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Aunt Dimity: Detective (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #7)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,131 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella "Pruneface" Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to w ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published 2001)
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The Flooze
A proper murder! In Finch, of all places!

Aunt Dimity: Detective veers away from the normal pattern of the series by focusing on recent murder. However, the occasion is still a catalyst for stunning revelations about the townspeople.

The rumor mill of Finch is as industrious as any. Atherton lets the gossip fly in a story that takes place entirely within the village. The secrets uncovered by Lori and her newfound friend Nicholas are mostly tame, but one is a regular humdinger.

Unfortunately, I di
Feb 27, 2016 Sandy rated it liked it
Lori comes back from a few months in the US to find that a murder was committed in Finch. In a town where everybody knows everyone else's business and the murder is very close to the town square - no one saw anything or if they did they are not telling the police. Lori and the vicar's nephew, NIcholas, set the town tongues to wagging when they spend every day together trying to find out who the killer is, especially since Bill is still in London finishing up his work. Even in small town Finch, i ...more
Apr 03, 2016 C. rated it it was ok
It is odd rating “Aunt Dimity Detective” low because Nancy T. Atherton is a favourite. Her previous volume, in a gothic mansion that achieves suspense notably rare for the “cozy genre”, was the best. This one was weaker than an earlier Finch-based mystery. I often declare merely tromping through pages with these beloved characters is pleasurable. However Nancy knows what an excellent mystery is and so do we. We must not diminish the value of high stars by showering a limp instalment. This novel ...more
BJ Rose
Apr 10, 2014 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
It was nice to be back in Finch, and to actually see Bill in the story instead of just hearing about him. And like some other reviewers, I'm getting tired of Lori's 'wandering eye' since she doesn't seem to want to leave it at the 'look-don't-touch' stage.
Feb 08, 2015 Rage rated it liked it
This book is very light. All of the people involved are very blasé about the fact that "Pruneface" was murdered and the murderer remains at large; everyone agrees that she was so nasty that her death was a kindness. At the end, the mystery is resolved in a comical manner. I felt that the book/Lori was a bit too flippant, and I think the author shied away from saying anything consequential about some of the issues she brought up in the course of the book (including infidelity and a young teen's a ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Another cozy wonderful Aunt Dimity mystery!

I want to live in Finch, the little village in the Cotswolds where Lori and her husband and twin boys live in Aunt Dimity's cozy cottage. Actually, I want to live in Aunt Dimity's cottage!

This mystery centered around a murder in Finch. The victim was Finch's notorious evil gossip. Every one in the village has a motive but whodunit?
Aug 16, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
It's been a while since I read an Aunt Dimity mystery. It was nice to revisit an old friend. Lori is asked by the vicar's wife to entertain her nephew. Thinking he was a child, she is surprised to find a good looking 30-something man on her doorstep. She and Nicholas find an immediate attraction and have a mutual cause to look into. Prunella "Pruneface" Hooper has been murdered and the village has refused to cooperate with the official police inquiry. Nicholas and Lori begin to look under the co ...more
Diane Heath
Feb 03, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book brings me up to date on the series (minus book 2 which I have yet to locate) By this time the character of Lori is well established and her circle of friends and family are in place. The difference this time is that an actual murder has been committed in Finch!! It is up to Lori to discover the truth about the death of Mrs. Hooper since the police are after Kit (see Aunt Dimity's Christmas). Bill is stuck in London so Lori's partner in crime is the vicar's nephew, Nicholas. Small towns ...more
Based on the ratings here, I'm giving this a 2. It really was ok, but just ok and here's why: our author gives us 230 pages - it's a short novel to begin with. In those 230 pages, we spend at least as much time on Lori's "passionate nature" and the long stream of men who find her absolutely irresistible as we do on the actual mystery. In fact, in this installment, we are treated to Lori generally being a jerk about people who are gossiping about her inability to keep it in her damned pants. She ...more
Sep 13, 2009 Sandie rated it liked it
Shelves: feel-good-reads, cozy
It seems that I started my exploration of Aunt Dimity about six books into this series. That, however, did nothing to diminish my reading pleasure as I discovered that Aunt Dimity is a departed spirit who communicates with our protagonist, Lori Shepherd, by writing in an old blue journal .

Imagine if you will a quaint English village with the requisite Vicar and his wife, the local tradesmen and women, and an assortment of residents, some average and some anything but average. With not much goin
Feb 15, 2010 Robin rated it liked it
I read this because I thought it was the first book in the series.

It's not, which is just as well. Had I read this series from the beginning, I'd have pulled a Thursday Next so I could go slap Lori.

***Spoiler Alert Spoiler Alert***

I don't know why the author bothered to give her main character a husband and twin sons; basically they're a sidenote to the plot. The plot, which seems to be a way for someone (the author, the editor, SOMEONE) to have their cake and eat it too. Not only did Lori spend

18 months ago

This wasn't my favourite of the Aunt Dimity books, but I still enjoyed it.

Lori returns to Finch from an extended visit to the U.S. to discover that the nasty new addition to the town has been murdered and while everyone in town seems to have secrets that may have some relation to the murder, nobody's talking.

When the vicar's nephew arrives for a visit, he and Lori team up to try to ferret out the truth.

Unfortunately, a large part of this book invoved a close examination of the very
Jan 10, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The village of Finch once more is front and center for a mystery, this time a murder. The personalities the reader has met in other books take the stage again and we learn more about each. There are only a few new characters. This book is the last in the series that I had read back in 2003 or 2004 and the gingerbread men recipe one of the few I didn't try back then, so I get to anticipate going on to the other books in the series and trying several recipes at the same time. Over the next few wee ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
I didn’t know that this was not the first book in the series but I dived in anyways once I figured it out. I am not sure about this book. The characters seemed interesting but very glib about the murder of someone in the village. Of course she was a terrible person but still murder? Also the author seemed rather flippant about some of the topics that she brought up in the course of the story, such as a married woman attracted to other men, quite often from the sounds of it. That issue was a litt ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it
Loved this whimsical novel! Never read an Aunt Dimity book before and was surprised to find out that Lori Shepherd communicates with her Aunt Dimity by opening a blue journal, asking her questions and Aunt Dimity, who is dead, writes her replies in the journal. I will definitely be reading more about Aunt Dimity - this book was thoroughly enjoyable!
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Just what I needed! It was a fast paced, entertaining and charming read. It was a good book to cosy up with in a wet April afternoon.

Although Dimity's presence wasn't as prominent in this book her words of wisdom come through loud and clear. And I think that one of the main reasons I come back for more, Dimity is charming, direct and wise for a ghost. I found the mysteries (both the murder and the "real" reason for Nicholas' visit) easy to crack, but it was interesting to see the villagers point
Jun 17, 2010 Sandy rated it liked it
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
Another enjoyable book in the series...

I am still waiting for the author to develop a plot which does not involve Lori having a "wandering eye". In this book, she seemed less "tempted" by the "man" (Simon), but I still find it distracting for two reasons. One is that it seems to be a "feature", or part of the plot, and it seems a little contrived that Lori meets and almost immediately "bonds" with a different handsome man in each book. The speed with which her relationship develops seems unnatur
Dharia Scarab
Jul 26, 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
Dec 31, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I'm realizing that the book before this was a nice break from the small town gossip angle... I didn't love returning to it. I am, however, hoping that now that Lori has openly discussed her super-annoying "wandering eye" with her husband, that may be the end of it. I hope.
Clara  Baldwin
Mar 28, 2016 Clara Baldwin rated it liked it
Thanks, Lori and Aunt Dimity. This is the first book I've been able to read in a couple of months now. You were able to occupy my mind for a bit longer than it usually takes for me to read a book. Lori's activities are certainly increasing the population of Finch!
Jul 03, 2014 Carlin added it
"Drifts of hyacinths, daffodils and tender white narcissi turned their faces to the sun like a choir praising the miracle of Spring."

I love Nancy Atherton's writing. And this book was another delight. Although I can't read the series in order because I'm too impatient to wait for titles I've put on hold, it really doesn't matter to my enjoyment of each book.
Jul 26, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Take a honey colored cottage, an omniscient Aunt, and a well-intentioned but slightly ditzy 40 something named Lori and set them in the rainy small town of Finch, England and you have the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton. I finished Aunt Dimity: Detective which was good but Atherton's earliest ones were the best.
Jun 27, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Aunt Dimity book, though I figured out right away who Nick probably was and had an idea how the murder was committed! While I was tempted to skip ahead to see if I was right, I didn't because I wanted to see how Lori found out!
This was the first Aunt Dimity book I've read and I have to say that while it was pleasant, fast reading, I was not overly impressed. In this book, Aunt Dimity (deceased) was a spirit that manifests herself to the heroine, Lori, via a blue journal book. I honestly don't think Aunt Dimity leant much credence to the story - I could have done without her (and I think Lori also, since she had the help of the vicar's nephew, Nicholas). The ending seemed a little melodramatic and disappointing at the ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-books-2011
I wasn't sure what to think of this book for the first 100 pages.
I still loved to go back to Finch, to hear again of Lori and Aunt Dimity and to know new characters, but I couldn't get my teeth in this novel.

But then... I couldn't stop reading, because I really really really wanted to know how everything would fit together. And wihle reading the last5 pages, I couldn't stop laughing: Only in Finch suspects of a murder can be so happy about being suspects :D

Now, after this great ending to this bo
Aug 31, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
I love these books. If you like ghosts and witches, you will like these. Start with the first one, Aunt Dimity's Death. The story progresses.
A classic English village who-done-it. I still do not understand the "wandering eye "
of the main character, Lori... Strange.
Jan 31, 2016 Marlo rated it liked it
Another quick, easy read following the same pattern as the others I've read. Not terrific, but a decent distraction.
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, ghosts, cozy
#7 in the Aunt Dimity British cozy paranormal series, this is another good read.
Apr 12, 2015 Megan rated it liked it
Charming in an unexpected way. Definitely improved by sunshine and Corona.
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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 21 books)
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