Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity Series #7)

Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity Series #7)

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by Nancy Atherton
     
 

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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

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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 opportunity to unravel this delightfully tangled and gossip-filled whodunnit.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
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.
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142001547
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Aunt Dimity Series , #7
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
549,477
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.69(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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
MommaB More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Aunt Dimity books and each one gets better. This is the best yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Aunt Dimity series is the best. I am working my way through them all. They are light reading and entertaining.
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CozyMysteryLover More than 1 year ago
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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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. Always an interesting twist to the stories..
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