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"Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil" takes place ten months after Aunt Dimity's Christmas. The twins are walking and talking and Lori is going stir crazy. When her old boss, Stan Finderman, asks her to travel to Tarrant Hall in Northumberland to evaluate a book collection, she jumps at the chance.Lori arrives to find a creepy Victorian mansion with turrets and towers. But her hos "Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil" takes place ten months after Aunt Dimity's Christmas. The twins are walking and talking and Lori is going stir crazy. When her old boss, Stan Finderman, asks her to travel to Tarrant Hall in Northumberland to evaluate a book collection, she jumps at the chance.Lori arrives to find a creepy Victorian mansion with turrets and towers. But her hosts, newlyweds Nicola and Paul Hollander, warmly welcome Lori into their home. Lori works through the inches of dust and spider webs to examine the library's books -- and there she discovers a trove of love letters dating from WWI, written by a young lieutenant to his lover Claire, Nicola's great aunt. One of the letters hints at a hidden treasure somewhere within Tarrant Hall. Lori is surprised when this news seems to disturb rather than intrigue Nicola, and as All Souls' Eve approaches, Nicola confesses to hearing bumps in the night. She wants to know: does Lori believe in ghosts? Aunt Dimity guides Lori toward uncovering the mysteries of Tarrant Hall -- which involve old family secrets and otherworldy spirits -- and it all turns out to be much more interesting than evaluating a rare book collection.


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"Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil" takes place ten months after Aunt Dimity's Christmas. The twins are walking and talking and Lori is going stir crazy. When her old boss, Stan Finderman, asks her to travel to Tarrant Hall in Northumberland to evaluate a book collection, she jumps at the chance.Lori arrives to find a creepy Victorian mansion with turrets and towers. But her hos "Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil" takes place ten months after Aunt Dimity's Christmas. The twins are walking and talking and Lori is going stir crazy. When her old boss, Stan Finderman, asks her to travel to Tarrant Hall in Northumberland to evaluate a book collection, she jumps at the chance.Lori arrives to find a creepy Victorian mansion with turrets and towers. But her hosts, newlyweds Nicola and Paul Hollander, warmly welcome Lori into their home. Lori works through the inches of dust and spider webs to examine the library's books -- and there she discovers a trove of love letters dating from WWI, written by a young lieutenant to his lover Claire, Nicola's great aunt. One of the letters hints at a hidden treasure somewhere within Tarrant Hall. Lori is surprised when this news seems to disturb rather than intrigue Nicola, and as All Souls' Eve approaches, Nicola confesses to hearing bumps in the night. She wants to know: does Lori believe in ghosts? Aunt Dimity guides Lori toward uncovering the mysteries of Tarrant Hall -- which involve old family secrets and otherworldy spirits -- and it all turns out to be much more interesting than evaluating a rare book collection.

30 review for Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is one of my favorite books so far in the Aunt Dimity series. I'm glad that Lori's "passionate nature" and "roving eye", as Dimity calls it (pg. 148) are finally discussed. I was wondering why in many of the previous books Lori finds herself attracted to various men (cousin Gerald in Aunt Dimity's Good Deed, both Julian Bright, the Roman Catholic priest, and Kit Smith, the homeless man, in Aunt Dimity's Christmas, and Adam Chase in this book). I was wondering why this happily married woman This is one of my favorite books so far in the Aunt Dimity series. I'm glad that Lori's "passionate nature" and "roving eye", as Dimity calls it (pg. 148) are finally discussed. I was wondering why in many of the previous books Lori finds herself attracted to various men (cousin Gerald in Aunt Dimity's Good Deed, both Julian Bright, the Roman Catholic priest, and Kit Smith, the homeless man, in Aunt Dimity's Christmas, and Adam Chase in this book). I was wondering why this happily married woman was attracted to someone other than her husband in each of the books. It seemed as if it was part of the plot in each book, and I didn't really relate to this aspect of Lori's character. She always remains faithful to her husband, but she seems to find, and then place, herself in compromising situations. I think she's playing with matches and that if she doesn't want to get burned, she should stop. This book discusses this character trait more openly. I am interested to see whether it continues in the series. I hope not. It was getting a bit predictable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Could not wait to read this on Halloween so I plunged right in, and I am so pleased that I did! Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (Aunt Dimity #6) is a grand read. Lori Shepherd is offered a chance to go to an old Victorian country home on the moors in Northumbria to check out her old boss’ niece’s library full of what Lori hopes are fabulous book collections that previously belonged to her uncle. Lori needs a break so off she goes! Getting to her destination is very definitely not Lo Could not wait to read this on Halloween so I plunged right in, and I am so pleased that I did! Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (Aunt Dimity #6) is a grand read. Lori Shepherd is offered a chance to go to an old Victorian country home on the moors in Northumbria to check out her old boss’ niece’s library full of what Lori hopes are fabulous book collections that previously belonged to her uncle. Lori needs a break so off she goes! Getting to her destination is very definitely not Lori’s idea of a good time, but she eventually arrives at Wyrdhurst Hall. Trouble finds Lori on the moors in horrendous weather, and things appear to go downhill from there. Finally at Wyrdhurst Hall Lori ‘feels’ much if not all is ‘wrong’, and then there is the resident ghost with which Lori will deal. The author exposes Lori’s emotions - attraction to a male who is not Bill, her husband, abject fear, jealousy, and you should read what Aunt Dimity tells Lori in just two words! The best read! Highly recommended! 4.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    C. (friends, please call me by name)

    I inhaled this whole book in one day! Any sentence by Nancy Atherton is uplifting. I savour her for when I need an emotional boost. Her mysteries are exciting and always exceptionally original. There has been a small paranormal presence, conversing with Dimity through a journal. It was all right because I adore Lori’s family and always-varying friends. It is high praise that this is my favourite so far! THIS is more like the paranormal I yearn for in adult books! We don’t see a ghost but at last I inhaled this whole book in one day! Any sentence by Nancy Atherton is uplifting. I savour her for when I need an emotional boost. Her mysteries are exciting and always exceptionally original. There has been a small paranormal presence, conversing with Dimity through a journal. It was all right because I adore Lori’s family and always-varying friends. It is high praise that this is my favourite so far! THIS is more like the paranormal I yearn for in adult books! We don’t see a ghost but at last: a spookier entity effects the emotional behaviour of hall occupants.... Lori’s mystery involvement is always established neatly. She spends a week with the poorly-matched owners of Wyrdhurst Hall to assess their book collection, a job she enjoyed in Chicago, USA. The older husband seems to be a bossy creep to a loveable wife. Readers don’t know who is responsible for overall unease, trespassing, and lies that surface frequently. My sole suggestion is that a vehicular mishap was unnecessary to meet Adam Chase, the hall’s temporary neighbour. Lori is glad to confer with someone outside the hall, when she and the mistress feel threatened by human disturbances. The paranormal, Lori can handle and I love the examination of wartime letters, leading to a much older story that it is important to unravel. I am always far more enraptured with long dormant mysteries than modern nuisances! I seethed over unjust, criminal treatment and stupidity of a Father disapproving of an heir’s lover. However the unearthing, understanding, and consequences of this situation are of the most paramount kind. What the revelations signify for some in the present day is staggering, life-changing, and the most emotional ending any reader could wish for in any novel. I was enthralled with every page, from stem to stern!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I have read all of this series and like it a lot. Probably because she's living my dream life. An American girl receives a large inheritance from a friend of her mother's in England and goes to live there in a charming Cotswold cottage. I do like the Aunt Dimity speaking from the grave plot device. I AM getting a little tired of Lori's roving eye motif. Does EVERY single book HAVE to have some attractive man that she becomes attached to and who falls for her? Having said that, this is probably m I have read all of this series and like it a lot. Probably because she's living my dream life. An American girl receives a large inheritance from a friend of her mother's in England and goes to live there in a charming Cotswold cottage. I do like the Aunt Dimity speaking from the grave plot device. I AM getting a little tired of Lori's roving eye motif. Does EVERY single book HAVE to have some attractive man that she becomes attached to and who falls for her? Having said that, this is probably my favorite Dimity book. I was interested in all the characters, guessed only parts of it was honestly touched and saddened by the story of Clair and Edward.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This felt more like a ghost story than a mystery for most of its length, though not a scary one at all. Cuddly and undemanding, it was a great book to read during a summer vacation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Really enjoyed the story. Looked the spookiness and the tragic tale of the long ago lovers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    I love the Aunt Dimity stories, and this one is the perfect Halloween cozy because it takes place in a haunted house. Lori travels to Northumberland to catalog an old library at Wyrdhurst Hall. Naturally, she and Dimity encounter all sorts of weird happenings and manage to solve a mystery or two while there. I enjoy these books so much....they are so relaxing and fun to read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    very eerie and creepy for Nancy Atherton... sad too.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . I really enjoy this series. Getting to know the new characters in a familiar setting is like going back home for a visit and meeting someone new. Aunt Dimity never fails to guide and entertain.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Aunt Dimity to the rescue again! Lori's old friend Stan, asks her to catalog a library and see if there is any value there. Lori figures out pretty quickly that the owner of the library also wanted her to investigate his niece's impetuous marriage and of course, does so, guided, naturally by a ghost, but a ghost Aunt Dimity doesn't approve of. One thing leads to another, and of course everything ends up happily ever after. This is one of the first series of cozy mysteries after all. Or at least Aunt Dimity to the rescue again! Lori's old friend Stan, asks her to catalog a library and see if there is any value there. Lori figures out pretty quickly that the owner of the library also wanted her to investigate his niece's impetuous marriage and of course, does so, guided, naturally by a ghost, but a ghost Aunt Dimity doesn't approve of. One thing leads to another, and of course everything ends up happily ever after. This is one of the first series of cozy mysteries after all. Or at least the first I became aware of. A few things in there are a real stretch and perhaps unduly complicated and I'm tempted to give another star for Atherton trying to remove do her part to remove the stigma of homosexuality, but it really was a stretch. This was nicely done but not extremely well done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book needed way more Aunt Dimity and much less of Lori "romance". This book needed way more Aunt Dimity and much less of Lori "romance".

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    This is the perfect fluffy book for a chilly autumn evening! Curling up with a cup of tea and a hilarious ghost mystery just before Halloween- it doesn't get any better than that! I like ghost stories when the spirits are friendly, like Aunt Dimity and her ghostly cohorts. This book doesn't have Bill or the twins in it, because Lori is traveling to a haunted mansion to categorize their ancient library. As if I needed another reason to love her character- she's a bookish person with a bookish job! This is the perfect fluffy book for a chilly autumn evening! Curling up with a cup of tea and a hilarious ghost mystery just before Halloween- it doesn't get any better than that! I like ghost stories when the spirits are friendly, like Aunt Dimity and her ghostly cohorts. This book doesn't have Bill or the twins in it, because Lori is traveling to a haunted mansion to categorize their ancient library. As if I needed another reason to love her character- she's a bookish person with a bookish job! Lori is at her best in this book, full of courage and fear, independent but needing help, flirty but faithful to her husband, brilliant and sometimes stupid, trusting and skeptical, all at once! She is such a beautifully complex and well-rounded person. It just adore her raw humanity! In this story, I really love how she gets all motherly toward everyone, trying to take care of them and guide them. She is such a caring and compassionate person. And there is a new cast of supporting characters around Lori, each with their own background and their own voice. Each person has such a distinct personality, and their own way of interacting with the other characters in different circumstances. It just makes for interesting story-telling to see them all pushing through the mystery together. There's a little of everything in this book- tragic accidents, historical mysteries, romance, ghostly apparitions, intrigue, burglary, crime, action, suspense, hidden treasure, cozy tea times by the fire, and of course the delightful Aunt Dimity giving timely advice to the intrepid Lori. I love this whole series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Aunt Dimity books continue to delight. Lori is asked to go to Northumberland to catalog a private library owned by her friend Dickie. She is also asked to keep her eyes and ears open because Dickie is the guardian of a woman living at the castle and all is not right. In this book, we meet a writer of stories about World War I, and a Captain Guy Manning stationed in the services there. The castle is haunted and Lori sets out to help with this issue with Aunt Dimity's help. A good cozy and well wo Aunt Dimity books continue to delight. Lori is asked to go to Northumberland to catalog a private library owned by her friend Dickie. She is also asked to keep her eyes and ears open because Dickie is the guardian of a woman living at the castle and all is not right. In this book, we meet a writer of stories about World War I, and a Captain Guy Manning stationed in the services there. The castle is haunted and Lori sets out to help with this issue with Aunt Dimity's help. A good cozy and well worth the read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton. This story seemed to have everything that makes a mystery fun to read. Lori shepherd travels to an old English Hall that appears to be haunted. She's been called on to appraise a unique book collection. The books reveal a bit more than just their age. She soon begins to learn of a romance that may have the reasoning behind the haunting. Aunt Dimity attempts to guide Lori away from those that may become harmful to her by writing her messages. I am act Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton. This story seemed to have everything that makes a mystery fun to read. Lori shepherd travels to an old English Hall that appears to be haunted. She's been called on to appraise a unique book collection. The books reveal a bit more than just their age. She soon begins to learn of a romance that may have the reasoning behind the haunting. Aunt Dimity attempts to guide Lori away from those that may become harmful to her by writing her messages. I am actually beginning to appreciate this series and Aunt Dimity.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    One of the reasons that I like the Aunt Dimity series so much is that the author always (thus far) includes snippets of history - just enough to interest one in doing further reading on the subject. In this book, World War I and some of its horrors provides the background for several of the characters. Ghosts, gothic castles, lonely moors, star-crossed young lovers, and another delicious recipe (Claire's Lace Cookies) at the end! Great summer, winter or anytime reading! One of the reasons that I like the Aunt Dimity series so much is that the author always (thus far) includes snippets of history - just enough to interest one in doing further reading on the subject. In this book, World War I and some of its horrors provides the background for several of the characters. Ghosts, gothic castles, lonely moors, star-crossed young lovers, and another delicious recipe (Claire's Lace Cookies) at the end! Great summer, winter or anytime reading!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another great read in the Aunt Dimity series! Haunted castle and past tragedies play a delicious part in this latest book with Lori Shepherd taking a trip to the north of England to evaluate a book collection and encountering much more than she bargained for.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. It's kind of hard to believe a book like this would be written in such a casual way. (Maybe it's because this is the sixth book in the series? Whatever, I don't really care) I can hardly believe anybody would want to read this, and yet I do know it is a depraved world. I just don't really want to know about it. Anyway. Let's get to some specifics. (The whole book will be spoiled, probably, but I don't care about that, either. I don't think anyone should read it) First, Aunt Dimity. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. It's kind of hard to believe a book like this would be written in such a casual way. (Maybe it's because this is the sixth book in the series? Whatever, I don't really care) I can hardly believe anybody would want to read this, and yet I do know it is a depraved world. I just don't really want to know about it. Anyway. Let's get to some specifics. (The whole book will be spoiled, probably, but I don't care about that, either. I don't think anyone should read it) First, Aunt Dimity. Pretty important character, right? She's in the title, after all. But no, she's not the elderly woman who goes around solving mysteries, like my mom thought by reading the title. She's Lori's dead aunt who communicates to Lori by 'writing' in an empty journal. Thus, Lori isn't scared of ghosts, because she actually knows one. Next, the actual plot of the book. Lori is being controlled by Claire, who, you guessed it, is dead! Poor Claire's soul is 'afflicted', and so her ghost/spirit/whatever you want to call it is actually dwelling in Lori. It would be utterly creepy if Lori wasn't even bothered by it. She actually was relieved to know that a ghost was controlling her actions! Lori, kindhearted woman that she is, wants to help Claire. I guess no one told her that Claire is dead. Probably no one told the author, because for all practical purposes, Claire is still around. She and Edward (another dead person) even get married! The worst part of it might be that it wasn't creepy. I didn't feel exceptionally disturbed (except by the depravity of the world). So what that ghosts are all around, influencing real people? It's not like they're demonic. All we need to do is find the treasure, and the spirits of dead people will be quieted and satisfied, never to bother anyone again. Not only is that unwholesome to read about, it's also unrealistic. In reality, these 'dead people' would be demons. And they'd be a lot more horrifying and creepy than they were portrayed. And they wouldn't leave you, not without God's intervention. Demon possession is too serious to just skew like this, and make ghosts these poor, afflicted souls who need some help. Okay, so we've established that this book is practically satanic. Let's throw in some political worldviews, as well! Let's shove down the reader's throats some feminism; Lori may be a mother, but she's stronger and more capable than her husband. Bill can't seem to control their twins at all. And, thanks to Lori's experience with twins, she can undergo glowing eyes, creepy laughing, and generally scary circumstances without flinching. At least, she could, if Claire wasn't in her, blanching at everything reminding Claire of her horrible past. Not only that, but there are two specific men that are portrayed as tyrants. Just to throw that in there. Don't worry, it just gets better! Now we find out that Nicole's husband is homosexual. Poor Nicole, that's why it wasn't a very good marriage. Don't worry, that can be fixed very easily. Just let the guy go off with his male friend, annul the marriage, and let Nicole marry the handsome military man who saved the day. But we can't just let it rest without calling someone homophobic. Because it's not understandable that Uncle Dickie would be furious that his niece married such a creepy ick? To top it all off, the characters enjoyed swearing from time to time. Not too much--just enough to let readers know that the author has no problem with those words. To really top it all off, let's have some inappropriate feelings and actions between Lori and Adam. But don't worry, it wasn't Lori's fault. It was Claire's fault! Yeah, that's it. We can blame all that on Claire, because she was so sad that she could never marry Edward, and she had to express her passion somehow. Everything wraps up in a nice little bow; nobody actually has to realize they did something inappropriate, and change. Not to mention that Adam's express purpose was to seduce Lori. Underneath all that garbage, there was some semblance of an interesting plot. The terrorism twist was interesting, and I would have paid more attention if there all of the above hadn't happened. But when I finally got to that point, I was reading so fast, because I didn't want to be reading the book anymore. So, I basically just skimmed it. Conclusion? Don't read this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton is the 6th book of the Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series set in 20th-century England. Lori eagerly takes an assignment to catalog a private library in a Northumberland estate. But trouble starts even before she gets there: lost in a storm, she crashes the car down a hillside. Contrary to her loyal family-oriented nature, Lori is strongly attracted to her gorgeous hunky rescuer. At Tarrant Hall, Lori learns her hostess Nicola believes her home is haunte Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton is the 6th book of the Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series set in 20th-century England. Lori eagerly takes an assignment to catalog a private library in a Northumberland estate. But trouble starts even before she gets there: lost in a storm, she crashes the car down a hillside. Contrary to her loyal family-oriented nature, Lori is strongly attracted to her gorgeous hunky rescuer. At Tarrant Hall, Lori learns her hostess Nicola believes her home is haunted, whenever her husband is away "on business". The house and its ugly furnishings have a strange hold on Lori; once she finds a series of love letters from WWII, Lori's personality and behavior change. She becomes fond of a different stuffed animal (Major Ted), ignores Aunt Dimity's warnings to flee, kisses the hunk. Lori suspects the "ghost" is really a local gang of thieves. She explores more of the house, including a mysterious round tower. Together with the hunk, she learns much more was going on than she ever suspected, both in the present and in the past. Of course, good sense and romance prevail in the end. One of my favorites in the series so far.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenges: HEA-athon June 2020 - Name in title (9); RRRCs - October 2019 (belated)/Mystery (3); March Mystery Madness - Bingo/Publication year divisible by 5; MMM Cover Scavenger Hunt - Art (7, painting), book (10, journal), flower (11, fresh), creepy (13, devil in flame), person (26, painting), fire (29, fireplace), five words in title (31); Steeped in Books/Stacking the Series - Level 7b/Book 6. One of my favorite Aunt Dimity books to date. A ghost story within a ghost story circa The Great W Challenges: HEA-athon June 2020 - Name in title (9); RRRCs - October 2019 (belated)/Mystery (3); March Mystery Madness - Bingo/Publication year divisible by 5; MMM Cover Scavenger Hunt - Art (7, painting), book (10, journal), flower (11, fresh), creepy (13, devil in flame), person (26, painting), fire (29, fireplace), five words in title (31); Steeped in Books/Stacking the Series - Level 7b/Book 6. One of my favorite Aunt Dimity books to date. A ghost story within a ghost story circa The Great War. Family is recognized and reunited; the dead are remembered and honored. An old romance finds resolution; a new romance begins. Aunt Dimity and Reginald at their best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen A. Wyle

    I'm rounding up about half a star. This book is worth reading for fans of the series, though definitely not the best starting place. Lori is once again the POV character, and Aunt Dimity is fairly active, but most of the cast are newcomers. A central mystery has a rather bizarre and random-feeling resolution, but other aspects of the story wrap up in satisfying and even moving ways. I'm rounding up about half a star. This book is worth reading for fans of the series, though definitely not the best starting place. Lori is once again the POV character, and Aunt Dimity is fairly active, but most of the cast are newcomers. A central mystery has a rather bizarre and random-feeling resolution, but other aspects of the story wrap up in satisfying and even moving ways.

  21. 5 out of 5

    April

    An enjoyable comfortable mystery with a little paranormal. I enjoyed it immensely

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tobinsfavorite

    Solid. There are some annoyances, but the author knows they are annoyances needed to support her plot and treats them accordingly, so as the book went on, they became less annoying.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Why you ask, did I only give three stars when I usually give Aunt Dimity books five stars? Sigh. Well, in order to tell you that.... I have to discuss some SPOILERS. SPOILER ALERT! This is the sixth book in the Aunt Dimity series. What bothered me about this book: I feel like Lori's roving eye is going to show up in each book. I didn't notice it that much in the first few I read but after reading this and the last book (Aunt Dimity's Christmas), I am afraid, but hope it is not a pattern. First of all, Why you ask, did I only give three stars when I usually give Aunt Dimity books five stars? Sigh. Well, in order to tell you that.... I have to discuss some SPOILERS. SPOILER ALERT! This is the sixth book in the Aunt Dimity series. What bothered me about this book: I feel like Lori's roving eye is going to show up in each book. I didn't notice it that much in the first few I read but after reading this and the last book (Aunt Dimity's Christmas), I am afraid, but hope it is not a pattern. First of all, I hated that the ghost of Claire "took over Lori's mind." Moreover, I was just grossed out and did not like the fact that Claire/Lori made out with Adam (Claire's grandson who looks like Claire's boyfriend). Ewwww!!!! I also just don't like that Lori made out with a man other than her husband while her husband and twin babies are at home. She has been tempted in previous books but always had more self control. I guess when a ghost takes over her mind, she can't resist temptation. The other aspect of this book that bothered me was that the actual "mystery" was rather convoluted as was the solution (terrorists). I feel the "terrorists" pretending to be ghosts were not properly introduced to the reader so at least, I never suspected the Publican and his friends. Finally, we never did find out why Adam was beat up at the mausoleum. Was it in fact the terrorists? I'm unclear. What I loved about the book: Well, in classic Aunt Dimity style this is a "cozy" cozy mystery. It takes place in a castle in the northern Moors of England. All the characters are well developed and endearing. There are many moments of great wit in the dialogue as well as in Lori's thoughts. Oh, and I love the rich descriptions of the castles, the portraits, the hidden staircase, the fires in the fireplaces, the Moors, the weather, the village, the food and just everything. I still love the Aunt Dimity series even though this was a bit bizarre... to say the least.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    I'm rating this higher than I thought I would. It's interesting that I hate the character without flaws, but when I'm faced with a flawed character, I take issue with it. So, here's the thing - Lori is flawed. Yes, she falls in love with a different man every book and she lets that cloud her judgement. I don't like that about her, but I suppose as long as she doesn't actually act on it, it's not the end of the world. I just really wish she'd accept it about herself and be more aware of it as she' I'm rating this higher than I thought I would. It's interesting that I hate the character without flaws, but when I'm faced with a flawed character, I take issue with it. So, here's the thing - Lori is flawed. Yes, she falls in love with a different man every book and she lets that cloud her judgement. I don't like that about her, but I suppose as long as she doesn't actually act on it, it's not the end of the world. I just really wish she'd accept it about herself and be more aware of it as she's falling for these men. Because, let's face it, if you put an alcoholic in a room with alcohol, eventually they will have drink. And if you put me in a room with cheesecake, it won't be more than an hour before I've sampled said cheesecake ;) So basically, I have issues with Lori's lack of self control. She knows she has a problem, but she does nothing to avoid putting herself in the awkward situations. All in all, this is a decent story. I like how some plot elements are mentioned early in the story in passing come around at the end to be related.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    In this book, Lori solves a 100-year-old mystery and brings closure to a grieving mother who died in 1918. There are ghostly sightings and sounds, unexplained mud slides, footsteps overhead at night and a young girl three month's married who is slowly going crazy trying to deal with everything until Lori shows up to help. Bill is at home with the twins and Lori is trying not to be possessed by a grieving ghost while fending off her attraction to a handsome author in his forties. Lots of action a In this book, Lori solves a 100-year-old mystery and brings closure to a grieving mother who died in 1918. There are ghostly sightings and sounds, unexplained mud slides, footsteps overhead at night and a young girl three month's married who is slowly going crazy trying to deal with everything until Lori shows up to help. Bill is at home with the twins and Lori is trying not to be possessed by a grieving ghost while fending off her attraction to a handsome author in his forties. Lots of action and emotions, both sad and happy. Claire's Lace, the recipe at the end, is one of the few that I haven't been able to make successfully. The cookies stick the foil and I end up with little bits of foil on the bottom of each one. I haven't tried this in years, so maybe I'll try again with parchment instead. I remember them being thin and chewy and yummy but lots of work to get off the little pieces of foil that were sticking to the bottom.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    This was an okay story, but once again it did not have much of Aunt Dimity. I don' really like the books where Lori takes off on a trip all alone. Also, this is the second story where she finds herself attracted to another man. This seems repetitious of the other story I really wasn't crazy about. Was intent to read all of the Dimity stories, but If they go the was this one went I don't feel as though I want to continue reading them. This was an okay story, but once again it did not have much of Aunt Dimity. I don' really like the books where Lori takes off on a trip all alone. Also, this is the second story where she finds herself attracted to another man. This seems repetitious of the other story I really wasn't crazy about. Was intent to read all of the Dimity stories, but If they go the was this one went I don't feel as though I want to continue reading them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    It has been a couple of years since I read the first 5 Aunt Dimity books. I knew that I loved this series, but I had forgotten how much. This was such a fun and intriguing book. Very light and fun. This wasn't your typical murder mystery, but more of a historical mystery with some local terrorists mixed in. Lori, the main character is perpetually flirting herself into (almost) compromising situations, yet is forever faithful to her family. At least this time she had a ghostly excuse! It has been a couple of years since I read the first 5 Aunt Dimity books. I knew that I loved this series, but I had forgotten how much. This was such a fun and intriguing book. Very light and fun. This wasn't your typical murder mystery, but more of a historical mystery with some local terrorists mixed in. Lori, the main character is perpetually flirting herself into (almost) compromising situations, yet is forever faithful to her family. At least this time she had a ghostly excuse!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Escapist and fun, yes. But I'm getting a little tired of the semi-romance-novel-esque trope of thrusting attractive young men at the protagonist. (spoiler alert) When you have to resort to having a ghost possess your married heroine in order to have her kiss someone who's not her husband...it feels a little forced. Oh well. Escapist and fun, yes. But I'm getting a little tired of the semi-romance-novel-esque trope of thrusting attractive young men at the protagonist. (spoiler alert) When you have to resort to having a ghost possess your married heroine in order to have her kiss someone who's not her husband...it feels a little forced. Oh well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I think this is my favorite "Aunt Dimity" so far. Completely enjoyed it. Love these little mysteries. I think this is my favorite "Aunt Dimity" so far. Completely enjoyed it. Love these little mysteries.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    The Aunt Dimity mysteries and Lori Shepherd are a refreshing twist on cosy mysteries.

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