Aunt Dimity Goes West (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #12)
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Aunt Dimity Goes West (Aunt Dimity #12)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,311 ratings  ·  79 reviews
The world's original paranormal detective returns

Nancy Atherton 's Aunt Dimity series has charmed its way into the hearts of mystery fans everywhere, finding a larger audience with each new book. In Aunt Dimity Goes West, Atherton's vivid storytelling and knack for bringing a setting to life will have fans lassoed to their chairs. Lori Shepherd, still recovering from her...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Daimen Vauban
I thought the prospect of solving mysteries with otherworldly guidance would be an interesting twist to a classic genre. Sadly, I was mistaken. The book was filled with typographical errors (publisher's issue, in my view). So, that was annoying. But the more irritating part was that the book was more of a modern day Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mystery. Personally, I believe these books should be relocated from the mystery section of bookstores to the young adults section. I guess I should not be too h...more
Stacy
Perhaps it's just me, but I'm finding the Aunt Dimity books to be going rather downhill. They are growing painfully formulaic, and what sympathy I once had for Lori is about gone. She's become an idiot, and Bill should dump her into a sanatorium for an extended stay.

I may pick up some others when they're on the cut-out shelves and cheaper than paperbacks, but unless Atherton suddenly starts producing plots that make suspending disbelief a little more tempting, I may just go immerse myself in sci...more
Maria
I loved the descriptions of Colorado, but the doppelganger bit got old real fast, especially with the names being so similar. Like most people, I don't like to think that there is someone else out there that close to another without being a twin. A unknown twin would have served the plot line better. The history, the introduction of the school teacher who had been dead for a hundred years, and the resolution of the current mystery were wonderful. The twins, as usual, were a treat. I loved their...more
Betsy Brown
The comparison between the people of Colorado and the people in Finch was ridiculous and Lori's reaction was even more ridiculous. The fact that her friends who also know these people didn't see the resemblance tell us a great deal about Lori Shepherd. Lori's attraction to the younger man is ridiculous as well. I really want Bill to stick around more because he acts as a restraining influence on Lori and she definitely couldn't flirt as much if Bill was there.

The final point is that Annaliese do...more
Mako
This was my 1st experience with this series (#12 of her series). I am interested in trying an earlier work. I thought it was a fun read --- I consider this a beach or before bed book.
Sue
In her twelfth case, Lori Shepherd travels to Bluebird, Colorado, to try to escape the memories of her last adventure where she was shot and almost killed by a madman. Lori, her five-year-old twins, and their nanny Annelise will spend the summer at the Aerie, a luxurious log cabin owned by a friend of Lori’s husband, Danny Auerbach. When they arrive, they find the caretaker has left unexpectedly, and a 21-year-old college student, Toby, is to take his place. Lori soon learns the site is supposed...more
Rebecca Douglass
There's nothing "great literature" about the Aunt Dimity books, but they do what they do very well.

Aunt Dimity Goes West is not my favorite of the series, however. Maybe that's because we move out of the English countryside and into an area that I know much better, so the stereotypes are more jarring and the setting less exotic. Also, Ms. Atherton brings in an additional ghost (or whatever Aunt Dimity is), and I find that stretches my willing suspension of disbelief to the edge of breaking. Too...more
Kristen
Aunt Dimity does it again! This is such a sweet, fun enjoyable series, and I get the next Aunt Dimity when I just want something light and unique with a bit of a mystery. Nancy Atherton never disappoints me!

Having survived her near-death encounter with a crazed mad-man on a secluded Scottish island, Lori is back in Finch but dealing with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Troubled by nightmares, terrified of thunderstorms and barely able to function, Bill decides a drastic change of scenery...more
The Flooze
No matter where this woman goes, she can't help finding trouble!

I'm enjoying the changes in Lori. She still jumps to conclusions, but they're of a less cynical sort. She's usually quick to acknowledge when she's been rude or presumptuous. And though she's never been one to shy away from possible danger, she's now proven herself as quite fierce when the situation calls for it. She and the sensible, insightful Dimity continue to make a grand team, whether at home at Finch or while visiting its Col...more
Scilla
After being shot by Abbadon in Scotland, Lorrie continues to have nightmares. Bill arranges for Lorrie, Anneleise, and the twins to go to a cabin, the Aerie, in Colorado. The caretaker, James Blackwell, has suddenly left, and young Toby Cooper is very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The view is spectacular; the cabin is wonderful; the twins love hiking, fishing, and riding horses at the nearby ranch. However, something mysterious is going on; the locals claim there is a curse on the Aerie,...more
Sharmili
I love the Aunt Dimity series because there is something so heartwarming about it. But then, I also love to watch Murder She Wrote, and in my imagination, Aunt Dimity looks like Angela Lansbury and that Lori is a younger Angela, playing Jessica Fletcher's British cousin Emma. If that made sense to you, and you read these books, you understand why I enjoy the series. Here's the thing, though. I was reading, getting the same general happy vibe I get reading the latest Aunt Dimity, and yet somethin...more
Carlin
I continue to give 5 stars to the books in this series but came close to downgrading this one. I enjoyed the setting being in Colorado even if none of the landmarks were real. The doppelganger piece got old and really was unnecessary to the plot. I think it was only there to point out how similar small towns are everywhere. But all in all I enjoyed it. On to earlier books that finally are available from the library! BTW after reading that the author lives "next to a cornfield in Illinois" she ap...more
Margaret
I suspect I have read most of this series of books more than once, but it is fun to see the characters through the series as one after another takes a more prominent role. The recycling of the people from her home village is a bit silly, but the author always finds a different twist to amuse me, and an ending that is often sunny and always positive.
Beth Yeary
Like the rest of the series that I have read, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Set in Bluebell, Colorado, instead of Finch, is a departure. Although the people of Bluebell are strangely familiar. Even Aunt Dimity makes a friend in this one, although shortlived.

Would recommend this to anyone who wants a quick and easy read.
Sandy
Jun 23, 2010 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
I am certainly enjoying this series. Each book is a fun quick read. I do feel that the relationships between Lori and the "male" counterpart, in each of the books, is a bit unrealistic because of the speed with which she develops this close bond and camaraderie. I don't think things happen that quickly in real life.

One quote I enjoyed in this book hails back to Shakespeare. One of the characters tells Lori that "I created an atmosphere of tranquility and security in which you found it easier to...more
Beth
After a harrowing, near death experience, Lori Shepherd (along with her two young sons travel from their home in England to a small, mountain town in Colorado, to recuperate. Through the caretaker, Toby, Lori finds out that the previous caretaker has vanished. The town gossip has it that the house they are staying in is haunted. Lori is aided by Aunt Dimity, the deceased friend of her mother's, who assures her that the house is not haunted. Of course, Aunt Dimity is long dead and communicates by...more
Diane Heath
Lori is recovering from the events that occurred in Scotland (Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea?). Bill sends her and the twins with Annaliese to Colorado for a change of scenery. Lori finds new friends, new ghosts, new mysteries and new threats.
George
Jul 30, 2007 George rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British Mystery Readers
Another in the adventures of Lori Shepherd and her ghost Aunt Dimity. Lori is still recovering from her near death escape in the last novel and to help her recover from the mental aspects, her husband sends Lori, twin sons, and governess to a remote small town in the Colorado Rockies. Lori finds that several people in the small town resemble people in her English town of Finch. This recurring part of the story is a bit hard to take.

The novel's mystery is a curse on the mine which the house Lori...more
Stephen
I picked this book, and another Aunt Dimity, up in a sale and had never hear do her. I was pleasantly surprised by both books and enjoyed their quite different gentler mysteries. The Aunt Dimity character is certainly an original.

I would recommend this series of books to anyone who wants a light entertaining read with no gore or distress, though there was a touch of scary spookiness in both the books, the other was Aunt Dimity: Snowbound: Snowbound (Aunt Dimity Mystery), that I have read.Aunt Di...more
Heather
I like these mysteries - they are fun, full of descriptions of the surroundings. Quick summer poolside reads.
Mailis Viiand
Now i was really close to giving this four stars, because Atherton picked Lori and her children up and whisked them away to wild wild west just to fill a whole new village there with the same people she has inhabited Finch with. After a while that game of oh my god he/she is exactly like you know who back home gets tiresome. Only about two chapters till the end i was thinking that this is a tad disappointing and i guess she felt that way too when writing this book, because she decided to end wit...more
Carol
This instalment of the Aunt Dimity series sees Lori and the twins go to Colorado in order to help Lori get some rest from the night Ares which have plagued her since her escape from Abaddon in the Scottish Isles. While there Lori finds out the house she is staying in is believed to be cursed by the inhabitants of the nearby town of Bluebird. With the aid of Aunt Dimity, Reginald the rabbit, Toby the young caretaker and another friendly spirit Lori intends to find out if the curse is real and why...more
Donna
In the twelfth installment of this cozy mystery series, Lori and her sons go to Colorado to spend the summer and get involved in an old mining mystery.

I thought the book was fine, the usual cozy fluffiness, until the end. There's a thin line between amusing and silly and the ending crossed it. It felt like the author got to the end and didn't really have a good way to finish the book off so threw in a ridiculous twist and called it good. This was definitely not the best in the series.
Deanna
Another terrific Aunt Dimity mystery -- Lori is recovering from her terrible encounter with a homicidal maniac, but she's not doing very well. Her husband arranges a trip to the mountains of Colorado, where she and her children and their nanny stay at a beautiful cabin in a small town. And I won't tell you any more -- you'll have to read it for yourself. Very fun, light reading - always a good mystery to solve, and nothing to be embarrassed about.
Cynthia Egbert
I thought that I would not care for this Aunt Dimity as much since it does not take place in at the cottage in Finch, England...a place I have grown to love. But it was fun to have Lori, along with the twins and Reginald and Aunt Dimity right here in the mountains of Colorado. But please, those friends who keep telling me that I am like Lori...I am not certain that I see it or that I am flattered...
Doti
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Patty
After Lori’s last adventure she needs a chance to heal mentally and physically. Her husband, Bill, plans a trip for her and the boys to Colorado. There Lori finds not only a near replica of the English community she just left but also an old gold mine mystery.
If you haven’t yet discovered this cozy mystery series, start at the beginning with Aunt Dimity’s Death.
Deb
Not the best book in the series. Not terrible, but not particularly attention-holding either. Lorie is vacationing with her boys in the Colorado Rockies to recuperate from her near miss with death in the previous book. There's really no mystery to solve, no moral dilemma to resolve, and not much of a plot. It's almost as though the author was recuperating too!
Nicholette
Not 5 stars because Lori is a married lady and I am sick and tired of her struggling with herself so much about a young handsome boy. It's getting really old and I don't appreciate it. The story itself is very cute. I love the parallels Ms Atherton creates between Bluebird and Finch and their myriad of townspeople.
Sheldon Lehman
I thought it was too cheesy this time. the story preimise was okay, if trite. But the blatant town and character substition using phonetic similarities was ridiculous. I hope the author isn't running out of ideas and just turning out books piecemeal. A cozy is one thing, but don't insult me.
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Nancy Atherton is not a white-haired Englishwoman with a softly wrinkled face, a wry smile, and wise gray eyes, nor does she live in a thatched cottage behind a babbling brook in a tranquil, rural corner of the Cotswolds.

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...more
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