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Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #16)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,762 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
"Published in 2011 in the US by arrangement with Viking"--T.p. verso.
Hardcover, Large Print, 359 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published December 10th 2010)
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Feb 23, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one more than several of the last ones. Finally, Lori has grown up and stopped falling for every man around. This one is set in Finch, so we get to see and hear some of the town's characters. I thought the plot was a little contrived. I knew as soon as Sally became Lady Sarah that the gentleman she had met was also pretending to be "better" than he was. The parallel of Frederick and Reginald was interesting.

Still, keep the mysteries coming, Nancy!
Ann aka Iftcan
This latest in the lite Aunt Dimity series is much like all the others. We read this series not for the mystery (non-existant) but for the weird characters that abound in the tiny hamlet of Finch, England. All the zany inhabitants are back, along with a few new ones, including William Willis, Sr. who has finally retired (sort-of) and moved to Finch to be close to his beloved grandsons.
Nov 10, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series; it is like comfort food for me.

No matter how much Lori Shepherd says her instincts tell her something I have to giggle since her “instincts” have gotten her turned so far around, she never comes to the correct conclusion without the helpfulness of her friends and family, not to mention her dearest companion Aunt Dimity herself.

Since this is book number sixteen in the series, I recommend that you start at the beginning to find out who exactly Dimity is and how their lives are
How lovely that Nancy Atherton has bought Lori and Aunt Dimity home to the landscape that is very much a character of the novels. She's also brought Lori back to her basic family-centered, Bill-loving base, though Bill is still little more than a glorified support mechanism, conveniently being called away on business when Lori must become deeply enmeshed in the goings on. At least there is no awkwardly contrived almost-love-interest for Lori this time. I still believe that Lori would benefit fro ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Mayda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies
If you are looking for a genuine, cozy mystery, one that will keep your interest without resorting to any of the blood and gore so often found now, even in cozies, look no further than Nancy Atherton’s latest installment in her Aunt Dimity series, Aunt Dimity & the Family Tree. Lori Shepherd is at her best, taking care of her family, helping her father-in-law at his newly renovated manor, and keeping one step ahead of the gossipy townsfolk. It’s up to Aunt Dimity to slow down Lori’s impetuou ...more
Nancy Ellis
Mar 04, 2013 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More new characters are introduced in this episode, freshening things up a bit and keeping it one of the most enjoyable series available. Lori's father-in-law plays a larger part as he renovates an estate near Lori's family. Once again, I read this in one sitting. It was so much fun I didn't want to put it down, and these books are very relaxing to read.
Jan 14, 2011 Miki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of my favorite series, but I truly believe that it has run its course. The last five or six just haven't been as fun to read. Lori is becoming close to hysteria in her obsession for jumping to conclusions that are nearly always wrong. And I miss the covers with Reginald!
Ah, an Aunt Dimity book. A guilty pleasure. This one seemed a bit predictable to me, but then again, it is something like book 16 in the series so perhaps I'm finally catching on but do I read it for the "mystery,, or to keep up with the characters? Ah well, I enjoyed it, anyway.
Mar 29, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
There is something about these books that entice me to chuck it all and move to the Cotswolds. Once there, I'm sure I would go crazy, so it's nice to have these books as a temporary escape.
Sep 08, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a sweet mystery series, give Aunt Dimity a try. #16 involves a romantic charade and family heirlooms.
Mar 22, 2011 Alissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's quite refreshing to read a mystery that doesn't include a dead body! Several parts of this book made me laugh out loud. If you love the Aunt Dimity series, you'll enjoy this one.
The Flooze
Feb 20, 2013 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone save Willis, Sr., from the village widows!
Dec 06, 2012 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
The first few Aunt Dimity books were fun. In the beginning, you could sort of tell that the author was laughing along with you at the tale and its fanciful turns. I don't know why I keep reading them, however. They haven't raised that feeling of fun and whimsy since probably the third book.

In the Cotswolds of England, Lori is the protagonist. An American transplant to the little town of Finch. From the start, I could accept the idea of her "aunt" writing from beyond in her blue journal as a fun
Jan 06, 2011 Mandolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-inventory
Having returned to her adopted village of Finch after her adventures in New Zealand, Lori is busy aiding her father-in-law to restore a run-down estate, Fairworth House, and to avoid the village spinsters who have developed a most avid interest in his activities and future plans. Lori's life becomes even more hectic when she's drawn into a harebrained scheme by Sally Pyne, the local teashop owner, who told a few "little white lies" to a charming Mexican man on a recent vacation that have come ba ...more
Katie Spina
Feb 16, 2017 Katie Spina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The book equivalent of a sit-com. Entertaining and great for a break from the stress of life. The plot is nothing new or exciting, but it's entertaining.
Gloria Mccracken
There are people who do not love the Aunt Dimity books, which I find nearly impossible to understand. I suppose that having the title character already be dead might be a turn-off, but really, well-bred and smart Aunt Dimity is not very intrusive: she waits to be consulted, no haunting for her. And the bad guys are seldom bad at all -- mostly just self-centered and occasionally irritating. I suppose some people miss that in a book. These people are way too serious, in my opinion. So if you want ...more
Ashley Dawn
Oct 12, 2011 Ashley Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lori Shepherd is thrilled that her father-in-law is moving to Finch to be closer to his son and grandsons. William Shepherd, Sr. is a wonderful addition to the community. He has bought Fairworth House and spent an excessive amount of money fixing it up. The community is all a buzz with the modifications and restoration of this historic home, but a lot of the members of the community are just buzzing about William himself as an eligible bachelor!
After William, Sr. hires the Donovans to run his ho
The Aunt Dimity series is one of my very favourites, and this installment delighted me just as much as the previous editions have!

This series [which you can learn about by reading the descriptions] has a sweetness, charm and fun that is just plain unadulterated entertainment. This is the series I go to when life gets too busy or stressful for me. These books, and the characters who inhabit them are like dear - if interfering - old friends, whom one goes to when one needs to be coddled and comfor
Aug 27, 2016 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
"Aunt Dimity And The Family Tree" is another book in the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton. Lori Shepherd's father in law, William Willis Sr. has moved to England and bought Fairworth House Estate. He is in the process of renovating the house, gardens and moving in. Sally Pyne receives an letter from Mexico. It seems the gentleman, Henrique Cocinero, she met in Mexico during the vacation she won is coming to Finch. It turns out that Sally pretending to be Lady Sarah while she was in Mexico. N ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
Now that he has retired, Lori Shepherd's father-in-law is moving to the little village of Finch to be closer to his grandsons. As the story begins, he has just finished refurbishing an old home and is preparing to settle in to a quiet life. However, Finch is rarely a quiet place and soon he finds himself caught up in the "greatest act of deception ever perpetrated on the good people of Finch." Meanwhile, Lori suspects that something isn't right with the charming couple that Willis, Sr. has hired ...more
Judy Goodnight
May 16, 2011 Judy Goodnight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cozy English mysteries
Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity books are the ultimate in cozy mysteries. In this latest outing, the mysteries are quite small. Who is moving the furniture in Bill Sr.'s new home? Who is moving the objets d'art and why? Who stole the family tree that was being restored and why? Strange happenings are afoot in the village of Finch and the main character Lori Shepherd, with the aid of Aunt Dimity, must find out what's going on.

It's not the mystery that I enjoy in these books so much as the continuing
Sep 04, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lori Shepherd lives in the quaint village of Finch in England. 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 ide ...more
May 08, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I loved this book!
Finally I found an Aunt Dimity- novel which brought the magic back to me!

Like in all the other novels written by Nancy Atherton, I loved the setting. I don't live in the UK, but thats how I always imagined a secluded little town, it's simply perfect. Especially in this installment, because where could travel rumours faster than in such a little town like this?
I laughed very often while reading, the story of the handmaidens, the scheme of Sally, the rumours concerning th
Jul 17, 2011 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun Aunt Dimity read.
Willis Sr has moved into his refurbished estate and Lori is having a difficult time helping him find live in help. When he finally hires a couple to live in the third floor apartment and tend to the estate Lori doesn't trust them. They're too perfect. Also, Sally put on heirs while on a Mexican trip she won. She met a wonderful man but told him she was a Lady whose family owns Willis' estate. When the lover sends a letter stating he is in England and will be dropping
May 21, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have read this series since it's inception, m-m-m-m-m, perhaps I'm getting tired of the story line, don't know. That Lori needs to light a fire in the study hearth, pet the stuffed toy Reginald on the head and then sit down to "talk" with Aunt Dimity every night, through all the seasons of the year, is getting a bit repetitive. Perhaps if someone else in the "know" could do the communicating with Auntie it might be an interesting twist. Still, easy and quick reading and now comes with a recipe a ...more
This episode in Finch was a little different, in that there really was a crime to be solved. In this story Lori, our intrepid detective, is looking for several things, but again is on her own, with only her instincts and nose for trouble helping her out.

Unfortunately her nose might smell trouble but her brain is of little use in determining the source, so she calls in Aunt Dimity, who is also befuddled.

This light romp in romance, where Sally took a sea trip and found an interesting foreign gen
Feb 11, 2017 Boweavil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to the series. Humane and funny.
Sandra Guerfi
Oct 21, 2013 Sandra Guerfi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These mysteries are a good read when you are getting tired of finding dead bodies in the library. The mysterious is imbued in the regular everyday activities in the little known village of Finch. Think Ms. Marple without any actual blood shed. Mix one newly restored Georgian manor, one handsome retired, single American lawyer, and you have the beginning steps to a tango of confusion. Throw in a group of old biddies known as the Handmaidens, and sprinkle lightly with a summer romance a la golden ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lori's father in law, William Sr has retired from law and has bought Fairworth House, but finds himself the centre of unwanted attention from 4 widows from Finch. Bill has named them his handmaidens and Lori tries to keep the peace between the women. Using the house for a harmless deception, William hires Declan and Deirdre to run the household. Lori is suspicious of the couple when furniture and small trinkets go missing. She is convinced that the couple are out to rob William, but the truth is ...more
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She has never taken tea with a vicar (although she drank an Orange Squash with one once) and she doesn't plan to continue writing after her allotted time on earth (though such pla
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