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A Gentleman of Fortune (Dido Kent #2)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  812 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The great Mrs Lansdale is no more – and all her neighbours in Richmond are gossiping about her death. As the odious Mrs Midgely is quick to point out, her demise is 'very convenient indeed' for her nephew who has 'lost a remarkably tyrannical relation and gained a very fine inheritance.' Indeed, Mrs Midgely suspects that he has 'taken steps to hurry the poor lady out of th ...more
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Published May 11th 2009 by Allison & Busby
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The book opened with Miss Dido Kent writing a letter to her sister, in her usual droll style, and I absolutely loved it! I am a huge fan of dry wit and subtle innuendo, and Miss Kent had that in spades.

But somewhere along the way, Miss Kent got very annoying and started to come across as a smug, know-it-all busybody. There is nothing so unappealing as a woman who considers herself to be much more clever and intelligent than anyone around her… and flaunts it in everyone’s face.

Other reviewers ha
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
3.5 stars I liked it but not as much as the first book

Miss Dido Kent, spinster, age five-and-thirty, is visiting her cousin Flora in Surrey. The whole neighborhood is gossiping about the sudden death of Mrs. Lansdale of Knaresborough House. The apothecary, Mr. Vane, claims Mrs. Landale took 4 times her usual dose of opiates before bed and died as a result. Mrs. Midgley, the most gosippy of all neighbors, claims Mrs. Landale's death was too convenient for her nephew who will inherit a fortune. Di
The pace of the story was slower than I expected, so reading it during lunch at work was perfect. A lack of whiz-bang-boom is also better for the digestion! I think the author did her research into the social restrictions during the Regency on ladies in general, and those unmarried & without means, in particular. The story takes place mostly in letters from Dido Kent to her sister & allude to the character of that lady, but it's the real-time action in between which flesh it out. Our her ...more
Ok, I've read the first two books in this series, and now know enough to be able to say that I will go no further.

Unlikeable main character, unlikeable love interest, secondary characters with little to no character development. No, thank you.

The author's writing style is really quite nice, and the mystery was intriguing (even if the solution left me feeling a little meh), but I can't get past the above mentioned issues to want to go further.
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.
Kelly Georgiana
A truly captivating story. I was utterly gripped from the first page to the last. I am but one book away from finishing this delightful series and am somewhat saddened that there are as yet, no more upon my bookshelf. Miss Kent is an extremely intelligent lady with moments of bringing utter annoyance to the reader. She can be snooty and a little pompus and I can honestly say at some points in the book I can dislike her entirely, but she always manages to redeem herself and I can truthfully say t ...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
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
Rebekah Scott
May 01, 2012 Rebekah Scott added it
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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
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
I have been reading these books in the wrong order and had hoped that my feelings about A Woman of Consequence would be restricted to that book but they aren't.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, the historical setting feels well researched, the plot is interesting, the writing is excellent, Dido Kent is a really great character but Mr Lomax, in fact all the male characters, seem to be quite two dimensional. I'm glad he made a longer appearance in this book but I was still left unsatisfied.
Rachel Knowles
This is the second book in the Dido Kent mystery series. This one is set in 1806 and has the ever curious Miss Dido Kent trying to determine whether an old lady died naturally or not, and if not, who was responsible. I like Anna Dean's style and found it an enjoyable read, though not quite so satisfying as the first book. Although it tackled the subject of the position of women and marriage in the early 1800s well, I would have preferred a little more romance.
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
(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.

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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
Ann Boytim
Dido Kent is on holiday in Kent when a neighbor passes away suddenly and rumors begin about her death.Dido is unhappy about the gossip that follows and feels the wrong man is being accused Dido has a suitor Mr Lomax and enlists his help in finding out the truth but he feels like Dido is putting herself into danger. Dido is not intimidated and insists on finding out the truth.
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
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
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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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