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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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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 |
A slow, but promising start. I look forward to reading others in the series. It is my hope that things will pick up a bit now that the groundwork has been layer and the characters have been introduced. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton finished 10/13/2015 4.5****
I really enjoyed this cozy "mystery", even though it wasn't a typical
mystery. The beginning of the book takes place in Boston, but the
rest is in England.

The main character is a jaded, down-on-her- luck, thirty-something.
An only child, her beloved mother had recently died and then she gets
the message that her "Aunt Dimity" has also died. Aunt Dimity had been
a person of fiction, the star of her mother's well-loved stories, or so
she thought. After getting acquainted with Dimity's lawyers and passing
some tests, she begins her adventure in England. ( )
  EmilyD1037 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Atherton, NancyAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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