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Subject: (Solved!)Help me identify Jane-Austenesque murder mystery series
Date Posted: 11/28/2011 5:12 PM ET
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I think there are 2 books in the series so far, I read the first one and can't remember the author or title of either Bk1 or 2.  Set in early 1800's with main character depicted as a Jane Austen type, a 'spinster' (in her late 20's or early 30's) who has been called to a country house party by her rather spoiled neice, whose fiance abruptly left her during the ball to announce their engagement.  Mystery revolves around a young woman who is shot (murdered) in the 'hedges' the following day.  Main character writes progress letters to her spinster sister, back home.  She also begins a mild romance with the land steward/secretary (I think that's what he is) whose no-good son is deeply in gambling debt & trying to marry one of 2 secondary characters, sisters who pretend to be flighty, unintelligent, and untalented in order to avoid marriage.



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Date Posted: 11/28/2011 10:18 PM ET
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author is Anna Dean.

main character is Dido Kent

books: A Moment of Silence (also called Bellfield Hall);   A Gentleman of Fortune;  A Woman of Consequence

Amazon's description of the first book is:

1805. An engagement party is taking place for Mr Richard Montague, son of wealthy landowner Sir Edgar Montague, and his fiancee Catherine. During a dance with his beloved, a strange thing happens: a man appears at Richard's shoulder and appears to communicate something to him without saying a word. Instantly breaking off the engagement, he rushes off to speak to his father, never to be seen again. Distraught with worry, Catherine sends for her spinster aunt, Miss Dido Kent, who has a penchant for solving mysteries. Catherine pleads with her to find her fiance and to discover the truth behind his disappearance. It's going to take a lot of logical thinking to untangle the complex threads of this multi-layered mystery, and Miss Dido Kent is just the woman to do it.
Date Posted: 11/28/2011 11:32 PM ET
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That's it!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 9:09 AM ET
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Oh, hey.  I have that book sitting here somewhere.  I'll have to read it! LOL!

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 11:13 AM ET
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I'm glad the author was found - it sounded interesting and I really enjoy historical mysteries.

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 2:10 PM ET
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I enjoyed it, I also like historical mysteries.  It was not too 'heavy,' no graphic violence, but it had a little depth to it.  I wouldn't call it a 'cozy' mystery, it's commentary on the times (early 1800's) was interesting.  My library has the 2nd book in the series; I didn't know there was a third, but I'll look forward to reading it.  Links to the books:

Book 1  Bellfield Hall: Or, The Deductions of Miss Dido Kent (Dido Kent Mysteries)  (originally titled A Moment of Silence)
Date Posted: 11/30/2011 3:07 PM ET
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It does sound like an interesting book!  And for those of you with e-readers,  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Sony all have the e-book version of Book 1 for $2.99.

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 5:03 PM ET
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I can get the first 2 from my library system, but so far they don't have the 3rd one, but I guess having the first two is better than the second and third!

Gail

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 7:08 PM ET
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  There is also another series, this with Jane Austen being the main character you may be interested in.  The series is written by Stephanie Barron.  Follows actual events in the world and in the life of Jane.  Jane solves mysteries in each of thes books, which are still being written.  They are all excellent, I would recommend them.  The writing style is such that you really feel like you are reading one of Jane's novels.  The first in the series is "Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scarcgrave Manor".

Date Posted: 12/4/2011 9:19 PM ET
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I have one of the Stephanie Barron books on audio, the 2nd in the series, I think.  I haven't listened to it yet but it does sound interesting.  I don't usually tend to read books that take 'real' historical figures and put them in situations you KNOW did not happen at all, but this series sounds good enough to make me break that rule.

Hey, Joy L., I'm also Joy L. (and also "vintage" lol).