A Place of Confinement: The Investigations of Miss Dido Kent

A Place of Confinement The Investigations of Miss Dido Kent 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 a
  • Title: A Place of Confinement: The Investigations of Miss Dido Kent
  • Author: Anna Dean
  • ISBN: 9781250029676
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Place of Confinement: The Investigations of Miss Dido Kent
    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.
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  • Anna Dean

    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 has taught Creative Writing and worked for the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere in the Lake District and she has an MA in Creative Writing Anna Dean is a pen name adopted for the Dido Kent series of historical crime novels set in the Regency period the time of Jane Austen.Under her real name , Marian Veevers, she published an historical novel, Bloodlines in 1996.


  • 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 finish a tale to riv [...]

  • 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 than one puzzle to keep Dido busy Why is Aunt Manners giving her jewelry to George, a brother she dislikes Why is crying heard from a [...]

  • 3.5 stars somewhere between liked it and really liked itAfter 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 myst [...]

  • 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.Anoth [...]

  • 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 a good [...]

  • 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.

  • These are supposed to be a cross between Jane Austen and Agatha Christie It really surpassed my expectations Good mystery.

  • 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 19 [...]

  • Another enjoyable, creative addition to the series with lots of plot twists I look forward to many 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 editing proces [...]

  • 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.

  • This book makes me very glad I wasn t born in an earlier era when women had no rights At the beginning, Dido Kent is a 36 year old woman who is sent to care for her wealthy aunt in hopes that the aunt will settle at least part of her fortune on Dido and her family and for not considering the matrimonial interest of the Reverend Prowdlee with his pew and a half of children She and her aunt are visiting her aunt s brothers at their childhood home where a young woman has recently gone missing The p [...]

  • This is the 4th book in the Dido Kent series Dido is sent off to be the companion for an elderly aunt by her sister in law after refusing to consider a proposal of marriage by the odious clergyman, Dr Manners who is looking for a new wife to take care of him and his brood of children after his wife s death Her aunt takes her to her childhood home, but upon arrival, it appears that there is a mystery Miss Verney, a visitor to the manor, has disappeared and it is feared that she may have eloped To [...]

  • This series is a collection of little gems beautifully written tales that never, ever impose modern sensibilities on the characters, and manage to combine Jane Austen s wit and observational skills with the amateur sleuthing of Agatha Christie s Miss Marple The romance is subtle and clever, with the obstacles being intellectual and philosophical ones, rather than the usual tired old tropes This is the fourth book of the series, and although the romance finally reaches a satisfactory conclusion h [...]

  • 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

  • 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 for turning down the [...]

  • 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 are [...]

  • 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 young ladi [...]

  • 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 sort unwort [...]

  • 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 hard to be [...]

  • 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 whom [...]

  • 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 had th [...]

  • 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 norma [...]

  • 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 a ho [...]

  • 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 other st [...]

  • 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 to read [...]

  • 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 investigating he [...]

  • A 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 lead to murd [...]

  • 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 unravel [...]

  • Esta es la ltima de una serie de 4 novelas ambientadas en la inglaterra del siglo XIX, un ambiente de la poca de Jane Austen, pero a parte de su vena rom ntica, es sobre todo de misterios, asesinatos que hay que resolver, y cosas as , pero de manos de una mujer, en una poca en que la mujer no pod a hacer pr cticamente nada m s que buscar marido o ser institutriz.A m me gust por la ambientaci n en esa poca, que las hace diferentes a otras, es muy ligero de leer, y te intriga saber qu pasa al fina [...]

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