Aunt Dimity's Death

Aunt Dimity's Death

Book - 1992
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...Until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis summons her to a reading of the woman's will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a siazable estate--if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery--and a ghost story--in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1992.
ISBN: 9780670844494
Branch Call Number: M/ATHE
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 24, 2020

I loved this as a cozy mystery book but I was not expecting the supernatural aspect. It caught me off guard but once settling into it I found it quite enjoyable.

Dec 18, 2018

The book pretends to be a mystery novel, but really is more chicklit. At the same time, I think I will try book #2 and see where it goes.

Oct 06, 2018

1st title in the Aunt Dimity series of 24 titles thru yr 2019:
2nd bk in the series is Aunt Dimity and the Duke
This first book is like a mystery but without a murder.
Author's writing is refreshing, dynamic, lively. I'd call it lightly therapeutic; refreshing.
Yes, it might get put into chic lit type of style, but, who cares if it's intelligent writing?

Smooth flow of dialogue and story plot.

Set in England, rural mostly. Small village community. Often left off any regional maps.
Likeable characters; and -- they are kind to each other, most often.

Important to read the series in sequence. Ask your librarian to help define the series order.

Dec 15, 2017

Everyone I've introduced "Aunt Dimity's Death" to has loved it. The first in Nancy Atherton's supernatural cozy mystery series, it introduces Lori Shephard to readers and takes her to a small English village where she encounters communication with Aunt Dimity who was a WW2 friend of Lori's late mother. During her childhood Lori's mother told her stories about Aunt Dimity which she assumed were like fairy tales until a notice of Dimity's death and provisions of her will brings Lori to England and leads to the discovery that Dimity was a real person. Over the course of the series, Lori makes jumping to conclusions almost an Olympic event but Dimity's communications with her provide cautionary advice while providing Lori with a non-judgemental sounding board for her ideas.

This book also introduces village residents who become fixtures in subsequent Dimity novels, capturing some of the good and bad of living in a small, tightly-knit community that is sometimes gossipy, clannish, and superstitious but ultimately does the right thing. The gentle mystery series always highlights the inner good in the characters in resolving plotlines.

Apr 21, 2017

The first in a series of light enjoyable mystery. Have read several before found this beginning book of the series

Aug 06, 2016

I'd already read of few of the later books in this series, so I was delighted to find the first one. It did not disappoint. A nice light read, with some humour, mystery and a bit of romance.

Oct 29, 2015

I look forward to reading more from this series--charming and clever!

cals_peggy Oct 02, 2015

This is a supernatural cozy mystery with a large dose of romance. A fun, quick read.

Nov 15, 2014

Fun series. Love the descriptive way of writing.

rowanquincy Aug 30, 2014

A wonderful series. This is the first book. Nice cozy mysteries. Highly recommended for a quick, gentle read.

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