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Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #10)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  1,901 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Hidden among her belongings are clues that Lori feels certain Miss Beacham wished to be discovered after her death
Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary. But after only one visit, Miss Beacham passes away, leaving behind no family except a broth
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Penguin Books (first published 2005)
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Aug 13, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
I love the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton. They are gentle stories, with humor and just enough puzzle to keep me reading. I haven't been able to find all of them at my library and I've been reading them out of order. But I don't think it matters. Aunt Dimity is actually a spirit who communicates to her adopted niece, Lori, through an old journal. Lori is an American who inherited Dimity's cottage (and fortune) in the Cotswolds and lives there with her American lawyer husband and their twin ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it
Always a pleasure to read an Aunt Dimity book, and this one benefited from more of Bill, and less of Lori lusting after the random male lead, despite being happily married. The mystery was satisfying, and the ending had more than the usual feel-good factor.
Jan 20, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
These books just keep getting better and better. I like the more mature Lori. Her interactions with people from all walks of life make her a great role model, not to mention that these people are very interesting. Miss Beacham is a case in point, as are Blinkers and Big Al. I can't wait to try her raisin bread, although Lori mentioning that she had to make it seven times before she got a good loaf makes me worry a bit. As Lori tries to find out more about Miss Beacham's life, another world opens ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Deanna rated it it was amazing
I love stories with a little mystery, a mildly twisty plot, nice people and evil people, and the nice people win in the end. Although many writers, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and other eminent names, have used this formula, sometimes its nice to read a "nice, little book." This series is like that, and this one is, I think, my favorite of the series so far. I won't ruin it for you. It's safe for everyone, but small children might not understand some of the nuances. Besides the nice ...more
Joy H.
Jan 02, 2011 Joy H. rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The story was fair, but the author intersperses boring details about her family and domestic life which I find boring and annoying. At least I managed to finish the book, drawn on by the hook of the mystery.

I had hoped that Atherton's cozy mysteries might entertain me as much as Dorothy Gilman's "Mrs. Pollifax" cozy mysteries did, but, alas, Gilman is a hard act to follow.
Jun 22, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
I enjoyed Lori's adventure as she probes into the seemingly mundane and obscure life of the now deceased Elizabeth Beacham as she searches for Ms. Beacham's next of kin--a brother who mysteriously disappeared from Ms. Beacham's life. This book illustrated that there is so much more to so many people than we ever realize, or know, and made me appreciate the humble and quiet way in which Ms. Beacham went about her life helping others, avoiding the limelight and certainly not seeking after the prai ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've been reading cozy mysteries as research since I have a couple series I'm writing. Unfortunately, I'm finding that most are rather disappointing. They aren't well written, the characters are pretty two dimensional, the mysteries are transparent and so on.

This one was a pleasant surprise. Lori Shepherd has inherited a house in England from her late mother's best friend, "Aunt" Dimity. She found out when she took possession of the house that Aunt Dimity can still communicate with her through
Jun 08, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I haven't read an Aunt Dimity book for a few months so it was fun to return to her. This time Lori is on the search for a missing brother of a woman she befriended in the hospital where she does volunteer work. As always, the characters are very real and the story holds you to the surprising end.
Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
Despite my misgivings about the stuffed animals, I have to say this was a delightful way to pass the time. What I like best about this series is that there's none of the silly plot devices that annoy me so much. No car chases, no damsel in distress. Just a nice, light mystery.
Allison Paton
Dec 26, 2010 Allison Paton rated it it was amazing
The Flooze
Feb 23, 2013 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite the tale, and perfectly in line with what I'd hoped for from this installment.

While visiting lonely patients at Radcliffe, Lori finds a kindred spirit in Miss Elizabeth Beacham. Their friendship is distressingly cut short, however, when the poor woman succumbs to her illness. Fortunately for Lori - and for us - Miss Beacham's death has left some oddities unresolved, and we all know Lori can't resist a mystery.

What follows is the type of investigation that allows Lori's finer points to shin
Jul 23, 2014 Tab rated it really liked it
First time reading a book from the Aunt Dimity series.

If you expect madness and mayhem, you will be disappointed. This is a very cozy mystery. Snuggles soft.

This is not the type of mystery I would normally read. I kept seeing Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon at the library, the fab green cover with the dragon and knight, and finally caved and picked up a book from the series. It looks like all of the covers for the later bookshave been redone in an retro-mod flat-color graphic design. I'm a sucker
Aug 02, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
Nancy Atherton has delivered another delightfully charming and cheeky Aunt Dimity mystery.

This time around Lori makes a new friend in Miss Beacham when doing hospital volunteer work. Thinking she will have more time to get to know Miss Beacham, Lori is distraught to discover that her friend passed away suddenly from her cancer.

But when Lori receives a letter from Miss Beacham after her passing offering her an item from her flat of Lori's choice, she's stunned and shocked. And when she visits the
Dharia Scarab
Jul 27, 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
Janet McCord
Dec 29, 2013 Janet McCord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I had forgotten how much I love the Aunt Dimity series of books. It's been a long time since I've read one and I'm picking up with this one where I think I left off. The books are just a wonderful way to lose yourself in an afternoon with some joyful, cozy English light reading. This was no exception and even though I had lost some momentum and had to be re-introduced to Lori and the cast of characters it was still such fun to go along while she and new friends try to solve the mystery of a dyin ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Scilla rated it liked it
Laurie meets Elizabeth Beacham while volunteering at the hospital and quickly makes friends and has wonderful conversations with her. It appears that Elizabeth has no other visiters, but she had moved to Oxford to be near a brother. Miss Beacham dies, and soon Lori finds she has made some very generous bequests to people Lori has told her about. Then Lori gets a letter from the lawyer telling her to go to Miss Beacham's apartment and choose something for herself. Lori finds the apartment is gorg ...more
Melinda M
May 28, 2016 Melinda M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin by Nancy Atherton is the tenth book in the Aunt Dimity Mystery. The concept of this book is the the death of a patient that had no visitors who Lori visited died and started a chain of events. Lori and many others were left something by Ms. Beacham who is the patient who dies. Her brother seems to have vanished so begins Lori's adventure and the readers. Nancy Atherton does a wonderful job of making you see that preconceive ideas of people are often wrong. It is a ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Lori has become a volunteer at the hospital, visiting patients who have no other friends or relatives to visit. While there, she befriends Miss Beacham who is dying of cancer and the two become firm friends. After the death of Miss Beacham, Lori is tasked with finding her brother and helping to catalogue the items in her flat for auction. Lori finds out that Miss Beacham has left large sums of money to various people and organisations to help them. Lori enlists the help of Miss Beacham's neighbo ...more
Lori volunteers at a hospital to sit with patients who have no apparent visitors, and in her new capacity of giving meets a woman who is dying of cancer. Lori and Ms. Beacham bond quickly, and Lori is grieved to learn of her passing while she is away from the hospital during a weekend with Bill and the twins. Her relationship with Ms. Beacham is far from over though, as a letter in the mail from her dearly departed friend sends Lori off on another mystery in which she discovers just who this rem ...more
Donna Casteel
Sep 21, 2016 Donna Casteel rated it it was amazing
Great - I have enjoyed all the Aunt Dimity books
Sep 12, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Where was Nell? And for that matter, where was Aunt Dimity in this book?

This book was okay.... but not what I would think of when I think of a traditional Aunt Dimity book.

The mystery was intriguing and all and it was heartwarming to learn how much Elizabeth Beacham. served and gave of her self during her life but other than

I do always enjoy Finch and the Honey Colored Cottage but even they were not in this book much.... most of the story took place in Oxford.
Mar 13, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
I liked this mystery of the series better than some of the others for multiple reason. First, there are connections with characters met in the earlier books that are continued 9especially the Oxford connections). Second, Lori is in the role of matchmaker in this novel insteaad of being constantly tempted to cheat on ehr husband. Both of these features add to the flesing out of the world in these books, and the maincharacter's growth as a person.
Diane Heath
Jan 31, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The fun thing about Lori is her tendency to jump to conclusions (a previous acquaintance thought she should have a closet full of gold medals in conclusion jumping). Unlike most detective/cozy mysteries Lori does not solve the case in hand but has theories that are disproved as the truth is revealed. The mystery of Miss Elizabeth Beacham and her vanished brother is a splendid example of this ongoing theme.
Oct 20, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the English cozy mystery.
Recommended to Mary by: Michael
One of the best in the series: Lori's search for the brother of a newly deceased friend, Miss Beacham, leads her into the busy streets and shops of Oxford to see the benefits of Miss Beacham's bequests. She finds Gabriel a good companion in her search for Miss Beacham's next of kin. Her description of the antique treasures in Miss Beacham's apartment is a treasure in itself to read. And there is a cat, Stanley, who finds a good home in Finch. Altogether a very satisfying read.
Julie Bestry
Dec 19, 2010 Julie Bestry rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans who like cozy stories
Finally, an Aunt Dimity story where we don't have to be embarrassed about Lori's least as it regards attractive men. (Yep, she is stubborn and fly-off-the-handle-ish, but there's something understandable about Lori's moral outrage in this story.)

I have to say, I did miss the Finch characters, and even Bill and Dimity played awfully minor roles, but this was a nice, solid story for a cozy, snowy afternoon.
Jeanne Quigley
Apr 12, 2015 Jeanne Quigley rated it liked it
What I enjoy about Nancy Atherton's series is that the mysteries involve people's lives, not their murders or other crimes committed against them. In this book, Lori unravels the "secret" life of a new friend who dies only a few days after they meet. Not only does she search for a missing person in Miss Beacham's life, her investigation leads her to new friends while surprising connections are made as the story draws to a satisfying conclusion. A sweet, and also sad, story.
Jan 22, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it
This is one of my reliable English mysteries. The Aunt Dimity series is rarely the classic murder mystery, but a quick enjoyable read none-the-less. I like living vicariously through Lori with her lack of financial worry...adoring nanny...and cozy cottage on a lot of land. (Although I make myself feel better knowing that I don't think she spends enough time with her twin boys because of the whole 24 hr nanny thing while she's off on her adventures).
Joan Schrock
Apr 03, 2016 Joan Schrock rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A wealthy legal secretary left an apt full of priceless antiques ,a missing brother, and a host of recipiants of her generosity when she died of cancer. Aunt Dimity assists via the magic journel in helping to find an heir. No violence, no bad language, very light reading with a puzzle to solve - my favorite Aunt Dimity mystery so far.
Jul 27, 2009 Trisha rated it liked it
This adventure of Lori's sees her befriend a lady in hospital who is dying of cancer. Following the death of Miss Beacham, Lori receives an envelope containing a set of keys and a letter that Miss Beacham wrote just days before her death.
Miss Beacham was more than just an invalid, as Lori discovers.
Oct 11, 2013 Kuulei rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages
The Aunt Dimity series is not really a mystery series, rather a "cozy" reading. I especially like all the books because they are straightforward stories and are very well written. From Aunt Dimity's Death through Aunt Dimity and the Prince, each one tells a wonderful story. Amidst the turmoil of everyday life, a retreat to Aunt Dimity's cottage is welcome and will be enjoyed by anyone.
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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
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An Aunt Dimity Mystery (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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