writing is Austen's -- there is a serious lack of comedic description tha...more
While the take-off of Emma is a little too plain (the strawberry picking party, the alphabet game, the secret messages regarding a (view spoiler)), I enjoyed this installment of the Dido Kent mysteries a...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Miss Dido Kent is again visiting a relative, this time her cousin in Richmond. She has, as maiden aunts tended to do in the 19th century, been going from one relative to another helping out with new babies and ailing uncles and she has been asked to stay with Flora just to relax and enjoy herself.. . .

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Stacey Wacknov
Fun little Regency mystery -- very light and cozy -- but not worth the exorbitant price I paid for an import copy. Some repetition in character voices, though it could be argued that this was intentional re: conversational style of the era. Not terribly compelled to read other books featuring Dido Kent, but wouldn't be opposed to it as a beach read or similar.
Another fabulous addition to the Dido Kent series.

In this installment, we're treated to the same satirical wit of Miss Dido Kent that we got to enjoy in the first book, and get to follow her as she solves another murder. As mentioned in my review of the first book in the series, we get to see a little more of the romance (not so subtly) hinted at from the end of that book. And again, I felt truly immersed in the period.

All in all, a great second novel of a great series, and I will be looking for...more
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Ivonne Rovira
Feb 17, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of exceptionally clever cozies
Less than a year after solving the murder mystery that formed the heart of Bellfield Hall, the intrepid and perspicacious spinster Dido Kent is back at it again, this time while on a visit to elegant Richmond in Surrey. Dido has embarked on an extended stay with her cousin Flora, a newly married and foolish young woman, while Flora's husband is gone from home on business.

Dido soon comes to hear of the death of a vexatious and demanding old hypochondriac, Mrs. Lansdale, from a sudden seizure. He...more
I picked up this book on a whim, not realizing it was the second in a series - which is irritating, because you always find yourself thinking "would I know who this person is supposed to be if I'd read the first one?" Hate that!

Oh well, on with the review: I enjoyed the book as a nice, quick read, but I'll have to say I found it a little too derivative of Jane Austen. There were way too many words and phrases that were cribbed directly from Austen. There was a small bit of intrigue that anyone w...more
Rebekah Scott
At the ripe old age of thirty-five, Miss Dido Kent is most certainly a spinster. At least, in Regency England, she is. As a woman without her own fortune or husband, she is often at the beck and call of her relations, usually to act as a companion or a nurse or to fill some other role for her family.

Recently, Dido has come to stay in Richmond with her young cousin Flora Beaumont while her husband has gone away, and the serenity of the town is quite a change from her previous visit to a relation...more
Hilary Tesh
I bought the 4th of this series in a discount book shop and then found the previous two in charity shops. They looked really promising, "a delicious mixture of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer" said the blurb on one of them. The first comparison seemed unlikely (since no one has succeeded in emulating Jane Austen successfully)but I have enjoyed a good few Georgette Heyer over the years so that was encouraging, as was the claim that Miss Dido Kent was "Miss Marple-esque".

Disappointingly, this book...more
Overall I enjoyed this book.

The references to Emma I did find a little overwhelming (picking strawberries, young lady being sent out as a governess, secret engagement covered by attention to another woman, secret messages being passed in company by use of "alphabets", letter anagrams, etc etc).

Spoiler alert--

I do remain confused about whether Sir Joshua knew or did not know what sort of woman his wife was prior to their marriage. The conversation between Dido and Lady Carisbrooke regarding the...more
(3.5 stars)The second book in the Dido Kent series takes Dido to visit her cousin Flora. When an older neighbor dies unexpectedly, suspicion falls on her nephew, who is to inherit. As he is her cousin's friend, Dido feels compelled to see if she can help find out if the death was due to natural causes or was suspicious. She begins to find pieces that don't add up: mysterious visitors to the old lady when she should have been asleep, absence of her caretakers on mysterious errands, and young ladi...more
The mystery was just so-so, but the 3 stars are for the tribute to Jane Austen's Emma. The fact that I didn't know about all the parallels at the beginning made it interesting to analyze and come to realize who was cast in the role of Knightley, Emma, Jane Fairfax, Frank Churchill, and his aunt. Also appreciated the very obvious send-offs of several scenes from Emma including the word game, the strawberry party, the riddles, and everything having to do with the Jane and Frank characters. I would...more
Carol Kerry-green
I enjoyed this mystery by Anna Dean, of course it's the second one in a series, so will have to look out for book one now:-). Miss Dido Kent is on a holiday with her cousin Flora in Richmond, the year is 1805 and Flora's neighbour Mrs Midgeley is gleefully announcing to all who will listen that her neighbour who has recently died was poisoned by the nephew who will inherit all, Dido begins to wonder just what Mrs Midgely has against the personable young man, a particular friend of Flora's.

Dido i...more
In the second installment of the Dido Kent series, the heroine is called upon to clear a young man of the charge of murdering his aunt for her money and/or for the opportunity to marry the woman of his choice. It is no spoiler to say she does an admirable job and the solution was a surprise to me. I like how Mr Lomax is involved; it feels true to the Regency times and yet timeless too. (view spoiler)...more
Second in a series of regency mysteries. I quite like the heroins- a thirty-something spinster reminiscent of Jane Austen. The country house setting works well for this period. The format is good for the genre- using a combination of narrative and epistolary form. I am looking forward to the next volume in the series.
Alyssa Goodnight
This book was a lovely, quiet read. It was light on the drama and heavy on the sleuthing. Miss Dido Kent is quite the amateur detective, and a rather clever observer. And this mystery took some rather unexpected turns.

A couple of favorite quotes:
"The smile which occupied her mouth was at odds with the deep lines of discontent and ill-humour on her brow. And, since her mouth was small and her brow wide, the discontent and ill-humour rather got the better of it."

"For anyone at all addicted to over...more
Although I've only read the first two books in Anna Dean's Dido Kent mysteries, I would classify this series as a fine box of chocolates. I'm never quite sure what kind of plot might unfold, but I am (so far) certain that it will be a delicious pleasure.
Claire Ridgway
This is the first Anna Dean book I've read and it was wonderful. A review described it as Jane Austen meets Miss Marple and that's spot on. The main character, Miss Dido Kent, is surrounded by characters who could have just stepped out of a Jane Austen book, and the setting is England's Richmond in the very early 19th century. Although romance is a theme, the book is actually a murder mystery. Dido has her suspicions about a local death and is determined to get to the bottom of it and to stop th...more
(First - what's up with me and the Regency era books lately - I think I've been in a rut!)

Now that that's out of the way, I can say that I enjoyed this Dido Kent mystery as much as the first. Even though Dido probably has more freedom moving around than would seem realistic, the way that she approaches the mystery feels authentic. The plot does move a little slowly, but Dido is an engaging heroine (if none of the other characters can compete).

Finally, even though Dean leaves readers with a clif...more
This is probably my least favorite of the Dido books, but still well done. The outcome of the mystery seemed familiar, as if I'd read it or seen it somewhere else. I'm looking forward to the next book!
This one was better than the first book in this series. Decent mystery and enjoyable characters. Some of the style of which the book is written isn't to my taste but overall a fun book.
Mary Scott
Another good read. Miss Dido Kent solves another mystery. Again the letters to her sister give insight to her thoughts and her romance with William Lomax continues. The characters could easily have appeared in Sense & Sensibility. I look forward to reading A Woman of Consequence.
3.5 stars.

This was a very fun book. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read part 1 of the series. But the library didn't HAVE part one, so I had to make due. Ms Dido Kent is an amateur sleuth who "happens" to be in the wrong place at the wrong time a little too frequently. She is smart and observant and of course, nosey. All these things add up to a satisfying and interesting mystery novel set in nineteenth century England (think Austen). I would recommend this book to fans of that ti...more
Spinster Dido Kent is visiting her cousin Flora when a neighbor dies. The wealthy woman left her money to her nephew, who becomes a suspect in her death. Flora and her husband are friends of young Mr. Lansdale, and Flora begs clever Dido to investigate the death. There are many mysteries around the death: why is unpleasant Mrs. Midgely so eager to see Mr. Lansdale in trouble? Who were the mysterious visitors who entered the house on the night of Mrs. Lansdale's death? What is the elderly lady's...more
Dido Kent has goen to Surrey to visit her cousin, Flora in 1809. When Mrs. Lansdale, an elderly neighbor, dies suddenly, Mrs. Midgley, a gossipy neighbor, begins to spread the rumor that the deceased woman's nephew killed her in order to get his hands on her fortune. Dido is told by Flora that she must help to clear the gentleman's name but her suitor, William Lomax feels that she should let justice take its course and she should stay out of it. This was a pretty good book. The story is steeped...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...more
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