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A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean1
A Gentleman of Fortune by Anna Dean2
A Woman of Consequence by Anna Dean3
A Place of Confinement by Anna Dean4

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Series description

Kirkus Reviews said: "If Jane Austen had written Miss Marple, she would have been Dido Kent."  The stories begin in 1805, and mostly take place as the English spinster is visiting friends and relatives.  Dido is uncomfortably outspoken and intelligent for many of her contemporaries, including possible suitors.   She is drawn into various odd circumstances by a mixture of a desire to help and simple curiosity.

Remarks from Anna Dean on the series:
The Dido Kent series of mystery novels has grown out of many things including my enjoyment of puzzles and word-play, my love of the English countryside in which I have always lived, my interest in old houses, my time spent reading eighteenth and nineteenth century documents and my affection for the work of Jane Austen. The books are not in any sense continuations or 'spinoffs' of Austen's work. But they are set in the same period and they tend to focus on '3 or 4 families in a country village' - the setting which Jane Austen once described as 'the delight of my life.'

There are also other influences and references, not only to the novels but also Jane Austen's own life. For example, the visit to Lyme in Bellfield Hall is influenced by Persuasion; there are parallels with Emma in A Gentleman of Fortune; and the ruined abbey in A Woman of Consequence owes much to Northanger Abbey. Readers unfamiliar with Austen's work need not worry about all this. These allusions and references are certainly not essential to understanding the stories. Sometimes though, there are extra clues which avid readers of Jane Austen may be able to pick up; but, beware, the references to her life and work are not always pointing you in the right direction…

And just a quick note about names: Bellfield Hall was first published in Britain as A Moment of Silence and, in that version, the name of Edgar Montague's country house is Belsfield, not Bellfield. But the latter name was thought, by my U.S. publishers, to be more comfortable for American pronunciation.
[retrieved March 29, 2014 from Amazon.com]

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