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Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity's Death

by Nancy Atherton

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Series: Aunt Dimity (1)

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Lori Shepherd has nothing. She temps for a job, lives with two roommates, and has had her childhood stuffed toy, her only companion, destroyed. So her life is in shambles when she receives a letter from Willis & Willis, Attorneys. When she arrives at their home, she discovers that her childhood stories of Aunt Dimity weren’t fairy tales made up by her mother; Dimity was an actual person, her mother’s best friend. And now both her mother and Dimity have gone, and Dimity wants her to come to England and write the introduction to a children’s book made up of those stories.

But Lori has another surprise - both her mother and Dimity have written her posthumous letters detailing why they never told her about their connection, and her mother has left a photograph - the only clue to Dimity’s past life when her mother met her. She wants Lori to find out about the photo, because it will explain what Dimity would never talk about - her past. So, with the accompaniment of Bill, (Willis, Jr.) Lori sets out for London to find the truth and learn more about this fairy tale which wasn’t one at all...

Well, first the title is misleading. This is not a mystery. There’s no murder, as one is wont to expect in a book labeled a mystery. This is women’s fiction with a little paranormal thrown in (not much). The “mystery” entails why Aunt Dimity would never talk about her past, and what Lori is sent by her mother to find out. I have to tell you that when someone reads 'mystery' in the title, you really do expect a murder or two. this should have been titled Aunt Dimity's Death, a Secret Book 1. Because that's really all it is - a book about secrets, not a mystery.

What I did find out by reading this is that I don’t like Lori at all. She’s snarky, demanding and rude, and I can’t see how Bill would even fall for her (as we know he will). She treats him like garbage throughout most of the book. She shows up at their door dressed like a bum, and Dimity’s will offers money for clothes, so he buys her decent clothing and accessories. Does she appreciate it? He shouldn’t have offered these to this ungrateful witch. She could have nicely explained to him why she didn’t want them, but she’d rather treat him like dirt instead. Then makes some comments after shopping (in her head) along the lines of how she can pick out clothes herself and she'd show him. Does she want the nice, expensive luggage he buys? No thanks! She wants a beat up canvas carryall that she can just roll up afterward. Sure, you’re traveling overseas for an extended period and want all of your clothes to be wrinkled when you get there. So classy when you check into a five star hotel, right? She's a jerk.

Unfortunately, Bill was the best part of the book; no matter what she threw at him, he never faltered. He had a great attitude to life and seemed like the kind of person you'd like to spend time with. Lori I could do without. She’s going to become a nasty old woman who sneers at everyone. You can tell by the way she treats everyone she doesn’t consider her ‘friend’. Strangers who do nice things are best trodden underfoot. I wouldn't doubt it if she treats Bill like garbage through the rest of this series. Sorry, I won’t be reading any more of these. You want to like the people you're reading about, and she just isn't likable. ( )
  joannefm2 | Mar 26, 2018 |
Cozy with paranormal touch. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
It is very treacly. ( )
  Neferemi | Oct 3, 2017 |
This cozy mystery series will provide many hours of light-hearted fun, with a mystery in each book. Book 22 in the series will be out in May of 2017!

Chosen based on your enjoyment of English mysteries. Lori's mom tells stories about a character named Aunt Dimity, but as an adult, Lori learns she was a real person who has recently dies and left Lori a difficult assignment.

This is a fun start to a 22 book series. It’s a light-hearted mystery, that takes place in England and is entertaining and engaging.

Down-on-her-luck Lori Shepherd thought Aunt Dimity was a pretend character in her mother's bedtime stories ... until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis offers the possibility of large inheritance -- if she can discover the secret hidden in letters between Dimity and her mother. Plus 1-pg recipe Beth's Oatmeal Cookies.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Oct 14, 2016 |
Aunt Dimity's Death has much going for it, and much against it. Plot-wise, this stories a unique one. Including a budding romance, baffling paranormal activity, and a strange mystery that tugs on the heart strings, it's one worth reading and finishing but not something I praise too highly. Save the end and beginning, the middle felt a bit stale and lay flat. It almost grew boring in select scenes as the two truffled through old papers and had tea with strange townsfolk. There was a large lack of tension in the drama, romance, or even mystery department for too large a bulk. The ending was a great one, though, making my eyes tear and leaving me with a warm feeling inside. It's always strange when a book succeeds so well on other level, then meets its downfall in another.

The character of Lori is a decent one, from a starving and down-on-her-luck decent woman to a happily ever after ending akin to a princess-type fairy tale. Will as her companion is sweet and especially likeable toward the end, but not enough 'sides' of his personality are explored to create a in-depth characterization.

As endearing as the characters of Lori and Aunt Dimity are, the story sadly lacked a lot of spark. Sorely lacking in suspense, as the heroine was never in danger and only forced to confront painful trauma at times with a minimal effect, there was nothing earth shattering. I enjoyed seeing her re-evaluate her mother's emotions, even if it only appeared a bit to be something to fill in the gaps. Her view of her mother was a little unrealistic, and while interesting it just wasn't enough to fill in all those pages and make up for the lack of suspense elsewhere.

Aunt Dimity herself was a delightful character, almost clairvoyant, especially toward the end when Will tells his tale and all comes to light. I never would have guessed that happening! Nancy Atherton is a gifted writer, for her words flow smoothly and are easy to digest. When emotion is supposed to be there, she makes sure it comes across loud and clear.

A very light and cozy read with a wonderful ending, it just didn't have enough pizazz to capture attention in a gripping fist. It's a very 'sweet' book, almost like in another world. I did love that they included the recipe in the back, too. I made those cookies after finishing, but mine didn't turn out that well. Drats! ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Nancy Athertonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Harte, MeredithCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lofaro, JerryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Naegele, ChristineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Atherton's first mystery combines a strong sense of traditional English fare with an insistent gothic spirit. Suffering from her recent divorce, her mother's death, and an erratic income, Lori Shepherd receives notice from a prestigious Boston law firm that she must travel to England in order to meet the requirements of a will. While visiting her benefactor's "haunted" cottage with lawyer friend Bill, she uncovers important clues relating to a World War II mystery.
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Lori thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a family bedtime story until a law firm summoned her to a reading of her relative's last will and testament. Lori will inherit a sizable estate--if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters tucked away at Dimity's English country cottage.… (more)

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