Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #17) by Nancy Atherton

  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: VIKING ADULT (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Publishing
  • Language: English

Book Description

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.

About The Author

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of sixteen other Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

My Review

My first Aunt Dimity book and I don't know how I missed this series before.  Very readable English cozy set in the Cotswolds.  I was provided with an advanced copy through Net Galley and I really enjoyed it.

There is something about an English village that just brings on thoughts of mysteries and secrets. I felt right at home with the characters even though this was the first book I've read in the series.  There is a slight paranormal aspect to the book in the character of Aunt Dimity.  I usually cannot stand anything paranormal but this seems to fit right in.  Probably because Aunt Dimity is helpful, resourceful  and intelligent.

This was a quick and full satisfying read.  I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading more of Nancy Atherton's series.  And the brown bread recipe included sounds delicious.

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