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A Gentleman of Fortune (Dido Kent #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  926 Ratings  ·  149 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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Mo
Nov 02, 2014 Mo rated it liked it
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.

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Gerry
Mar 04, 2013 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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LJ
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
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Mary Ronan Drew
Aug 03, 2012 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Tracey
Jan 23, 2016 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star
Herein Dido is staying with her cousin, Flora, in the village of Richmond. A neighbor, Mrs. Lansdale, has died suddenly, and there is a distressing rumor going about that the old woman's nephew hastened her end with a hefty dose of laudanum – and this rumor is particularly distressing to Flora, who is (rather inappropriately) fond of said nephew. Naturally, Dido embarks on an investigation into the case, which, as murder investigations often do, ends up unearthing more than one peripheral secret ...more
E.L.
Jul 30, 2014 E.L. rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-in-2014
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
MRB
Jun 10, 2013 MRB rated it liked it
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
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Linda
Mar 18, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
It was a nice book. Think Jane Austen timeframe meets lady detective storyline.

I didn't guess the outcome of the case (but I usually don't) but the storyline pulled it along nicely.

The story is not necessarily a fast paced one but not too slow either.

Patricia
Mar 14, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it
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
Krystal
Jan 11, 2016 Krystal rated it really liked it
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
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QNPoohBear
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
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Lyn
Feb 28, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it
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
Deborah
Apr 26, 2016 Deborah rated it liked it
I'm beginning to be fond on Miss Dido Kent. This tale was even better than the first. Lots of twists and turns!

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George
Jan 28, 2016 George rated it really liked it
#2 in the 35 year old unmarried Dido Kent mystery series. Since she is unmarried, Dido is supported by her upper class brothers and relatives and moves around helping out various relatives. It is May, 1806 and she is in Richmond, England helping a married cousin whose husband is away. 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 ' ...more
Stacey Wacknov
Mar 01, 2010 Stacey Wacknov rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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.
Bridget Kruszka
Feb 10, 2016 Bridget Kruszka rated it liked it
I usually love mysteries. This book sounded intriguing when I picked it up. It takes place in the late 1800s, from a viewpoint of basically the female Sherlock Holmes except not quite. It was interesting to read a book based during this time period. I felt it gave the book some charm and the author made sure to make the main character a brilliant independent woman who don't need no man. Two things killed this book for me though. 1) I didn't find it exciting at all. It was not predictable, but by ...more
Kimberly Ann
Once again, this begins with a letter to her sister Eliza, which I found boring & skipped...... I realize her letters to her sister provide background to the mystery & her thoughts, but I've found that I can easily do without them.

Miss Dido Kent (spinster & smart-cookie) is now staying w/ her cousin on "holiday" and she is overcome by "ennui" until a neighbor is found dead and another (most obnoxious) neighbor begins malicious gossip that it is murder committed by the dead woman's ne
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Erika
Jan 31, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It's Richmond, 1806 and Miss Dido Kent has developed rather a taste for mysteries. This is the second book in this cozy mystery series and it is a very cozy mystery indeed. The pace is slow and gentle and you get a really good feel for the place and time the book is set in. It was interesting to watch the developments in Dido and Mr. Lomax's relationship, and her thought processes behind what she is doing and why, and it's value. The mystery was interesting though I felt it a bit over complicate ...more
Erika
Jan 17, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Richmond, 1806 and Miss Dido Kent has developed rather a taste for mysteries. This is the second book in this cozy mystery series and it is a very cozy mystery indeed. The pace is slow and gentle and you get a really good feel for the place and time the book is set in. It was interesting to watch the developments in Dido and Mr. Lomax's relationship, and her thought processes behind what she is doing and why, and it's value. The mystery was interesting though I felt it a bit over complicate ...more
Kelly Georgiana
Apr 05, 2015 Kelly Georgiana rated it it was amazing
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
Anna
Jan 26, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
This book should have been right up my alley. It's a period mystery starring a female detective. I should have loved it. Unfortunately, this book fell short. The author borrowed heavily, and unsuccessfully, from Jane Austen's Emma. It sort of felt like she was having a hard time coming up with the plot for her book so she lifted one from Jane Austen. I also hated the love interest. He was way too arrogant. All of that said, I'll probably read more in the series, in the hope that it gets better.
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Ivonne Rovira
Feb 17, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Tara
Aug 27, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
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
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Rebekah Scott
May 01, 2012 Rebekah Scott added it
Shelves: 2011
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
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Hilary Tesh
Nov 05, 2013 Hilary Tesh rated it did not like it
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
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Emmalg
Jan 02, 2015 Emmalg rated it really liked it
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.
Meredith
May 15, 2012 Meredith rated it liked it
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
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Michelle
(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
Alisha
Nov 15, 2012 Alisha rated it liked it
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
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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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