Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #20) by Nancy Atherton

Book Description:

Published: April 14, 2015

There’s trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn their cozy village into an enclave of overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori Shepherd can’t help.

Her infant daughter, her father-inlaw’s upcoming wedding, and the crushing prospect of her fortieth birthday have left her feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. Until, that is, she has a chance encounter with an eccentric inventor named Arthur Hargreaves. Dubbed the Summer King by his equally eccentric family, Arthur is as warmhearted as the summer sun. In his presence, Lori forgets her troubles—and Finch’s.

But Lori snaps out of her happy trance when she discovers detailed maps of Finch in the Summer King’s library. Next, a real estate agent comes knocking. Is Arthur secretly plotting Finch’s demise?

With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help—and her new daughter in her arms—Lori mounts a crusade to save her beloved village from the Summer King’s scorching greed.

Review –

I love this series but I was a bit disappointed by this installment.

As usual, Lori is being a busy body and sticking her nose in places it’s doesn’t belong but her zaniness seems to be gone.  I don’t know if the birth of her last child tamed her a bit but she didn’t have her ususal flare for the dramatic.

A lot of the dialogue is very predictable, especially when Aunt Dimity is “speaking” and after the nineteen previous books it gets a bit boring.

The plot  as a whole was very good and I loved the characters of Bill’s Aunt’s from Boston and of course, The Summer King. His character was grand and made the book a joy.

Will I stop reading this series? Not on your life. I’m already anxious to read the next book.

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