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The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirr The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist's excavation.With Reginald, the stuffed pink rabbit and Edmond Terrance, the stuffed tiger in tow, Lori hunts down a missing document, and the archaeologist digs up a lot more than artifacts. It is Aunt Dimity's magic blue notebook that provides the key to buried secrets and domestic malice, and shows all the residents of Finch that even the darkest acts can be overcome by forgiveness.


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The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirr The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist's excavation.With Reginald, the stuffed pink rabbit and Edmond Terrance, the stuffed tiger in tow, Lori hunts down a missing document, and the archaeologist digs up a lot more than artifacts. It is Aunt Dimity's magic blue notebook that provides the key to buried secrets and domestic malice, and shows all the residents of Finch that even the darkest acts can be overcome by forgiveness.

30 review for Aunt Dimity Digs In

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Cody

    For me, this book's quality was well below that of the first entries in this series. If this was a mystery, it wasn't much of one. It was mostly just a story of small town people with personal histories causing them to hold grudges for a long time. The newer characters weren't that well drawn: it was hard for me to get a grip on anyone's personality. One who seemed flawless ended up being moody and crabby. Another who was mean, bossy, and demanding turned out to be everyone's hero. None of it fe For me, this book's quality was well below that of the first entries in this series. If this was a mystery, it wasn't much of one. It was mostly just a story of small town people with personal histories causing them to hold grudges for a long time. The newer characters weren't that well drawn: it was hard for me to get a grip on anyone's personality. One who seemed flawless ended up being moody and crabby. Another who was mean, bossy, and demanding turned out to be everyone's hero. None of it felt realistic. The only thread that did keep the story going was the ghost of Aunt Dimity. Based on the series' popularity, I trust that the quality will return in subsequent books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    More of a 3.5 star title. As usual with the Aunt Dimity series, nothing terrible happens. Stephen King readers would fall asleep by the third page. However, what saves this series is that characters are kind to each other. Even if they start out angry, you just know somehow they will make up by the end. And the mysteries, unlike virtually all adult mysteries and like virtually all juvenile mysteries, do not involved killing. This one would appeal to bibliophiles: what happened to the old numbere More of a 3.5 star title. As usual with the Aunt Dimity series, nothing terrible happens. Stephen King readers would fall asleep by the third page. However, what saves this series is that characters are kind to each other. Even if they start out angry, you just know somehow they will make up by the end. And the mysteries, unlike virtually all adult mysteries and like virtually all juvenile mysteries, do not involved killing. This one would appeal to bibliophiles: what happened to the old numbered printed pamphlet that the vicar had? It is necessary to find it to set things right and get rid of Dr. Culver before the autumn festival happens and Peggy Kitchen has a fit. Will Lori and Aunt Dimity succeed? To my pleasure, Aunt Dimity is a larger part of this stories than some of the prior titles. The beginning will also get a rueful chuckle out of many new mothers or mothers remembering their initial parenting adventures. Looking forward to the next title....

  3. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This series offers cozy mysteries with amusing and quirky characters, in the life of Lori and her Aunt Dimity. Each one has been a fun and entertaining read to be sure. It is appreciated that each book is able to stand on its own and usually concludes with an HEA.

  4. 4 out of 5

    SandyL

    I like this series! Lori Shepherd inherited a cottage in the Cottswolds from her mother's best friend, Dimity, and along with that she acquired a blue journal that Dimity writes in and communicates with Lori. In this edition, some archaeologists have come to Finch and caused an uproar when it rumor says the new Harvest Festival might be impacted. When a pamphlet is stolen that claims the dig site is a hoax, strange things start happening. Lots of old prejudices and feuds come to the surface, alo I like this series! Lori Shepherd inherited a cottage in the Cottswolds from her mother's best friend, Dimity, and along with that she acquired a blue journal that Dimity writes in and communicates with Lori. In this edition, some archaeologists have come to Finch and caused an uproar when it rumor says the new Harvest Festival might be impacted. When a pamphlet is stolen that claims the dig site is a hoax, strange things start happening. Lots of old prejudices and feuds come to the surface, along with a side romance. The story was cute and entertaining. 3.5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Lori and Bill are now parents to twin infants Rob and Will or as little Rainey says: "WillnRob." Who stole Cornelius Gladwell's Victorian era pamphlet from the vicarage? Who are the aliens/ghosts out in the Vicar's meadow at night? Will Peggy Kitchen's Harvest Festival actually come to fruition? Will Dr. Culver dig up Scrag End field and in turn destroy Finch? Will Lori's new nanny fall in love with Dr. Culver? Is Scrag End Field actually an archaeological hoax? Will grudges and prejudices amongst a ce Lori and Bill are now parents to twin infants Rob and Will or as little Rainey says: "WillnRob." Who stole Cornelius Gladwell's Victorian era pamphlet from the vicarage? Who are the aliens/ghosts out in the Vicar's meadow at night? Will Peggy Kitchen's Harvest Festival actually come to fruition? Will Dr. Culver dig up Scrag End field and in turn destroy Finch? Will Lori's new nanny fall in love with Dr. Culver? Is Scrag End Field actually an archaeological hoax? Will grudges and prejudices amongst a certain group of villagers that go back to WWII be healed? All these questions and more are answered in this very charming and wonderful 4th book in the Aunt Dimity series. Although I missed Nell in this book (she is away in France for the summer), little Rainey Dawson (the granddaughter of the lady who owns the village tea shop) adds the perfect amount of childhood sweetness to the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Although number 4 in the series, this was my introduction to the Aunt Dimity books. I enjoyed it so well I am now starting another (earlier) one. Being the first time mother of twins takes a lot of getting used to, even with a supportive hands-on husband. So the addition to the household of someone who seems to be the perfect housekeeper and nanny is just what this family needs. Lori, the mother, now has time to take care of herself. That is, until she finds herself in the middle of small town pol Although number 4 in the series, this was my introduction to the Aunt Dimity books. I enjoyed it so well I am now starting another (earlier) one. Being the first time mother of twins takes a lot of getting used to, even with a supportive hands-on husband. So the addition to the household of someone who seems to be the perfect housekeeper and nanny is just what this family needs. Lori, the mother, now has time to take care of herself. That is, until she finds herself in the middle of small town politics and what begins as a small time burglary. What evolves is a mystery with twists and turns as we get to know the local personalities. As motives for a burglary are explored much more is discovered. I found myself caring for the characters including one who is not even actually in the book, or is she the one MOST in the book?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Coller

    The Aunt Dimity books are really hit and miss for me. I've really enjoyed a couple, I've totally despised a couple, but most of them are sorta, "meh". This one was on the lower side of "blah" and I gave it up after about 150 pages. I just don't like Lori at all, Dimity didn't make much of an appearance, and the mystery wasn't all that interesting. Oh well. I think it's time I gave up on Dimity. The Aunt Dimity books are really hit and miss for me. I've really enjoyed a couple, I've totally despised a couple, but most of them are sorta, "meh". This one was on the lower side of "blah" and I gave it up after about 150 pages. I just don't like Lori at all, Dimity didn't make much of an appearance, and the mystery wasn't all that interesting. Oh well. I think it's time I gave up on Dimity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Another easy read, nothing spectacular but comfort food for the mind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ferguson

    An entertaining read. I haven't read many of these, but the spirit of Aunt Dimity is keeping very busy looking out for everyone. An archeologist, whose sister found a Roman spear point near the town, has come to check things out. He has brought several students with him. The vicar has allowed him to store his equipment in the old school house, which infuriates Peggy Kitchen because she was going to use it for the harvest festival. The vicar's wife had found an old pamphlet which stated the previ An entertaining read. I haven't read many of these, but the spirit of Aunt Dimity is keeping very busy looking out for everyone. An archeologist, whose sister found a Roman spear point near the town, has come to check things out. He has brought several students with him. The vicar has allowed him to store his equipment in the old school house, which infuriates Peggy Kitchen because she was going to use it for the harvest festival. The vicar's wife had found an old pamphlet which stated the previous vicar had gotten tired of friends sending him things from the explorations and buried it all in the nearby field to trick future archeologists. The previous vicar had stated all this in his pamphlet. The current vicar was going to show this to the archeologist when it disappeared. Things are getting worked up nicely in the village.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elena Santangelo

    I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, so it didn't take me 6 weeks to read it, but it did take me about a month. After a while, I found it hard to pick it up again and keep reading. The book started off fine--interesting premise and characters and Aunt Dimity, a ghost who communicates through a diary. I've read earlier Aunt Dimity mysteries and enjoyed them, but this one seemed to have pacing problems. I felt like the middle of the book was spent waiting for something to happen--somet I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, so it didn't take me 6 weeks to read it, but it did take me about a month. After a while, I found it hard to pick it up again and keep reading. The book started off fine--interesting premise and characters and Aunt Dimity, a ghost who communicates through a diary. I've read earlier Aunt Dimity mysteries and enjoyed them, but this one seemed to have pacing problems. I felt like the middle of the book was spent waiting for something to happen--something besides scenes of domesticity concerning twin babies and visiting villagers. The solution, when it finally showed up, was unsatisfying. There just wasn't much more plot to this book than to a short story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I do enjoy this series; it is engaging but relaxing because the mysteries are seldom true mysteries of murder or dangerous events. Instead, I can spend a bit of time in a village in the Cotswolds and see how human beings muddle things up and then figure them out. This book landed on my door step yesterday and I couldn't resist it. I got to learn more about Francesca and about the history of Finch and all my favorite characters, including Reginald the bunny and a tiger named Edmund Terrance. I do enjoy this series; it is engaging but relaxing because the mysteries are seldom true mysteries of murder or dangerous events. Instead, I can spend a bit of time in a village in the Cotswolds and see how human beings muddle things up and then figure them out. This book landed on my door step yesterday and I couldn't resist it. I got to learn more about Francesca and about the history of Finch and all my favorite characters, including Reginald the bunny and a tiger named Edmund Terrance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A Good Story While this isn't a mystery of any type, it is a nice story. Ms Atherton gives us another glimpse into the lives of the people of Finch. Aunt Dimity plays match maker again and the Harvest Festival brings the book to a good conclusion. And the recipe for the blue ribbon lemon bars is a sure winner A Good Story While this isn't a mystery of any type, it is a nice story. Ms Atherton gives us another glimpse into the lives of the people of Finch. Aunt Dimity plays match maker again and the Harvest Festival brings the book to a good conclusion. And the recipe for the blue ribbon lemon bars is a sure winner

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauri Saplad

    Another romp with the indomitable Aunt Dimity Westwood! She gets involved with her extended family and has her finger on the pulse of village life in Finch, England. Did I mention that Aunt Dimity is dead? She communicates with her niece, Lori, via a blue notebook in which she writes. In this particular installment, Mrs. Kitchen is up in arms about an archaeological dig taking place too close to the village and the fact that the vicar has given permission for the expedition to be housed in the o Another romp with the indomitable Aunt Dimity Westwood! She gets involved with her extended family and has her finger on the pulse of village life in Finch, England. Did I mention that Aunt Dimity is dead? She communicates with her niece, Lori, via a blue notebook in which she writes. In this particular installment, Mrs. Kitchen is up in arms about an archaeological dig taking place too close to the village and the fact that the vicar has given permission for the expedition to be housed in the old schoolhouse. Whatever will become of the fair? Misunderstandings and hilarity ensue. Complete with Reginald, the pink bunny and a new stuffed tiger friend as well as all the eccentric villagers, 'Digs In' is a joy to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    I was greatly disappointed by this book. I'm really begining to not like Lori and I definitely did not like one of the themes in this book: that it's ok to be a bully as long as your past was awful. I was really bothered by the fact that the villages go along with signing a xenophobic petition strictly because the person petitioning would be obnoxious to them if they didn't. Why does no one stand up and say that that's not right? It's very reminiscent of fascism of the Third Reich, only not quit I was greatly disappointed by this book. I'm really begining to not like Lori and I definitely did not like one of the themes in this book: that it's ok to be a bully as long as your past was awful. I was really bothered by the fact that the villages go along with signing a xenophobic petition strictly because the person petitioning would be obnoxious to them if they didn't. Why does no one stand up and say that that's not right? It's very reminiscent of fascism of the Third Reich, only not quite as extreme.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diane Klajbor

    I like cozy mysteries. I read them in between more intense books. I enjoy the Aunt Dimity series, but this one, #4, was disappointing. There were way too many characters, I couldn't keep them all straight. The storyline wasn't as engaging as the first three books in the series. I hope the others will be better. I like cozy mysteries. I read them in between more intense books. I enjoy the Aunt Dimity series, but this one, #4, was disappointing. There were way too many characters, I couldn't keep them all straight. The storyline wasn't as engaging as the first three books in the series. I hope the others will be better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mailis Viiand

    Imagine yourself sitting in a lovely english garden in a summer evening so beautiful in makes you believe in god, the smells and sounds of everything right surrounding you and making you feel at peace with yourself and world...that what Atherton does to me, she gives me fuzzy blanket of feeling...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chazzi

    Lori Shepherd is a new mom of twins. After three months her husband feels she could use some help and get a little of her own life back. The Pym sisters come to the rescue by introducing Lori to Francesca Angelica Sciaparelli, who is not only a fantastic nanny but also excellent at helping with the house! This change is great, but Lori then finds herself caught up between Mrs. Kitchen and her upcoming Harvest Festival, and Dr. Adrian Culver and his archaeological digs in Scrag End field. Mrs. Kit Lori Shepherd is a new mom of twins. After three months her husband feels she could use some help and get a little of her own life back. The Pym sisters come to the rescue by introducing Lori to Francesca Angelica Sciaparelli, who is not only a fantastic nanny but also excellent at helping with the house! This change is great, but Lori then finds herself caught up between Mrs. Kitchen and her upcoming Harvest Festival, and Dr. Adrian Culver and his archaeological digs in Scrag End field. Mrs. Kitchen was planning to use the old school house for some of her activities, but the Vicar had let Dr. Culver use it to store and analyze his findings. Both activities at about the same time. Mrs. Kitchen was making life miserable for almost every one. There had been rumours that there really weren't any antiquities to be found in Scrag End field, that it was a hoax. The Vicar had a pamphlet regarding this, but it suddenly turned up missing. Lori sets out to find out who stole it and why. Along the way, she uncovers histories and secrets of the residents of Finch. Not just where they may have come from but the underlying story regarding the longest running feud between two of the ladies. The Dimity series takes place in a small English village. There are usually not bodies, no murders, no blood, but there is mystery and secrets. A different type of cozy...one that is nice to read on a very wet, rainy day.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avid Series Reader

    Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton is the 4th book of the Aunt Dimity series set in contemporary England. Lori is the proud mother of twins, ecstatic with joy, but exhausted with baby care and worries about their safety. Her husband hires a nanny with Aunt Dimity's approval. The nanny is a wonder woman - almost instantly, the house is immaculate, the babies well cared for, and Lori is free to go about the town in her usual busybody way. The town has missed Lori; a feud is underway between a v Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton is the 4th book of the Aunt Dimity series set in contemporary England. Lori is the proud mother of twins, ecstatic with joy, but exhausted with baby care and worries about their safety. Her husband hires a nanny with Aunt Dimity's approval. The nanny is a wonder woman - almost instantly, the house is immaculate, the babies well cared for, and Lori is free to go about the town in her usual busybody way. The town has missed Lori; a feud is underway between a visiting archaeology professor and the town's bossiest woman. She feels his 'dig' will interfere with her Harvest Festival, and she implores Lori to stop him. The vicar and his wife know from old records that the 'dig' is a hoax, but the professor doesn't believe them, and the proof has been stolen. In Lori's efforts to find the stolen document, or another copy, she uncovers many secrets in the past histories of town residents. With Aunt Dimity's help, Lori also sparks a romance. This is a very cozy mystery - no murders at all, and hardly any crime. Pleasant light reading, if you don't mind the supernatural touch. A happy ending with everyone much better off than at the start.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Accidentally picked up #4 and read these out of order, but I didn't realize it until just now so obviously it didn't affect story continuity. Now will have to go back and read #3. This is a cozy, cozy mystery with nothing too nefarious happening besides a stolen pamphlet, but lots of fun characters and atmosphere to enjoy. An archaeologist comes to town to dig up Roman artifacts, Bill & Lori get a nanny due to Dimity's help, Emma & Derek are here, new villagers are discovered, and some village h Accidentally picked up #4 and read these out of order, but I didn't realize it until just now so obviously it didn't affect story continuity. Now will have to go back and read #3. This is a cozy, cozy mystery with nothing too nefarious happening besides a stolen pamphlet, but lots of fun characters and atmosphere to enjoy. An archaeologist comes to town to dig up Roman artifacts, Bill & Lori get a nanny due to Dimity's help, Emma & Derek are here, new villagers are discovered, and some village history is uncovered. Lots of calm and peaceful fun to enjoy. My favorite quote: Bill tells Lori he knows she hates it when knights in shining armor fall off their steeds, referring to another character. Later she realizes that her intense work with the new twins has caused her to neglect her husband somewhat and when she cooks a fine meal, there's this: "With a guilty twinge I realized exactly how much he'd missed my cooking, and I blessed him for not mentioning it sooner. I watched him take his plate into the kitchen and felt my heart swell even as my throat constricted. Some handsome princes, I thought, knew had to stay in the saddle."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I realized after completing this book that it meets the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt “A book with characters that are twins” – Yay! Every time I go back to this series, I have a momentary stumble because the pacing and feel of these sort-of cozy mysteries is so different than any other series. Life moves a different pace in Finch and this town and its residents charm me to bits every time. The central dilemma (for I feel it is a dilemma more than a mystery) involves past fueds and a ne I realized after completing this book that it meets the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt “A book with characters that are twins” – Yay! Every time I go back to this series, I have a momentary stumble because the pacing and feel of these sort-of cozy mysteries is so different than any other series. Life moves a different pace in Finch and this town and its residents charm me to bits every time. The central dilemma (for I feel it is a dilemma more than a mystery) involves past fueds and a new archeological discovery in town. Oh what drama ensues. We have lies and misunderstandings and even a theft, but we also have plotting and first love and an ever-growing menagerie of adorable stuffed animals who all seem to speak with their owners and each other. I still love this series so much. *happy sigh*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    The heroine is overwhelmed by her infant twins and the pressure she puts on herself to be the perfect mom, so her husband calls in reinforcements. He hires a nanny. And the vicar asks Lori to help him keep peace in the village by discovering who might have purloined a pamphlet from his desk at his house. This gets her out of the house and forces her to think about things other than her babies. The pamphlet might help him convince an archaeologist digging in a field outside town to vacate the old The heroine is overwhelmed by her infant twins and the pressure she puts on herself to be the perfect mom, so her husband calls in reinforcements. He hires a nanny. And the vicar asks Lori to help him keep peace in the village by discovering who might have purloined a pamphlet from his desk at his house. This gets her out of the house and forces her to think about things other than her babies. The pamphlet might help him convince an archaeologist digging in a field outside town to vacate the old school building in time for the harvest festival that Mrs. Kitchen, the town general store owner and bully, is insisting on. The story is mostly about village foibles, feuds and gossip, and how people are much nicer than they seem if only one takes the time to get to know them. It's a sweet story with an amusing mystery. I enjoyed it. Good read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Road Worrier

    I think this is my favorite Dimity mystery book; the fifth one I've read so far. (1-4, plus one newer one) I enjoyed all of the humor and the observations and considerations of the characters' humanity. As a new parent, there were many comments that were particularly poignant, but the way Atherton knowingly described things made me smile. There's a gentleness and acceptance of everybody which aligns with my own feelings toward the world. Also... Although Agatha Christie would have been proud at t I think this is my favorite Dimity mystery book; the fifth one I've read so far. (1-4, plus one newer one) I enjoyed all of the humor and the observations and considerations of the characters' humanity. As a new parent, there were many comments that were particularly poignant, but the way Atherton knowingly described things made me smile. There's a gentleness and acceptance of everybody which aligns with my own feelings toward the world. Also... Although Agatha Christie would have been proud at the number of times we thought we were on the trail, but then lost it, Atherton's work doesn't annoy me like Christie's does. I feel like I'm brought in on the discovery of the new evidence, and something doesn't come out of the blue to derail where the book was building up for me to look.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen A. Wyle

    I'm rounding up about half a star. This fourth book in the series features many of the same characters as the third, as well as a number of residents of the village of Finch. Aunt Dimity is frequently in evidence, though not as central to the plot as in the first and third books. The opening section provides some shrewd commentary on the difficulty of adjusting to parenthood. The woman who provides a solution to many of those difficulties is somewhat too good to be true, but still an interesting I'm rounding up about half a star. This fourth book in the series features many of the same characters as the third, as well as a number of residents of the village of Finch. Aunt Dimity is frequently in evidence, though not as central to the plot as in the first and third books. The opening section provides some shrewd commentary on the difficulty of adjusting to parenthood. The woman who provides a solution to many of those difficulties is somewhat too good to be true, but still an interesting character. The central mystery provides some entertaining red herrings and an acceptably plausible solution.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janet Rosfeld

    Another visit to Finch and Lori and Bill Shepard, their twin baby boys and the resident villagers in all their eccentric glory. At first I thought the title suggested gardening, but no, it means an archeological dig near the village. Some of the villagers see future profit, some predict ruin. A document goes missing from the vicarage, Lori acquires a beautiful Italian nanny for the twins, the village fall festival is saved and of course , at the end of this delightful cozy all is well and love a Another visit to Finch and Lori and Bill Shepard, their twin baby boys and the resident villagers in all their eccentric glory. At first I thought the title suggested gardening, but no, it means an archeological dig near the village. Some of the villagers see future profit, some predict ruin. A document goes missing from the vicarage, Lori acquires a beautiful Italian nanny for the twins, the village fall festival is saved and of course , at the end of this delightful cozy all is well and love and forgiveness reigns. Right now, in this place and this time, that is what I crave - normalness and kindness and good friends banding together to make things right.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/01... The fourth Aunt Dimity book finds our small British village in an uproar after an archaeologist and his team come to town—and the pamphlet proving the Roman finds are a hoax has been stolen from the vicar's desk! Haha, I love a cozy mystery with totally low stakes. I also love this series because it has prominent stuffed animals (I am partial to stuffed bunnies, myself) that may or may not be magical. It’s nice to read something so gentle. A-/B+. http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/01... The fourth Aunt Dimity book finds our small British village in an uproar after an archaeologist and his team come to town—and the pamphlet proving the Roman finds are a hoax has been stolen from the vicar's desk! Haha, I love a cozy mystery with totally low stakes. I also love this series because it has prominent stuffed animals (I am partial to stuffed bunnies, myself) that may or may not be magical. It’s nice to read something so gentle. A-/B+.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ReneE

    I love all the characters in this series, and was very glad it got back around to Lori and Bill (and the boys ;-). However, the "mystery" was pretty contrived and uninteresting. It took me quite a while to get into the book, and I admit I almost gave up. A little English village with quirky residents (are there any other?) was just not enough to really get me into the story. It did pick up a lot in the second half and ended on a very nice note. I will keep on in the series and hope the next one I love all the characters in this series, and was very glad it got back around to Lori and Bill (and the boys ;-). However, the "mystery" was pretty contrived and uninteresting. It took me quite a while to get into the book, and I admit I almost gave up. A little English village with quirky residents (are there any other?) was just not enough to really get me into the story. It did pick up a lot in the second half and ended on a very nice note. I will keep on in the series and hope the next one is more interesting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenges: RRRCs September 2019 (belated) - Makes me happy (8); and, Steeped in Books/Stacking the Series 2020 - Level 7b/Book 4. Aunt Dimity challenges Lori to dig deep into why people in Finch behave the way they do. As an archaeological excavation digs deep in useless farmland, Lori helps Finch's residents to realize how they can make a village a village and not merely a place to live. Action, involvement and commitment are daily required to make a living a life. Excellent metaphors and conc Challenges: RRRCs September 2019 (belated) - Makes me happy (8); and, Steeped in Books/Stacking the Series 2020 - Level 7b/Book 4. Aunt Dimity challenges Lori to dig deep into why people in Finch behave the way they do. As an archaeological excavation digs deep in useless farmland, Lori helps Finch's residents to realize how they can make a village a village and not merely a place to live. Action, involvement and commitment are daily required to make a living a life. Excellent metaphors and conclusions to plot situations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maree

    This is the first Dimity story I have read and I enjoyed it. It is a domestic mystery set in a English village and our narrator is a young mother with twins. The story is an easy read with drama, romance and crime entwined. The characters drive the book along with quite a large group of villagers with many different interests and secrets that kept me involved. This is a mystery with minimal violence, the sun is always shining and there are no real villains. It is a nice change from the usual dar This is the first Dimity story I have read and I enjoyed it. It is a domestic mystery set in a English village and our narrator is a young mother with twins. The story is an easy read with drama, romance and crime entwined. The characters drive the book along with quite a large group of villagers with many different interests and secrets that kept me involved. This is a mystery with minimal violence, the sun is always shining and there are no real villains. It is a nice change from the usual dark detective stories I read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    K. East

    I enjoyed this book as I have the preceding three, but I felt this one was a bit more cliche-ridden than the earlier ones. Way too many characters did that "and suddenly I see the light" and turned from being life long enemies to understanding friends in a moment of insight. It's not that I don't think that can happen, but this book stretched that a bit beyond believable. But it won't stop me from reading other books in the series. This one just the best of the lot, so far. I enjoyed this book as I have the preceding three, but I felt this one was a bit more cliche-ridden than the earlier ones. Way too many characters did that "and suddenly I see the light" and turned from being life long enemies to understanding friends in a moment of insight. It's not that I don't think that can happen, but this book stretched that a bit beyond believable. But it won't stop me from reading other books in the series. This one just the best of the lot, so far.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Estepp

    Continuing the series. It's definitely one that has to be read in order, which is maybe why I thought it (the series, not this volume) was so awful the first time I tried one. But now I'm very fond of these characters and the weirdness of their life and their little village, which is slightly in upheaval here - but not really, in the end. And I didn't quite figure out the culprit of the very gentle crime and it's all sort of the ultimate in cozies, I think? Continuing the series. It's definitely one that has to be read in order, which is maybe why I thought it (the series, not this volume) was so awful the first time I tried one. But now I'm very fond of these characters and the weirdness of their life and their little village, which is slightly in upheaval here - but not really, in the end. And I didn't quite figure out the culprit of the very gentle crime and it's all sort of the ultimate in cozies, I think?

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