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  • 6 pages
  • A Moment of Silence
  • Anna Dean
  • English
  • 10 September 2019
  • 140790700X

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  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    It was a quick, easy read, but I cannot rate it higher for a few reasons which I will get to later in the review.Dido Kent, spinster, is called upon by her brother to aid her niece whose fiance has had an abrupt change of heart about their upcoming nuptials, and has fled On the day Dido arrives, a woman is found murdered in the shrubbery of the house Are the two events connected Dido is determined to find out.I actually liked the author s writing style, and the mystery, while easy to figure It was a quick, easy read, but I cannot rate it higher for a few reasons which I will get to later in the review.Dido Kent, spinster, is called upon by her brother to aid her niece whose fiance has had an abrupt change of heart about their upcoming nuptials, and has fled On the day Dido arrives, a woman is found murdered in the shrubbery of the house Are the two events connected Dido is determined to find out.I actually liked the author s writing style, and the mystery, while easy to figure out was still mostly engaging.I felt that the main character, Dido Kent, was overall believable as a woman of her time period She didn t seem like a modern day character plopped down in Regency England And while I liked the fact that the author allowed her to have both strengths and weaknesses, and thus she appeared to be a well rounded character at first, I cannot say I connected much to the character as a whole TheI read, the less likable she became She could be overly judgmental, and leapt to conclusions without proof of her conjecture.There were also a few things about the book as mentioned above that I found disturbing and unsettling Those will be discussed under a spoiler cut Again SPOILERS AHOY view spoiler The first thing that bothered me was that at one point Dido comes into the possession of medicine that is meant for the lady of the house, of whom she is a guest The package is wrapped and tied Her curiosity gets the better of her, so she opens it It s a medicine that promises torelieve all female irregularities,which Dido knows actually means that it promises to end a pregnancy Dido is under the assumption that the lady of the house is having an affair And since, in her mind ending a pregnancy goes againstthe laws of god and man,she pours the stuff out, because as she told her sister in a letterat least she would share no guilt in the matterOf course, there s no mention of the guilt she should have felt by opening a package she had no business to in the first place The whole thing smacked of moralizing by the author, and it really threw me out of the story and made me dislike the main character.Second thing that bothered me There s a side story about a colonel who is a potential suitor for a couple of unmarried ladies who are also staying at the same home Dido is It s made clear early on that the colonel is a gay man He also always seems to be in search of a young footman named Jack, and Jack does a lot of fleeing in terror from him, and so we re left to infer through this and the tail end of a conversation Dido overhears between Jack and another footman that the colonel is trying to force unwanted sexual advances on young Jack Getting the colonel to leave the young man alone which in and of itself happens in a very convoluted way is the way that Dido gains Jack s trustthough she was so naive that she never realized just what was going on, only that Jack wished desperately to be away from the colonel It s almost, but not quite played for comedic effect, and it completely reinforces the whole gay man as sexual predator trope and I found that very upsetting The whole subplot was just completely unnecessary and uncomfortable to read.Third thing that bothered me Dido has a potential suitor in one Mr William Lomax Lomax has a wastrel son named Tom, who has substantial debts At the end of the book, Lomax implies that he would not be free to pursue a relationship with any woman until he is free from his son s debts The final paragraph of the book focuses on the fact that Dido has decided that in order to have Lomax and a shot at happiness, she needed to finda woman who was rich enough and foolish enough to be tolerably happy as Mrs Tom LomaxThis is bad enough on its own, but another subplot of the book has Dido helping the unmarried young ladies same ones that were perspective brides to the colonel , be rid of him See, he was blackmailing their father into a marriage with one of them in order to pay off his debts, and Dido came up with a plan to stop his schemes and save the young ladies from his villainous clutches So, at that time, at least, she felt that the idea of anyone being married to Tom Lomax was completely horrendous, yet when it came down to her possibly landing his father, she was all set to foist him off on some unsuspecting woman who she hoped would betolerably happywith him Seriously hide spoiler I have the next in the series and will read it, but I doubt I ll be going any further A lot will have to change in that second book.And wowwriting this review made me realize I actually liked this book less than I thought I did I ve changed my initial star rating three stars to reflect as such now two stars


  2. Tracey Tracey says:

    This was on my paperbackswap wishlist I don t remember why it became available, and I pounced While still in a sort of I don t care, there s too much crap going on for me to not just read what I want to read mood I firmly ignored all the Netgalley books clamoring on the sidelines, picked this off the upper slopes of Mount TBR, and settled in I loved it from the start I was a little afraid at first the Regency period spinster aunt swooping in to Detect felt like a mish mash of various This was on my paperbackswap wishlist I don t remember why it became available, and I pounced While still in a sort of I don t care, there s too much crap going on for me to not just read what I want to read mood I firmly ignored all the Netgalley books clamoring on the sidelines, picked this off the upper slopes of Mount TBR, and settled in I loved it from the start I was a little afraid at first the Regency period spinster aunt swooping in to Detect felt like a mish mash of various storylines that Have Been Done Happily, this was, like Miss Dido Kent, highly individual and delightful You know how there are certain words that just aren t fashionable any, aren t used much any, just don t often apply to much any Delightful is one of those I do enjoy a book I can apply it to In some ways it does feel like it borrows from everything from Austen to Miss Marple but I don t say that to run it down I say that to grin about how a really fine writer can merrily mix together familiar ingredients and produce something unique and lovely Bellfield Hall is a bit of a classic English Country House Mystery , in that there is a group of people gathered together in a home not their own, and Miss Kent coming in after the fact must work with a topography and schedule and staff new to her to discover whether it is her niece s fianc who has committed a dreadful murder which is certainly what he has made it seem like, since he up and disappeared, breaking the engagement by letter with no real explanation before making his exit Dido alone supports her niece in the belief that he had some other reasons, reasons of honor, to vanish, and Dido alone begins to dig In the process of the investigation she comes to know the other temporary denizens of the house, most of whom must be considered suspects There are the two sisters being shopped around by their father for husbands, who don t seem to be what they seem to be there is the reckless young man who has gambled and drunk away a small fortune he never had in the fine Edwardian style of young dandies, and his honorable father who is going distracted trying to find a way to extricate his son, and himself, from the mess The latter happens to be an intriguing gentleman, and handsome, and very attentive to Miss Kent Dido makes for an interesting, engaging sleuth She doesn t stray so very far from what is probable and acceptable in a woman of her period she adheres to the s of the time, for the most part, and manufactures plausible excuses for the departures she must make in order to find the truth There s no pretense that she s Sherlock Holmes in skirts she utilizes her particular skills observation, good relations with the servants, and a knack for knowing what questions to ask combined with a disregard for unwritten rules that would prevent some of said questions , and gets herself into jams, and doggedly unravels the mystery I enjoyed the format, partially epistolary as Dido writes to her sister with news and asking for counsel the book is entirely from her point of view, and these segments of her first person voice deepen the picture view spoiler I think the only problem I really have with the story is the love that begins to bloom for Dido Besides the simple fact that it s kind of nice to have a mostly un angst ridden spinster as the main character doesn t everyone like to read characters they can easily identify with now and then , the object of her affection, Mr Lomax, is inappropriate His station is acceptable, I believe but the problem I see with him is one that would be valid today his son goes through money like water, and he takes very seriously the duty of repaying the son s debts It s another indication of his honor but it s also not really a situation likely to change As long as Father steps forward to take care of his debts, how likely is the son to stop racking them up However on the shelf Dido may feel and in fact, in her society, be , however much she might like Mr Lomax, the cold blooded and practical must be considered will her life beor less precarious if she eventually marries this man Yet at no point does the consideration really seem to trouble Dido For someone as eminently sensible as she seems, this felt like a wrong step hide spoiler Overall, I liked it very much, and I m looking forward to the series The mystery was not beyond the capabilities of someone like Dido her motivations for involving herself didn t tax my willing suspension of disbelief I ll have to deal with the keeps tripping over murder victims aspect of the cozy series further down the road I liked Dido and the to the point letters from her sister, and the language in general It s a keeper


  3. LJ LJ says:

    First Sentence My dear Eliza, I must begin another letter to you, although it is not six hours since I sent my last.Catherine Kent is engaged to Richard Montague During a special ball at Betsfield Hall, Richard reacts strongly to a red headed man and then disappears Catherine s father sends for his spinster sister, Miss Dido Kent The same day Dido arrives, the body of a murdered woman is found under a hedge on the property and Dido decides it s up to her to discover the killer.Ms Dean s wri First Sentence My dear Eliza, I must begin another letter to you, although it is not six hours since I sent my last.Catherine Kent is engaged to Richard Montague During a special ball at Betsfield Hall, Richard reacts strongly to a red headed man and then disappears Catherine s father sends for his spinster sister, Miss Dido Kent The same day Dido arrives, the body of a murdered woman is found under a hedge on the property and Dido decides it s up to her to discover the killer.Ms Dean s writing is literate, intelligent, funny and completely captivating I give her top marks for sense of time and place, as well as dialogue, which is delightfully appropriate to the period Her observations on women, marriage and inheritance are done with a light, but informative, touch Dido Kent is a wonderful protagonist She is smart and clever without being malicious something of a Miss Marple of 1805, but better I particularly enjoyed the letters to Dido s sister, which convey Dido s internal questions, observations and explorations All the characters come to life under Ms Dean s deft hand The story is very well plotted Ms Dean provides her readers all the clues as Dido uncovers them but, as one who let s the protagonist solve the crime, I was delighted watching the solution unfold Those who are fans of Jane Austin, traditional mysteries, and or historical mysteries, should enjoy this book Personally, I loved it A MOMENT OF SILENCE Hist Mys Ama Sleuth Dido Kent England 1805 ExDean, Anna 1st bookAllison Busby, 2008, UK Hardcover ISBN 9780749079109


  4. Andrea Andrea says:

    This manages to convey reasonably well a genteel female amateur detective, and I was enjoying it fairly well, but at the same time, kept tripping over small things that bugged me.Dido is quite judgmental toward the people she meets although interestingly proved wrong at times, for various reasons , and sometimes just came across as not a very enjoyable person to be around I didn t like what I think was meant to be a comedic dramatic irony regarding the Colonel where the audience understands h This manages to convey reasonably well a genteel female amateur detective, and I was enjoying it fairly well, but at the same time, kept tripping over small things that bugged me.Dido is quite judgmental toward the people she meets although interestingly proved wrong at times, for various reasons , and sometimes just came across as not a very enjoyable person to be around I didn t like what I think was meant to be a comedic dramatic irony regarding the Colonel where the audience understands him farthan she does , and I gave her definite side eye at the pouring out episode.So, started strong, went a little flat for me Not sure whether I ll continue with the series


  5. Aneca Aneca says:

    Miss Dido Kent is a spinster, she never married but she comes from a big family and her brothers occasionally ask for her help when dealing with their children She has a special fondness for her niece Catherine who lived with her for a while when she was a young child and when she asks for her help Dido runs to her side Catherine had just become engaged when, during the celebratory ball at his parent s estate, Bellfield Hall, the fianc is approached by a mysterious man who, without a word bei Miss Dido Kent is a spinster, she never married but she comes from a big family and her brothers occasionally ask for her help when dealing with their children She has a special fondness for her niece Catherine who lived with her for a while when she was a young child and when she asks for her help Dido runs to her side Catherine had just become engaged when, during the celebratory ball at his parent s estate, Bellfield Hall, the fianc is approached by a mysterious man who, without a word being spoken, makes him break the betrothal and run away On the next day the body of a young woman in found murdered in the shrubbery Although Catherine isconcerned with being reunited with her beau, Dido can t help but think that the two events may well be connected Is the unwavering faith that Catherine has in Richard well deserved I really enjoyed the world that Anna Dean has created Miss Dido Kent is a very believable maiden aunt, with a great deal of curiosity and a keen eye to observe the world around her I thought it interesting that part of the story is told through the letters that Dido is writing to her sister relating what happens and how she sees the events Garnering knowledge not only from the other guests but also from the servants of the house Dido soon realises that all is not as it should be with the family and that some of the guests are not what they appear.Set in the Regency period Bellfield Hall is a wonderful cosy mystery where an amateur detective has to uncover the truth and find the villain before the house party is over Dean created a suspenseful plot where the danger increases with each chapter and where the clues are cleverly inserted in the plot in the form of little details I look forward to revisit Miss Dido Kent and her world in future books of the series Grade 4 5


  6. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    Miss Dido Kent, respectable spinster, has been asked to Bellfield Hall by her niece Catherine, who wants her aunt to figure out a few things Mainly, where her fiance Richard Montague has disappeared to and why he broke their engagement after a wordless exchange with a mysterious man Dido also wants to figure out who the dead woman in the shrubbery is So she begins to ask questions and unravels the secrets of the guests and inhabitants of Bellfield Hall one by one The author seems to have bas Miss Dido Kent, respectable spinster, has been asked to Bellfield Hall by her niece Catherine, who wants her aunt to figure out a few things Mainly, where her fiance Richard Montague has disappeared to and why he broke their engagement after a wordless exchange with a mysterious man Dido also wants to figure out who the dead woman in the shrubbery is So she begins to ask questions and unravels the secrets of the guests and inhabitants of Bellfield Hall one by one The author seems to have based Dido and her family on the Jane Austen and her family I am profoundly grateful to her for making her characters original and based on the Austens While I enjoyed Stephanie Barron s Jane Austen mysteries, I felt they would have beenenjoyable if they were about an original character The mystery kept me up too late trying to figure it all out Dido sure is a clever sleuth because she put the pieces of the puzzle together easily I wasn t there yet but I wasn t entirely surprised by the revelations in the end I felt the story was kind of sad and a bit heavy Though the book is set in 1805, it really could take place well into the 20th century My only issue with the plot is she never really figured out why the young footman was scared to be alone with the Colonel and her conclusions about the Colonel s reasons for not marrying were never proven or disproven A modern reader can guess what s being hinted at There is a limited amount of historical detail and nothing overtly points to 1805 except for a brief reference to spying for the French, but Regency fans will be pleased with the country house setting and a bit of information on fashion, medicine and education.Dido Kent is the main character, a respectable spinster of unknown years butthan 30 I can relate to her being a spinster of uncertain yearsthan 30 myself Not a lot is revealed about her except she s never fallen in love and she s logical and satirical I liked her well enough so far She s intelligent and direct she doesn t hold back anything I thought she was a bit forward in some of her questioning but she needed the information so she let propriety lapse The other characters are somewhat shallow but the female characters reveal hidden depth which were a revelation to Dido and the reader I liked that twist a lot I recommend this book to casual Jane Austen fans, maybe diehard Janeites will enjoy it and historical cozy mystery fans will definitely like this one It s very mild and nothing really objectionable except some blood, a medicine that s part of the plot that may shock some readers and hints about homosexuality


  7. bookme4life bookme4life says:

    3.5 STARSReflecting back on this book, I would hold to my earlier assertion that it s a bit like Miss Marple in Jane Austen s world Her curiosity and propensity to gently meddle are worthy of Miss Marple Her niece describes her as casting a satirical eye on others I rather wished for a bitof that from her, but I supposed what I was really craving was Jane Austen s wit.Anna Dean spreads out the clues such that an attentive reader will have the satisfaction of guessing much of the myst 3.5 STARSReflecting back on this book, I would hold to my earlier assertion that it s a bit like Miss Marple in Jane Austen s world Her curiosity and propensity to gently meddle are worthy of Miss Marple Her niece describes her as casting a satirical eye on others I rather wished for a bitof that from her, but I supposed what I was really craving was Jane Austen s wit.Anna Dean spreads out the clues such that an attentive reader will have the satisfaction of guessing much of the mystery, though not all of it The puzzle is a bitsatisfying than the characters I liked them, but I did not love any of them I hope to gain a greater rapport with Miss Dido Kent in future books


  8. Claude Claude says:

    Just what I needed A quick, light, easy read, well written and well read since it was an audiobook Dido is my kind of spinster


  9. Hayden Hayden says:

    I hadn t heard anything about this book series until Goodreads showed it to me that s beginning to be the story of my reading life, haha but, while it was a secular adult book something I usually avoid simply because I don t like a lot of content in my novels there wasn t anything in the reviews I saw to raise any red flags, so I decided to try it.What a delightfully written book It was interesting with a solid mystery I didn t solve beforehand and while there were many of the topics I hadn t heard anything about this book series until Goodreads showed it to me that s beginning to be the story of my reading life, haha but, while it was a secular adult book something I usually avoid simply because I don t like a lot of content in my novels there wasn t anything in the reviews I saw to raise any red flags, so I decided to try it.What a delightfully written book It was interesting with a solid mystery I didn t solve beforehand and while there were many of the topics mentioned in other murder mysteries violence, adultery, ect it was all handled with the tact and delicacy of a true Regency lady, even if many of these themes were prominent There were times I worried that it would delve intosordid topics, but it never did I probably wouldn t recommend this book to younger readers, but I personally did not find the content too offensive.Dido Kent herself was an intensely likable character one I could root for and relate to Not only was she intelligent but notthan believably so but she had a good set of morals and earned my respect I also appreciated that she kept to her times while certainly a bit different from those around her, she still felt like she came from the nineteenth century, not the twenty first.Overall, I really enjoyed Bellfield Hall, and I m sure I shall be seeingof Miss Dido Kent in the future


  10. Amy Amy says:

    1.5 starsMeh This book is a strange combination of irritating historical prejudices and modern references Dido merely a woman and a spinster at that throws herself around bemoaning her own denseness wellshe is quite dense and lack of accomplishments alas, she is a spinster aunt, sharp tongued and bad at math Yet at the same time she is kind to the servants and somehow able to wiggle out information from everyone She s nosy and although that is a proper attribute for a detective, it 1.5 starsMeh This book is a strange combination of irritating historical prejudices and modern references Dido merely a woman and a spinster at that throws herself around bemoaning her own denseness wellshe is quite dense and lack of accomplishments alas, she is a spinster aunt, sharp tongued and bad at math Yet at the same time she is kind to the servants and somehow able to wiggle out information from everyone She s nosy and although that is a proper attribute for a detective, it somehow didn t work for her I couldn t appreciate her character I do appreciate that she s not entirely 21st century in her outlook, but the book plays up her reaction or lack thereof to birth control affairs homosexuality female independence etc Why do historical mysteries always seem to throw a few of those controversial topics in It gets so predictable and irritating The mystery itself was rather predictable, though this twist at the end wasn t bad The romance was mediocre at best and the love interest rather uninspiring, which perhaps works because that word aptly describes the heroine as well Too much stuffy nobility and horrid evilness and vague references I can t even say this one has potential Uninspiring


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About the Author: Anna Dean

Anna Dean was born in Cumberland now part of Cumbria in England in 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, A Moment MOBI :Ê she moved back to Cumbria in She lives near Ambleside with her husbandDean 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 AustenUnder her real name , Marian Veevers, she published an historical novel, Bloodlines in .