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Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch Hardcover – April 26, 2012
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Guiding her path, is our favorite spirit, Aunt Dimity. In this volume Aunt shows her own curiosity and that adds to the fun.
We find out Mrs. Thistle is more than she appears and that she is also on a treasure hunt of sorts to find out answers about an ancestor as a tribute to her Brother whom has recently passed away.
We are treated to secrets, a hunt throughout the village (involving the entire village,) a mystery from the seventeenth century, a cult following, and a burgeoning romance.
This book was entirely satisfying to me. Lori actually took a more backseat role and allowed the other characters to come out. I found I really enjoyed this approach more than the last few in the series.
A great book to read.
"I've lived in Finch far too long to have scruples about minding other people's business".
Finch has a new neighbor, Amelia Thistle has purchased Pussywillows, a small home on the green and on moving day, the inhabitants of Finch are gathered in the Tearoom to watch the unveiling of the contents of the moving van. So far, Amelia meets with their approval, but Charles and Grant, the local art aficionados react differently when they see Mrs. Thistle and Lori Sheppard is quick on their heels to find out what is going on.
Amelia has two reasons for appearing on the doorstep of Finch, first she needs a break from her public life, but second and more importantly, she has promised her recently deceased brother that she will finish his research into Gamaliel Gowland's memoir and Mistress Meg. With the help of her new friends, Amelia is able to unwind the mystery by following the trail left by Gamaliel and in so doing, not only finds out about Finch's history, but also finds out that local folklore does not tell the whole truth.
"If a secret is worth hiding, it is worth hiding well"
I loved that we found out a little more about Willis, Sr.'s past before Lori showed up in their lives. You see a man very much in love with his wife and the touching story behind a painting of crocuses that she had presented to him on her deathbed. The storyline is very touching and added more depth to a character that was only until now on the fringes of the series.
This was one of my favorite books of the series.Read more ›
Sometimes when an author writes numerous books in a series they become weaker as time goes on. Not Nancy Atherton. They just keep getting better and better.
I think it was keeping the story in Finch that makes this one so special. Throughout the series we have become more and more attached to its residents and this book allows them to shine.
At first I was disappointed that the witch of the title was not Miranda Morrow, but Margaret became a very special witch and it was exciting to read about the hunt for clues about her.
This book I shall describe in *exactly* the same way. You don't need to have read any of the previous books in the series to enjoy this one, but if you've followed the series I truly think you will be so happy with this latest entry. All of the Finch regulars are in it. There's greed and corruption and romance and fear and witchcraft and family and ... lots of warm fuzzies.
Highly recommended! :-)
In Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch the story unfolds with a new addition to the village of Finch. It is quickly revealed that the new occupant of Pussywillows cottage is a well-known botanical artist who is both seeking a quiet refuge and on a private mission. The artist's seeks refuge from a cult group who have stalked her with fanatic zealotry. Her mission is to complete her recently deceased brother's research of a story of Margaret Redfern (a witch) and Gamaliel Gowland (the church rector) in the 17th century Village of Finch.
The story unfolds in the hunt for the pages Gamaliel Gowland hid in locations near St. George's Church in Finch. The pages were hidden because witchcraft was a dangerous topic in the 17th century yet it was a story that he felt needed to be told. Over time the whole town becomes involved in hunting for the hidden pages.
The story also deals with a leader with ulterior motives who encourage the artist's fans misguided attempts of appreciation into cult-like fanaticism. The village quite ably deals with the cultists in their own Finch characteristic ways. The villain is unmasked, the mystery solved and a new romance begins to develop with the introduction of the new resident.
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Nancy Atherton can be relied on to write charming cozy mysteries with plots that don't revolve around murder. Another fun Aunt Dimity read!Published 2 months ago by Em
Another good book in the series. This one has everything I have come to love -- the villagers, the neighbors, Aunt Dimity's wise advice, scenes in the town. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. N.
This is a cozy mystery that I totally enjoyed. I have 18 of the series and will buy the rest.Published 9 months ago by Drag0nLady
Love a small town where everyone knows what's going on, and all make sure they are involved/included in everything.Published 9 months ago by Anna Rose
Aunt Dimity books are quite entertaining. If you like one, you may end up reading them all. Light entertainment.Published 12 months ago by Lynn Lockshaw
I have fallen in love with the Aunt Dimity series. I originally avoided the books, as I thought talking to a ghost sounded far-fetched, but Lori Shephard seems to be a no-nonsense... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrea Holmen
Atherton's books are always a joy to read -- as well as a lot of fun! A favorite series.Published 15 months ago by Myra A. West
This is another very good Lori mystery escapade . If you like cozy mysteries you like this one. I have read all the Aunt Dimity series up to this point. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Virginia Hoppe