Or, The Observations of Miss Dido Kent
By Anna Dean
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312562946, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 2, 2010
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.
Anna Dean set about crafting stories at the age of five under the impression that everyone was taught to write in order to pen books. By the time she discovered her mistake, the habit was too deeply ingrained to give up. She resides in the Lake District of England.
"Beautifully written. Characters one cares about immediately and a mystery which becomes more urgent with every page."
--Anne Perry, author of the Thomas Pitt and William Monk series
“Anna Dean has captured the tricky business of presenting a clever and resourceful woman, hedged in by a tight-laced society, who turns those limitations to her own benefit. Decorative and thoughtful, BELLFIELD HALL is a worthy addition to the historical crime tradition.”
– Laurie R. King, author of TOUCHSTONE
"This wonderful mystery is rich in suspense, period detail, humor and most of all characters. They come alive, and none more than Miss Dido Kent. In her Anna Dean has created a masterpiece of detection, a Miss Marple-esque character both razor sharp and kindly. A totally enjoyable read!"
--Louise Penny, Agatha award–winning author of the Armand Gamache mysteries
"Anna Dean's elegantly-plotted debut is sure to delight Regency lovers and mystery fans alike."
--Deanna Raybourne, author of SILENT IN THE GRAVE