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Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lori Shepherd thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a bedtime story...
...Until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis summons her to a reading of the woman's will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a siazable estate--if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery--and a ghost story--in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Nancy Atherton was born in Chicago, but she has lived in many different places since then. After graduating from the University of Chicoago, she followed the true Liberal Arts tradition by working every low-paying job in America. She had no idea that she was supposed to be a writer until the first line of her first book, Aunt Dimity's Death, popped into her head. She's been writing ever since.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0063OCXY8
- Publisher : Penguin Books (November 1, 1993)
- Publication date : November 1, 1993
- Language : English
- File size : 1891 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 193 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #265,977 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Aunt Dimity series revolves around an American woman named Lori Shepard, who inherits Aunt Dimity's estate, and gets into predicaments that she has to solve to help the people in Finch. From hunting down a long-lost relative, to historical treasure hunts, or even helping a new neighbor hide from stalkers, Lori will welcome these trials to help those around her. Part of what makes this series so engaging, is that Dimity left Lori a blue journal with blank pages. It is through this journal that Lori is able to meet and learn about Aunty Dimity. Literally.
In Aunt Dimity's Death, we meet the book's namesake, Dimty Westwood, who is a dear friend of Lori's late mother from World War II. Lori grew up thinking that Aunty Dimity was a character from a series of stories that her mother made up when she was younger. Upon learning that Dimity was a real person, and that she did leave her in the will, Lori heads to England's small town of Finch to fulfill Aunt Dimity's final request. Her wish is for Lori to create a children's book of stories, based on those tales of Aunt Dimity she heard while growing up, in a month's time.
However, a letter from her late mother also gives her the task of finding out the truth behind a photo left by Dimity, and the heartache it left behind. Lori travels through the town, meeting the people that Dimity lived with, and also through past historical places around England, to learn the truth of Dimity's loss and to set her heart at peace.
In this first tale we find how Lori, a young lady who is down on her luck, discovers that she has inherited her own English cottage near a quant English village and has become the heiress of a not so small fortune. She also meets a young and successful lawyer, moves to England, discovers the cottage she lives in is somewhat haunted and actually meets (sort of) Aunt Dimity, a lady who she always thought was a figment of her recently deceased mother's imagination.
The writing of this story is smooth and easy reading and the novel moves long at a good clip. Characters are rather realistic and believable and in this first book we meet with some of them that will inhabit all the author's future novels in this series.
All in all, if you are into the cozy mystery genre this one is a good choice. We have of course the mystery, a dab of the paranormal and a nice little romance all going at the same time and all skillfully blended to create a very cozy read.
This was a library find.
I think the main strength of this series is Ms. Atherton's gift for creating great characters to people her books. These characters reveal more of themselves as the series progresses. I especially like the way she has had her main character Lori evolve and mature in the course of the series.
I also enjoy the way Ms. Atherton can take a plot turn and just twist it into a pretzel....and instead of reading a tragedy, you find yourself giggling at the turn of events.
These books are just pure, glorious entertainment. There's hardly any violence, or gore, or foul language. If you leave the book out, and find your 10 year old reading it, you won't feel like you have to snatch it away...but you might have to find yourself explaining what the London Blitz was, because I'm not sure if that is taught in schools anymore.
All in all, I think the only complaint I have about the series is, while there are usually recipes at the end of each book for the various foods described, I don't think Ms. Atherton has included one for the brown bread Aunt Dimity likes to have with her tea at the end of the day. You can get in England and Ireland...it's totally different from what you can get here in the States and once eaten, it can never be forgotten.
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Life is tough for Lori Shepherd, her marriage ended in tatters and she’s grieving the loss of her mother. Living in shared accommodation with not much more than a mattress to her name, when she receives a request to visit the legal firm of Willis & Willis, she decides she has nothing to lose and presents herself at the imposing mansion house. Here she learns that the Aunt Dimity stories her mother told her as a child weren’t entirely fictitious. Aunt Dimity, she discovers, was her late mother’s friend and confidante. In short order, Lori embarks on a trip to England to unlock past secrets that will change her perceptions of many other things too.
This is an unusual blend of ghost story, cosy mystery and romance. It’s a light-read, full of larger-than-life characters, and packed with twists and turns. I particularly enjoyed the wonderfully rich descriptions of the various locations. It’s a positive story too, with lots of feel good moments. The only reason I gave this four and not five stars is that I found it a bit too twee for my tastes. Super mystery elements, unique characters and an inventive plot but, for me, the thread involving Lori’s romance was adding one too many sugary-sweet ingredients to an already very engaging read.