Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton is the second book in the Aunt Dimity mystery series. A word of warning for those who loved the first book, and are about to move on: this one doesn’t pick up where the last one left off. Instead, it covers the meeting of Emma and Derek, Lori Shepherd’s neighbors. Once you get over this minor shock, however, you will love this book. I actually liked it a wee bit more than the first book. I am particularly fond of Lady Nell and Peter (and Sir Bertram, of course), and they have a great deal to do with this book. They have a hand, along with the Pym sisters, in bringing Emma and Derek together. This mystery has its own touch of the supernatural, even though Aunt Dimity is still alive, and only appears for a bit at the very beginning and the very end. Like its predecessor, Aunt Dimity and the Duke falls firmly in the “cozy” category of mysteries. A couple of the events that occur within these pages are a bit fantastical in nature, but it doesn’t detract from the story. Frankly, I enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to the readers of Aunt Dimity’s Death, and anyone who loves a nice relaxing mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. I’ve read it several times now, and it manages to maintain its appeal under the stress of repeated readings. (Oh, and this one has a recipe for Nell’s Strawberry Tarts at the end.)
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Okay, I have my cup of tea and my cat is purring on my lap, so now I am in the perfect frame of mind to tell you about one of my favorite cozy mysteries. (Yes, I have today off so I’m posting this from home.) Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton is a wonderful, romantic, cozy mystery, and it is also quite possibly the least spooky ghost story ever. Lori Shepherd is stuck in a downward spiral. First, she got a divorce and moved back to the east coast. She discovered that her old job had literally gone up in smoke, and had to turn to temping instead. Then, her mother died. After the funeral, she threw herself into her work and pretty much stopped talking to anyone. On the day that she came home early to find the letter waiting for her, she had pretty much hit rock bottom. But the letter’s news of Aunt Dimity’s death, when as far as Lori was concerned “Aunt Dimity” was a character from the bedtime stories of her childhood, became the catalyst that catapulted Lori out of her grey existence and onto the trail of a mystery over forty years old.
I blame this review on my mother. She’s the one that talked me into reading this book in the first place. And therefore it’s her fault that I read three of the series in one day. Perhaps it is more accurate to say *inhaled* rather than read. Okay, I admit it. She has good taste in books. I love that Lori has a stuffed rabbit named Reginald. That’s him on the cover. Come to think of it, perhaps that’s why my mother read it in the first place. She collects rabbits, you see.
The story is told in the first person from Lori Shepherd’s point of view. Through her eyes we see her slowly coming back to life. Nancy Atherton’s skill in characterization is obvious even here in book one. No one seems two dimensional. It’s really rather refreshing. The plot is just fast paced enough to keep you reading. And there is a lovely cookie recipe at the end of the book. Targeted at adults, but appropriate for young adults, Aunt Dimity’s Death is just the book for a nice quiet evening.
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Nancy Atherton’s Website: http://www.aunt-dimity.com
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