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Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch

by Nancy Atherton

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a scavenger hunt and character driven story rolled into one. Nice light stress reliever after working all day :) ( )
  KarenRinn | Nov 2, 2013 |
This was my first book in the Aunt Dimity series, and I didn't realize it was number...17 or so? While I was a bit surprised by the dead woman who talks in real time through a journal, I could go with it. The scavenger hunt was fun and the village life was quite entertaining. ( )
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
In the town of Finch lives Lori who inherited a journal that the spirit of Aunt Dimity can communicate with Lori to help her work out mysteries. A new person comes to Finch and she is a famous artist in disguise, she wants to finish a project her late brother Alfie started, she had to find the pages of a manuscript written by the village preacher about a witch who did good deeds, but the pages needed to prove it are hidden all over town.
Great storyline and wonderful characters, I recommend this to anyone who loves a good cozy mystery.
Thanks to Net Galley and Penguin Group for allowing me the pleasure to read this book. ( )
  druidgirl | Feb 28, 2013 |
The usual cozy story from Atherton. It's not really a mystery, more a tale of the charming (?) village of Finch. One of the things that I like about this series of books is that nobody is perfect, not even and sometimes not specially, the narrator Lori Shepherd. Certainly the village types, and they are types, are not perfect, always, gossipy and sometimes small-minded. Nevertheless, reading one of these books is like a nice hot chocolate in front of the fire, winter or summer, no matter which it is. Very comforting, just the right amount of sweetness, but not too sweet (no marshmallows). ( )
  phyllis2779 | Sep 11, 2012 |
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 turning 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. ( )
  esm07 | Jun 16, 2012 |
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The small village of Finch nestled sleepily in a bend of the Little Deeping River, a minor tributary that wound its way through the patchwork fields and rolling hills of the Cotswolds, a rural region in England's West Midlands.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670023418, Hardcover)

Nancy Atherton's seventeenth cozy mystery featuring the beloved Aunt Dimity-the original paranormal detective

When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome her with open arms-and inquiring minds. Among them is Lori Shepherd, who isn't fooled by Amelia's unassuming persona. Amelia is, in fact, a world-famous artist with a rabid and eager-to-stalk fan base.

In order to keep peace in Finch, Lori must help Amelia conceal her identity. Amelia, meanwhile, sets about working on the riddle that brought her to town in the first place. A fragment of a family diary hints that one of Amelia's ancestors might have been Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch. Following the clue, Lori hunts through Finch's darkest and most secret corners, all the while dodging nosy neighbors and Amelia's frantic fans. With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori inches closer to the true story of Mistress Meg-and Amelia.

Returning to the charming world of Finch, Nancy Atherton's latest novel is sure to delight faithful Aunt Dimity readers, Anglophiles, and cozy mystery fans.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:14 -0400)

" Nancy Atherton's seventeenth cozy mystery featuring the beloved Aunt Dimity-the original paranormal detective When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome her with open arms-and inquiring minds. Among them is Lori Shepherd, who isn't fooled by Amelia's unassuming persona. Amelia is, in fact, a world-famous artist with a rabid and eager-to-stalk fan base. In order to keep peace in Finch, Lori must help Amelia conceal her identity. Amelia, meanwhile, sets about working on the riddle that brought her to town in the first place. A fragment of a family diary hints that one of Amelia's ancestors might have been Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch. Following the clue, Lori hunts through Finch's darkest and most secret corners, all the while dodging nosy neighbors and Amelia's frantic fans. With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori inches closer to the true story of Mistress Meg-and Amelia. Returning to the charming world of Finch, Nancy Atherton's latest novel is sure to delight faithful Aunt Dimity readers, Anglophiles, and cozy mystery fans. "--… (more)

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