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Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well

by Nancy Atherton

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Nancy Atherton should be crowned the Queen of the Cozy Mysteries. She has once again created a mystery- without have to have someone murdered- a much more genteel genre of books!

Her latest installment includes a wishing well that actually seems to grant wishes, though Lori and Dimity have their doubts, and that is where the mystery begins. Again the idyllic little town of Finch is besieged by the wishees (those who complete the wishes) and the wishers (the actual townsfolk). All seems fine until the wishes actually start coming true! You’ll have to read to find out what happens and how it all turns out in the end, but rest assured that it is great fun to live vicariously through this seemingly sweet little village’s upheaval.
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  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
A wishing well and wishes are center to this cozy mystery set in the Cotswolds. A wishing well, long covered by overgrown vines, comes to light along with a place the says 'Speak and your wish will be granted'.

While helping newly arrived Australian, Jack MacBride, clear and clean up his late uncle's overgrown garden, Lori jokingly wishes for clear weather and her wish is granted the next day. This starts the parade of villagers to see the long closed off garden and surreptitiously make their wishes at the well. Wishes that are magically granted.

Getting their wishes may make them happy, but some of the repercussions have the opposite effect and cause major upheavals within the tight knit village.

How are these wishes being granted? Is the well really magical, or is there a puppeteer pulling strings and why. Questions without simple answers. Even mysterious Aunt Dimity can't answer them, but she can give Lori hints in an otherworldly way.

I find I have an older book by Nancy Atherton on my shelves, from this series and am looking forward to reading it very soon. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
This was my first (unwitting) glimpse into the Aunt Dimity world - and what a sweet world it is! This book follows the classic be careful what you wish for story line, with a twist. A sweet setting, colorful characters, the only missing pieces may stem from the fact that Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well is, in fact, a quite lengthy series. While it isn't the most stunning work of fiction, it was a lovely afternoon reprieve. ( )
  rainyafternoon | Oct 19, 2014 |
How do I really describe the Aunt Dimity books? They are marketed as paranormal mysteries, but these aren't murder mysteries (there might be one dead body in 19 books); there's always a "mystery" to be solved, but they are rarely of the criminal sort. These books are the cosiest of the cozies.

Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well kicks off at the funeral of a Finch resident; it's a packed house, but not because he was so well known and loved and not because he was such an active participant in the Finch community. The funeral is packed because he was the man nobody knew. Often seen about the small English village, but never welcoming of personal interaction, Hector's death and the arrival of his Australian nephew has left the small village agog and desperate for the gossip. Our MC, Lori, befriends the Aussie nephew, Jack and to paraphrase from the book summary:

Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, and they discover an old wishing well. After Lori laughingly makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos. As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on.

Aunt Dimity is the paranormal element here, acting as guide and advisor to Lori, through a journal that allows the two to communicate.

I've had a bit of a love/want-to-smack relationship with Lori over the series. She's mostly likeable and competent but she occasionally devolves into irrational and immature. Fortunately it happens less often with each book and almost not at all here. Lori is surrounded by a very colourful cast of characters both at home and throughout the village and they help even out those moments when Lori isn't at her best.

Finding the truth behind the mysterious wishing well was interesting enough to keep me invested and connected to the story. Vivid writing made it all the more enjoyable to spend time in Finch watching people learn it's best to be careful what you wish for.

This book, and this series as a whole is - there's no other word for it - delightful. Morality plays with happy endings for all, they are best read in front of a fire with a cup of steaming tea/coffee/cocoa and if possible, your favourite small stuffed animal nearby. However, I found myself on the couch under a blanket with iced tea and my cat curled up on my lap and that worked just as well. ;) ( )
  murderbydeath | Sep 20, 2014 |
Another sweet installment in the Aunt Dimity series. This one is as light and frothy as a soap bubble. No angst at all. But it was a fast read and an enjoyable one as the characters are all very likable. I tolerate Lori, the chief protagonist because I like the books as a whole. She is getting to be too much a Mary Sue though. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jul 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670026697, Hardcover)

Cozy mystery lovers’ favorite paranormal sleuth is back with her nineteenth otherworldly adventure

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch.

After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos.

As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

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"When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle's affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch. After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden's old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person's wish is another person's worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos. As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what's really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well"--… (more)

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