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

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,443 ratings  ·  145 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jun 18, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 2 of 5 stars
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,
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
The Flooze
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
Suzi Q, The Book Dame
Good deed, indeed. This installment was enjoyable only for my love of the characters and the charm of making one believe again in childhood things. Things just got a little too goody-goody this time, even for a cozy. Regardless for my love of Nancy Drew, I don't like to see such fluff in an adult mystery. It reminds me of ND hunting down a clock.
No dead bodies this round, just Lori on a ridiculous quest to hunt down her father in law via a long chase. Next time call ahead, Lori, and save a good
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.
I didn't like this Aunt Dimity book as much as the first two and had a hard time getting into it. That's not to say that it wasn't good but it was just not as good. And what is it with everybody in the book having a stuffed animal that they act like is real?

In this book Lori has been married to Bill Willis for 2 years. She feels that his interest is waning so she plans a second honeymoon at the cottage in Finch, England that Aunt Dimity left to her. Only Bill gets stuck at home trying to unravel
Ann Amadori
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.
I first stumbled across Aunt Dimity at the library one day. The cover of the book (I can't recall which one) jumped out at me and I wrote the title down so I could look into it later. Once I did a little research I happily downloaded "Aunt Dimity's Death" onto my Kindle to read on an airplane. I was instantly charmed. I've slowly been making my way through the books because I like to read them when I feel the need for a simple, comforting story.
"Aunt Dimity's Good Deed" did not disappoint. It
Thoroughly entertaining look at Lori and Bill's marriage after two years with Bill ending up on one side of the Atlantic and Lori on the other while the celebrate their second honeymoon. For many of us with workaholic husbands, it was all too familiar. As Lori chases her father-in-law all over England, learning what he learns about the English side of his relations just after he does, she is accompanied by 12-year old Nell and her uncanny hunches, and Aunt Dimity's Journal and her otherworldly c ...more
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
Clara Baker Baldwin
I like the Aunt Dimity books, and after reading several, decided to go back to earlier ones that I missed. I like to know the characters. This one took a little while to hook me, but once it did, it read almost too quickly. I enjoyed Lori's trip with Nell, who was just a little girl in Aunt Dimity and the Duke. Nell's brother was in another that I read that takes place later. I had thought I could just pick out a few and be happy, since there were so many and I was just starting, but that didn't ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: wcls
The epitome of cozy.
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
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
Rob Smith
I can see me reading this entire series if the writing and stories keep this quality. I really like the writing style! It's playful, intelligent and sounding very authentic involving British life. The characters are all great. From the main characters to background ones.

The tenor of the story is certainly flighty and reality needs a bit of suspension to get through the book. The idea that a ghost is floating about has teh reader begging why the ghost doesn't just solve the problem from the start
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
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
I just hated this book. I read the description before committing to it, about a mystery solving woman who receives clues from beyond the grave from her Aunt Dimity. I thought, "Chaz, why not take a walk on the wild side, like the old song says?" Well, I'll tell you what, now I know why I always order the exact same dessert from Dairy Queen, why I always watch the same 3 or 4 tv shows every night, and so on.

I HATED this book. All the characters have these stuffed animals they tote around with th
The third Aunt Dimity book! And I LOVE IT! The Aunt Dimity books stole my heart. They are fun, a quick read, light-hearted and family filled mystery. The wild chase that Lori and Nell have searching for Willis Sr. is a great read and they are truly having an adventure meeting all of the people on the British side of the family. There is no real murder mystery, but that's okay. These books are all for a good and a love conquers all feeling. I loved reading about all of the cousins on the British ...more
Sara Sunshine
I'm not sure if this is just better than the other Aunt Dimity book I read or if this series is growing on me, but I enjoyed it more and found the plot less contrived. The whole device of having a dead "aunt" who communicates by writing is more integral to the plot this time, whereas in the other one I read it felt really forced and tacked on to the story. You can see most of the plot developments coming a mile away, but it's a pleasant and entertaining read.
I found this book so irritatingly flawed that it will be difficult to explain what I liked about it. Here goes:

Atherton's supporting cast is full of fun characters I like, which somewhat makes up for how much I can't stand the main character.

Atherton's relatively quick storytelling style makes up for the giant reality-holes in the novel's fabric. (No, I do not expect a story featuring a ghost to be perfectly realistic, but this one is full of the "Why didn't they just Google it?" type of questio
I liked it, but as it came to a close, I felt as if Willis, Sr. had never really been in danger at all. It hinted at a great catastrophe or other reason for reading, but I felt as if it would have a similar (if not the same outcome), if Lori had stayed home and helped Emma harvest her peppers and runner beans.... Perhaps it would have been better told from Willis, Sr.'s perspective.
I enjoyed this 3rd book in the Aunt Dimity series. Lori, the main character, and her 12 y.o. friend Nell traverse England looking for Lori's missing father-in-law. This was supposed to be Lori's 2nd honeymoon with her husband, but he's stuck back in the U.S. As with the other books in the series, there's enough mystery to keep you interested but without the violence of many novels. All of the books in this series include a recipe at the end for something that has been consumed in the story. In t ...more
I've become totally enamored of Aunt Dimity and her posthumous adventures. So far the mysteries in this delightful series are not the usual find dead body and ferret out who done it. This story had Lori following her missing father in law all over England searching for answers to a 300 year old mystery of why twin sons ended up on different continents and meanwhile finding contemporary family members he and his son never knew they had. Loved it!
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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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Other Books in the Series

An Aunt Dimity Mystery (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Aunt Dimity's Death (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #1)
  • Aunt Dimity and the Duke (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #2)
  • Aunt Dimity Digs In (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #4)
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  • 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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