20.7.13

A GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE, by Anna Dean

2/series. Dido Kent, the irrepressible spinster sleuth intrigued by the unexpected death of a demanding old widow. Her charming nephew is methodically set up for what eventually appears to be a crime; if charged, he will most certainly hang. But Dido, unsatisfied with appearances, thinks otherwise. Very talented author Dean has created the limited 1806 English world in which women were expected to be only compliant and decorative, and leave the real living to the males. This is of no interest to Miss Kent, to the considerable dismay of possible suitor Mr. William Lomax, who attempts to rein in her natural investigative tendency. A 5, and well worth a weekend of pleasurable reading. www.annadean.co.uk