Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton (.ePUB)
Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton (.ePUB)
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Overview: Nancy Atherton is not a white-haired Englishwoman with a softly wrinkled face, a wry smile, and wise gray eyes, nor does she live in a thatched cottage behind a babbling brook in a tranquil, rural corner of the Cotswolds.
She has never taken tea with a vicar (although she drank an Orange Squash with one once) and she doesn’t plan to continue writing after her allotted time on earth (though such plans are, as well all know, subject to change without notice).
If you prefer to envision her as an Englishwoman, she urges you to cling to your illusions at all costs — she treasures carefully nurtured illusions. She also urges you to read no further.
Because the truth is that Nancy Atherton is a dark-haired American with a generally unwrinkled face, a beaming smile, and hazel eyes, who lives in a plain house in Colorado Springs. She comes from a large, gregarious family (five brothers and two sisters!) and enjoys socializing as much as she enjoys solitude.
So if you are looking for her at a convention, don’t look for a stately grande dame in a flowery dress. Look for a woman in jeans and sneakers who’s bounding around like a hyperactive gerbil. That’ll be her.
Genre: Fiction l Mystery/Thriller l Cozy Mystery
Aunt Dimity’s Death (Aunt Dimity Mystery #1)
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.
Aunt Dimity and the Duke(Aunt Dimity Mystery #2)
Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England’s glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there’s more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke’s invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke’s beautiful cousin confirm Emma’s suspicions, and set her–with Aunt Dimity’s ghostly guidance–on the path to Penford Hall’s secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed (Aunt Dimity Mystery #3)
Nancy Atherton’s growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity’s latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her “niece,” Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori’s life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she’s financially set for life and happily married or so she thinks. When Lori’s plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note. Inspired and guided by the ghost of Aunt Dimity and her inimitable blue journal, Lori’s search for the elderly gentleman turns into a harrowing mission to uncover a centuries-old family secret complicated by mistaken identities, falsified deeds, family feuds, and Lori’s unseemly attraction to her husband’s beguiling English cousin. In a delightful chase that takes her all over the English countryside, Lori discovers the true meaning of marital bliss, and Nancy Atherton’s fans, new and old, will savor a masterpiece of old-fashioned fun.
Aunt Dimity Digs In (Aunt Dimity Mystery #4)
The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist’s excavation.With Reginald, the stuffed pink rabbit and Edmond Terrance, the stuffed tiger in tow, Lori hunts down a missing document, and the archaeologist digs up a lot more than artifacts. It is Aunt Dimity’s magic blue notebook that provides the key to buried secrets and domestic malice, and shows all the residents of Finch that even the darkest acts can be overcome by forgiveness.
Aunt Dimity’s Christmas (Aunt Dimity Mystery #5)
Lori can hardly wait for Christmas this year: lean times are over, the cottage Aunt Dimity willed her is more beautiful than ever, her nine-month-old twins, Will and Rob, are thriving, and she and husband Bill have never been happier. Determined to make this Christmas the best ever, Lori embarks on a round of shopping, holly-cutting, angel-cookie making, and more. When fat snow flakes begin drifting down outside of the window, Lori feels all her holiday wishes are about to come true. But the next day, beneath the lilac bushes now covered by freshly fallen snow, Lori makes a disturbing discovery: the body of a mysterious stranger–a tramp–barely alive.
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (Aunt Dimity Mystery #6)
“Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil” takes place ten months after Aunt Dimity’s Christmas. The twins are walking and talking and Lori is going stir crazy. When her old boss, Stan Finderman, asks her to travel to Tarrant Hall in Northumberland to evaluate a book collection, she jumps at the chance.Lori arrives to find a creepy Victorian mansion with turrets and towers. But her hosts, newlyweds Nicola and Paul Hollander, warmly welcome Lori into their home. Lori works through the inches of dust and spider webs to examine the library’s books — and there she discovers a trove of love letters dating from WWI, written by a young lieutenant to his lover Claire, Nicola’s great aunt. One of the letters hints at a hidden treasure somewhere within Tarrant Hall.
Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity Mystery #7)
When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella “Pruneface” Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to want Mrs. Hooper dead. With the help of the ghostly Aunt Dimity and Nicholas, the enigmatic (and charming!) self-defense instructor, Lori aligns motive, means, and opportunity to unravel this delightfully tangled and gossip-filled whodunnit.
Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (Aunt Dimity Mystery #8)
When Lori Shepherd’s husband, Bill, is summoned to the reading of a will at the resplendent country estate of Earl Elstyn, Lori jumps at the chance to come along. She didn’t expect, however, to find herself entangled in a messy—and dangerous—family dispute. The aristocratic earl has called together the entire Elstyn family to disclose the beneficiaries of his fortune, and all present will be affected. But someone has a grudge against the Elstyns and will stop at nothing for revenge.A burning topiary, a suspicious maid, family secrets, and threatening notes lead Lori to seek her phantom Aunt Dimity’s help in identifying the culprit before he or she can torch the whole house—with the guests in it
Aunt Dimity: Snowbound (Aunt Dimity Mystery #9)
Shepherd and the phantom Aunt Dimity have become one of the mystery genre’s most celebrated detective duos. In their latest adventure, a pleasant woodland stroll through the English countryside is rudely cut short by the blizzard of the century, forcing Lori to take shelter in Ladythorne Abbey—an old pile still haunted by the presence of the madwoman whose prison it once was. But the abbey’s greatest secret is the priceless jewel it conceals somewhere within its cloisters—an heirloom that hides a treacherous past that Lori’s fellow guests can’t wait to get their hands on. Only Aunt Dimity’s indispensable wisdom can help Lori unravel a mystery that is considerably thicker than the accumulating snow in this page-turning treat.
Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (Aunt Dimity Mystery #10)
Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary. But after only one visit, Miss Beacham passes away, leaving behind no family except a brother who has mysteriously disappeared. Armed with the generous help of a handsome neighbor and, as always, Aunt Dimity’s supernatural skills, Lori begins to unearth Miss Beacham’s secrets–including the surprising truth about her next of kin. Full of delightfully surprising twists and turns, Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin is another page-turning installment in the mystery series that has won the hearts of cozy mystery fans everywhere.
Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea (Aunt Dimity Mystery #11)
Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity novels have enchanted thousands of readers, and this new addition to the series is likely to broaden the spell. A series of death threats sends Lori Shepard to a remote island off the Scottish coast and to a fabulous castle restored by an eccentric friend of her husband’s. But she finds herself drawn into an elaborate whodunit that may involve smuggling- or worse. Why has a human skull washed up on the beach? Is a desolate island really the best place to hide from a murderer? As Lori draws once more on Aunt Dimity’s supernatural aid, Atherton whips equal measures of whimsy and suspense into an irresistible confection.
Aunt Dimity Goes West (Aunt Dimity Mystery #12)
Everyone’s favorite sleuth heads to the Rocky Mountains in the twelfth installment of Nancy Atherton’s cozy mystery series Lori Sheppard barely survived her last adventure in Scotland before she’s off on her next. This time in the mountain town of Bluebird, Colorado. No sooner than she’s arrived do things start to go amiss. Someone has mysteriously disappeared, a charming and charismatic man seems to know more than he’s letting on, and the whole town is hiding a dark secret. With Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori sets out to solve a hundred-year-old mystery and discovers in the process that sometimes the strangest places can seem the most like home.
Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter (Aunt Dimity Mystery #13)
Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods.
Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon (Aunt Dimity Mystery #14)
Lori’s peaceful English village is being overrun by a rowdy and mischievous Renaissance fair
Lori Shepherd loves living in the small English village of Finch, but as her eighth summer in the town approaches she finds herself wishing for something exciting to spice up her all-too-familiar routine. When King Wilfred’s Faire opens nearby, Lori gets her wish and more. The age of chivalry lives again at the Renaissance fair. Wizards, wenches, magicians, and minstrels cajole the fairgoers while lords quaff, jesters joke, and knights battle in the joust arena. But Lori discovers that it’s not all pageantry and play.
A sinister figure is stalking the angel-voiced madrigal singer. A jealous rival has sabotaged the Dragon Knight’s weapons. And an evil assassin is trying to murder Good King Wilfred. With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori races to save her dear village and risks her neck to keep the medieval revelry from ending in tragedy.
“Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon” is another gem in Atherton’s perennially beloved cozy series, sure to enchant her many loyal fans and attract new ones.
Aunt Dimity Down Under (Aunt Dimity Mystery #15)
The original supernatural sleuth is back in the latest cozy Aunt Dimity mystery
A shock wave rocks Lori Shepherd’s world when she hears that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Bracing herself for a final farewell, Lori instead receives a request from the eccentric sisters: Find their long-lost brother before it’s too late. Aubrey Pym is a wicked scoundrel who was banished from his family long ago; and much to Lori’s surprise, she must travel all the way to New Zealand to find him. In granting her dear friends’ dying wish, Lori sets out on a journey full of surprises. And with the help of a charming Kiwi and the otherworldly guidance of Aunt Dimity, Lori goes Down Under to search for the mysterious Aubrey, unraveling a web of secrets that has haunted the Pym family for generations.
Nancy Atherton and her Aunt Dimity series have a dedicated fan base that eagerly awaits each new installment. With its exotic setting, endearing characters, and paranormal storyline, “Aunt Dimity Down Under” is sure to be a hit with loyal readers and new fans who are just discovering Aunt Dimity.
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity Mystery #16)
Cozy lovers’ favorite otherworldly detective cracks a classic country-house case.
In Atherton’s sixteenth mystery, Lori Shepherd returns from Down Under to her normal life in the village of Finch. But Lori’s normal quickly becomes anything but.
Her debonair father-in-law has moved to town and is renovating Fairworth House, a grand estate nearby. William Sr. expects a quiet, small-town life, but among the spinsters vying for his attention, shifty servants, and the discovery of a mysterious painting of a family tree in Fairworth’s attic, he discovers that life in Finch is anything but quiet. On top of it all, Lori and William are embroiled in a case of deception and false identity by one of Finch’s own. It’s nothing the plucky Lori can’t handle, but once things get truly peculiar at Fairworth-moving furniture, strange sounds, and mysterious visitors-she calls on Aunt Dimity for her otherworldly guidance and uncovers the shadowy past beneath the estate’s magnificent surface.
Nancy Atherton’s titles continue to delight fans who eagerly anticipate each new book. Her latest will draw cheers and bring new readers to this charming series.