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"Lori Shepherd is no stranger to trouble and intrigue. But when Bill, her high-profile attorney husband, receives a number of chilling death threats aimed at his family, danger hits close to home. With Scotland Yard on the case, Bill decides to send Lori and their five-year-old twins to the safety of a remote island off the coast of Scotland. There, another mystery begins to unfold - Lori suspects that the locals are making a fortune running an illegal smuggling operation. What else could explain their luxurious lifestyles? But after finding a human skull washed up on the beach, Lori fears something more sinister is going on. With Aunt Dimity's help, Lori begins to piece together the clues."
Emma Porter is forty, fat. frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once- glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her-with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance-on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
In Atherton's sixteenth mystery, Lori Shepherd returns from Down Under to her normal life in the village of Finch. But Lori's normal quickly becomes anything but. Her debonair father-in-law has moved to town and is renovating Fairworth House, a grand estate nearby. William Sr. expects a quiet, small-town life, but among the spinsters vying for his attention, shifty servants, and the discovery of a mysterious painting of a family tree in Fairworth's attic, he discovers that life in Finch is anything but quiet. On top of it all, Lori and William are embroiled in a case of deception and false identity by one of Finch's own. It's nothing the plucky Lori can't handle, but once things get truly peculiar at Fairworth--moving furniture, strange sounds, and mysterious visitors--she calls on Aunt Dimity for her otherworldly guidance and uncovers the shadowy past beneath the estate's magnificent surface. Nancy Atherton's titles continue to delight fans who eagerly anticipate each new book. Her latest will draw cheers and bring new readers to this charming series.
Lori volunteers at the infirmary. She meets Elizabeth who, after a few visits, dies. When Lori receives a set of keys and a letter, it becomes clear there was more to Elizabeth than met the eye.
From the book jacket: At home in the ghostly Aunt Dimity's idyllic English cottage, Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed avocados and formula bottles as she strives to be the perfect mother to her three month-old twins! Aunt Dimity restores order-and Lori's sanity - by sending the beautiful and mysterious Francesca Sciaparelli to lend a hand with the boys. The nanny is a treasure, but Lori's newfound freedom proves to be a mixed blessing. No sooner does she step outside the cottage for a breath of diaper-free air than she finds herself smack in the middle of a civil war brewing in the nearby village of Finch. Finch has been torn asunder by the pressing question: Who shall occupy the church schoolhouse? Peggy Kitchen-unofficial empress of Finch-desperately needs the schoolhouse for her long-awaited Harvest Festival. When she learns that the precious building has been given over to visiting archaeologist Adrian Culver for his dig's picks, spades, and shovels, she embarks on a campaign to oust Adrian and his khaki-clad cohorts. Peggy's campaign is passionately countered by those Finch residents who are convinced that Adrian's dig will finally put Finch on the map. The two sides are about to come to blows when Lori learns of the existence of a missing Victorian pamphlet that could prove the archaeological site is a fake-and would surely cause an abrupt end to the entire project, and the local civil war. As Lori hunts for the missing pamphlet, and the thief, she unearths secrets long buried in Finch's past - secrets that divide the village and threaten to destroy the delicate romance now blossoming between her nanny extraordinaire and Adrian Culver. With the help of Aunt Dimity and Reginald the pink flannel bunny, Lori solves the multiple mysteries and shows all of Finch's bickering residents that even the darkest acts can be overcome by human forgiveness.
In this exotic setting, endearing characters, and paranormal storyline, a shock wave rocks Lori Shepherd's world when she hears that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Lori receives a request from the sisters: Find their long-lost brother before it's too late. Aubrey Pym is wicked to find out whom Lori must travel to New Zealand. With the help of Kiwi and Aunt Dimity, Lori goes Down Under to search for the mysterious Aubrey, unraveling a web of secrets.
Lori Sheppard barely survived her last adventure, in Scotland, before she was off on her next - this time in the mountain town of Bluebird, Colorado. As soon as Lori arrives, things start to go amiss. Someone has disappeared, a charming and charismatic man seems to know more than he's letting on, and the whole town is hiding a dark secret. With Aunt Dimity's help, Lori sets out to solve a one-hundred- year-old mystery - and discovers that the strangest places can seem the most like home.
Nancy Atherton's delightful Aunt Dimity series continues to capture mystery fans across America with each new installment. This newest one finds Lori Shepherd overtaken by the blizzard of the century. Fortunately, she's soon safe and dry with two other stranded backpackers in Ladythorne Abbey, the fabulous home of the late Lucasta DeClerke. Or is she? In the abbey's cloisters and passages there still lingers the haunting presence of Lucasta, a mysterious madwoman--not to mention the danger posed by an unstable caretaker. When Lori thinks she's learned of a plot to steal a priceless DeClerke family heirloom, she attempts to prevent the theft and, moreover, keep herself out of harm's way. But as Aunt Dimity says, "Old sins cast long shadows. " And Lori will need all the Dimity wisdom and compassion she can get to banish the hatred and guilt that shroud Ladythorne Abbey in a blanket considerably thicker than the accumulating snow.
The eighth page-turning mystery featuring everyone's favorite supernatural sleuth. When Lori Shepherd's husband, Bill, is summoned to the reading of a will at the resplendent country estate of Earl Elstyn, Lori jumps at the chance to come along. She didn't expect, however, to find herself entangled in a messy--and dangerous--family dispute. Includes a recipe for Winnie's Treacle Tart.
The original paranormal detective returns in the latest installment of a beloved mystery series Lori Shepherd's life in England couldn't be more tranquil or more satisfying-- except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they'll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods. Lori is skeptical at first but soon grows concerned enough to consult with her late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity and her dear friend Kit Smith. The vampire-hunting trail leads to Leo, a charismatic vagabond who just returned to England after a self-imposed exile, a bitter old crone named Lizzie Black, and finally to Aldercot Hall, where a mysterious murder took place forty years ago. With Kit and Aunt Dimity's help, Lori uncovers the secret that will shock everyone--including herself--about the true identity of the twins' vampire. With its placid English countryside setting, eccentric characters, and lighthearted charm, Atherton's newest novel will enchant cozy mystery aficionados and the many loyal readers of the Aunt Dimity series.
Book #5 in the Aunt Dimity series. Lori Shepherd can hardly wait to celebrate Christmas this year with her husband, Bill and twin sons in the beautiful cottage willed to her by Aunt Dimity. Then Lori makes a disturbing discovery beneath the cottage's snow-covered lilac bushes--the body of a mysterious stranger, barely alive. Lori must put her plans on hold to team up with Julian Bright--a devilishly attractive Roman Catholic priest--to seek out the tramp's identity. Their adventure takes Lori and Julian from abandoned World War II airfields to homeless shelters--places where the Christmas star shines dimly, if at all. Finally, Lori unveils the tragic secret that led the stranger to her door, and must confront painful truths about herself and the true meaning of a perfect family Christmas.
From the Book jacket: When Lori Shepherd was a little girl, her mother used to tuck her into bed at night with Reginald, her stuffed rabbit, and tell her stories about the irrepressible Aunt Dimity, an intrepid woman whose outrageous adventures in faraway England never ceased to amaze her. But Lori isn't a little girl anymore. In fact, adulthood has been particularly harsh of late. In what seemed like no time at all, Lori's mother passed away, her marriage crumbled, and she lost her job, leaving her to search not only for employment but for a decent apartment and rent money as well. Lori decided long ago that Aunt Dimity was just a character in a comforting bedtime story. But one day down-on-her-luck Lori is summoned from the latest of her dreadful temp assignments to the mansion law offices of Willis & Willis. There, the Dickensian pair of father-and-son attorneys inform her that Aunt Dimity was indeed a real woman, and a very rich one. She has also just died and left her estate to Lori-with one catch: Lori must visit Dimity's cozy cottage in the English countryside and find a secret hidden in the trove of letters that Dimity and Lori's mother exchanged over the four decades of their friendship. (Continued on back flap) (Continued from front flap) What begins as a fairy tale in an impressive cozy setting becomes a mystery-and a ghost story Aunt Dimity's indomitable spirit leads Lori on an worldly quest that Dimity could not fulfill in her life. And for Lori, Dimity's bequest is even greater the dreamed, as she discovers that in this life, true love conquers all. NANCY ATHERTON lives in Brooklyn, New York. Dimity's Death is her first mystery.
Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori Shepherd was lucky enough to have had a fairy-tale courtship complete with a Handsome Prince and a cozy, honey-colored castle in which he popped the question. It all happened so quickly, so effortlessly, that Lori fell in love with her blue-blooded prince before she really knew who he was. And maybe that's where she made her first mistake. Seeking to recapture the romance in her young marriage, Lori plans a second honeymoon at Aunt Dimity's English cottage. But at the last minute, Bill, true to form, can't make it. Inspired by Aunt Dimity and accompanied by her very precocious twelve-year-old friend Nell, Lori packs the car and sets off on a backroad search for Willis, Sr. Nell proves herself a helpful guide (keeping Lori on the right side of the road!) as well as a mistress of disguise, while Lori finds herself aghast at her own unseemly attraction to Bill's dashing English cousin, Gerald. Soon Lori, Nell, and the ghostly Aunt Dimity find themselves at the center of a centuries-old Willis family scandal that, if revealed, could mean the end of life as they know it, for Willises on both sides of the Atlantic.
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