- Taschenbuch: 300 Seiten
- Verlag: Allison & Busby (11. Mai 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0749079940
- ISBN-13: 978-0749079949
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,3 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 302.402 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Moment of Silence (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. Mai 2009
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--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
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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Dean, Anna - 1st book
Allison & Busby, 2008, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780749079109
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 their engagement ball at Betsfield Hall, Richard reacts strongly to a red-headed man and then disappears after leaving Catherine a note urging her to break off their engagement. 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, historical mysteries, should enjoy this book. Personally, I loved it!
I enjoyed this story. I don't think it was amazing, but I think there is certainly room for the series to grow and strengthen if the author continues with it. Dido Kent is an intelligent and witty sleuth- she's not quite in the upper class, but she's also not in the working class. Thus, she can speak to people at multiple levels of society with ease. She also is often ignored because she is a spinster (we don't know how old she is, but I can't imagine she is over 30). In that way, I can see the comparisons to Miss Marple's kind and diminutive presence in Agatha Christie's novels.
While I liked Dido, I didn't think the story itself was all that great. There were some clues Dido didn't figure out for quite some time, even though there were clues that *I* picked up on (and I generally am quite dense for mysteries, sadly). As Dido is so intelligent, it was hard to believe she didn't pick up on those clues more quickly.
Also, there was an entire storyline involving a Colonel and a footman that either could have been completely left out or reconciled in a better manner. I didn't like this storyline or what it implied on multiple levels, and I don't think it was necessary for the story's success at all.
So while I think the story itself could have been better, I really like Dido Kent and I look forward to seeing more of her. I feel certain that as the author continues writing and getting to know her character that I will enjoy getting to know Dido better as well, and I look forward to the opportunity.
Note: I believe in the UK, this book is titled "A Moment of Silence." This is a much better title and very fitting for the story, and I wish it had stayed the title in the US as well.
But now let's have a look at the plot:
In 1805, Miss Dido Kent arrives at Belsfield Hall, the country estate of the Montague family, in order to help her niece, Catherine, deal with the fact that her finacé, Richard Montague, has suddenly broken their engagement and disappeared. Miss Dido learns that at Catherine's engagement ball, a peculiar thing had taken place: a stranger had appeared at Richard's shoulder and had looked at him without saying a word. Afterwards, Richard had immediately broken off his engagement to Catherine and left Belsfield Hall, never to be seen again. Therefore, heartbroken Catherine seeks the help of her spinster aunt Dido in order to discover the motive for Richard's strange behavior and disappearance. But it seems that Miss Dido will have to solve yet another mystery, since after her arrival at Belsfield Hall, the discovery of a body in the shrubbery is made. However, Catherine's aunt enjoys solving mysteries, thus she is eager to shed light on the strange and shocking events that have taken place at Belsfield Hall. Nevertheless, she must pay heed, as everyone seems to have something to hide and people are willing to do everything in order to keep their dark secrets safe. The Montague family seems to have a few skeletons in the closet, and Dido must be careful not to put herself in danger while trying to uncover the mysteries of the past.
A Moment of Silence was a delightful book and it was a real joy to read such an entertaining novel! As I was reading this book, I often caught myself smiling because the main character is so amusing with her interrogations, assumptions and observations. Miss Dido Kent is such a likeable character; she is very clever and she reminded me of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, with her witty way of questioning everybody and with her many enchanting thoughts. What I really loved about A Moment of Silence was the fact that Anna Dean has given the reader a glimpse into Miss Dido's mind by allowing the protagonist to reveal her thoughts through letters. That way, we can witness what is really on Miss Dido's mind and furthermore, we can conclude many things by knowing how she feels about a certain matter. In my opinion, this was very cleverly done by the author and I found it very refreshing to read Miss Dido's letters.
A Moment of Silence was the perfect book for me, as I love a good mystery novel. Moreover, the book's ingredients were very appealing to me, since the novel deals with dark secrets, intrigues, lies, murder and deception. The murder case was not that important to me (although I was eager to find out Whodunit); I was more interested in Miss Dido and I loved how she tried to solve the mysteries with her nagging questions and her desire to know about everything and everyone. She doesn't spare anyone and she always observes even the smallest things, and we all know how important that it, when it comes to solving a murder case! All in all, I must say that I really enjoyed this book and I couldn't get enough of Miss Dido Kent! I recommend A Moment of Silence to everyone who likes to read mystery novels and crime fiction and I think that this book will appeal to all Agatha Christie fans!
Adding to the excitement at Bellfield Hall is the discovery of the unidentified body of a woman in the shrubbery. Although the victim was shot to death, the murder is unceremoniously swept under the rug. Sir Edgar and his wife, Lady Montague, are more concerned with their family's reputation than with the fate of an anonymous corpse. No one, with the exception of Dido Kent, seems particularly interested in discovering who the victim was or why she was killed. Dido takes it upon herself to gather clues, interview witnesses, and solve the mystery. Unless she uncovers the truth, a terrible crime will go unpunished.
There is a gentleman in the house whom Dido admires, a sensible widower named Mr. William Lomax. Dido confides in a letter to her sister, "I am rather sorry that I gave up the business of falling in love some years ago." Dido and Catherine are not the only ones fretting about matters of the heart. Sophia and Amelia Harris, both of whom are eligible and wealthy, are being courted by a pair of gentlemen whose motives may be less than pure.
Anna Dean is a satirist who mocks the pretensions of polite society. Women have little to do except draw, paint, play the piano, and look fetching. Once they have made a suitable match, they have achieved their primary goal in life. In fact, "an unmarried woman will always be a target of laughter," Dido admits with a pang. Jane Austen covered this territory quite successfully, and although Dean is amusing and talented, few would mistake her for Jane Austen. However, she writes with wit, a keen eye, and insight into how one's personality and the vagaries of fate can shape one's destiny.
The author depicts Dido as a shrewd and persistent individual, a blend of Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, and Hercule Poirot. She cannot bear being "surrounded by unanswered questions." Therefore, she shamelessly invades people's privacy, takes trips to other towns to track down leads, inveigles information out of unsuspecting servants, and bit by bit, fits the pieces of an intricate puzzle together. Ultimately, she comes to a shocking conclusion. Although Dido's antics are undeniably entertaining, the plot is somewhat contrived and requires a large suspension of disbelief. Nevertheless, "Bellfield Hall" gets a marginal recommendation, mostly because it is hard to resist the irrepressible Dido Kent. She is a lively, upbeat, and inquisitive heroine whose ability to see things that others miss makes her a useful person to have around during a crisis.