Aunt Dimity and The Family Tree by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: February 28, 2012 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery

The gentle spirit’s sixteenth adventure is a New York Times bestseller and as “cozy and charming as a cup of Earl Grey” (Bookpage.com).

After a dizzying time Down Under, Lori Shepherd returns to Finch and finds that her wealthy father-in-law, William Willis, Sr., has just purchased a splendid ten-acre estate nearby. While William fends off local ladies intent on romance, Lori oversees the painstaking restoration of a peculiar painting found during renovations. It’s nothing Lori can’t handle-until moving furniture, strange sounds, and the theft of the painting prompt her to call on Aunt Dimity for help uncovering the estate’s shadowy past.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

After touring New Zealand in 2010’s Aunt Dimity Down Under, amateur sleuth Lori Shepard returns to Finch, her Cotswolds village, in Atherton’s entertaining 16th paranormal mystery. Lori’s Boston Brahmin father-in-law, T. William Arthur Willis Sr., who’s retired as head of the family law firm, has relocated to Fairworth House, an old estate, to be near his grandchildren and son and daughter-in-law. After much renovation, Lori helps her father-in-law to hire a live-in couple to cook and look after the grounds and to host a welcome party for the locals. When odd things begin to happen at Fairworth, including moving furniture and strange sounds, Lori turns to ghostly Aunt Dimity for assistance. Some readers may find the lack of murder and mayhem disappointing, but series fans will delight in the antics of familiar characters, in particular Finch’s single ladies, and the charming portrayal of English village life. 5-city author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review –

This is one of my favorites of this series because, for one, the story takes place in the small village of Finch, second, we are reunited with some favorite old characters and introduced to a few interesting  new ones and finally  it combines comedy with a seriousness that only the English can provide.  If you’re looking for a pleasant relaxing read-this is it.

 

 

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Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: February 18, 2010 | Series: Paranormal Detective
 
The original supernatural sleuth is back in the latest cozy Aunt Dimity mystery
A shock wave rocks Lori Shepherd’s world when she hears that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Bracing herself for a final farewell, Lori instead receives a request from the eccentric sisters: Find their long-lost brother before it’s too late. Aubrey Pym is a wicked scoundrel who was banished from his family long ago; and much to Lori’s surprise, she must travel all the way to New Zealand to find him. In granting her dear friends’ dying wish, Lori sets out on a journey full of surprises. And with the help of a charming Kiwi and the otherworldly guidance of Aunt Dimity, Lori goes Down Under to search for the mysterious Aubrey, unraveling a web of secrets that has haunted the Pym family for generations.
Nancy Atherton and her Aunt Dimity series have a dedicated fan base that eagerly awaits each new installment. With its exotic setting, endearing characters, and paranormal storyline, Aunt Dimity Down Under is sure to be a hit with loyal readers and new fans who are just discovering Aunt Dimity.
 
 
Review –
I didn’t enjoy this book at all because of all the Australian words that I didn’t know how to pronounce.  I know it sounds petty but for me it ruins a book if I can’t correctly pronounce words or places so although the plot was good and the characters entertaining I didn’t enjoy it.
 

Aunt Dimity Slay the Dragon by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: January 26, 2010 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
Everyone’s favorite supernatural detective steps in to thwart unchivalrous deeds at a Renaissance fair
With Penguin’s Fall 2009 publication of Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective certain to attract new readers to the popular cozy series, Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is poised as the perfectly irresistible gem that will leave them eager for more.
After living in the small English village of Finch for eight years, Lori Shepherd longs for some excitement to spice up her all-too-familiar routine. So when a Renaissance festival complete with wizards, wenches, knights, and jesters sets up in town for the summer, Lori gets her wish-and more. She soon discovers a sinister stalker, a jealous saboteur, and an evil assassin behind the scenes of King Wilfred’s Faire, and it’s up to Lori-with Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance-to prevent the medieval revelry from ending in modern-day tragedy.
Review –
Maybe it’s because I’m not a fan of Renaissance Fairs that caused this book to drag for me but the characters were as charming  as always and Lori still let her imagine run wild. I’m ready for the next one.

Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: January 27, 2009 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
Penguin’s popular Aunt Dimity series returns and “loyal fans will be thrilled by every new revelation”(Kirkus Reviews)
Everyone’s favorite paranormal detective is back in Nancy Atherton’s thirteenth Aunt Dimity mystery-but this time Lori’s supernatural confidante may not be the only one who’s not quite dead. Could the cloaked figure Lori’s twins saw in the woods near the family’s English country cottage really have been a vampire? Atherton’s ever-growing legion of fans and all fans of cozy mysteries will find themselves curling up with a nice cup of garlic- er, tea-for the most spine-tingling Aunt Dimity mystery yet.
Review –
Poor Lori, she makes the wildest assumptions, but without them this series would be what it is.  I really enjoyed this one since I’m a fan of vampires and I’m looking forward to the next installment to see what trouble Lori can dream up.

Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Release date: February 6, 2007 | Series: Aunt Dimity Mystery
Another page-turning installment in Nancy Atherton’s beloved cozy mystery series featuring Aunt Dimity, phantom detective

Lori Shepherd is no stranger to trouble and intrigue. But when Bill, her high- profile attorney husband, receives a number of chilling death threats aimed at his family, danger hits close to home. With Scotland Yard on the case, Bill decides to send Lori and their five- year-old twins to the safety of a remote island off the coast of Scotland. There, another mystery begins to unfold- Lori suspects that the locals on the island are making a fortune running an illegal smuggling operation. What else could explain their luxurious lifestyles? But after finding a human skull washed up on the beach, Lori fears something even more sinister is going on. With Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori begins to piece together the clues, unaware of the growing danger on the island. Will the murderous threats against her family finally catch up with her?

Review –
I don’t think I was really in the mood as I read this book because my mind kept wandering and I had to re-read passages over again to refresh my memory as to what I had read.  I still love the series because its not it’s fault that I was having a bad day.

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.

 

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!

 

Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Publication Date:January 28, 2003

When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella “Pruneface” Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to want Mrs. Hooper dead. With the help of the ghostly Aunt Dimity and Nicholas, the enigmatic (and charming!) self-defense instructor, Lori aligns motive, means, and opportunity to unravel this delightfully tangled and gossip-filled whodunnit.

Review –

Another hit.  This series is perfect for casual reading.

 

Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton

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Book Description

Publication Date:October 1, 2001
With rain crashing down on her Range Rover, as it climbs up a steep embankment on the Northumberland moors, Lori Shepherd is beginning to doubt the wisdom of her decision to evaluate a rare book collection at Wyrdhurst Hall.
The grim, neo-gothic hall that greets her upon arrival is full of surprises-including a charming, secretive stranger, and a cache of World War I letters that tell a tale of doomed love and hint at a hidden treasure. It will take all of Dimity’s supernatural skills to help Lori solve the puzzle and restore peace to a family haunted by its tragic past.

Review –

This is the sixth installment of the Aunt Dimity Mysteries and they just seem to get better and better.  Love this series.