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A Place of Confinement (Dido Kent #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  554 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Having refused a marriage proposal forced upon her by her family, Dido Kent has been sent to keep her Aunt Manners company. The atmosphere at Charcombe Manor does little to put the exiled Dido's mind at rest. And when the truth surfaces, that a young lady has disappeared, Dido's skill at unravlling mysteries is put to the test.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by Allison & Busby (first published August 20th 2012)
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Ivonne Rovira
Nov 30, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: haters of Regency romances
My dear Eliza,

Your sister, Dido Kent, while estimable in most matters, has perpetrated a great injury; for, in producing a novel of her time at Charcombe Manor during April 1807 — a novel so infused with curiosity & suspense — she has inconsiderately ignored her duty to her gentle readers. Surely, a young woman of six & thirty years has developed sufficient sense and knowledge of the world that she must know that such a fascinating tale must lead to her readers staying up all night to fi
First Sentence: My dear Eliza, I am in prison and I do not know how much longer I can bear my confinement.

Spinster Dido Kent has been sent off to Charcombe Manor with wealthy and demanding Aunt Manners. Upon arriving, she learns that Miss Letitia Verney is missing, though to have eloped to Gretna Green with Tom Lomax, wastrel son of Dido’s suitor, William. There is more than one puzzle to keep Dido busy. Why is Aunt Manners giving her jewelry to George, a brother she dislikes? Why is crying hear
3.5 stars somewhere between liked it and really liked it

After refusing to marry clergyman Dr. Prowdlee with his sidewhiskers and pew and a half of children, Dido is forced to accompany her wealthy Aunt Manners to visit her aunt's family at Charcombe Manor. Dido hopes to visit Belfield and see Mr. William Lomax again but her hypochondriac aunt keeps Dido close and Dido feels as if she's in prison. When one of the guests, young heiress Letitia Verney, goes missing, Dido is on the scent of another
Dec 14, 2015 Malia rated it it was amazing
The word that comes to mind when I think of any of the books in this series is inevitably, lovely. That would be an odd thing to say about a murder mystery, but the driving force of these books is not the mystery (though that is certainly engaging) but the wonderful character of Miss Dido Kent, of whom I feel certain, even Miss Austen would approve.
Anna Dean has created a memorable and, though this book is set in 1807, very 'real' character who it is a delight to follow around on her adventures.
Rachel Knowles
Jan 20, 2016 Rachel Knowles rated it it was amazing
Another very readable historical mystery by Anna Dean. In this story, the redoubtable Miss Dido Kent faces her biggest challenge yet. Can she prove the innocence of a man she despises or will she have to watch the man's father, William Lomax, the man she has been in love with for most of the past three books, cut himself off from her forever, refusing to let her share in his shame?

As with her previous books, Miss Dean dwells on the difficulties facing single women of little fortune in the early
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I whimpered when I noticed that the American publisher of this series planned to continue releasing it a year after the British editions (which, by the way, have superior covers). This is maybe the best historical series I've ever encountered in any genre for making it feel and sound like the characters are actually living in the time period where the series is set. So I very much enjoy it in that regard.

Well, now I've read this. It went by quickly and felt short, like a TV series episode. It's
Jul 25, 2013 Meredith rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists and the frequent Austen references or quotes, including the tongue in cheek reference to a phrase Miss Kent considers somewhat of a cliche -- do anything rather than marry without affection. What is the anything one can do instead, she wonders.
Sep 25, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
These are supposed to be a cross between Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. It really surpassed my expectations. Good mystery.
Kathy Moberg
Oct 11, 2014 Kathy Moberg rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable, creative addition to the series with lots of plot twists. I look forward to many more installments!

That said, I do have one quibble -- the overuse of the word little. One page used the word at least 4 times. There are considerably too many references to little hands, little creases, little this and that... and most of all, little faces. I understand where it's coming from, but nonetheless, the word shows up much too frequently and this should have been caught somewhere in the
Nov 05, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Loved this historical mystery. I suspected the WHO early, but I am always fascinated and surprised by the motive. I never pieced this all together even though the clues were right there for me. Loved it.
Ridiculously rewarding for the Janeite + detection addicts among us.
Not bad at all. I'm glad I chose to take this out of the library, even if it was a fairly randomised choice—and I think I'll hunt down the three books that went before it...
Madeleine McDonald
Oct 17, 2016 Madeleine McDonald rated it really liked it
A fun read, with plenty of period detail. The narrator has been packed off to act as companion to an elderly aunt, and finds herself "forbidden to stray beyond the possibility of an urgent summons." Such was the fate of impoverished spinsters in 1807. With a touch of romance, as befits a Regency novel, the free-spirited heroine flits between reading to a crotchety aunt and investigating the financial skullduggery that motivated a murder.
Maureen Hetzel
Oct 12, 2016 Maureen Hetzel rated it really liked it
An enjoyable series that creates situations totally in synch with the times represented and relies on the deductive skills of the main character to solve the mystery. Delightful!
Kimberly Ann
This was the first in this series that I've ever read.... book 4. I've never been interested in this series, but when this came in the summary sounded interesting.

Miss Dido Kent is a spinster living w/ her brother & sister-in-law....who wants her to wed the widowed preacher. The preacher has "A pew and a half of children", and Miss Dido Kent has no interest in either the preacher or his children.

Miss Dido Kent is happy as she is (and secretly in love w/ another man) , however as punishment f
Jan 17, 2014 Marci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fourth installment of the series featuring Regency spinster Dido Kent, she must solve twin mysteries of a missing heiress and a murdered man from a foreign land while tethered as a companion to a very cranky widowed aunt. Unpleasant relatives litter the landscape, and nearly everybody is acting a part to conceal something. Even Dido begins to act in ways that are against her principles and scruples, feeling the pressure brought to bear upon women in powerless positions who nevertheless ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Yvette rated it really liked it
Best book of the series yet. I know I said that of the previous book, but seriously, guys. This book is all sorts of intriguing mystery, heart-tugging romance, and satisfying courage. I am so glad I picked up this series. It really does get better and better.

Beset by even worse challenges than the third book, we see poor Dido struggling to keep her composure and grace. Still, she has her sense of humour and love of mysteries to keep her head afloat.

Are young men grown so very indolent that youn
Susan in NC
Aug 24, 2013 Susan in NC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite in the series (that would be the previous entry, "A Woman of Consequence"), but still very enjoyable once I got into it! I so enjoy Dido and her interactions with the various interesting characters Anna Dean creates in her mysteries - I love the glimpses of her correspondence with her sister Eliza, through which Dido works out the mystery she's currently embroiled in. I've even come to enjoy her relationship with her suitor, Mr. Lomax, who finally seems less a rigid, priggish ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
It's been awhile since I finished a book! (Side note: That's almost unbelievable to me, yet I've had a rather busy month. Seriously, I need to pick up the pace if I want to hit my reading goal this year.)

Anyway, this one was a good one to get me back into the swing of reading. The mystery was interesting, with a few red herrings thrown about to keep things moving. The plotline bogs down only occasionally, and at times I thought that Dido wasn't only a keen observer, she was clairvoyant (a bit ha
Sep 08, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought that the mystery was a good one-that was not clear until nearly the final pages of the book. Interesting series-hope it is not too long before the next installment is released.

"Dido Kent's sister-in-law Margaret is attempting to marry her off to the ghastly clergyman Doctor Prowdlee, with his abominable side-whiskers. Dido, however, is determined to refuse him. As punishment she is sent on a journey as companion to her rich, hypochondriac Aunt Manners -
This is the best Dido Kent book yet. This is a gentle series of romance and mystery. It is perfect for those who love Jane Austen. The romance is mostly of the meaningful glance and ardent touching of hands variety. The mystery is a set of little puzzles to be worked out.

Dido is a spinster of 36 who has the unfeminine habits of thinking for herself, showing too much interest in unseemly matters like murder, and speaking her mind. She is dependent on her brothers for her living. However, she has
This was an enjoyable read set in Regency England, the fourth book in the Dido Kent series.
Part of it is set out in letters from Dido to her sister. She has been sent to attend to an elderly, wealthy aunt in the hopes that the aunt will settle some money on her so Dido can help her family.
When they arrive at the home they are visiting, a young woman appears to have disappeared and then someone is murdered. The guilty party appears to be obvious, but Dido is not convinced, so sets out, in her no
Jan 26, 2014 Holliekins rated it liked it
This was a Christmas present for me as it combines two of my literary loves - the Regency period and some sleuthing! A Place of Confinement is part of a series of books about Dido Kent, a thirty-something year old unmarried woman, who is sent away with her aunt after turning down a marriage proposal from an unsuitable man. While staying in her aunt's brother's house, a young lady in his care goes missing in a suspected elopement, but all is not what it seems and Dido must interrogate and spy on ...more
Feb 25, 2016 George rated it it was amazing
# 4 in the Dido Kent, 36 year old spinster dependent upon her family for taking care of her mystery series. This story opens on on April 18,1807 with Dido serving as a companion for her wealthy Aunt Manners at Charcombe Manor as a sort of punishment for Dido not wanting to marry the vicar where she was staying with her aunt and uncle in the last novel. They arrive to discover a wealth young lady has disappeared and the owner as well as guest appear to be in no hurry to find her. As in Dido’s ...more
I was given this book as a challenge - I was in the local charity bookshop and asked my spousal unit to find any book for me to read. He came back with this and at first I was a little dismayed but he reads the books I buy for him, so I decided to give this one a chance.

And this is a lovely book. Great characters, a decent well-thought-out plot and the historical aspect was very well done. My real niggle is the frequent use of italics when Dido is writing her letters. I find italics difficult t
Sep 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Penniless spinster Dido Kent is in love with William Lomax, who is not yet able to marry her, but her sister-in-law says it's her duty to marry a boring clergyman. When Dido refuses, she's sent to be companion to her aged great-aunt, who is visiting her girlhood home. When they arrive, they find a missing heiress. The man they think she eloped with is William's dissolute son, Tom. And things get worse for Tom and for Dido's romance after that. There's nothing for Dido to do but start ...more
Janice Liedl
Mar 13, 2014 Janice Liedl rated it really liked it
A more satisfying outing for Dido Kent than the previous volume, at least for me, the only complaints that I have deal with the title (too revealing, I'm afraid - suggesting a major plot development at the outset) and some secondary characters who were entirely too stereotypical. However, Dido's situation, enforced companion to her querulous Aunt Manners and accompanying that lady on a visit to her natal family, opens up an interesting exploration of motives for marriage and old secrets that ...more
Barb Moore
Jan 16, 2014 Barb Moore rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Dido escapes plans to marry her off to an unpleasant widower with a "pewful" of children, only to be trapped as the dutiful traveling companion to her wealthy hypochondriac aunt. While visiting Aunt Manners's relatives, Dido is mystified by an apparent elopement, her aunt's disappearing jewelry, and the murder of a stranger--who is not a stranger to at least one of the household. Slightly Gothic details create a fun atmosphere for the reader, as do the clues which are there for the reader to ...more
May 23, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
I remembered this series so enthusiastically and have waited for a while for a chance to read this book, so perhaps my expectations got the better of me. This was a good book although not living up to my memory of the other books in the series and not living up to my expectations. I would rate this cozy mystery 3.5, and I am rounding up to 4 just because I do look forward to more books in the series and consider Dean to write very smoothly.
May 28, 2014 Krystal rated it really liked it
A wonderful conclusion to the Dido Kent series, thrilling us this time with a mystery that is slightly closer to home than the previous. Though I felt a slight similarity to the Death at Pemberley story line, this was nevertheless a thought-provoking, twisting, fun mystery ride that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can only hope that there may be further adventures for Miss Dido; I would certainly read them without hesitation.
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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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