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Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean
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May 05, 12

bookshelves: period-mystery
Read in May, 2012

Dido, run, do not walk, run from this guy with the grasping, spendthrift son. The apple falls not far from the treeeee! And even if the dad is okay, you're still stuck with the son coming home, harassed by creditors, shamed by society, and probably scheming to get what little money is left.
This is a book for Jane Austin fans, a story set in a big manor house with secrets(tm) and engagements gone awry.
Miss Dido is invited to stay with her niece, who is upset by the disappearance of her fiance, at the house of her fiance's parents. Miss Dido is a maiden aunt, past her prime and resigned to a spinster's life. She blames her cultivated ability to annoy prospective suitors with her intelligence. While visiting, the body of a woman is found on the grounds, keeping Miss Dido even busier.
Part of the story is told in letters to and from her sister, making one wish that we still wrote letters like that. There is abundant period detail and nearly every known secret(tm) appears or is hinted at (how will Dean write any more stories if she uses almost everything up in this one?). Still, good writing and and entertaining story with interesting characters.
I might not give up reading after all.
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