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Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy…

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King

by Nancy Atherton

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This was a lot fluffier than I remember the series to be. Lori is concerned that the vacant cottages in town are not selling and thinks the realtor may be in cahoots with a developer to keep the houses vacant and drive down the price of the house so the developer can swoop in and turn them into summer homes. There was a secondary plot line that was just as frivolous. I doubt I will continue with this series as it has gotten too cozy for my tastes. ( )
  ChelleBearss | Mar 7, 2018 |
This is one of those series I keep reading out of loyalty to the love I have for the first few. They're still good, but they're not the great they used to be. Cozy morality tales for adults, these would play so much better of the MC Lori didn't have to be such a blooming idiot in order for the author to make her point. How are you independently wealthy with advance degrees, live in the UK for 10 years and not know what "freehold" property is?

Still, I'm addicted to the village of Finch and the incredible secondary characters Atherton creates. I'd give a lot to live in a village with the Summer King; he's exactly what I'd love to be when I grow up.

I'll keep reading these, but I have to resign myself to the author turning her protagonist into a simpleton, I suppose. It's worth the price to keep visiting everyone else in Finch. ( )
  murderbydeath | Oct 13, 2016 |
Love the Summer King! Love love love Lori and Finch. I want more more more Aunt Dimity and the Summer King. I could have read another 100 pages easy.
Too short! Wrapped up too fast, not enough Hargreaves. ( )
  fbswss | Aug 12, 2016 |
This felt like a very drowsy story to me. It was amusing in parts but very little happens. If you care about the characters, which I do, it's satisfying but if you've never read any of the Aunt Dimity series, this is not the one to start with. Even I, as a long time reader, felt it was a little too twee and slow. No real mystery and very slow forward movement in the story. I would only recommend to someone who was an Aunt Dimity completist. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Sep 11, 2015 |
In Aunt Dimity & the Summer King, Lori Shepherd is basking in the glow of new motherhood. She now has a daughter, Bess, who is four months old, along with her twin sons, Will and Rob. Lori is preparing for a visit by her husband Bill’s snobbish Boston aunts – his father William’s two sisters, Honoria and Charlotte – who have fine-tuned the art of the cutting comment and are certain to zero in on Bill’s dad’s fiancée, Amelia. While visiting William, Lori, with Beth in her pram, decides to explore a path along one of William’s property lines. She meets Arthur Hargreaves, the “summer king” and a few of his many grandchildren. Surprisingly, to Lori, William has never met his neighbor.

Lori, always with a cause and mission, is concerned about Finch’s real estate values. It seems to her that there are an awful lot of vacant homes in her village in the Cotswolds, and is determined to investigate and right any wrongs. She zeroes on the local real-estate agent, Marigold Edwards, who appears to be sabotaging the whole process. Lori conjures up all kinds of scenarios, all of them with sinister motives. Even Aunt Dimity (who’s a ghost) can’t dissuade her from believing the worst about Marigold.

I’m tired of thinking up superlatives for the books in this series. Although the Aunt Dimity stories may not be to everyone’s liking, they have all the bells and whistles that make a book a favorite for me. I swear, my blood pressure goes down while I’m reading them… and the consistently happy endings make me smile. There is sameness to them, but that sameness is a comfort. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jun 18, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670026700, Hardcover)

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

There’s trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn their cozy village into an enclave of overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori Shepherd can’t help.

Her infant daughter, her father-inlaw’s upcoming wedding, and the crushing prospect of her fortieth birthday have left her feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. Until, that is, she has a chance encounter with an eccentric inventor named Arthur Hargreaves. Dubbed the Summer King by his equally eccentric family, Arthur is as warmhearted as the summer sun. In his presence, Lori forgets her troubles—and Finch’s.

But Lori snaps out of her happy trance when she discovers detailed maps of Finch in the Summer King’s library. Next, a real estate agent comes knocking. Is Arthur secretly plotting Finch’s demise?

With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldlym help—and her new daughter in her arms—Lori mounts a crusade to save her beloved village from the Summer King’s scorching greed.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:06 -0400)

Overseeing her baby, a family wedding and her own approaching 40th birthday celebration amid rumors that a developer has unwanted plans for Finch village, Lori bonds with a warmhearted inventor only to discover his true intentions.

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