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Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #17)

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Nancy Atherton's seventeenth cozy mystery featuring the beloved Aunt Dimity-the original paranormal detectiveWhen 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.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Viking (first published April 1st 2012)
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Lorelei You could probably read it out of order. At the beginning of each book, the author recaps everything. About the "heroine", her husband, sons, about…moreYou could probably read it out of order. At the beginning of each book, the author recaps everything. About the "heroine", her husband, sons, about the village of Finch. Who some of the villagers are, etc. If you like this book though, then I'd recommend that you start from the beginning and read the rest of the series. There is a great website that keeps track of all of the books in the series and the order they were published.

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Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

I've been a fan of Aunt Dimity almost as long as the books have been around. Aunt Dimity's Death is one of my comfort novels, the books I turn to when I'm tired, overwhelmed, or feeling blue: the reading equivalent of a nice cup of tea; and several of the sequels (or in one case, a prequel) are nearly as satisfying.

The charm of the series is in part its lightness. Aunt Dimity mysteries never deal in dead bodies, and only rarely in real, physi
Apr 22, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
All eyes on the village green.

“Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch” is a fun, cozy mystery set in a quaint English Village. Lori is an American homemaker who’s settled in Finch with her husband and twin boys for her husband’s work. When a well known artist comes to town with a mystery to solve Lori throws herself into finding a solution. The artist is Amelia Thistle and she’s recently lost her beloved brother. After his death she finds a piece of parchment that was written by a distant relative…..
Jun 16, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Books are often re-read based on different moods and needs. The Aunt Dimity series is like an invitation to sit, chat and - most of all - relax. My favorite Aunt Dimity book is the first book (Aunt Dimity's Death) but Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch is a close second. Despite the titles both books are a relaxing way to spend some quiet time.

In Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch the story unfolds with a new addition to the village of Finch. It is quickly revealed that the new occupant of Pussyw
The Aunt Dimity books are consistently fun to read, following Lori Shepherd's life in the Cotswold village of Finch as she communicates with her deceased, but not departed, benefactor and friend Dimity Westwood about the events and mysteries related to Finch. This particular mystery involves a famous artist and her search for missing pages of an ancestor's journal that tell a tale of 17th century witchcraft intrigue. The introduction of Amelia Thistle to the community of Finch, the interaction o ...more
Darlene Ferland
Apr 27, 2012 Darlene Ferland rated it it was amazing
Reading the new Aunt Dimity book, Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch, had me feeling as if I was revisiting the quaint English village of Finch. It felt like putting on an old, comfy sweater. Once again Nancy Atherton has written an enticing mystery that carries the reader across the pond as they say. Finding old parchments hidden all over Finch leads to an unique view of the past and opens up a world of understanding concerning world-wide issues as well as issues close to home. As I closed my bo ...more
May 06, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it
I love the Aunt Dimity books for their gentleness--good characters so typical of small-town life, lack of violence (generally), and, of course, Aunt Dimity, herself. No big action heroes, little blood and guts, lots of quirky characters that make me smile. I don't enjoy the books that take place outside of Finch nearly as much but this one was situated in the midst of town and introduced a lovely new character whom we will see in the future, no doubt. I enjoyed revisiting the village of Finch an ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Paulette rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paulette by: GoodReads
My first read by Nancy Atherton. I enjoyed it. Sometimes you just want to relax and that's why they make cozies.
Yay! Nancy Atherton does not disappoint lovers of the tiny British village of Finch. This novel stays firmly entrenched in the environs of its lovely and untouched Cotswold setting.

Aunt Dimity has a larger role in this book than lately although (mild spoiler) I wondered why she didn't use her "other side" connections to help out a bit. Lori, though still impetuous, seems to be maturing enough to look and consider before jumping into a situation. It's nice to see the character arc.

Although, as u
Donna LaValley
Jul 28, 2013 Donna LaValley rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is the latest I've read in this so-nice series of cozy mysteries about deceased Aunt Dimity, who corresponds with Lori, the protagonist, from the great beyond by writing in a special journal. Dimity can hear Lori speak, and responds in script, which then disappears. Dimity then assists Lori solve the many mysteries Lori finds around her.

In this book, an excellent artist who specializes in realistic nature scenes moves to Finch, which is the quintessential English village where Lori and her
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 04, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
The English Cotswold village of Finch, where Lori Shepard and family reside has a new resident. This resident comes with a secret or two. Lori being Lori can not resist finding out the truth, especially after Grant and Charles disclose one of the secrets even before the new villager settles in.

Guiding her path, is our favorite spirit, Aunt Dimity. In this volume Aunt shows her own curiosity and that adds to the fun.

We find out Mrs. Thistle is more than she appears and that she is also on a treas
Alice Liu
May 04, 2012 Alice Liu rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of urban fantasy, but the Aunt Dimity series is one of my guilty pleasures. When I need a break for non-stop intense action, I can find it in Lori Shepherd's quaint little town of Finch, with its nosy neighbors, Lori's unabashed curiosity, and the ghost of Dimity. It's the perfect setting for murder. "Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch" veers from the previous books in the series: No murder (in the present) with a mystery set in Finch's distant past. Was there a witch hunt or wasn't ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
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 can
Cathryn Dolly

Overall this series is good first time reading the series, aunt dimity. The niece offers to help the mysterious trail of clues of her new artist neighbor. The artist has a trail of clues to follow on her ancostor who is the village witch.

The nosy neighbors drove me crazy wanting to know everything while a select few helpful friends willing to help on this mystery finding out the various places and history of town. Aunt dimity communicates by writing on blue diary on the updates on the mystery
Oct 12, 2011 Cyndi rated it really liked it

The quest is afoot...and the loonies are on the path..a bit of romance on the air....thus begins this 17th tale of Aunt Dimity Paranormal Detective.

I enjoyed this entry as I have the others before it.

The usual main character, Lori took a lesser role in this story and let the light shine on the town of Finch and it's quirky residents.

Add a well known artist who is incognito, the Elder Willis smitten by her and a quest to find the story of a 17th century "witch" and it goes from there.

It was rela
Book review originally published here:

This was my first book i nthe “Aunt Dimity” series, and I loved it. Quirky and interesting, Amelia almost seems like a real person. The mystery ties in with seventeenth-century witchcraft (yay!) and is light, charming, and engaging.
Apr 20, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, arc, ebook, series
This was my first book in the Aunt Dimity series, and I didn't realize it was number...17 or so? While I was a bit surprised by the dead woman who talks in real time through a journal, I could go with it. The scavenger hunt was fun and the village life was quite entertaining.
May 26, 2012 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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May 19, 2012 Marcia rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, x2012
Actual Rating: ***1/2

Yes, 'tis a puzzlement in this latest installment in the Aunt Dimity series. Following clues unites the village regulars and a newcomer to Finch. Excellent addition to the Aunt Dimity series.
Nancy Haddock
Apr 06, 2013 Nancy Haddock rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I've listed all the books in this series, but I've read them all and have never been disappointed! This is another fun installment!
Nov 02, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, paranormal
I love the Aunt Dmity series. This one was particularly good because of the puzzle and treasure hunt aspect.
Educating Drew
I wanted to read Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch solely because it was marketed as a cozy mystery. I've only recently found myself reading mysteries, so this notion of a cozy mystery left me curious. I did some research (of course I did).

And what I've determined is a cozy mystery takes place in a small quaint town where everyone knows each other and gossips as much as protects their fellow townfolk. And oh yeah, there's not that much gore or cursing or sexytimes. Essentially, they're suppose t
Apr 23, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars
I remember reading some stories about Aunt Dimity and Lori awhile ago. I would love to reread them all.
This is a detective story and a treasure hunt from the past. No one was murdered but I got involved in the hunt and could not wait to see how it all ended.
The town of Finch in England's West Midlands like to gossip about each other and spy on one another. So when someone new was moving in everyone watched to see what the new comer wore and what she was moving into her cottage.
The tearoom
Apr 30, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing
Lori Shepherd and the rest of the residents of Finch, England are anxious to meet their new neighbor Amelia Thistle. Amelia has come to town searching for a hidden memoir about a witch called Mistress Meg. However, Lori soon learns from her art appraiser friends Grant and Charles that Amelia is not who she says she is. The excitement over the newcomer turns to fear that her devoted followers will learn who and where “Amelia” is and will take over their lovely, peaceful town. With the help of her ...more
May 14, 2012 Petra rated it really liked it

This is the seventeenth book in the Aunt Dimity series and I hadn't read any of these books before I requested this one on NetGalley. But it really caught my attention, as I love cozy mysteries, I'm a total Anglophile, and anything with witches is a must read for me. I just hoped my zero knowledge of the previous books won't affect the joy of reading the Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch. And it didn't at all. This book, even though part of a series, stand
Jun 16, 2012 Mandolin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-inventory
Finch's closeknit community, relative isolation from the busier world and peaceful surroundings enticed Lori Sheppard to remain within its bounds many years ago and have now snared another willing captive, Amelia Thistle. The villagers all crowd around the town green as Ms. Thistle moves into her new cottage, eager as always to learn all they can about their new neighbor. Lori and her friends, Charles and Grant, are the first to discover that a mystery surrounds the new resident. She is, in fact ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Marti rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, cozy-mystery
The genres don't exactly tell much about this or any of the other novels in the Aunt Dimity series. As I have stated in other Dimity reviews, these are not murder mysteries. Rather, they are puzzles to be solved. And the only fantasy in them is the protagonist's, Lori Shepherd, ongoing relationship with Dimity Westwood. Dimity had been a close friend of Lori's mother. Her mother had told Lori many "Aunt Dimity" tales but always couched them as fictional. Lori never "met" Dimity until after Dimit ...more
May 09, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
There is something so inviting about Finch and its people that brings me back time and again to wishing that there were more villages where people cared about one another - even if their main source of entertainment is gossiping.

“I’ve lived in Finch far too long to have scruples about minding other people’s business”.

Finch has a new neighbor, Amelia Thistle has purchased Pussywillows, a small home on the green and on moving day, the inhabitants of Finch are gathered in the Tearoom to watch the
Jul 04, 2016 Nolan rated it liked it
Shelves: nls-audio
Lori Shepherd, an American living in a small English village, has solved many a mystery in the community with the help of her Aunt Dimity. The thing is, Aunt Dimity has been dead for years, and she communicates with Lori by writing to her in the pages of a notebook.

As this book opens, a famous botanical artist has moved into the village, and while the residents don’t know that the woman is a famous botanical artist, they are quite fascinated by who she is and more importantly, by what she has mo
Mar 26, 2013 Roslyn rated it it was amazing
This is really a rating and (brief!) review for the Aunt Dimity series in general.

Despite the fact that after so many books, they have become somewhat formulaic, I still can't help reading and loving these books. They are 'cosy mysteries' set in a small village in England, with an American expatriate narrator. Running through all the books is a fantasy element (I'm not going to include spoilers) which is never really developed; I often wish that Atherton would deepen or explore this aspect but t
This continues to be probably my favourite "cozy mystery" series ever. I love virtually everything about the Aunt Dimity books.

This book introduces a new addition to Finch, in Amelia Thistle, who's purchased one of the cottages in town. As a completely unknown quantity, the busybodies get going at a fever pitch to figure out everything about her, and without giving spoilers, there's plenty to discover.

As always, what makes these books a delight are the characters. Nancy Atherton must have been r
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