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A Woman of Consequence (Dido Kent #3)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  590 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Miss Dido Kent does not approve of ghosts. They are, in Dido's opinion, quite useless and she will not put herself to the inconvenience of believing in them. However, when Penelope Lambe falls from the ruined gallery of Madderstone Abbey, Dido's rational view is put to the test. For, as she loses consciousness, Penelope whispers, 'I saw her… It was her.' Who can it be that ...more
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Suspense Magazine
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
A love these books by Anna Dean - can't wait for the next instalment! Will Dido finally marry Mr Lomax?
(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
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
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
This series keeps getting better and I thoroughly enjoyed this outing with Dido Kent. When this book opens the summer Dido spent in Richmond has passed ("A Gentleman of Fortune", second in the series), and her circumstances have been reduced. A spinster lady of six-and-thirty dependent on her brothers, Dido and her sister Eliza have lost their home after their brother's bank failed; Dido has been taken in by her brother at his vicarage in Badleigh and his long-suffering wife Margaret and consign ...more
I do like this series; Dido Kent is in her late thirties, a spinster still, and at the mercy of her relatives. In this book, the family has had financial reverses so she and her other unmarried sister have had to give up their own establishment and go to live with other married siblings. Poor Dido, therefore, is currently in the unfortunate position of being the 'spare female' in her brother's house, and her sister-in-law Margaret is taking full advantage by using Dido as a sort of unpaid housek ...more
Ann Boytim
Dido Kent is a very headstrong young woman with a mind of her own but now lives with her brother and sister in law in the country. A young woman has a bad fall and swears she has seen a ghost at the old Abbey. A body is then found in a drained swimming pool and the mystery begins. Dido meets up with Mr Lomax again (this man had asked her to marry him) he listens to her but they argue and he asks her not to pursue her suspicions but she is not one to give up that easy.
Gwyneth Stewart
This third mystery featuring Dido Kent is my favorite in the series so far. Dido, a gentlewoman and spinster in her mid thirties, is forced by a reversal of family fortunes to move in with her brother the vicar and his shrewish wife. In her new home, she is confronted with several mysteries: a grey ghost who apparently haunts the ruins of a nearby abbey, the disappearance 15 years ago of her friend's beloved governess, the strange behavior of the local doctor, to name a few. Her investigations o ...more
Sheryl Mosher
I am thoroughly enjoying these mysteries. I love Dido's strong spirit and unwillingness to compromise in an age when that is really all that women were asked to do. She is a complicated character and sometimes is mistaken in her thoughts and judgments (and not just about the mysteries), and I believe that makes her all the more endearing. these are wonderful books. I am looking forward to downloading the 4th one today. Please, Ms. Dean, write more. :)
Miss Marple meets Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in the person of Dido Kent. Third in a very entertaining mystery series about a 36-year-old "old maid" in the early years of the 19th century whose curious nature leads into solving crimes. Underlying the wit and the fun is a serious sense of the limitations on women at the time and I particularly enjoy the way Dido struggles to find a balanced relationship with her love interest.
Seriously, just read this book in a day! Granted once I am invested in a series and I happen to ha e the last three books at the same time, I'm likely to ignore my surroundings and dive in, but this book was truly a great read. It was a great way to end the summer, and the ending left me wanting to know more about these characters that I have come to know and love.
Ok, for me this like eating a box of chocolates. Not great literature, but lots of fun.
Dido is relegated to the attic of her brother's rectory due to family financial problems. She is writing in a cold room about local mysteries, including the discovery of a woman's body in a drained pond. The initial issue is having her found to be murdered, not a suicide. It is a complicated issue with a number of side mysteries to confuse the reader. And Dido is trying to tell herself that she could not marry
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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.

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