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The eleventh title in Nancy Atherton's widely acclaimed Aunt Dimity crime series. For readers of Ann Granger and M. C. Beaton. Lori Shepherd is no stranger to trouble and intrigue. But when Bill, her high-profile attorney husband, starts receiving death threats aimed at his family, danger hits closer to home. With Scotland Yard on the case, Bill sends Lori and their five-year-old twins to the safety of an island off the coast of Scotland. But nowhere, it seems, is safe. For another mystery is unfolding on the island, and Lori suspects the locals are running a smuggling operation. When she finds a human skull washed up on the beach, her fears are fuelled further. With her otherworldly Aunt Dimity's help, Lori begins to piece together the clues, unaware of the danger growing around her. Can she escape the murderous treats before it's too late?
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. .
The sixteenth title in Nancy Atherton's widely acclaimed Aunt Dimity crime series. For readers of Ann Granger and M. C. Beaton. In the quiet Cotswold village of Finch, Lori Shepherd is in for a surprise. Her wealthy American father-in-law, William Willis, Sr, has purchased a splendid ten-acre estate to renovate. William Sr is expecting gentle, small-town existence, but with countless women vying for his attention, shifty servants, and the discovery of a mysterious painting, he soon realises life in Finch is anything but. When Lori and William become embroiled in a case of deception and false identity, things become even more complicated. It's nothing Lori can't handle - until moving furniture, strange sounds, and the theft of the painting prompt her to call on her Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help. Can she succeed in uncovering the estate's shadowy past?
It's a cold, dreary February in the sleepy village of Finch and Lori Shepherd has two stir-crazy seven-year-old boys on her hands. <P><P>So when her good friend Bree Pym suggests an outing to Skeaping Manor, the bizarre Jacobean-house-turned-museum, Lori leaps at the chance. There she meets Daisy Pickering, a sweet (if a little odd) nine-year-old dressed in a shabby pink parka who regales Lori with a wild tale about the Russian aristocrats who once owned the priceless silver pieces on display. A few days later, when a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in the pocket of a shabby pink parka at her thrift shop Lori recognizes it instantly as the object that mesmerized Daisy at Skeaping Manor. Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori tracks down Daisy's mother, only to find that the Pickering family has disappeared without a trace. Stranger still, it seems that one of Daisy's imagined Russian princes may be very real--and in desperate need of help.With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly guidance, Lori's search for the sleigh's true owner and the fate of the Pickering family begins to unravel a tangled web of secrets stretching from England's finest country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.
The next page-turning installment in the phantom-detective mystery series that has won the hearts of cozy mystery fans everywhere Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she can spread a little good cheer. There she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary with no family, except a brother who has mysteriously disappeared. But after only a few visits, Miss Beacham suddenly passes away, leaving Lori to tie up the loose ends of her late friend's life. Lori soon discovers that hidden among Miss Beacham's belongings are clues that Lori believes her friend left for her to discover. Armed with the generous help of a handsome neighbor and, as always, Aunt Dimity's supernatural skills, Lori begins to unearth Miss Beacham's secrets and, ultimately, the surprising truth about her next of kin. "Atherton's series is for those who like the puzzle of a mystery minus the corpses. . . . Put on the teakettle and enjoy. " -Rocky Mountain News "A charming mystery, filled with warmth and affection. " -Deadly Pleasures
Cozy mystery lovers' favorite paranormal sleuth is back with her twentieth otherworldly adventureIt's June, the roses are in bloom, and the small English village of Finch may be in big trouble. Two cottages are for sale, but something--or someone--is driving buyers away. Has a developer targeted Finch? Will property values skyrocket? Will a wave of wealthy weekenders drive out the longtime locals?Lori Shepherd has a lot on her plate--a brand-new baby daughter, her father-in-law's impending nuptials, and a visit from her dreaded aunts-in-law--but she refuses to stand back and watch while big money destroys her beloved village. Lori suspects that a local real estate agent is illicitly lining her pockets at Finch's expense, but before she can prove it, she's sidetracked by a chance encounter with eccentric inventor Arthur Hargreaves, dubbed the Summer King by his quirky family, is as warmhearted as the summer sun. In his presence, Lori forgets her troubles--and Finch's.Lori snaps out of her happy trance when a series of unsettling discoveries shakes her faith in Arthur Hargreaves. She stumbles across a detailed map of Finch in Hillfont Abbey. An ancient feud between Finch and the Hargreaves family comes to light. Arthur appears to be making secret deals with the shady realtor. Is the Summer King as kind as he seems?With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help--and her new baby girl in her arms--Lori mounts a crusade to save her village from the Summer King's scorching greed.From the Hardcover edition.
Nancy Atherton's seventeenth cozy mystery featuring the beloved Aunt Dimity-the original paranormal detective When Amelia Thistle moves to Finch, her new neighbors welcome her with open arms-and inquiring minds. Among them is Lori Shepherd, who isn't fooled by Amelia's unassuming persona. Amelia is, in fact, a world-famous artist with a rabid and eager-to-stalk fan base. In order to keep peace in Finch, Lori must help Amelia conceal her identity. Amelia, meanwhile, sets about working on the riddle that brought her to town in the first place. A fragment of a family diary hints that one of Amelia's ancestors might have been Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch. Following the clue, Lori hunts through Finch's darkest and most secret corners, all the while dodging nosy neighbors and Amelia's frantic fans. With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori inches closer to the true story of Mistress Meg-and Amelia. Returning to the charming world of Finch, Nancy Atherton's latest novel is sure to delight faithful Aunt Dimity readers, Anglophiles, and cozy mystery fans. .
The latest in the New York Times-bestselling series, featuring the original paranormal detectiveIn this New York Times bestseller, dashing Australian Jack McBride arrives in the village of Finch to wrap up his reclusive late uncle's affairs. <P><P> While helping Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, Lori finds a long-forgotten wishing well. As a joke, she makes a wish--and it comes true! Word spreads, and soon the entire village besieges the well with wishes of their own. <P> As more and more wishes come true, chaos ensues, and Lori--with Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help--races to prove there's something other than magic at work before her beloved village implodes.well.
Selected from a mix of all the popular Mystery subgenres -- classic whodunits, hard-boiled investigators, cozies, police procedurals, true crime, adventure/suspense -- and from the many highly acclaimed and unique Mystery titles that enter the market. Lori Shepherd jumps at the opportunity offered by her old boss to evaluate a rare book collection housed in a neo-Gothic castle in Northumberland. Lori is on her way to Wyrdhurst Hall when she encounters Adam Chase, a handsome, charming stranger who knows more than he's telling about the hall's secrets. Lori falls under Wyrdhurst's spell -- and Adam's -- when she unearths a cache of World War I letters that tell a tale of doomed love and hint at a treasure hidden in the hall.
The seventh novel in the Aunt Dimity crime series, for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. Returning home to the Cotswold village of Finch, Lori Shepherd is shocked to discover resident Prunella Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in Finch for over a hundred years, and the locals are in uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. But the newly arrived Prunella had already made a number of enemies, and narrowing the list of suspects won't be easy. With the help of Lori's ghostly Aunt Dimity and Nicholas - an enigmatic self-defense instructor - Lori attempts to align motive, means and opportunity in order to unravel the tangled mystery.
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. .
The original supernatural sleuth is back in the latest cozy Aunt Dimity mystery. A shock wave rocks Lori Shepherd's world when she hears that her beloved neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. Bracing herself for a final farewell, Lori instead receives a request from the eccentric sisters: Find their long-lost brother before it's too late. Aubrey Pym is a wicked scoundrel who was banished from his family long ago; and much to Lori's surprise, she must travel all the way to New Zealand to find him. In granting her dear friends' dying wish, Lori sets out on a journey full of surprises. And with the help of a charming Kiwi and the otherworldly guidance of Aunt Dimity, Lori goes Down Under to search for the mysterious Aubrey, unraveling a web of secrets that has haunted the Pym family for generations. Nancy Atherton and her Aunt Dimity series have a dedicated fan base that eagerly awaits each new installment. With its exotic setting, endearing characters, and paranormal storyline, Aunt Dimity Down Under is sure to be a hit with loyal readers and new fans who are just discovering Aunt Dimity.
The world's original paranormal detective returns Nancy Atherton 's Aunt Dimity series has charmed its way into the hearts of mystery fans everywhere, finding a larger audience with each new book. In Aunt Dimity Goes West, Atherton's vivid storytelling and knack for bringing a setting to life will have fans lassoed to their chairs. Lori Shepherd, still recovering from her most recent adventure, is taking a vacation with her family in the beautiful mountain town of Bluebird, Colorado. But there's something amiss at their seemingly perfect vacation home. Is the place cursed or is a sinister human hand shaping its eerie reputation? With Aunt Dimity's help, Lori sets out to solve a hundred- year-old mystery and discovers that sometimes the strangest places can seem the most like home. .
Everyone's favorite supernatural detective steps in to thwart unchivalrous deeds at a Renaissance fair With Penguin's Fall 2009 publication of Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective certain to attract new readers to the popular cozy series, Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is poised as the perfectly irresistible gem that will leave them eager for more. After living in the small English village of Finch for eight years, Lori Shepherd longs for some excitement to spice up her all-too-familiar routine. So when a Renaissance festival complete with wizards, wenches, knights, and jesters sets up in town for the summer, Lori gets her wish-and more. She soon discovers a sinister stalker, a jealous saboteur, and an evil assassin behind the scenes of King Wilfred's Faire, and it's up to Lori-with Aunt Dimity's otherworldly guidance-to prevent the medieval revelry from ending in modern-day tragedy. .
The ninth novel in the Aunt Dimity crime series, for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. A winter's stroll in the Cotswolds takes an unexpected turn for Lori Shepherd when a snow blizzard strikes out of the blue. Together with two backpackers she seeks shelter in the nearby Ladythorne Abbey, once home to Lady Lucasta DeClerke, and waits for the storm to pass. But it soon becomes clear there is more to the Abbey's late owner than meets the eye. And when Lori learns of a plot to steal a priceless family heirloom, she attempts to prevent the theft and keep herself out of harm's way. But as her ghostly Aunt Dimity says, 'Old sins cast long shadows. ' If Lori is to banish the hatred and guilt shrouding Ladythorne Abbey, she will need all the wisdom and compassion she can find.
The eighth title in Nancy Atherton's widely acclaimed Aunt Dimity crime series. For readers of Ann Granger and M. C. Beaton. When Lori Shepherd's husband, Bill, is summoned to the reading of a Will at the Earl of Harrisford's grand Palladian home, she jumps at the chance to join him. But none of the Harrisford clan could have possibly predicted the scandal that would ensue as the contents of the Will are revealed. What starts as a sombre occasion quickly devolves into full-blown family dispute. Burning topiaries, threatening notes, suspicious maids, and family intrigue lead Lori to seek her ghostly Aunt Dimity's help in identifying the person responsible. For it's clear they mean business, and if they're not found soon, the consequences could be deadly. . .
The thirteenth novel in the Aunt Dimity crime series, for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. Life in the Cotswolds couldn't be more blissful for Lori Shepherd - except for one thing: her five-year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears her sons will catch everything from the flu to fleas. Then the twins come home one drizzly day and give her something truly terrifying to worry about. Could the cloaked figure they see in the woods really have been a vampire? With Lori's late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity's help, she begins to investigate. Her trail takes her to Leo, a charming vagabond; to a bitter old crone named Lizzie Black; and finally to Aldercot Hall, where a mysterious murder took place forty years ago. Can Lori uncover the true identity of the twins' vampire before it's too late?
The fifth novel in the Aunt Dimity crime series, for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. Lori Shepherd's plans for a perfect family Christmas are derailed when a mysterious stranger collapses in the driveway of her cosy Cotswold cottage. As the nearby village of Finch begins its Christmas Eve celebrations, Lori must team up with Julian Bright - a devilishly attractive priest - to unearth the stranger's identity. Embarking upon a journey that takes them from hospital wards to homeless shelters, the pair are determined to leave no stone unturned. And as Lori unveils the tragic secret that led the stranger to her door, she must confront painful truths about herself, and discover the real meaning of a family Christmas.
The first novel in the Aunt Dimity crime series, for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. When Lori Shepherd was little she used to listen to stories of her inimitable Aunt Dimity from far-off England. Now Lori is newly divorced, down on her luck, and has long since realized her Aunt Dimity was just a character from a comforting bedtime story. Or was she? When Lori is summoned suddenly to a law firm, she learns Aunt Dimity was a very real person - a wealthy real person who has died and left a respectable bequest. Now Lori must visit her aunt's English cottage and find a secret hidden among the letters sent between her mother and Dimity over four decades. As Aunt Dimity's gentle spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest, she is about to discover a wealth of secrets that will open her eyes to the possibilities of life, and death. . .
Nancy Atherton's growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity's latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her "niece," Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori's life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she's financially set for life and happily married or so she thinks. When Lori's plans for a second honeymoon to England with her workaholic husband fall through, she begrudgingly takes along her father-in-law who promptly disappears, leaving behind a mysterious note. Inspired and guided by the ghost of Aunt Dimity and her inimitable blue journal, Lori's search for the elderly gentleman turns into a harrowing mission to uncover a centuries-old family secret complicated by mistaken identities, falsified deeds, family feuds, and Lori's unseemly attraction to her husband's beguiling English cousin. In a delightful chase that takes her all over the English countryside, Lori discovers the true meaning of marital bliss, and Nancy Atherton's fans, new and old, will savor a masterpiece of old-fashioned fun. .
An irresistible introduction to everyone?s favorite cozy mystery series Over the course of fourteen successful books, Nancy Atherton?s Aunt Dimity series has become enormously popular. Now, with the first two mysteries in one volume, Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective makes it easy to get a taste of the ghostly sleuth?s delightful debut. In Aunt Dimity?s Death, Aunt Dimity?s American niece, Lori Shepherd, had long thought her mother?s childhood tales of Aunt Dimity were merely comforting bedtime stories. But when a pair of lawyers informs her that her mysterious aunt has just died and made the down-on-her-luck Lori a rich woman, she finds a reason to believe. Aunt Dimity and the Duke finds the benevolent spirit helping Emma Porter?forty, fat, and frumpy?tame a Duke?s overgrown garden and discover romance along the way. These two tales continue to enchant Atherton?s devoted fans and, packaged together, are sure to attract even more new readers to the series.