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Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,030 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
Nancy Atherton's growing number of fans will certainly be delighted by Aunt Dimity's latest appearance in the honey-colored English cottage she bequeathed to her "niece," Lori Shepherd. Thanks to Aunt Dimity, Lori's life has taken on fairy-tale proportions: she's financially set for life and happily married or so she thinks. When Lori's plans for a second honeymoon to Engl ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Tristan MacAvery
Jun 13, 2010 Tristan MacAvery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the British call "a bit of fluff," and wonderful for all that. A light-hearted, curious mystery without imminent danger, death-filled intrigue, or nation-crushing manipulations. The idea of having something akin to a guardian angel, one who communicates by means of having writing appear on the pages of a bound journal, is more comforting than anything else; in Atherton's skilled narratives, it's an absolute delight. This is no mere snack; it's Fortnum and Mason's finest tea, with crustless ...more
Andree
Feb 13, 2017 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Continuing with this series, based on my desire for light reading. It continues to be super readable. I had a little more trouble getting into this one, mainly because no one wants to go back to their romance novel and find out things have slightly gone to hell in a handbasket. This one picked up midway through. Super pleased it managed to avoid the whole evil branch of the family trope (since most of them are not evil at all). I did find Nell a bit problematic in this one, in that she was far t ...more
C.
Aug 08, 2013 C. rated it it was amazing
Nancy Atherton has become a cherished go-to author. I savour her, though she is here in our lifetime, going strong. You know how some actors host ‘The Academy Awards’ and aren’t entertaining, then Billy Crystal arrives and the room communally sighs in relief? We know everything he utters will be hilarious and unquestioningly let him take over? Nancy Atherton is like that. I ingest other authors and genres but when I just want to read a frigging good book, I turn to her. Every line is interesting ...more
BJ Rose
Feb 28, 2011 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series
Lori has not heard from her (dead) Aunt Dimity for two years; since Lori and Bill got married and went back to the States. But that marriage is having some problems – Bill’s aunts keep harassing Lori about the fact that she’s not pregnant yet, and Bill has been burying himself in work and emotionally pulling away from Lori. So she convinces him they need a second honeymoon at the lovely, magical English cottage she inherited from Aunt Dimity. When it’s time to leave, Bill has a work emergency, a ...more
Kathy
Jun 05, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
I must admit that at first I was a bit disappointed that there don't seem to be dead bodies appearing for exploration of who murdered them. I guess I've gotten used to the dead body, solve crime and mystery mysteries. However, I like these Aunt Dimity mysteries that feature Lori Shepherd and her newly acquired life in the Cotswold village of Finch in what was Aunt Dimity's cottage before she died. Of course, being dead doesn't always mean being gone. And, to be fair, there are some dead bodies l ...more
Susan Ferguson
Another good Aunt Dimity mystery. Even though Aunt Dimity has gone on, but not too far or permanently, she is still there for Lori. Lori is feeling sadly neglected and suspects Bill is having doubts about having married her. His awful aunts are very disapproving of her not being pregnant yet and cause her trouble about it. After all, their match-making was ended by Bill marrying her. They were frustrated in their desire to have a Boston high society wedding. Lori had arranged a second honeymoon ...more
KarenLana
Mar 07, 2011 KarenLana rated it it was ok
This is the 3rd book in the Aunt Dimity series that I've read. Overall, I enjoy the series but liked book two the best so far as it had more of a mystery. I enjoy cozies and read them to relax and escape, which I can do with these books. Book three, frankly, became a bit tiresome chasing around after William, Sr for most of the book. I do enjoy the characters. Nell and Bertie are particularly charming and although I understand that the stuffed animals are a connection to Aunt Dimity, it is a lit ...more
Mailis Viiand
Jan 20, 2010 Mailis Viiand rated it it was amazing
I always start reading Atherton with apprehension that she cant be that good again, and luckily im surprised positively each and every time...she is good...if one is sick and tired of this f...ed up world that surrounds us with crazy people in it, one must read something good for the soul...Atherton is just that...
Ivonne Rovira
May 18, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: cozy lovers with a lot of tolerance
Lori Shepherd has been married for two years to Bill Willis, the hard-working, kindly lawyer she first met in Aunt Dimity's Death, and she’s dissatisfied: dissatisfied with the way her workaholic husband neglects her, with her infertility, with her boring life.

Lori’s hoping that a second honeymoon will spice up her marriage; however, instead of heading to England with Bill, she’s forced to go with her father-in-law William when Bill has to stay behind for work. Once in the English countryside,
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Chibineko
Jul 20, 2013 Chibineko rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
True love saves the day. But then, if you've read the series up to this point then you'll know that this is the standard for Atherton's Dimity series, so you won't see this as any major spoiler. It's actually fairly standard and one of the things that makes this series so absolutely adorable. It's the love that the characters have for each other (romantic, familial, or friendly) that makes this such a charming read.

If you're someone who is coming into this book without having read the previous
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The Flooze
Feb 17, 2013 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Willis, Sr., - in very uncharacteristic fashion - has suddenly driven off into the English countryside, leaving behind a very worried and bewildered Lori.

Suspecting he's hatching a scheme to clear out of the Boston mansion and live in England for good, Lori decides there's only one thing to do: catch up to him and convince him he's desperately needed at home. The alternative of leaving her to fend for her self against an absentee husband and a couple of horrible condescending aunts is utterly un
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Mo
Sep 26, 2012 Mo rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, ebooks, brit-lit, w-bpl
I am REALLY starting to dislike the character of Lori. Is anything ever enough for this girl? She is so incredibly selfish. I found myself getting more and more annoyed with her the longer I read.

Some of the reasons I disliked this book:
The characters make these huge assumptions / wild quesses that are treated as fact.
A 12 year old girl acts likes she's 37, and is treated as such.
Lori starts thinking about divorce based on almost nothing.
Character interactions are preposterous.
Several of the fam
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Elizabeth
Sep 03, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Aunt Dimity mystery.

In this, the third in the series, Lori and sweet Nell go on journey to find out about the British side of the Willis family.

This is such a fun and happy mystery with so many wonderful characters. We meet all the British Willis cousins.

It isn't a murder mystery per se but there was a murder involved-- just not a current one.

That being said, I just love how much of the mystery involves members of the Willis family who lived in the 18th century.
Ann Amadori
Mar 20, 2011 Ann Amadori rated it really liked it
I should have made up a family tree at the beginining of this one. As Lori and Nell travel around, meeting Bill's British cousins I got confused as to who was who, but the story was nice - relaxing - interesting. Maybe a tad drawn out but overall quite good. Aunt Dimity's presence adds a unique twist.
Renee
Feb 15, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: wcls
The epitome of cozy.
K. East
May 25, 2017 K. East rated it really liked it
This is an interesting cozy mystery series. The central or continuing character is a ghost -- Aunt Dimity -- and she is the link between the various characters that populate these books, all connected to her past in some way. Book one introduced us to her history and her death. The second book seemed to have very little to do with her at all, and I wondered how she would figure in future novels. But I have just finished the third book in the series and she was back again as an active partner in ...more
Susan Kosel
May 20, 2017 Susan Kosel rated it liked it
The Willis family hunts for clues on family relationships.
Michele
May 17, 2017 Michele rated it really liked it
I love Aunt Dimity...and when she gets involved in family history...and genealogy, well, it is just a great read!
Debbie Mccormick
Jul 11, 2017 Debbie Mccormick rated it liked it
Light and easy to read mystery.
Susan
Mar 13, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
Lori is upset because her 'second honeymoon' trip to England has been derailed by business affairs, so she goes with her father-in-law, William Willis, instead. While visiting Emma, Emma's daughter Nell calls to tell her that her William has vanished, taking Aunt Dimity and Reginald with him. Lori sets out to find him, and Nell volunteers to go along, since nobody trusts Lori to drive alone in England. They find that he is visiting the various English Willis relatives and follow his trail, meeti ...more
Sarah Coller
Mar 01, 2017 Sarah Coller rated it did not like it
Of the four Aunt Dimity books I've read, this was definitely my least favorite. The plot and "big surprise" at the end were both predictable from almost the very beginning. But more than that, there was some things that really irritated me about the author's take on certain things.

#1: Nell. Nell is a 12 year old friend of the family. We learn about her in book two when we're introduced to the unimaginable character of 5 year old Nell. At 12, she's even more unbelievable. I'm a mother of 9. I've
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BookSweetie
Apr 04, 2016 BookSweetie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
In #3 of the light and charming Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series, Aunt Dimity is back and so are her "magical" journal communications.

Book three really wouldn't be a good place to start this series.

Book #1 introduces Dimity (recently deceased), 30 something year old American Lori Shepard (and Lori's deceased mother), Bostonian lawyer 30 something Bill Willis (and his mid sixty year old lawyer father William) and Dimity's fairy tale cottage in the English village of Finch bequeathed to Lori.

Boo
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Susan
Aunt Dimity's Good Deed by Nancy Atherton is the 3rd book of the Aunt Dimity romantic mystery series set primarily in late-20th-century England. Lori, protagonist from the first book, joins Emma, protagonist from the second book, in a delightful sweet story with plot twists galore.

Lori longs for a second honeymoon in England, but her husband Bill is now a workaholic stranger. He's off on a business trip to Maine, so she goes on the planned trip with her father-in-law, Willis Sr. He promptly dis
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Debbie
Feb 23, 2017 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I am enjoying this series and I need to thank the Cozy Mystery group introduced me to this author a while back. I had to search many of the titles out and I love Overdrive through the library and that is where I have been able to find many of them.
Just a touch of Aunt Dimity's magic makes the story so much fun....
Julie
Jun 26, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Aunt Dimity's Good Deed is the third in the series, written by Nancy Atherton. This is a paranormal cozy mystery featuring the ghost of Aunt Dimity.
This one picks up two years after Lori and Bill got married. The marriage has hit a snag, and Lori is miserable living the mansion in Boston. Lori is ready to start a family, but Bill has turned into a workaholic. So, Lori arranges a "second honeymoon". However, Bill has to work, and so Lori and her father in law fly to London together to stay in th
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Connie N.
#3 in the Aunt Dimity mystery series

I have mixed feelings about this one. We reconnect with Lori this time (from Book #1), and once again I didn't really care for her personality. She seems pretty whiny, although I did get to like her better once she became involved in the mystery and stopped thinking so much about herself. The best part of these books are the secondary characters. Husband Bill, FIL William, and friends Emma, Derek and daughter Nell are all terrific, adding a lot of depth to the
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Bonnie McHenry
Ok, here it goes....the mystery was very interestingI I loved the way Lori and Nell were sent on a type of scavenger hunt meeting a variety of family members while in search for Lori's father in law. Along the way, given clues by none other than the ghost Aunt Dimity (written and left in her blue journal). The names were a little obnoxious in the fact that they all sounded the same or were the same when it came to the male lineage. The secondary characters, with the exception of one, are all ver ...more
Stephanie
Aug 26, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
Marriage is hard. That is what Lori Shepherd has learned in the year since she and Bill (who met and fell in love in book one of the series) have been married. Things in fact are at an all-time low when Lori must embark to her cottage in Finch, England, on what was meant to be her second honeymoon, with her father in law because her husband is too busy working. Almost immediately, her father-in-law disappears and in her pursuit, Lori meets and gets to know the British branch of her husband’s fam ...more
Judy Goodnight
Jan 26, 2010 Judy Goodnight rated it really liked it
I feel like I should preface each Aunt Dimity review with the following:
This series is for you if you can (1) accept communications from someone who has passed on, (2) accept that some stuffed animals are very special & have special abilities, (3) accept that some children are older & wiser than their years, (4) know that the mysteries in this series are the mysteries of the human heart and/or human nature, and (5) that, although later books can be read as stand-alones, a better apprecia
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Kristen
Jul 29, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with this series and plan to read all the Aunt Dimity books! This is the second in the series, and the characters are just as delightful in this outing as in the first book.

Lori [Dimity's sort-of niece] has come back to the cottage in England where she first discovered Dimity [who, BTW is dead, and as a benevolent ghost, speaks to Lori and gives her advice by writing in a special journal the writing of which only Lori can see].

Lori has lost her father-in-law who's come with
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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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