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Aunt Dimity Beats The Devil (Dimity #6)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,270 ratings  ·  114 reviews
When Lori Shepherd journeys to northern England's Wyrdhurst Hall to evaluate a rare book collection, she falls under the spell of the old building. As she digs through the volumes, Lori unearths a story of forbidden passion during World War I that may explain the not-so-friendly spirit who seemingly haunts Wyrdhurst. But Lori also has a ghost on her side--Aunt Dimity--who ...more
Published 2001 by Recorded Books (first published 2000)
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Jun 10, 2010 Sandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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,
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.

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.

A rather delightful "cozy" featuring the ghost of Aunt Dimity, that makes her voice heard in form of automatic writing in a blue Journal.

Wyrdhurst Hall is haunted, the locals are disgruntled, the owners of the manor are rather unhappily married, the husband goes off days at a time leaving his wife alone with the hauntings, and Lori is brought in to evaluate the Library's collection.

Little does Lori know that she will be the one to unravel the mystery of the ghostly heriss, lost love, & her u
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
I think this is my favorite "Aunt Dimity" so far. Completely enjoyed it. Love these little mysteries.
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 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
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
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
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
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Dharia Scarab
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
this will probably be my last Aunt Dimity book...the primary reason being the happily married heroine (and mother of twins) penchant for falling head over heals for each new male protagonist offered in the series, and her continual references to masculine pulcritudineity -- doesn't work...she needs to completely shift the romance to secondary characters and confine herself to a) solving the mystery, and b) communicating with Aunt Dimity.
May 17, 2008 CourtneyG rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Okay. predictable. It might be better if I had read the preceding titles. I read the first one Aunt Dimity's Death and enjoyed it. This is number six and I didn't know all of the characters.
I enjoyed this book but not as much as others in the series. In a way it was entertaining to watch the author of the "coziest of cozies" trying for a gothic mood and failing utterly to be chilling.
Lori is in Northumberland at Wyrdhurst Hall appraising books for her boss in America. However, before she has even got to her destination, Lori is involved in a car accident and barely escapes with her life. After finally getting to her destination, Lori finds a pile of love letters from before the First World War between a couple whose love is doomed due to the war and the girl's father. After finding a hidden passage and exploring, Lori and Nicole along with Adam, a writer of First World War b ...more
This is one of the better Aunt Dimity stories. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is one book that you will want to read. Very pleased with the character development, plot and the ending.
Diane Heath
This continues the Aunt Dimity series as Lori goes to the North of England. Wrecks her rover, gets possessed by a ghost, meets yet another handsome man and solves a mystery
I enjoyed this one! I love the description of the Moors, the castle, and Northumberland. A fun, quick read.
This one took quite a twist at the end that I didn't see coming! I'm enjoying the books in this series.
I was wondering about the meaning of the title of this book -- beats the devil? Now I know: a mean guy is thought of as a devil by the locals. This was a quick read and a nice haunted house story, good for reading near Halloween. I didn't realize that Lori had such a wondering eye. Every guy she meets in each book she has the hots for, and why is her husband always away in every book? Well, I've only reread two so far so maybe that was a fluke. But my goodness, Lori! I guess while Bill's away Lo ...more
This is a witty style of writing. I like the series.
This book was so good that I read it in one day. It takes place in October, in an old castle which Lori visits to assess a book collection. Reading about the rainy days on the moors, villagers who distrust the castle's new residents and Lori's first hand experience with a ghost haunting the castle made for a fun read that I could not put down. There was action from start to finish, beginning with Lori narrowly escaping death in a violent rain storm and Being nursed back to health by a stranger i ...more
Nancy Bennett
A fun, cozy little mystery series that I always enjoy reading. Is it perfect? No. Lots of suspense? No. It's cozy; just like it's meant to be. It you enjoyed the others in the series -- and don't expect a lot -- I think you'll enjoy this one as well.

But Lori's "roving eye", as Aunt Dimity calls it, is really beginning to bug me. It's one thing to appreciate a good-looking member of the opposite sex, but she always seems to take it to a whole new level. She may not cross the line, but she sure st
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Other Books in the Series

Dimity (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, #1)
  • Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Dimity #2)
  • Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Aunt Dimity, #3)
  • Aunt Dimity Digs In (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #4)
  • Aunt Dimity's Christmas (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #5)
  • Aunt Dimity: Detective (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #7)
  • Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #8)
  • Aunt Dimity: Snowbound (Aunt Dimity #9)
  • Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #10)
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Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity, #1) Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Dimity #2) Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Aunt Dimity, #3) Aunt Dimity Digs In (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #4) Aunt Dimity's Christmas (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #5)

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