Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Aunt Dimity Series #17)

Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (Aunt Dimity Series #17)

by Nancy Atherton

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ISBN-13: 9780143122715
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: Aunt Dimity Series , #17
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 415,827
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-two 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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Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
pixie-cat More than 1 year ago
The Aunt Dimity Series is both ghost story and mystery. I have enjoyed every book because they're fun, gentle, and well-written. You will find excitement, suspense and tears but no gore or over the top sex scenes. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is no exception. Nancy Atherton keeps the suspense going until the end--with a really unexpected twist at the end. As always, the recipe at the end of the book must be tried! If you haven't read any of the series, then please do yourself a favor--read them all starting with Aunt Dimity's Death. Happy reading!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
if you like puzzles and scavenger hunts, you will love this. the mystery is captivating. you just can't wait to find the ending to the story. was she his lover? or his wife? a friend? family? or just someone he met once? why did he write the story? oh my, it's a puzzlement! gotta read it to really enjoy the story and...find out who she was. a great read as is all of this series by nancy atherton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nancy Atherton never disappoints her readers! Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is another interesting story. The fact that she has continuing characters in her books really helps to make the stories even more interesting. Her books are page turners! I really have trouble putting her books down. They're like well written plays and you just have to keep turning the page to read the next part of the story. Keep writing, Nancy! Can't wait for the next episode with Lori & Aunt Dimity!
NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
A new woman arrives in the Cotswold village of Finch and is causing quite a stir. Four single women known a bit cynically as “the handmaidens” are not pleased. It seems that the village’s most eligible bachelor, our heroine Lori Shepherd’s father-in-law, is paying quite a bit of attention to Amelia Thistle — if that’s her real name. Just who is she … and will she bring good things to Finch or disruption? Amelia Thistle’s story, and a parallel story in Finch’s long-ago past come together to show the formidable power of community. This is the stuff of which the Aunt Dimity stories are created: ordinary happenings in ordinary places, and it what makes these books so popular. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch came in the mail one afternoon, and I finished reading it that night. I can’t help myself … I just love these books, and they’re among the very few that I collect in hardcover and read over and over again. I once interviewed Nancy Atherton, asking her about why she thought her books were so popular. Here is her lightly edited response” “There are a whole lot of people who are sick of filling their heads with violence and vulgarity. They’re sick of psychos, characters they wouldn’t want to be on the same continent with. I don’t really understand why people fill their heads with that. “My characters are ones you really want to spend time with: go for a walk, have a cup of tea, take a trip — they’re good companions. A lot of people are looking for that. There’s a choice. I always say, people call my books ‘fantasy’ but axe murderers are ‘realistic’? I don’t know about anyone else, but most of the people I know are pretty nice people.” I agree. And if readers need an antidote to cynicism and divisiveness, an Aunt Dimity story … Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is #17… is the prescription.
TaraFitzG More than 1 year ago
First, I would give the author 4 stars for revisiting the little village of Finch and it's quirky residents. But the plot falls short. It is extremely linear, and there is no mystery to solve--no twists and turns that grace her earlier works. It's a narrative of a treasure hunt, a very easy one at that. When the final clue has yet to be discovered with the end of the book drawing near, it's evident to the reader that the ending will be rushed and not particularly satisfying. It would have been far more interesting if the true identity of the new resident had been part of a mystery to solve, adding a bit of texture to an otherwise bland storyline. This installment would be right at home in the juvenile mystery section. Read it to revisit old friends, but don't expect the calibre of her earlier works.
vger51 More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters that you care about. The ghost and how it is handled is very refreshing. A.great read
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A new woman arrives in the Cotswold village of Finch and is causing quite a stir. Four single women known a bit cynically as ¿the handmaidens¿ are not pleased. It seems that the village¿s most eligible bachelor, our heroine Lori Shepherd¿s father-in-law, is paying quite a bit of attention to Amelia Thistle -- if that¿s her real name. Just who is she ¿ and will she bring good things to Finch or disruption? Amelia Thistle¿s story, and a parallel story in Finch¿s long-ago past come together to show the formidable power of community. This is the stuff of which the Aunt Dimity stories are created: ordinary happenings in ordinary places, and it what makes these books so popular. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch came in the mail one afternoon, and I finished reading it that night. I can¿t help myself ¿ I just love these books, and they¿re among the very few that I collect in hardcover and read over and over again. I once interviewed Nancy Atherton for the Cozy Library website, asking her about why she thought her books were so popular. Here is her lightly edited response¿¿There are a whole lot of people who are sick of filling their heads with violence and vulgarity. They're sick of psychos, characters they wouldn't want to be on the same continent with. I don't really understand why people fill their heads with that. ¿My characters are ones you really want to spend time with: go for a walk, have a cup of tea, take a trip -- they're good companions. A lot of people are looking for that. There's a choice. I always say, people call my books `fantasy¿ but axe murderers are `realistic¿? I don't know about anyone else, but most of the people I know are pretty nice people.¿I agree. And if readers need an antidote to cynicism and divisiveness, an Aunt Dimity story ¿ Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is #17¿ is the prescription.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
4 StarsI remember reading some stories about Aunt Dimity and Lori awhile ago. I would love to reread them all.This is a detective story and a treasure hunt from the past. No one was murdered but I got involved in the hunt and could not wait to see how it all ended.The town of Finch in England's West Midlands like to gossip about each other and spy on one another. So when someone new was moving in everyone watched to see what the new comer wore and what she was moving into her cottage.The tearoom had big windows and had a good view of the cottage that Mrs. Amelia Thistle was the new widow who bought the cottage. The tearoom was full of villagers waiting to get their look when she pulled up in front of her cottage.Lori was sharing her table with Charles Bellingham and Grant Tavistock. After seeing Mrs Amelia Thistle arrive Charles and Grant hurried out to their own house without waiting to see what was moved into the cottage. Lori followed them and they told her that was not her real name. That she was a famous painter and had a following of crackpots who developed a religion around her art. She could not go anywhere without bodyguards they even bought property in her gated estate to camp out to stalk her.Lori the next day went to welcome her with a box of cookies and a breakfast casserole. She was welcomed by a hungry, confused lady. Who took her into the kitchen saying she was starved. Had not found her dishes and the stores where closed last night before she got food. Lori fixed her tea while she ate and help clean up front room. Then she asked if she was really May the famous painter.May was disapointed that someone saw through her and recongized her from the first day.May explained that she moved to town to finsh her late brothers work of find a secret manuscript that was discovered the first page in one of the cottages years ago written in latin from the 1700's. Her brother translated the first page and the author was the preacher of Finch at that time. Thier was a drawing that was a clue to the next page of a manuscript.Lori said tomorrow she would help her find out more and keep her identy a secret. Other neighbors were coming to welcome her and Lori suggested that she have them shop and unpack for her and get settled in for today.Lori has a relative from the past leave her home and money but also a journal that a ghost of Aunt Dimity lived in and wrote her part of conversations in. Aunt Dimity recongized the drawing and sugested that they look at the painting in the old church tomorrow for the next clue.The story is engaging as more and more of the town get involved in the search for the missing pages and they learn what happened to the witch at that time when witch trials were going on in the 1600's.May's crazy followers show up in town and try to find where she lives now.Its a fun hunt to find the truth about the rest of story. I will read more from Nancy in the future.I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.04/24/2012 PUB Viking Adult
tututhefirst on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Although I really don't care for most paranormal adventures and stories, there's just something about Aunt Dimity that always manages to tickle me.  In this latest entry in the series, Nancy Atherton continues her tale of a transplanted American, Lori Shepherd, who lives with her American husband and twin sons in a cottage inherited from her "aunt Dimity" -a friend of her mother's.  Lori and Aunt Dimity are able to communicate "across the divide" by means of an old blank diary....Aunt Dimity's "conversation" magically appears whenever Lori opens the book and settles down and begins talking to it.That premise sounds really weird, and it is, but it works in this delightful series of cozy mysteries in a stereotypical town of nosy busybodies, the always competent and compassionate Vicar (and his ubiquitous wife), a gay couple running the local pub, a variety of shop keepers, a horse loving farmer, and Lori's father-in-law-- a rather well-to-do widower who lives down the road, and for whom several of the town "maidens" have set their caps.The story opens when the village gathers in the pub early one morning to cran their nosy noses at the window to watch the newest resident's goods unloaded from the removal van directly across the street.  When two of the watchers indicate that this new resident isn't who she claims to be, and that her arrival in the village spells doom, gloom and the end to civilization as they know it, Lori's curiosity gets the better of her, and we're off to find out the who is she, why is she here, and what about all these weird occurrences that begin with her arrival.  And is she really after Will Sr?It's lots of fun, a light read, but somehow it works. Many thanks to Viking for making the ARC available through Net Galley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book weaves a fascinating tale about a hidden manuscript and a 17th century witch. Well crafted mystery.
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
This was my first book i nthe “Aunt Dimity” series, and I loved it. Quirky and interesting, Amelia almost seems like a real person. The mystery ties in with seventeenth-century witchcraft (yay!) and is light, charming, and engaging. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book in the series. I know when I purchase one of her books it is going to interesting, enlightening, and funny. I try to read them slowly but once I start reading I can't put it down. I highly recommend all the books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book. As the villagers went from clue to clue, I went along with them. One thing is certain. The ending was different and a surprise! I'll read this one again. I do enjoy her books and always look for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend if you are a mystery reader. Nancy Atherton has never failed to capture my interest.
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I enjoy this series immensely. Quick, fun reads. Looking forward to the next one!
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clnnc More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Aunt Dimity books and this is the best so far. It was a touching wonderful story line. Read it!
Hannahshobby More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It seemed to move faster than the other Aunt Dimity books, of late. It was great to have a book that encompasses the current issues of suicide; without making the victim a pariah.
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