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Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #6)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,884 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Selected from a mix of all the popular Mystery subgenres -- classic whodunits, hard-boiled investigators, cozies, police procedurals, true crime, adventure/suspense -- and from the many highly acclaimed and unique Mystery titles that enter the market.Lori Shepherd jumps at the opportunity offered by her old boss to evaluate a rare book collection housed in a neo-Gothic cas ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 309 pages
Published March 8th 2001 by Thorndike Press (first published 2000)
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Jun 09, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
This is one of my favorite books so far in the Aunt Dimity series. I'm glad that Lori's "passionate nature" and "roving eye", as Dimity calls it (pg. 148) are finally discussed. I was wondering why in many of the previous books Lori finds herself attracted to various men ( cousin Gerald in Aunt Dimity's Good Deed, both Julian Bright, the Roman Catholic priest, and Kit Smith, the homeless man, in Aunt Dimity's Christmas, and Adam Chase in this book). I was wondering why this happily married woman ...more
Oct 13, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of this series and like it a lot. Probably because she's living my dream life. An American girl receives a large inheritance from a friend of her mother's in England and goes to live there in a charming Cotswold cottage. I do like the Aunt Dimity speaking from the grave plot device. I AM getting a little tired of Lori's roving eye motif. Does EVERY single book HAVE to have some attractive man that she becomes attached to and who falls for her? Having said that, this is probably m ...more

There are some annoyances, but the author knows they are annoyances needed to support her plot and treats them accordingly, so as the book went on, they became less annoying.
Why you ask, did I only give three stars when I usually give Aunt Dimity books five stars?


Well, in order to tell you that.... I have to discuss some SPOILERS.


This is the sixth book in the Aunt Dimity series.

What bothered me about this book:

I feel like Lori's roving eye is going to show up in each book. I didn't notice it that much in the first few I read but after reading this and the last book (Aunt Dimity's Christmas), I am afraid, but hope it is not a pattern.

First of all,
Feb 09, 2015 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I inhaled this whole book in one day! Any sentence by Nancy Atherton is uplifting. I savour her for when I need an emotional boost. Her mysteries are exciting and always exceptionally original. There has been a small paranormal presence, conversing with Dimity through a journal. It was all right because I adore Lori’s family and always-varying friends. It is high praise that this is my favourite so far! THIS is more like the paranormal I yearn for in adult books! We don’t see a ghost but at last ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This is the perfect fluffy book for a chilly autumn evening! Curling up with a cup of tea and a hilarious ghost mystery just before Halloween- it doesn't get any better than that! I like ghost stories when the spirits are friendly, like Aunt Dimity and her ghostly cohorts.

This book doesn't have Bill or the twins in it, because Lori is traveling to a haunted mansion to categorize their ancient library. As if I needed another reason to love her character- she's a bookish person with a bookish job!
Erin L
Feb 29, 2012 Erin L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this higher than I thought I would. It's interesting that I hate the character without flaws, but when I'm faced with a flawed character, I take issue with it.

So, here's the thing - Lori is flawed. Yes, she falls in love with a different man every book and she lets that cloud her judgement. I don't like that about her, but I suppose as long as she doesn't actually act on it, it's not the end of the world. I just really wish she'd accept it about herself and be more aware of it as she'
Pamela Mclaren
Aunt Dimity is the wise old aunt we all need, she just isn't around in human form. And in Lori Shepherd's latest adventure, Aunt Dimity isn't the only ghost she has to deal with.

Nancy Atherton has a way of making a ghost seem sensible in her books and she keeps her main character, Lori Shepherd on that fine line where she is not too silly nor too darn smart. So her stories of Lori's misadventures at Wyrdhurst Hall where she is supposed to be evaluating a rare book collection, are ones that you
Feb 24, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity books continue to delight. Lori is asked to go to Northumberland to catalog a private library owned by her friend Dickie. She is also asked to keep her eyes and ears open because Dickie is the guardian of a woman living at the castle and all is not right. In this book, we meet a writer of stories about World War I, and a Captain Guy Manning stationed in the services there.
The castle is haunted and Lori sets out to help with this issue with Aunt Dimity's help.
A good cozy and well wo
Aug 11, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton.

This story seemed to have everything that makes a mystery fun to read. Lori shepherd travels to an old English Hall that appears to be haunted. She's been called on to appraise a unique book collection. The books reveal a bit more than just their age. She soon begins to learn of a romance that may have the reasoning behind the haunting. Aunt Dimity attempts to guide Lori away from those that may become harmful to her by writing her messages.

I am act
Dec 11, 2011 Dianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay story, but once again it did not have much of Aunt Dimity. I don' really like the books where Lori takes off on a trip all alone. Also, this is the second story where she finds herself attracted to another man. This seems repetitious of the other story I really wasn't crazy about.

Was intent to read all of the Dimity stories, but If they go the was this one went I don't feel as though I want to continue reading them.

Jul 07, 2011 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Escapist and fun, yes. But I'm getting a little tired of the semi-romance-novel-esque trope of thrusting attractive young men at the protagonist. (spoiler alert) When you have to resort to having a ghost possess your married heroine in order to have her kiss someone who's not her feels a little forced. Oh well.
Another great read in the Aunt Dimity series! Haunted castle and past tragedies play a delicious part in this latest book with Lori Shepherd taking a trip to the north of England to evaluate a book collection and encountering much more than she bargained for.
The Aunt Dimity mysteries and Lori Shepherd are a refreshing twist on cosy mysteries.
I think this is my favorite "Aunt Dimity" so far. Completely enjoyed it. Love these little mysteries.
Clayton Yuen
May 31, 2017 Clayton Yuen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow moving beginning made it drudgery to get through, but THEN, Bam, things started moving along at a very good pace. I thought that the subject of books (which I love) and collections of them would spice up this novel, but that wasn't the main theme (just the circumstance). It turns out that there are ghosts and spirits, and the connection to Aunt Dimity was the conduit!

Five stars to the fast paced ending, happy and satisfying .....
Mar 15, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a departure from previous books - Lori goes off on her own. leaving Bill with the boys, to catalog the library of a mansion in Northumberland. After being in Wyrdhurst Hall for a few days, she begins acting quite unlike herself and gets involved in a mystery of a long-ago love affair. Aunt Dimity eventually comes to the rescue, but it's a near thing! This is the second of the books where Lori's "roving eye" is spotlighted, and I believe the next one is more of the same. I got rather tir ...more
Lori Gronewold
The problem that I had with this book is that one of the character's mother was suppose born in 1918. The author leads you to believe that his age is around 30, but the book talks about the Scottish Parliament's starting and that happened in 1997. It didn't make sense. If the character's grandmother had been born in 1918 then it would have made more sense.
Nov 03, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book came up in a reading group, I was sure that I had read it, I love this series so when I went looking for my review, I could not find it anywhere. I was beginning to wonder if I had unwittingly skipped it.

As soon as I finished the first chapter I knew the story, well, I thought I did. The beginning was familiar, the middle was a mystery, but the ending relit the dim bulb that I am now calling my mind and I am glad that I had reread it to remind myself how far Lori has come.

Lori wi
The Flooze

A favor to Stan and another old friend has Lori heading off to an isolated mansion on Scotland's borders. She's summoned to catalogue a library but finds several mysteries on her hands.

The primary one unfolds in a familiar way: through the heartfelt letters of a person long dead and forgotten. Written by a WWI soldier, the missives are filled with love, longing, and despair. Found Letters is a plot device Atherton continually uses to great effect, granting the dead vibrant and beguiling voi
This was my favourite Aunt Dimity book so far! It was a bit of a departure from Lori's usual adventures, but it was filled with bittersweet romance, family intrigues and unquenchable love. A wonderful story!!

When Lori's asked to spend a week at a remote English mansion cataloguing a collection of books, she thinks it will be a lark and a brief respite from chasing her toilet-training, toddlers around her own English cottage. Instead from the beginning and before she even arrives at the Wyrdhurst
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
The main reason I come back to read the Aunt Dimity series, is the simplicity. Not that the story is simple, but the way it's written and the way the author just grabs you, and keeps you entertained without suspense (the thriller kind) and gore. The author is an entertaining story teller.

As usual I found it very easy to get into the story and lose track of time. This time around we don't see Bill, Lori's husband. She's taking a working vacation away from the twins and Bill, to catalogue a collec
Althea Ann
I admit, it was the 'Devil' in the title that got me reading this one! This is one of a long series of 'cozy' supernatural mystery novels. Unlike some I've read in this genre, the supernatural plot elements are 'real.' 'Aunt Dimity' is a ghost who communicates with the rather ordinary Lori Shepherd through messages in an old diary, giving her warnings when needed - and helping her solve mysteries, of course. In this episode, Lori reluctantly leaves her toddlers alone with their father and takes ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
In this book, Lori solves a 100-year-old mystery and brings closure to a grieving mother who died in 1918. There are ghostly sightings and sounds, unexplained mud slides, footsteps overhead at night and a young girl three month's married who is slowly going crazy trying to deal with everything until Lori shows up to help. Bill is at home with the twins and Lori is trying not to be possessed by a grieving ghost while fending off her attraction to a handsome author in his forties. Lots of action a ...more
Judy Goodnight
Lori Shepherd is off to Wyrdhurst Hall to survey a library for her ex-boss, but she finds herself involved in very mysterious happenings at the hall. A spooky tale just right for Halloween reading, there's ghostly haunting, possession, gaslighting, secret stairways, peepholes, obsession, and a sad tale about the past residents of the house. Things are not all as they seem but, with Aunt Dimity's help, the truth is finally revealed.

I like Lori even if she does seem to have a crush on another man
May 17, 2008 CourtneyG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspence, Mystery lovers
Recommended to CourtneyG by: My Mom
So, my mom told me about this book. I loved it!
I won't lie, when I first saw it, I thought it looked stupid. But once I started getting into it, it was amazing!
The book takes place in England and its about a woman named Lori who is a booked appraiser. She is called to an old house and whenever she is in the mansion, she gets a strange feeling like she's not herself.
Aunt Dimity is a ghost that writes out her thoughts in a blue leather journal. But Dimity is Lori's aunt, and she helps Lori with un
Dharia Scarab
Nov 08, 2013 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Hawn Smith
I read this series a long time ago and enjoyed it. Lori Shepherd inherited a legacy from her "Aunt" Dimity from England, but the legacy is more than money. Aunt Dimity manages to make herself known to Lori when she needs help the most. In this book, Lori takes a job to evaluate a rare book collection at Wyrdhurst Hall, but there are some dark things going on in this old mansion. There are old letters from World War I that seem to tell of a forbidden or doomed love and someone doesn't want Lori t ...more
Linda C
Nov 03, 2016 Linda C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lori Shepherd gets a request from her old boss to evaluate a book collection of an old friend in Northumberland near the Scottish border. On a terrible foggy drive there Lori has an near fatal accident that brings her in contact with a military history writer and the local military. Both consider the accident suspicious. The castle replica which houses the library Lori has come to evaluate has a resident ghost and lots of legends. As Lori works in the library and gets to know the couple who own ...more
Jan 02, 2017 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I have been reading the Dimity books aloud to each other. We really enjoy the author's plots, the twists and turns, unexpected turns of phrase ("The fog had cleared from the top of the plateau, but the woods were alive with residual wisps that hovered like recumbent ghosts along the rain-blackened branches.") and surprisingly hilarious lines of dialogue that stops our reading due to uncontrollable laughter.
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Other Books in the Series

An Aunt Dimity Mystery (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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