Praise for Nancy Atherton and the Aunt Dimity series
"Atherton smoothly blends history, village life, and the otherworldly."—Publishers Weekly
"Every scene is superbly crafted to perfection. Even if you have not read all the books in this series, I have not, you can enjoy and immerse yourself in this cozy mystery.” —Open Book Society
"I love the graceful style... the sense of tight-knit community, characters who aren’t afraid to be themselves, and, the unique paranormal element...I only wish I had learned about this series earlier." —Gotta Write Network
"In the realm of the cozy mystery, there are few series that can hold a candle to Atherton's Aunt Dimity series." —everydayebook.com
"Atherton is a superb writer who brings a lot of charm and wit to her story." —Suspense Magazine
"Always a charming read, the Aunt Dimity series is just right for when life gets too hectic and you need to slow down a bit." —Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"Let Nancy Atherton and Aunt Dimity remind you of the reason you got hooked on books in the first place. I promise you will be scouring bookstores for more of the series after you give it a taste." —CrimeCritics.com
The setting is delicious: Readers get to spend a weekend at a posh English manor via descriptions of everything from the furnishings to the dresses, meals and even the closet space. But Atherton wastes few words and maintains a rapid pace as she gradually reveals the truth, making for a very enjoyable read. — Katy Munger
Fans of cozies with a supernatural twist will welcome Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday, the eighth in this whimsical series after 2001's Aunt Dimity: Detective. When a family gathering at the earl of Harrisford's country estate, Hailesham, provokes all sorts of mischief, from threatening letters to torched topiary, Lori Shepherd must once again call on the spirit of her dead aunt to prevent worse from happening. 5-city author tour.
After the reading of an earl's will results in a destructive family feud involving her own husband, Lori Shepherd requests her ghostly aunt's help. This delightful title takes place in a beautiful period home fraught with danger and intrigue. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Like most people, Lori Shepherd would give her eyeteeth to spend five days at Hailesham Park, the Earl of Elstyn's country home. But Lori's friend and neighbor Emma Harris isn't like most people. Her contractor husband Derek, the presumptive tenth earl, has never wanted anything to do with the father he broke with years ago, and the invitation leaves her fretting about how an American commoner should act in a houseful of aristocrats, and fearful lest one of the collateral relatives-perhaps one of Derek's cousins, handsome Simon Elstyn, his bashful brother Oliver, or empty-headed Lady Claudia Landover-improve their chances of inheriting the estate by putting Derek out of the way. Sure enough, as Lori, encouraged by Dimity Westwood, the ghostly presence whose chatty messages appear in an old journal, arrives at Hailesham Park with her husband, Bill Willis, who just happens to be one of the Earl's attorneys, they're greeted by a burning topiary turtledove. More skullduggery follows-a series of threatening anonymous letters, a pair of suspicious falls from an exemplary horse-but, rest assured, nothing as sordid as murder, or even grand larceny. The mystery, such as it is, is solved by a documents expert with no help from either Aunt Dimity or Lori, whose expertise this time is confined to an unerring sense of what to wear to meals with an earl. A weightless mystery with precious few clues whose solution implicates a toothless malefactor: altogether the feather-lightest of Aunt Dimity's eight posthumous cases (Aunt Dimity: Detective, 2001, etc.).