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Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1)
Aunt Dimity's Death - Aunt Dimity, Bk 1
Author: Nancy Atherton
Lori Shepherd thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a bedtime story... — Until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis summons her to a reading of the woman's will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate -- if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's Engli...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780140178401
ISBN-10: 0140178406
Publication Date: 11/1/1993
Pages: 256
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4 stars, based on 249 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1) on + 99 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 20
This was a wonderful book. My favorite cozy so far that I've read! The characters are terrific and have been brought to life. The mystery/ghost/fantasy aspect is different and catches the imagination. I loved the descriptions of Aunt Dimity's cottage and grounds. You feel like you are there with them. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series.
reviewed Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1) on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
First of all, allow me to say that I truly enjoyed this book. It moved along at a reasonable pace, neither too quickly nor too slowly. The characters are well-developed, and interesting enough that I want very much to know more about them.
That being said, however, I did not get what I expected from this book. To me, a mystery is synonymous with a whodunit - there has been some crime commited (usually murder, though sometimes theft), and the protagonists must discover the who, or sometimes just the how, of things. That is not what this book is about.
I would classify this as a quest story. That the quest is as much mental & spiritual as it is physical does not diminish this. Yes, there is something that must be discovered, but you will find no crimes here, and the only corpses died of natural causes.
Really, this is much more a story about how much and, sometimes, how little we know about our parents. About how our parents seem to us, at least for a time, to be nearly perfect, and how difficult it is to live up to that. But it is also about love - not only romance, though that is certainly included, but also about the love for family.
So, if you're looking for Miss Marple, move along. But if you're looking for a book that will catch you and hold you until the last page, you've come to the right place.
reviewed Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1) on + 329 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Wonderful and lighthearted book with a romance, a mystery from the past, and a helpful spirit. While it is technically the first in the series, I recommend reading Aunt Dimity and the Duke first.
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Helpful Score: 6
Aunt Dimity's death is an enjoyable read. The characters are so much fun to be around that I hated to put the book down.
reviewed Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1) on + 321 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
First book in the series and it was absolutely wonderful. If you haven't read Aunt Dimity, start now!
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reviewed Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1) on
Being a newcomer to this series, I thought it best to start at the beginning. Besides, I was intrigued by the idea that the assumed heroine apparently dies to start off a series. I soon discovered that this was not my usual fare, it not actually being a mystery in the usual sense, but the story kept my interest and was written well enough to finish. No gratuitous gore, expletives, or vivid sexual narrative made it a nice change from today's writing too.

I'm not sure I'll read another from this series, but I don't regret having read this one.
reviewed Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, Bk 1) on + 34 more book reviews
Being the first in a series, I found it delightful and am looking forward to reading more.

The characters are interesting and while the book is not a high suspense or psycho thriller, it held my interest and was an enjoyable read.
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I enjoy Aunt Dimity. She has a quiet way of looking at the trials and pitfalls in the life of her friends daughter.

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