Aunt Dimity Goes West (Aunt Dimity Series #12)

Aunt Dimity Goes West (Aunt Dimity Series #12)

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by Nancy Atherton
     
 

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The world's original paranormal detective returns

Nancy Atherton 's Aunt Dimity series has charmed its way into the hearts of mystery fans everywhere, finding a larger audience with each new book. In Aunt Dimity Goes West, Atherton's vivid storytelling and knack for bringing a setting to life will have fans lassoed to their chairs. Lori Shepherd,

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The world's original paranormal detective returns

Nancy Atherton 's Aunt Dimity series has charmed its way into the hearts of mystery fans everywhere, finding a larger audience with each new book. In Aunt Dimity Goes West, Atherton's vivid storytelling and knack for bringing a setting to life will have fans lassoed to their chairs. Lori Shepherd, still recovering from her most recent adventure, is taking a vacation with her family in the beautiful mountain town of Bluebird, Colorado. But there's something amiss at their seemingly perfect vacation home. Is the place cursed or is a sinister human hand shaping its eerie reputation? With Aunt Dimity's help, Lori sets out to solve a hundred- year-old mystery and discovers that sometimes the strangest places can seem the most like home.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Atherton's series is for those who like the puzzle of a mystery minus the corpses. . . . This is the way life really ought to be if only we were all better behaved. Put on the teakettle and enjoy."
-Rocky Mountain News

"The twelfth novel in Atherton's series is the ultimate cozy mystery."
-Romantic Times

Romantic Times
The twelfth novel in Atherton's series is the ultimate cozy mystery.
Rocky Mountain News
Atherton's series is for those who like the puzzle of a mystery minus the corpses. . . . This is the way life really ought to be if only we were all better behaved. Put on the teakettle and enjoy.
Kirkus Reviews
The 12th adventure for ghost detective Aunt Dimity takes her to Colorado, where she again assists the living. Lori Sheppard (Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea, Feb. 2006, etc.) is recovering from a gunshot wound acquired while protecting her children from a madman. The wound is healing, but her psyche is not. So her husband arranges a trip to Colorado for Lori, the twins and their nanny, and a friend offers the use of the Aerie, a magnificent house outside the old mining town of Bluebird. They're met at the airport by Toby Cooper, a last-minute replacement for vanished caretaker James Blackwell. At first, things go well. The boys love hiking, fishing and riding at a nearby ranch, and Lori loves the quaint old town, even though everyone she meets is a double for her friends back home in England. But she's disturbed when Amanda Barrow, proprietor of the Mystic Crystals, recounts the curse of the old Lord Stuart mine, parts of which are under the Aerie. Despite the otherworldly assurances of Aunt Dimity and the spirit of a teacher killed in the cave-in that closed the Lord Stuart, Lori is still uneasy. With help from Toby and tips from Aunt Dimity, she digs around until the truth is revealed. An anemic mystery whose high spots are the beauties of the Rockies and a single cookie recipe. Agent: Meg Ruley/Jane Rotrosen Agency LLC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143112914
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/29/2008
Series:
Aunt Dimity Series, #12
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
224,070
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Atherton's series is for those who like the puzzle of a mystery minus the corpses. . . . This is the way life really ought to be if only we were all better behaved. Put on the teakettle and enjoy."
-Rocky Mountain News

"The twelfth novel in Atherton's series is the ultimate cozy mystery."
-Romantic Times

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 Goes West (Aunt Dimity Series #12) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing addition to an otherwise entertaining series. Main (married) character falling in love/lust with available men is getting OLD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The spark that filled her earlier works is missing, and this book seems hurried and sloppy. No sense of mystery untangling, and it's the same old formula of Lori being left alone in the company of a good looking man. The mystery (and it's not much of one), doesn't get underway until midway through the book. Lori's character, frankly, was much more interesting before the twins came along. Now, reading about how precious and wonderful and smart the boys are is like nails on a chalk board. Doesn't live up to the standards set by her earlier works -- 'Aunt Dimity's Good Deed,' and 'Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin' are two of her best -- read those, and give this one a skip.
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Calyvorri More than 1 year ago
What can I say, I just get totally lost in these books, I just love them. It is so easy to imagine being in the story itself.. I just wish there were more of them.
CHRSL More than 1 year ago
I have read all the series up to 2007 and just love it. I love the writing style and how Atherton builds each book with the characters and situations used in previous books. Whether you have read all or just one book, she makes sure that you know each character and how they fit in. It's always an enjoyable read with no bad language, and I don't like having to put it down. Easy to follow, but keeps you in suspense.
DWG More than 1 year ago
This is not a book I want to keep, but I did enjoy reading it. It's very good for an afternoon-lying-on-the-couch-with-your-feet-up time. The characters and plot are fun but not great. Not something I want to read more than once.
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Pack your saddle bags and get ready for a fun ride because Aunt Dimity is heading west; to Bluebird, Colorado to be exact. The twelfth book in Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series takes the reader along for an entertaining trip to the Colorado Rockies to solve a mystery involving a mine, a small town where rumors fly, and one very cute 21-year-old caretaker. Aunt Dimity Goes West opens in the tranquil little English village of Finch, where Lori Shepherd lives with her family. It is just six weeks after her last adventure, where Lori was shot in the shoulder by a raving lunatic. Unable to escape her nightmares, Lori's husband Bill hopes a change of scenery might help. He has reserved a vacation home - a log cabin - owned by a good friend and although he must stay behind to attend to his law practice, Bill is optimistic that the new environment will help his wife recuperate. Lori, the couple's five-year-old twins, and the boys' nanny, hop a plane and are soon in Colorado. Lori and her entourage are met at the airport by Toby, a last-minute replacement for the cabin's caretaker who unexpectedly quit a few days earlier. What happened? Is something going on in Bluebird? At the cabin? Lori is at first reluctant to accept Toby as the family's sole custodian but soon, he earns her trust. The "log cabin" which Lori had envisioned as a tiny hut without running water, turns out to be a luxurious mansion. All is going well and Lori's nightmares have even stopped until rumors of a curse on the house begin to surface. Is there an evil spirit intent on harming Lori or her children rummaging about the house? With the help of Dimity, a loving spectral "aunt," Lori sets out to discover just what is hiding beneath the floorboards of the house. Aunt Dimity Goes West is a light-hearted adventure with just the right amount of suspense and charm, mixed together to keep pages turning. It is not surprising that the Aunt Dimity series has proven so popular as Atherton has a knack for telling a slightly silly, somewhat believable but always fun story. Although Aunt Dimity's appearances were rare until well into the story, and the action was slow to start, once it did, the reader is kept guessing as to the eerie events and whether they're caused by a curse, a spirit, or simply a maniac. Be sure to try the recipe for Carrie Vyne's (a minor character in the story) Calico Cookies that appear at the back of the book - they're delicious! Quill says: The perfect book for a rainy afternoon.