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

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,736 Ratings  ·  165 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
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
Aug 31, 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
Mar 08, 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 23, 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
Jun 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,
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
The Flooze
Feb 18, 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
Jan 12, 2013 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
Sep 11, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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.
May 27, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
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
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.
Apr 25, 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.

Aug 20, 2014 Christen rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery
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
Sep 28, 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
Clara  Baldwin
May 06, 2015 Clara Baldwin rated it liked it
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
The Hobbit
A second honeymoon in England does not turn out the way Lori Shepherd had hoped. Her husband Bill is too busy to leave the law firm in Boston, so Willis Sr,, Lori father-in-law, accompanies her instead. No sooner do they arrive at Aunt Dimity charming cottage in the Cotswolds than Willis, Sr disappears. A note from Aunt Dimity, who is a ghost, urges Lori to find her father-in-law before he carries out his plans. Criss-crossing England, Lori fails to find Willis, Sr, but she discovers lots of Wil ...more
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
Sep 27, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 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
Rob Smith
Dec 05, 2013 Rob Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
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
Jul 29, 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
Jan 31, 2013 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
Aug 10, 2011 Chazzle rated it did not like it
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
May 06, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2014 Sara Sunshine rated it liked it
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.
Melinda M
May 24, 2016 Melinda M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (Aunt Dimity, #3) by Nancy Atherton is well written. It is an adventure and in this book you go on an adventure that involves solving a mystery with Bill's extend family. It is like going on a vacation. A friend gave my a few Aunt Dimity's books for my birthday. The book is a good cozy mystery that keeps your attention. A fast read that makes you want to read more of the series.
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An Aunt Dimity Mystery (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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