Aunt Dimity Down Under (Aunt Dimity Series #15)

Aunt Dimity Down Under (Aunt Dimity Series #15)

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by Nancy Atherton
     
 

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Lori Shepherd travels to New Zealand in Aunt Dimity's fifteenth charming adventure.

Mystery readers everywhere continue to be won over by Nancy Atherton's popular cozy series. In the latest installment, Lori Shepherd is bereft when she learns that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Summoning her to their sickroom, the elderly

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Lori Shepherd travels to New Zealand in Aunt Dimity's fifteenth charming adventure.

Mystery readers everywhere continue to be won over by Nancy Atherton's popular cozy series. In the latest installment, Lori Shepherd is bereft when she learns that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Summoning her to their sickroom, the elderly sisters have a favor to ask: Will Lori find their long-lost brother, Aubrey, before death claims them? Despite her misgivings, Lori sets out for distant New Zealand-where Aubrey fled after being cast out of the family in disgrace. With the help of a charming kiwi bird and her otherworldly friend, Aunt Dimity, Lori tries to heal a family broken by deceit.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New Zealand serves as the alluring backdrop for Atherton's thin 15th paranormal detective mystery to feature Lori Shepherd (after 2009's Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon). At the request of dying spinster twins Ruth and Louise Pym, Lori heads down under to find out what happened to their older, disinherited brother, Aubrey Pym. In New Zealand, Lori discovers Aubrey is dead, and his son, Edmund, soon follows Aubrey to the grave. As a result, Lori must deliver the vital message the Pym sisters entrusted to her to Ed's 18-year-old runaway daughter, Bree. As Lori tours such scenic sites as Waipoua Forest and Tongariro National Park in her hunt for Bree, Aunt Dimity's journal provides otherworldly encouragement. Since Peter Jackson is filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy during Lori's visit, Tolkien references abound. What starts as a missing person's case turns into a travelogue, charming but not very mysterious. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143118657
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Series:
Aunt Dimity Series, #15
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
227,848
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(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 Down Under (Aunt Dimity Series #15) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
stllady123 More than 1 year ago
If you love the Aunt Dimity series, you must read the continuing saga of Lorie and Aunt Dimity. Once again, Lorie is called into investigation on an emergency and time constraining mission. Due to her love and admiration for the Pym sisters, she is off on an adventure to New Zealand. Of course, everything works out so that Bill and the kids are taken care of and she does not have to worry about them while on this trip. She travels to not just one spot in New Zealand, but travels the whole of it in search of clues and ferreting out mysteries. Through jungle, mountains, hills, surf, by plane, boat, car and on foot, she travels and meets many of the people of New Zealand guided by, of course, a very handsome young man. If you ever wanted to have a guide while in New Zealand, this man is the one! He has friends in every town and also remote locations, has all modes of transportation available to him, and manages to expedite Lorie's mission throughout. Lorie could not have completed her mission without him. A combination of history, long lost relatives, quirky and interesting people and exotic and interesting locations, makes the plot moves along quickly. If you are a fast reader and have a couple of hours, this can be read in one day. Of course, Aunt Dimity lends a hand through her writings to Laurie, helping her fill in some background and historical data so that Laurie is able to piece together more of the puzzle she is trying to put together. The author almost leaves you with the feeling that Lorie may go back to New Zealand one day with Bill and the boys. Also, Lorie encounters what the New Zealanders call "Ringers". The Ringers are groupies who followed the crew of the "Lord of the Rings" films while filming at various locations in New Zealand. As usual, the locals were glad they brought in revenue during the years of filming, but also found them somewhat annoying. I am looking forward to many more Aunt Dimity books. They are a nice light enjoyable read and a good escape. No heavy drama and would be a nice beach book. I would also recommend this series for any young adults. This series features no foul language or offensive material of any kind.
KER2011 More than 1 year ago
Another Excellent Aunt Dimity Adventure An Aunt Dimity book by Nancy Atherton is always a delight, but especially this one which involves an around the world hunt for the missing relative of the Pym sisters. The twin sisters are near death in the tiny town of Finch and have asked their neighbor, Lori Shepherd, to find their long-lost relative before they die. Lori’s resulting adventures in New Zealand, accompanied by Aunt Dimity and Reginald, will have you on the edge of your seat wondering if the missing Pym relative will be found in time. The author does such a marvelous job with her description of New Zealand, as the Lori travels from one end of the country to the other, the reader will want to immediately book a flight there. Nancy Atherton is an excellent author who does a marvelous job with the ultimate in cozy mystery (no one is murdered!). The amazing town of Finch is a town Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple would be pleased to visit, as would any reader.
AnglophileDF More than 1 year ago
Being a major fan of the wacky Aunt Dimity series and someone who fell in love with New Zealand when I visited there two years ago, I really enjoyed this book. Main character, Lori, is her usual entertaining and inconsistent self yet, although sleep deprived, she's not quite as emotional as usual--rather a good thing I thought! Nevertheless, her efforts to track down the only remaining relative of the lovely Pimm sisters in a race through various cities on both islands of New Zealand kept me rivited. As always, there's a happy ending. And, in the end there's a new addition to the quirky, good-hearted, gossipy English Village of Finch who loves to needle Mrs. Taxman to the delight of everyone in town. Very funny, good twists, quirky and a fast read that should entertain you right up to the last page. Here's to Lori, Aunt Dimity, her latest new friend, and what Lori learns about a young person and the terrific country of New Zealand.
TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I had read a copy of this book that I gotten from the library, but had to have my own copy and HAD to read again. This was a great way to tour New Zealand without a long plane trip, and to relive how a character that has become part of the series--Brie--came to be.
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I used to be a huge fan of the series, and though the previous two books were disappointing, I had hopes for this one. I don't know if the author is just tired of Aunt Dimity, but this book was little more than a travelogue for New Zealand. The premise was far from realistic, the plot was thin and, frankly, boring, and the characters were one-dimentional ... there was no mystery, just a silly chase around a tiny country. Disappointment doesn't begin to describe my feelings about this one.
pklewis More than 1 year ago
I got a tour of beautiful New Zealand as well as a wonderful, clue-filled mystery. Nancy Atherton is one of my "must read" authors.
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