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Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #13)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  2,016 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
The original paranormal detective returns in the latest installment of a beloved mystery series

Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, c
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 21st 2008 by Viking Adult (first published 2004)
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Marfita
Feb 24, 2009 Marfita rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
I didn't believe there was a cozy series that I had missed and when this appeared on our New Shelf I thought I'd try it. I don't need to read any more of them. The connection with Nancy Drew on the back is quite telling. Should have read that bit first. I was lured in by "humorous, satisfying" and "delightfully descriptive imagery and quirky characters."
The narrator is a "goofball" who has perfect children and a perfect husband and lives in a perfect house with a perfect nanny engaged to a perf
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The Flooze
Feb 24, 2013 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ridiculous hunt for a vampire leads to startling discoveries. Though the revelations are a bit contrived, they serve their purpose and lead to a lovely ending.

It's hard to beat Atherton when it comes to comforting and pleasing outcomes. I also like how Lori's gossipy nature means we're always privy to what's going on in the secondary characters' lives. It's fun to catch up with them in between collecting clues and developing theories, and this installment includes a thrilling turn of events.
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Alvera
Nov 08, 2014 Alvera rated it really liked it
I picked up this book in anticipation of its fun, Halloween-ish theme. Having read Aunt Dimity stories before, though, when I really lit into the book was when my stress level skyrocketed and I needed a read that would make have some adventure and mystery, but ultimately lead to an innocuous conclusion with wit and a sense of humor. You see, I was feeling a little too much like Lizzie, who on page 90 declares, "'Mark my words, the less you have to do with people, the healthier you'll be, in mind ...more
Elena
May 24, 2010 Elena rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, escapist, mystery
Fun little non murder mystery. I realized partway through that I had read another one of the series earlier. The one thing that I don't get, though, is how the main character's mother could have worked through WWII and become best friends with Dimity even though Lori (main character) is only in her mid-30s. Which is my age and my mom is a boomer. I thought maybe they were supposed to be set in the past but then the internet is mentioned. So, what's up with that?
Jery
Jun 23, 2009 Jery rated it really liked it
Really love these novels - even as much as I'm green with envy because I don't have the perfect cottage and a NANNY so I can spend my time gallivanting around the English country side, solving "crimes" that generally turn out to be nothing! *LOL* I really do like these books. In the latest installment, a shadowy figure is seen watching the children at riding lessons - they swear he is a vampire, so of course what's a self respecting mother to do but track said vampire down?
Jackie
Oct 06, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it
I usually enjoy the Aunt Dimity series but this one was just a little too much. Lori seems to have become a hysterical mother but on the other hand leaves much of the child rearing to her nanny. The children claim they have seen a vampire and have convinced their flaky mother to confirm it'e existence. Over the top too..the romance between 36 year old Kit and 18 year Nell.Please!!
Deb
Jul 17, 2008 Deb rated it liked it
I still enjoy these, but there definitly are times when I just want to shake Lori until her teeth rattle. She's a sweetheart, but gets on my nerves with the hysteria and conclusion jumping
Dani Freeman
Nov 09, 2016 Dani Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had never read any Aunt Dimity books before... now I'm waiting for the rest of them to come in. Really cute mystery set in the U.K... absolutely love Aunt Dimity!!
Sarah
Aug 24, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter is the thirteenth book in Nancy Atherton's "Aunt Dimity" cozy mystery series.

For those of you not entirely familiar with the series, Aunt Dimity is a ghost whose spirit is attached to a blank journal, which Lori - the heroine of the series - refers to when she needs advice and guidance with solving mysteries.

In Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter, Lori investigates whether vampirism exists in the Cotswolds after her twin sons claim they've seen a vampire during a horseback-ri
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Marti
Jan 24, 2015 Marti rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, cozy-mystery
This whole series is an absolute delight. They have so much heart that they never fail to put a smile on my face and even at times a tear in my eye. Nancy Atherton is a wonderful descriptive writer and I always I feel as if I'm right there whether in the English Cotswalds or other places where protagonist Lori Shepherd finds herself. For me, much of the pleasure in reading a series is that it gives the reader an extenuated opportunity to get to know the characters. Of course, this only takes ...more
Kristen
Jan 31, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Reading an Aunt Dimity book is like visiting with dear friends you haven't seen in awhile - in short a delight! And this installment had an extra-special gift included.

When twins Will and Rob go off to school, Lori becomes a bit paranoid about their safety, giving up on all activities and interactions with her friends and neighbours to worry and fuss about every possible - and several highly implausible - way the boys could be harmed away from home.

And when Lori and Bill are summoned by the boys
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Laurel Bradshaw
Aug 14, 2013 Laurel Bradshaw rated it really liked it
Just what I needed to continue my "vacation" from the classics - requiring no brain cells, yet pleasantly cozy. Not as good as the earliest books in the series, but I still like them. Aunt Dimity has become an interested observer rather than an active participant. Once again Lori has let her imagination run away with her......

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Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five-year-old twins have started sch
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Starfish
Aug 10, 2009 Starfish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun, thriller, romance
This book! Man, this book.

I think that having been thinking a lot about sensory detail lately, I was more aware of how other writers use it, and wow. Atherton keeps up a steady string of detail that never seems to be intrusive -- she's always telling us things, but she does it in a way where it doesn't totally feel like telling.

The other thing is the detail itself. Atherton subscribes to the Enid Blyton school of writing only instead of everything accompanied by lashings of ginger-beer, it's ju
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Mloy
Oct 25, 2012 Mloy rated it liked it
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April
Jan 28, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
As with other Aunt Dimity books, this one was a cozy read. Nancy Atherton's writing style is perfect for light reading, whether you're tired, sick, or just need a distraction.

Lori Shepard, the protagonist, is very likable, as are the rest of the cast of characters featured in the Aunt Dimity series. This particular book was fanciful, but then again, this is a paranormal detective series, so what else should I have been expecting? However, although it was fanciful, it was a good book. Atherton di
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Jane
Dec 10, 2012 Jane rated it liked it
This is the first Aunt Dimity book I have read. It requires a large suspension of disbelief. First because Aunt Dimity is dead and does her communicating and sleuthing through automatic writing in a journal. The protaganist, Julie Shepherd, is almost as difficult to believe - in her English country life she has a full-time paragon of a nanny for her twin sons, and she seems to be universally adored by everyone in their nearby village. It would seem the world revolves around Julie Shepherd, but ...more
Althea Ann
Sep 25, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was ok
A very cozy mystery. I picked this up because I'd read one other in this series and enjoyed it, but I wasn't as thrilled with this one.
In this episode, the main character, whose son has just started school, is worried and stressed about having her kid away from her. Based on stories that get back to her (and no actual evidence at all), she becomes convinced that her son is being stalked either by some kind of pervert or - a vampire. Through the course of the book, she must learn to get over it a
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Diane
Aug 21, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
"Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter" is the thirteenth book in the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton. Lori and her husband, Bill, receive a call from Miss Archer at the Morningside School asking them to come in for a meeting. It turns out that their sons, Will and Rob, have been telling stories about some of the things that have happened in the past to them. One of the stories that they tell their friends is how they saw a vampire in the woods watching them ride their ponies, Storm and Thunder. Lori ...more
Whittney Mahle
May 13, 2008 Whittney Mahle rated it liked it
I really like the Aunt Dimity series, but I think the story line is moving in a different direction from my own life which makes it harder for me to connect with the main character. In the first book, Lori was a single female solving mysteries. Even when she got married and became a mother, the focus of the book was still on the mystery, and some romance. Now, Lori has become a mother obsessively absorbed in the lives of her children. I felt that the vampire plot, and especially the involvement ...more
Rebecca Douglass
Mar 04, 2012 Rebecca Douglass rated it it was amazing
I think this is a very strong entry in the "Aunt Dimity" series. The book makes good use of the hyperbole of Lori's overreactions (this time to the risks her sons face in starting school--what if a train carrying deadly gasses derails by the school?!) to keep the humor level up, even while dealing with a potentially very real threat.

I complained about Aunt Dimity Goes West for excessive use of the supernatural. In "Vampire Hunger," Atherton gets it right, in my opinion. While we are left wonderi
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Sandi Dickey
Mar 16, 2010 Sandi Dickey rated it liked it
Somehow I missed the 1 and thought this was book three instead of thirteen. I didn't like the characters at first (too perfect) and it took me a while to figure out they were the people from book #1. I liked them much better after that, but I think I would have liked the book more if I had read it in the correct order.
I didn't like how they championed being gossipy. And for all the fuss they made of her being this ultra-mom, she really wasn't that involved with her kids other than to make them
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Margot
I saw this book on the new books shelf at Manoa Public Library and picked it up with a quickening of breath. A new vampire book! Part of a series! Maybe more vampire books to read! Although I enjoyed reading this story of a mild mystery solved with the assistance of a dead woman communicating through the aid of her personal journal, it left me wanting more. More vampires, more mystery, more blood, more violence. Alas, this is not that type of book. Aunt Dimity is a proper Englishwoman, and, ...more
Scilla
Oct 10, 2012 Scilla rated it liked it
Lori is concerned after her twins start school. She and Bill get called into the school where the principal tells them the boys are creating scary stories and other children are having nightmares. It turns out most of the stories are true, but the one about seeing a vampire while they are riding their horses near Anscombe Manor scares Lori, and she has to investigate. She gets Kit to help her. While hunting, Lori tries to convince Kit to marry Nell, but he says he is not fit to marry. They find ...more
crayolaab
Apr 06, 2009 crayolaab rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, mystery
I'm only marking this as a mystery, since while there are some paranormal elements they are limited and not the main point of the story.

I picked this up on a whim from the paperback picks shelf at the library. It was entertaining, but it didn't fully capture my attention. I liked the setting - a small rural village in England - but the main character was not very identifiable. I never really cared what happened to her. I also found the conversations with Aunt Dimity (via a journal - similar to G
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Kate
Aug 19, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Aunt Dimity has generally been the gentlest of gentle reads, but frankly her detective Lori has been getting more and more annoying. You know that power-of-the-mom conservative vibe you get out of later Charlotte MacLeod books? Atherton is all over that. Even with a story that ostensibly chides Our Detective for being too focused on her kids, this one had very little reasonable, solvable mystery and way too much women-need-to-be-manipulated-for-their-own-good*. Still well written.

*Seriously, wha
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Barbara
Feb 15, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I so enjoy this series and got a big kick out of this one the first time...and the second time too! Yes, there's a lot of stuff that's just a little too "coincidental" for some people, but let's face it, this is Aunt Dimity's world and it all works just fine to my way of thinking. Plus, it does a lovely job reminding me that things/people are not always what they seem and you have to be careful about leaping to conclusions. AND we finally get a good advance on one of the main ongoing ...more
Amelia-Irene
Nov 16, 2012 Amelia-Irene rated it it was amazing
The twins are off to school and having their riding lessons and Lori is being a very protective mother... more so than normal.

After the boys come home from one of their lessons, they tell of seeing a "vampire" watching them ride with Kit, the stable master @ Anscombe Manor where they take their lessons. The twins took their tale to school, where the principle calls Lori in about the "tall tales" that the twins have been telling. Unfortunately the tales where truth, until they told the one about
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Dawn Michelle
Apr 14, 2009 Dawn Michelle rated it really liked it

I am now torn to which of these books I like the best. I still think the Christmas one is my favorite, but this one (which was amazing and better than the last one) is a VERY close second. Or maybe even tied.

The twins have started school. Lori is a wreck and not coping well with them being gone. But when Lori and Bill are called to the school and the boys are accused of lying about seeing a "vampire", Lori (with the help of Kit Smith AND the estimable Aunt Dimity) goes out to try and prove tha
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Julie
Aug 24, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, british
Lori Shepherd's twin sons have started school and she is taking being a nervous mother to a whole new level. When the head of the boys' school lets her know that the boys are insisting they have seen a vampire in the woods, Lori is determined to find out the truth of the story. She knows her children don't lie and she intends to prove it - even if it leads her to a distant relative of Count Dracula.

As always this was a fun Aunt Dimity story. Nothing highly stressful. Just a pleasant mystery with
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Dharia Scarab
Jul 29, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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