Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity Series #16)

Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity Series #16)

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by Nancy Atherton
     
 

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The gentle spirit's sixteenth adventure is a New York Times bestseller and as "cozy and charming as a cup of Earl Grey" (Bookpage.com).

After a dizzying time Down Under, Lori Shepherd returns to Finch and finds that her wealthy father-in-law, William Willis, Sr., has just purchased a splendid ten-acre estate nearby. While William fends off local

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The gentle spirit's sixteenth adventure is a New York Times bestseller and as "cozy and charming as a cup of Earl Grey" (Bookpage.com).

After a dizzying time Down Under, Lori Shepherd returns to Finch and finds that her wealthy father-in-law, William Willis, Sr., has just purchased a splendid ten-acre estate nearby. While William fends off local ladies intent on romance, Lori oversees the painstaking restoration of a peculiar painting found during renovations. It's nothing Lori can't handle-until moving furniture, strange sounds, and the theft of the painting prompt her to call on Aunt Dimity for help uncovering the estate's shadowy past.

Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, coming in May 2017 from Viking! 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After touring New Zealand in 2010's Aunt Dimity Down Under, amateur sleuth Lori Shepard returns to Finch, her Cotswolds village, in Atherton's entertaining 16th paranormal mystery. Lori's Boston Brahmin father-in-law, T. William Arthur Willis Sr., who's retired as head of the family law firm, has relocated to Fairworth House, an old estate, to be near his grandchildren and son and daughter-in-law. After much renovation, Lori helps her father-in-law to hire a live-in couple to cook and look after the grounds and to host a welcome party for the locals. When odd things begin to happen at Fairworth, including moving furniture and strange sounds, Lori turns to ghostly Aunt Dimity for assistance. Some readers may find the lack of murder and mayhem disappointing, but series fans will delight in the antics of familiar characters, in particular Finch's single ladies, and the charming portrayal of English village life. 5-city author tour. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews

More cozy complications beset Lori Shepherd when her father-in-law buys a run-down estate in the quiet Cotswold village of Finch.

Once William Willis Sr.'s brought Fairworth House nearly up to his high standards, all he needs are the perfect servants. His housewarming party is almost ruined by a catering disaster, but the villagers come to the rescue by pitching in to provide the food, and the party is a great success. That night, the two perfect servants, Deirdre and Declan Donovan, arrive just as village baker Sally Pyne is facing a crisis. Sally had won a trip to Mexico, where she met the handsome Henrique Cocinero. In an effort to impress him, she had claimed she was Lady Sarah and Fairworth House was her residence. In an elaborate scheme to prevent the villagers from discovering her lies, William agrees to lend her Fairworth for the short time Henrique plans to visit. Spiriting Sally into the house is easy; preventing the snooping villagers from seeing her there not so easy. Lori thinks the perfect servants are too perfect and suspects them when one of William's treasures is stolen. Naturally she turns for advice to Aunt Dimity, who proves her usual helpful, astral self in resolving Lori's problems.

Although no more intent on mystery than usual (Aunt Dimity Down Under, 2010, etc.), Atherton paints a charming, lighthearted portrait of English village life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143120216
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Aunt Dimity Series , #16
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
283,472
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Atherton is the author of six Aunt Dimity novels: Aunt Dimity’s Death, Aunt Dimity and the Duke, Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed, Aunt Dimity Digs In, Aunt Dimity’s Christmas, and Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (all available from Penguin). She lives next to a cornfield in central Illinois.

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Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always I enjoyed Ms. Atherton's book, 'Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree' immensely. I work for a law firm and enjoy a good, relaxing book in the evening. I have all of the 'Aunt Dimity' series and recommend every one. They are well written, entertaining, no foul language or objectionable material. Just wonderful reading to help 'melt' away the stress of the day.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd is thrilled that her father-in-law is moving to Finch to be closer to his son and grandsons. William Shepherd, Sr. is a wonderful addition to the community. He has bought Fairworth House and spent an excessive amount of money fixing it up. The community is all a buzz with the modifications and restoration of this historic home, but a lot of the members of the community are just buzzing about William himself as an eligible bachelor! After William, Sr. hires the Donovans to run his household, Lori notices strange things happening. She doesn't have a lot of time to deal with those issues because she and William, Sr. are completely engrossed in a game of deception to help a member of the community. With so many things changing and so many people completely interested in the comings and goings of Fairworth House, Lori has to stay on her toes! The community members are not happy with being out of the loop on Fairworth's business and believe it is their duty to solve the mysteries Lori and her father-in-law have set into motion. Aunt Dimity has to keep reminding Lori to not judge people before you have evidence, but it is so hard when she believes there is no room for questions. The problem is, she may be wrong. This is a wonderfully written cozy mystery! Perfect for curling up in front of a fire and reading and a great addition to the Aunt Dimity collection. Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following some time in New Zealand (see Aunt Dimitry Down Under), Lori Shepard returns to her home village Finch in the Cotswolds. Meanwhile her affluent father-in-law William Arthur Willis Sr. has retired from the Boston based family law firm he ran for years and has moved nearby to spend time with his seven years old twin grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law. Lori helps William hire a live-in couple Deirdre and Declan Donovan as cook and groundskeeper. She also assists her in-law with a meet the neighbors' party. However, strange things occur after Willis moved into Fairworth; the furniture moves and unexplained noises happen. Lori asks her amateur sleuth partner Aunt Dimity the ghost to help investigate what appears to be the paranormal. At the same time baker Sally Pyne returns from Mexico begging the American for help. In North America, she met Henrique Cocinero, who is coming to see her, but lied by telling him she is Lady Sarah of Fairworth House. The latest Aunt Dimitry tale is more a comedy of errors looking at a Boston Brahmin invading an English village rather than a murder mystery. The story line is brisk and jocular as William the red Sox fan tries to help Lady Sarah pull off her ruse while his grandchildren know cricket not baseball. Fans will enjoy this lighthearted amusing paranormal cozy, but the bumps in the night (and day) are minor league compared to what Aunt Dimitry has dealt with in previous whodunits. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another piece of the puzzle. A very good read.
TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I love the series! This one brings us up to date on what's happening in "the quaint village of Finch". The author puts us in the country side of the Cotswold. Great descriptions--I feel like I'm there. This series is the greatest book to keep at bedside because it's engaging enough to keep your interest and make you feel part of the village, but it's not so intense as to keep you awake for hours or give nightmares.
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AvalonAyr More than 1 year ago
Fun and engrossing adventure, Aunt Dimity mysteries always make me smile and come away feeling good! Read It you Love it!
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nonnie42 More than 1 year ago
Far and away her best book yet, and I eagerly await the next one. Wouldn't you love to know a place like Finch ?
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This is so different from the other Aunt Dimity Books. Lighter reading than most but good. Several new charater's pop up in this book and will be there to stay in her future books.
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