Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: February 7, 2006 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
The next page-turning installment in the phantom-detective mystery series that has won the hearts of cozy mystery fans everywhere
Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she can spread a little good cheer. There she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary with no family, except a brother who has mysteriously disappeared. But after only a few visits, Miss Beacham suddenly passes away, leaving Lori to tie up the loose ends of her late friend’s life. Lori soon discovers that hidden among Miss Beacham’s belongings are clues that Lori believes her friend left for her to discover. Armed with the generous help of a handsome neighbor and, as always, Aunt Dimity’s supernatural skills, Lori begins to unearth Miss Beacham’s secrets and, ultimately, the surprising truth about her next of kin.
 Review –
This is one of my favorites of the Aunt Dimity Mystery Series because it leaves us with with the thought that we can’t choose our family but we can choose our friends and Lori was chosen to be such a friend to a dying woman alone, or so it seems. The story has warmth,affection, and made me cry. I would definitely read it again.

Aunt Dimity: Snowbound by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: February 1, 2005 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery

Visit Aunt Dimity on the web: http://www.aunt-dimity.com

Lori Shepherd and the phantom Aunt Dimity have become one of the mystery genre’s most celebrated detective duos. In their latest adventure, a pleasant woodland stroll through the English countryside is rudely cut short by the blizzard of the century, forcing Lori to take shelter in Ladythorne Abbey—an old pile still haunted by the presence of the madwoman whose prison it once was. But the abbey’s greatest secret is the priceless jewel it conceals somewhere within its cloisters—an heirloom that hides a treacherous past that Lori’s fellow guests can’t wait to get their hands on. Only Aunt Dimity’s indispensable wisdom can help Lori unravel a mystery that is  considerably thicker than the accumulating snow in this page-turning treat.

Review –

I should have saved this book to read today (it’s snowing) but it was not meant to be and read this on the 18th of this month.

It’s another pleasant read and I really enjoyed it.

 

Taken(Elvis cole #13/Joe Pike #4) by Robert Crais

Book Description

Publication Date: 2012
When the police tell a wealthy industrialist that her missing son has faked his own kidnapping, she hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike-and Cole soon determines that it was no fake. The boy and his secret girlfriend have been taken, and are now lost in the gray and changing world of the professional border kidnappers who prey not only on innocent victims but also on one another-buying, selling, and stealing victims like commodities. Fortunately, the kidnappers don’t yet know who the boy is, but when Cole goes undercover to try to buy the two hostages back, he himself is taken and disappears. Now it is up to Pike to retrace Cole’s steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers . . . before it is too late.
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This was my first reading of anything by Robert Crais and it was fantastic.
The story had a real plot, good characters development and interaction,mystery,plenty of action, some gore and a great ending. What more could a reader want.
The characters of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are  the ones I would want on my side anytime.
Robert Crais has just earned another faithful reader,  ME.

Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: January 27, 2004 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery

When Lori Shepherd’s husband, Bill, is summoned to the reading of a will at the resplendent country estate of Earl Elstyn, Lori jumps at the chance to come along. She didn’t expect, however, to find herself entangled in a messy—and dangerous—family dispute. The aristocratic earl has called together the entire Elstyn family to disclose the beneficiaries of his fortune, and all present will be affected. But someone has a grudge against the Elstyns and will stop at nothing for revenge.

A burning topiary, a suspicious maid, family secrets, and threatening notes lead Lori to seek her phantom Aunt Dimity’s help in identifying the culprit before he or she can torch the whole house—with the guests in it

Review –

Another fabulous book for reading om a cold winter afternoon.  You really meed to try this series!