Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well [NOOK Book]

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

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a...
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Overview

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

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch.

After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos.

As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-02
The discovery of a wishing well turns a quiet Cotswold village into a hotbed of seething resentment. Practically the entire village of Finch turns out for the funeral of Hector Huggins, a man who was so retiring that even the remarkably skillful village gossips know little about him. Arriving at the last minute is Jack MacBride, a handsome young Australian claiming to be Mr. Huggins' nephew bent on settling his uncle's estate. Once his bona fides are established, sleuthing expat American Lori Shepherd (Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince, 2013, etc.) offers to help Jack clean up his uncle's vastly overgrown garden. They're joined by Bree Pym, a Kiwi who's recently inherited a home in Finch and has no love for Aussies. Jack finds a vine-covered wishing well bearing the words "Speak and your wish will be granted." When Lori jokingly wishes it would stop raining and it does, the word is out. Soon, many of the villagers are visiting Jack to make use of the well, some in the dead of night. Throughout all the casseroles and queries about his life he's plied with, Jack remains good-natured, even when it comes to Bree's barbed questions. Some of the villagers' wishes start to come true, but their success doesn't always bring them happiness. In fact, some start to neglect their duties, and others get into nasty fights. Lori, who's busy helping Jack, caring for her rambunctious twin boys and trying to assure her attorney husband that she's not getting into trouble, still has time to be deeply suspicious about all the wishes coming true. With the help of her spirit adviser, Aunt Dimity, she begins to find a common thread that leads to an unexpected result. Lori's latest is perfect for those who prefer charmingly low-key puzzles to blood-soaked chills and thrills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698151512
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/17/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 44,275
  • File size: 881 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Atherton
Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of eighteen 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 April 17, 2014

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    Welcome to Finch. A small Cotswold Village in England. Lori Shep

    Welcome to Finch. A small Cotswold Village in England. Lori Shepherd moved from the U.S. when she inherited a sizable estate–after she discovered the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity’s English country cottage. She now lives there with her husband Jack and their two sons. She now communicates with her “Aunt Dimity” in a very special way.

    In this 19th installment Australian Jack MacBride comes to Finch to settle his uncle’s estate. When he arrives he find his uncle’s property in need of attention. Lori volunteers to help him. While clearing the garden they find a hidden well. Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word travels fast in this little town and soon Jack has several visitors wanting to make wishes of their own. More and more wishes start to come true and with Aunt Dimity’s help Lori tries to find out what is really going on. What she discovers is that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    What a breathe of fresh air!! This book is the perfect Springtime read. It is a true English mystery without any dead bodies or murderers running about. Just a mystery of a wishing well and a stranger in town. This author’s work has been called “adult fairy tales” and that describes them perfectly.

    Who wouldn’t love a wishing well that actually granted wishes? The problem is one person’s wish can really mess up another person’s wish or their life. Some of the wishes of the residents of Finch are really causing trouble. Thankfully Lori is on the case. She needs to solve the mystery before there is an actual murder in this quaint little village.

    I haven’t read an Aunt Dimity story in years and when I was asked to review this one I jumped right back in and was so happy I said “YES!”. This story reads well as a stand alone too. I wasn’t lost at all. Aunt Dimity was a friend of Lori’s mother and her ghost lives on in her home and has an interesting way to communicate with Lori. That’s all you need to know to enjoy these wonderful stories.

    Whether this is your first Aunt Dimity story or you have read them all or like me you fall somewhere in between, you will love this story. This series is a cozy lover’s favorite for a very good reason. I think we all wish we had an Aunt Dimity.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    This is my first Aunt Dimity book, the first of what looks like

    This is my first Aunt Dimity book, the first of what looks like many.    Throughout the book I could not help but wonder about the history of the many different characters that live in Finch.   I wanted to belong to this small quaint village and be part of the gossip and neighborhood.    This town was the perfect getaway for me every time I picked up Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well. 




    Lori is the main character.   I loved her.   She seemed like the neighbor who would always go the extra mile to help someone out and she knew when to share secrets and when to keep them quiet.  The mystery of who the puppeteer was kept me interested.   I had ideas and I loved Lori and Aunt Dimity’s theories.   The fact that when she found out who was behind granting all the wishes she let that person tell the town instead of running and spilling the gossip made her a great friend and neighbor to all.    Watching her mull over the clues and search for hidden agendas kept me reading late into night and into the early morning.  




    The town of Finch is amazing.  I loved how Nancy Atherton described the different houses, the stores, and the other scenery.  I could picture the town and loved every part of it.  Finch is a place I would love to visit and maybe even live.




    I certainly will be checking out the rest of this series and will recommend them. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    the aunt dimity stories are the best around. aunt dimity is dea

    the aunt dimity stories are the best around. aunt dimity is dead, maybe, but she can communicate with lori with writing. lori has a blue book that aunt dimity 'talks' to lori in. a neighbor dies and a nephew comes to take care of his estate. the grounds around the house need to be cleaned up, and in doing so a 'wishing well' is found. how does this pose a problem for the villagers? there is plenty of mystery in this mystery. does the wishing well really grant wishes? and if not, who is? and can everything be set to rights before the village is totally torn apart? how does the deceased fit into this story, because he does. i truly enjoyed trying to figure out the culprit, and was also totally wrong! i've followed the aunt dimity stories from the beginning. when i see a new one is out, i get it right away, because i know i'll be reading a great story! if you haven't read aunt dimity, you should. it's the best escape from reality you'll enjoy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    I don't know who wrote the review below but Lori Shepherd's husb

    I don't know who wrote the review below but Lori Shepherd's husband's name IS NOT Jack. It is Bill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Mystery

    Great read

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    At first, I didn't think there was going to be any great mystery

    At first, I didn't think there was going to be any great mystery like all of the other Aunt Dimity books but I was wrong.  It wasn't the who but the why and what that was so amazing!  Nancy Atherton never ceases to surprise and amaze me with her Aunt Dimity stories!  I love them all!  Not only are the main characters realistic and ones that pop right off the page, but the whole village of Finch is a great place to visit and stay with for a while through the length of the books.  Also, Nancy Atherton's writing is such that part of me wants to believe I could visit Lori, Bill, the twins, Emma and the rest in Finch if I could only get to England, to the Cotswolds and find them.  lol! It's a truly amazing writer who can get me to think that way about their fictional novels.  :) 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This book is just as delightful as all the rest of the Aunt Dimity books. My friend and i have read all of the Aunt Dimity books and have enh=joyed them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    My favorite mystery series

    I really enjoy reading this series. The stories aren't just mysteries they have deeper messages. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Very Nice

    Very Nice Story. I really like the authors writing style.

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

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    Remember when you were little and your parents told you that if

    Remember when you were little and your parents told you that if you wish upon a star, your wish will come true no matter how small or
    how big the wish is, it will come true? We were little, we believed them. 

    Then we grew up. We know for certain that wishes don't come true if you simply just ask. We realized that if you want something out
    of life you have to work hard for it. No more dreaming....no more wishing. 

    What if we were wrong?

    In the quaint little English town called Finch, where neighbors help their neighbors and where Gossip passes the time of day.
    Nothing too spectacular happens to this quaint little village until Hector Huggins passed away. Want to know what a hermit is?
    His picture is in the dictionary next to the word. Nothing too spectacular about the man, he just enjoyed fishing and lived quietly
    to himself.

    Until his nephew came to settle his Uncle's affairs. That's when this quaint little town came alive once again. As Jack MacBride is
    fixing up his Uncles estate to sell there is something hidden that no one knew existed. 

    A well.

    Not just any kind of well....this is a wishing well. And not your average kiddie wishing well, for this well grants wishes.
    Really...everybody's wish has come true! It's a miracle.

    Or is it?

    With everyone's wishes coming true, what about the ones that aren't? Or those wishes that seem to be backfiring on them.
    What will happen to this quaint little town when wishes are the only things they are living for?

    Aunt Dimity and her niece Lori Shepherd must get to the bottom of this before their beloved town goes to war with each other.

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