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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of Atherton’s absorbing 17th mystery featuring paranormal detective Lori Shepherd (after 2011’s Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree), Amelia Thistle, believed to be “a mild-mannered, middle-aged widow of independent means,” moves into a cottage in the Cotswolds village of Finch. Amelia is in fact “England’s greatest botanical artist,” Mae Bowen, as Lori soon learns from an art appraiser neighbor who recognizes the woman. Mae, who’s desperately trying to escape her cult following, turns to Lori for help in concealing her true identity—and in redeeming the reputation of an accused witch known as Mistress Meg, who lived in Finch in the 17th century. Lori’s ghostly Aunt Dimity provides support through words that magically appear in a copperplate book. Despite the lack of a murder, cozy fans will enjoy following the far from obvious clues in the effort to exonerate Mistress Meg. 4-city author tour. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Apr.)
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The entire population of an English village comes together to protect the privacy of the newest resident. Ex-pat American Lori Shepherd, her attorney husband and their two horse-crazy sons live on the outskirts of the Cotswold village of Finch. Lori is just one of the many residents casually hanging about to see the arrival of newcomer Amelia Thistle. Two of Lori's artistic friends soon identify Amelia as Mae Bowen, a famous artist who formerly lived in a gated house to escape her rabid fans. Lori breaks village tradition by paying an uninvited visit to Amelia, who's still grieving the loss of her husband and brother. Amelia has come to Finch determined to recover the rest of a missing manuscript her great-grandfather had discovered in which Gamaliel Gowland, the 17th-century rector of Finch's church, describes Margaret Redfearn, presumed to have been a witch. Once Amelia reveals her identity to several people, Lori, the current rector and his wife, and Lori's father-in-law, who's smitten by Amelia, join in the hunt. Not only do they have to decipher the cryptic clues they find in each newly discovered page, but they must also protect Amelia from the fans who have tracked her down. Even Aunt Dimity, a spirit who communicates with Lori by writing in a special book, gets into the act with her usual sage advice. Although there's little mystery in the traditional sense, the hunt for historical artifacts adds spice to one of the most charming adventures of Lori and Aunt Dimity (Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree, 2011, etc.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670023417
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Atherton

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of sixteen other Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    A must read!

    The Aunt Dimity Series is both ghost story and mystery. I have enjoyed every book because they're fun, gentle, and well-written. You will find excitement, suspense and tears but no gore or over the top sex scenes.

    Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is no exception. Nancy Atherton keeps the suspense going until the end--with a really unexpected twist at the end. As always, the recipe at the end of the book must be tried!

    If you haven't read any of the series, then please do yourself a favor--read them all starting with Aunt Dimity's Death.

    Happy reading!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    if you like puzzles and scavenger hunts, you will love this. th

    if you like puzzles and scavenger hunts, you will love this. the mystery is captivating. you just can't wait to find the ending to the story. was she his lover? or his wife? a friend? family? or just someone he met once? why did he write the story? oh my, it's a puzzlement! gotta read it to really enjoy the story and...find out who she was. a great read as is all of this series by nancy atherton.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Another Great Aunt Dimity Story!

    Nancy Atherton never disappoints her readers! Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is another interesting story. The fact that she has continuing characters in her books really helps to make the stories even more interesting. Her books are page turners! I really have trouble putting her books down. They're like well written plays and you just have to keep turning the page to read the next part of the story. Keep writing, Nancy! Can't wait for the next episode with Lori & Aunt Dimity!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    An antidote to cynicism and divisiveness

    A new woman arrives in the Cotswold village of Finch and is causing quite a stir. Four single women known a bit cynically as “the handmaidens” are not pleased. It seems that the village’s most eligible bachelor, our heroine Lori Shepherd’s father-in-law, is paying quite a bit of attention to Amelia Thistle — if that’s her real name. Just who is she … and will she bring good things to Finch or disruption? Amelia Thistle’s story, and a parallel story in Finch’s long-ago past come together to show the formidable power of community.

    This is the stuff of which the Aunt Dimity stories are created: ordinary happenings in ordinary places, and it what makes these books so popular. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch came in the mail one afternoon, and I finished reading it that night. I can’t help myself … I just love these books, and they’re among the very few that I collect in hardcover and read over and over again.

    I once interviewed Nancy Atherton, asking her about why she thought her books were so popular. Here is her lightly edited response”

    “There are a whole lot of people who are sick of filling their heads with violence and vulgarity. They’re sick of psychos, characters they wouldn’t want to be on the same continent with. I don’t really understand why people fill their heads with that.

    “My characters are ones you really want to spend time with: go for a walk, have a cup of tea, take a trip — they’re good companions. A lot of people are looking for that. There’s a choice. I always say, people call my books ‘fantasy’ but axe murderers are ‘realistic’? I don’t know about anyone else, but most of the people I know are pretty nice people.”

    I agree. And if readers need an antidote to cynicism and divisiveness, an Aunt Dimity story … Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is #17… is the prescription.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    The best one yet....

    This was a great book. It seemed to move faster than the other Aunt Dimity books, of late. It was great to have a book that encompasses the current issues of suicide; without making the victim a pariah.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    Not much of a mystery.

    First, I would give the author 4 stars for revisiting the little village of Finch and it's quirky residents. But the plot falls short. It is extremely linear, and there is no mystery to solve--no twists and turns that grace her earlier works. It's a narrative of a treasure hunt, a very easy one at that. When the final clue has yet to be discovered with the end of the book drawing near, it's evident to the reader that the ending will be rushed and not particularly satisfying. It would have been far more interesting if the true identity of the new resident had been part of a mystery to solve, adding a bit of texture to an otherwise bland storyline. This installment would be right at home in the juvenile mystery section. Read it to revisit old friends, but don't expect the calibre of her earlier works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Really enjoy this series. Highly recommend

    Interesting characters that you care about. The ghost and how it is handled is very refreshing. A.great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

    This was my first book i nthe ¿Aunt Dimity¿ series, and I loved

    This was my first book i nthe “Aunt Dimity” series, and I loved it. Quirky and interesting, Amelia almost seems like a real person. The mystery ties in with seventeenth-century witchcraft (yay!) and is light, charming, and engaging. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch

    Another excellent book in the series. I know when I purchase one of her books it is going to interesting, enlightening, and funny. I try to read them slowly but once I start reading I can't put it down. I highly recommend all the books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Shay

    Went to her house res 14

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    LIBRARY

    Need some librarians.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Stayed up all night to finish it.

    This was a very enjoyable book. As the villagers went from clue to clue, I went along with them. One thing is certain. The ending was different and a surprise! I'll read this one again. I do enjoy her books and always look for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Recommend

    Highly recommend if you are a mystery reader. Nancy Atherton has never failed to capture my interest.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    In the town of Finch lives Lori who inherited a journal that the

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    loved it!

    I enjoy this series immensely. Quick, fun reads. Looking forward to the next one!

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    Posted August 9, 2012

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Excellent Read!

    I have read all the Aunt Dimity books and this is the best so far. It was a touching wonderful story line. Read it!

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