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Bellfield Hall (A Dido Kent Mystery, #1)Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book was warmly recommended by a friend who has excellent taste in books. Unfortunately, this is one time our tastes did not line up as perfectly as usual.

There is a great deal to recommend this book. Good characterizations, even of relatively minor characters, a fairly accurate sense of the conventions of Napoleonic Era England (at least to the extent modern sensibilities can tolerate) and a mystery that is reasonably well thought out.

Alas, I find the heroine, Dido Kent, unsympathetic. She has all the nosiness of Miss Marple, but none of the discretion, all the judgmental nature of Elizabeth Bennett, without the charm. I found myself wishing she'd experience a public come-uppance, not success. Not something I should feel about the heroine.

Anna Dean can write, no doubt about that. I just don't happen to like what she's writing. Scatch one series off my list.



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