Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity Series #7)

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 When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella "Pruneface" Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to want Mrs. Hooper dead. With the help of the ghostly Aunt Dimity and Nicholas, the enigmatic (and charming!) self-defense instructor, Lori aligns motive, means, and

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Overview

 When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella "Pruneface" Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to want Mrs. Hooper dead. With the help of the ghostly Aunt Dimity and Nicholas, the enigmatic (and charming!) self-defense instructor, Lori aligns motive, means, and opportunity to unravel this delightfully tangled and gossip-filled whodunnit.

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Mystery lovers' favorite ghost discovers secrets, scandals, and resurrected family feuds when the nasty murder of busybody Prunella "Pruneface" Hooper disrupts the idyllic English village of Finch.
Publishers Weekly
For an American, Atherton nicely captures the British cozy spirit, but her ghostly gimmick is not for every taste. In her seventh appearance (after 2000's Aunt Dimity Meets the Devil), Lori Shepherd, her husband and two-year-old twins have returned home to a cold, rainy English April after a three-month family visit to the U.S. to find that there has been a murder in Finch, their idyllic Cotswold village. Prunella Hooper "Pruneface" to most villagers was found dead of a blow to the head in her home, Crabtree Cottage. Given her malicious nature, the residents of Finch aren't surprised by her death; in fact, they seem relieved and yet are strangely reticent to come forward with any information. The list of suspects seems endless. So, with the aid of the Pym sisters' gingerbread cookies (a recipe for which is provided at book's end) and the sage advice of phantom counselor Aunt Dimity, who appears to Lori supernaturally on the blank pages of a journal, Lori and the vicar's nephew, Nicholas, begin a quest to unearth the truth behind the murder. In the process, they uncover a multitude of village secrets, including a few pertaining to themselves. With eccentric village characters, a tightly woven, well-executed plot and a spunky heroine, Atherton has created a cozy as spicy and zestful as the Pym sisters' gingerbread. Series fans are sure to be pleased. For some, however, the fantasy of Aunt Dimity is like the edible gold leaf on the cookies a nice touch if you like it, but it would taste better plain. 5-city author tour. (Oct. 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A newcomer to town quickly shows herself to be hateful, spiteful, and malicious, so her subsequent murder involves numerous suspects. Lori and her ghostly aunt investigate. A comfortable addition to the popular and enchanting "Aunt Dimity" series. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142001547
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Aunt Dimity Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 185,932
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Atherton

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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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Aunt Dimity books are such fun

    I bought this book not realizing that it was part of a series. It was not anything like what I expected but I really enjoyed it. After reading this one I had to start and the beginning and now am on the fourth book. They are fun easy reads and very enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

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    Do you believe in vampires? Well, Lori¿s twins think they saw one up on the hill and now she¿s frantic to find out if it¿s true! She and her friend Kit investigate the history of some strange neighbors who just might be hiding someone up in their attic. As they get to know more about the past, they meet numerous people that all were involved in a mysterious event that occulted more that forty years ago. When the story of that day finally comes out, no one realizes how close to home someone will be affected. I really enjoyed this book. The story grabs you from the start and you know another good adventure is ahead for Lori. The author adds every day life events and mixes in some mystery, that makes you want to keep reading to the very end to solve it! Nancy Atherton has done it again with her thirteenth book in the `Aunt Dimity¿ series. I never get tired of this series about Lori Shephard and the situations she finds herself in. She always comes back to opening her blue book and waiting for Aunt Dimity to speak 'or actually write to her from the other side', so she can talk to her about her adventures and get advice. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants a good, easy and enjoyable adventure to read. Also, I would read the rest of the series too! This is one series that will bring a smile to your face and a good feeling after every book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    Superb Story!!

    I thought that this book was very well writen.Its funny and it has mystery to the story! It is a cute story to curl up in bed to read. You should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    Best Aunt Dimity yet!

    I love the Aunt Dimity books and each one gets better. This is the best yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Mistclan

    Warrior den

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    A Mystery with no Murder - Fun!

    I'm addicted to this series and grab the next one as soon as I can. No murder means my pre-teen daughter and I can both read the books and discuss.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Aunt Dimity - Vampire Hunter

    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. Always an interesting twist to the stories..

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Cute book sutible for moms and young people

    sill premis, but sweet and no cussing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Good read

    This is the first book that I have read of this series. Now I am interested in reading the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    True to the series - that is, very good.

    If you love this series for the fun it provides, then you will love this one too. If you like cozies in general, then you will like this series. As always, there is at least one mystery to be solved, but no goriness.

    For the books I recommend, I also recommend the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

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    Great series to completely get lost in the content.

    Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series take you to another time and place. She is so vivid in her descriptions that you feel like you have been in England and that you personally know her characters. Great reading anytime especially for a rainy day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    LOVE AT FIRST PARAGRAPH

    The detective was great.......Nancy always adds just a hint of romance to her stories and she can write about the little towns in england and the people who live there to the degree that you feel you would know them if you met them on the street..I always find her ending to be special and also her reciepts..Try them you will like them. Do suggest that you read them in the order that they were written as it is a series...That just gets better and better... Read all the aunt dimity books ...They are the kind you cannot put down and you always want more..........Waiting for the next one..Author is great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2005

    Have some fun and rest your mind!

    Aunt Dimity books are so much fun to read. I thought this one was especially good because the adjectives describing the Abby and characters really bring the story pictures alive. I confess that I have to suck it up to get past a paranormal book and rabbit, but I have such a good time doing it. Nice Read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    Some of the coziest of the cozies

    I told a friend that these are so sweet and such wish-fulfillment tales that I am almost embarassed to admit liking them. But I really do. Occasionally, awful things will happen, but that is almost always off-stage and often long ago. The books are amusing and filled with likable people. The magical elements are generally laid on fairly lightly. I have one problem with this volume and the next, however. We are to understand that the main characters are good people, and Aunt Dimity is nearly a saint. I like reading about people who are better than me, and the triumph of good: it helps inspire me. The moral compass gets a little wobbly here. For one thing, Atherton has apparently decided to make infatuation with attractive men one of Lori's main character traits, in spite of the fact that she is very much in love with her almost perfect husband. And every book introduces a new, attractive man. This book deals with the evils of gossip. The message of the book might either be taken as a bit muddy, or one might feel that Atherton is presenting a variety of views to encourage the reader to really think about the issues, beginning with what IS gossip as opposed to friendly chatting. I am just a little taken aback that Lori leaves feeling that the great thing about the villagers is that they don't care if their neighbors' behavior is immoral or downright illegal. As it is revealed that all their gossipy assumptions are wrong, one might better praise them for not acting on unproven speculations. Also, the victim is rightly described as an evil person, but the most evil bit of gossip that is created isn't from her, it's from a villager: falsely accusing someone of sexually abusing a child so as to make the alleged abuser look guilty of murder. Although the completely unrepentent villager is told to apologize, Lori just reflects fondly that the village wouldn't be the same without that person. The issue gets lost in a fog of saintly forgiveness and sentimental reunion. Still, enjoyable and I plan to keep reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003

    Aunt Dimity does it again!

    Having read this book several months ago I find that I am now ready to dip into it again to recapture the full flavor of the superb characterizations. The plot moves along steadily and the ending is a true make-you-gasp surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Great job Dimity!

    This is a very good book. The true murderer will make you laugh! Get it NOW!!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    enjoyable contemporary English village mystery with a large dose of the paranormal

    American expatriates Bill Willis and Lori Shepherd were staying with his parents in Boston when someone in their English village of Finch killed ¿Pruneface¿ Hooper. When the married couple with different last names returns home to Finch, the news of the homicide stun both of them because the last murder in Finch occurred in 1872. <P>Eleven days pass without the case being solved because everyone seemed to have a reason to see the mean-spited gossip Pruneface dead. Deciding it is time to get involved, Lori turns to her sleuthing guide the spirit of ¿Aunt¿ Dimity Westwood, former resident of Lori¿s cottage. Through Dimity¿s blue journal, the ghost and Lori communicate. Though the townsfolk remain reticent, Lori and Dimity accompanied by Nicholas Fox, the visiting nephew of the vicar begin to investigate. <P> The seventh Aunt Dimity tale retains the freshness of the series as the supernatural and the mortal combine forces to uncover the identity of a killer. Nicholas gives readers a different view of Lori especially since Bill is in London for most of the novel. The who-done-it is fun to try to figure out as most of the villagers had cause to see Pruneface dead. Anyone who enjoys a contemporary English village mystery with a large dose of the paranormal will enjoy AUNT DIMITY: DETECTIVE and Nancy Atherton¿s previous supernatural-amateur sleuth stories. <P>Harriet Klausner

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