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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 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.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Viking Adult (first published April 1st 2012)
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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…..
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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
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
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
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 28, 2012 Paulette rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Donna LaValley
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
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
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
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
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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.
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

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
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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
Linda Brue
The village of Finch is all a-twitter with the excitement of a newcomer to the village. When she turns out to be a famous artist arriving under an assumed name hiding out from a group of rabid fans, the village folks all sign up to help keep her hidden away. They are even more thrilled to find that she hasn't chosen their little village to move to by accident--seems she is on a quest to find the memoirs of a distant relative, supposedly hidden within the many walls of Finch.

Whenever I'm feeling
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.
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A new and mysterious woman moves in to Finch attracting the interest of all of the villagers, especially Willis Sr., but she is hiding a not very well-guarded secret. She is actually a famous artist who has developed, unwillingly, a pushy cult following that threatens to disturb peace in the village if she is discovered. The villagers conspire to hide her away while she undertakes her mission - the discovery of hidden scrolls written by an ancestor about a witch who once lived in Finch. Together ...more
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.
I love the Aunt Dmity series. This one was particularly good because of the puzzle and treasure hunt aspect.
I just love these books! This was the first one I read expecting it to be like Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble , but boy was I never so happy to be wrong! This book (and its siblings in the series) are perfect to curl up with, sip some coffee, and listen to the rain. If this book was an article of clothing, it would be that favorite oversize sweater/sweatshirt we all have lurking in our closet. You know the one I'm talking about- its likely faded black or gray and is so old you couldn't remember w ...more
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
Gloria Mccracken
It's hard to classify this series. If you go to a bookstore (or perhaps a library), you'll find it under mystery novels. I suspect this is because of the title of the first volume in the series "Aunt Dimity's Death". There is nearly always something at least a little mysterious in the plot lines. However, except for Aunt Dimity, (who, despite her hand in every plot, is dead throughout the series) hardly anyone dies -- and I can't think of any murders. Although there are occasional romantic attac ...more
Very enjoyable read. I love these stories because they always have you thinking and there is never anything too heavy in them. I wonder where Nancy will take us in the next book.

We open with Lori and all of Finch curious about the newest person (Mrs. Thistle) coming to town. On moving day they all are in attendance to watch Mrs. Thistle's belongings moved into Pussywillow cottage. Lori is with Grant and Charles when the moving truck arrives. As soon as Mrs. Thistle comes into view Grant and Char

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
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
Everyone in the village of Finch is excited that a newcomer--Amelia Thistle--is moving in. Things get more exciting when American resident Lori Shepard learns that Mrs. Thistle is actually a famous botanical painter, Mae Bowen, who is perpetually trying to escape the adoring hordes of fans who want her to show them the light. Agreeing to keep Amelia's secret, Lori learns that Amelia is there to solve a mystery that her brother had been working on before he died. It concerns an ancestor of theirs ...more
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