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Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch Hardcover – April 26, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
Book 17 of 20 in the Aunt Dimity Mystery Series

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Absolutely all the residents of Finch, a remote Cotswold village, are in place on a rainy October morning to get their first glimpse of Amelia Thistle, the new owner of Pussywillow Cottage. Ensconced in a window seat in the local tearoom is Lori Shepherd, an American who settled in Finch after inheriting a cottage from her mother’s dear friend, “Aunt” Dimity. After two local art specialists bolt from the tearoom upon seeing Thistle, Lori learns that the cottage’s new owner is, in fact, renowned artist Mae Bowen, who has a fanatical group of followers from whom she is seeking anonymity. Thistle/Bowen is also seeking information on a seventeenth-century witch to fulfill a mission of her recently deceased brother. Differing from others in the Aunt Dimity series, there is no murder here, but there is a crime. Lori marshals the village, from the vicar to her own sons, to solve the crime, using the otherworldly Aunt Dimity to fill in gaps in their knowledge of Finch. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing Lori’s twin boys growing up and the increased involvement of her father-in-law in the life of the village. --Karen Muller

About the Author

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of sixteen other Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Series: Aunt Dimity
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1 edition (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670023418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670023417
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The English Cotswold village of Finch, where Lori Shepard and family reside has a new resident. This resident comes with a secret or two. Lori being Lori can not resist finding out the truth, especially after Grant and Charles disclose one of the secrets even before the new villager settles in.

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.
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There is something so inviting about Finch and its people that brings me back time and again to wishing that there were more villages where people cared about one another - even if their main source of entertainment is gossiping.

"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.
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Others have already said it, but I have to add my voice to the chorus. I have enjoyed the whole series--some more than others.

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.
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I loved "Aunt Dimity's Death." When I tried to describe it, I was left floundering. "I'ts a little mystery, a little romance, a little friendship, a lot of warm fuzzies," I'd say. "It's wonderful."

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! :-)
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Books are often re-read based on different moods and needs. The Aunt Dimity series is like an invitation to sit, chat and - most of all - relax. My favorite Aunt Dimity book is the first book (Aunt Dimity's Death) but Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is a close second. Despite the titles both books are a relaxing way to spend some quiet time.

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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