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

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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, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Kathy B.
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
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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 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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Diane Heath
Lori plans a second honeymoon with Bill but work keeps him away. She winds up going to England with her father in law who disappears from the cottage taking Aunt Dimity and Reginald. A trip around England ensues as Lori meets the English branch of the Willis family and finds unexpected connections to Aunt Dimity.
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...more
The thirs book in the Aunt Dimity series, and this one takes place two years after the first book, when Lori is worried that her husband has decided he isn't happy with their marriage. Trying to fix things, she plans a second honeymoon, but because of a last minute work obligation, he sends his father to keep her company instead. This is, however, when the story really begins, as Lori's fathrer-in-law dissapears and Aunt Dimity sends her on an adventure across England to find him and their long...more
Debbie Maskus
This is the 3rd in the Aunt Dimity, and Atherton returns to the story of Lori Shepherd and Bill Willis. The story line is very simplistic with very little intense writing. Again, the style reminds me of M C Beaton. I feel that this may be the last of this series that I will read. In this caper, Lori and Nell wander all over England trying to find Lori's missing father-in-law. Lori and Nell meet many of the English Willis family in their journey. A bitter feud over the ownership of land seems to...more
This story brings Lori and Bill's father to England, where she had planned a honeymoon trip, but instead takes a vacation and meets the English family members. She whirls around, seeing disaster and mayhem wherever she looks, while working on solving an ancient mystery that affects both the American and British sides of the house.

Entertaining and amusing.
I wish I had an "Aunt Dimity" even if she is a ghost. She seems so helpful. In Aunt Dimity's Good Deed, we find Lori struggling with being married to a full-time lawyer. On a planned second honeymoon, her husband needs to stay behing in Boston while she travels to England with her father-in-law. Making matters worse, she loses her father-in-law, to which Aunt Dimity says he's opening a can of worms and I'm going to supervise him. Remember the ghost bit.

I really enjoyed this tale. I can't give a...more
Feb 04, 2014 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: English cozy mystery fans
Recommended to Mary by: Michael
Aunt Dimity sends Lori to England to meet her husband's trans-Atlantic cousins, while chasing after her father-in-law, William Sr. on his quest to solve the mysteries of the family's schism long ago. Young Nell shows considerable talent for assuming roles and probing conundrums to move the plot along. Very nice evocation of genteel English life. Aunt Dimity now has three plush animals to guide her charges: Reginald the pink bunny for Lori, Bertie or Sir Bertram the bear for Lady Eleanor, and Ger...more
In this 3rd book of Aunt Dimity's series there is romance and mystery.

Once again Aunt Demity takes Lori on an adventure searching for her father-in-law who disappeared from the English cottage where he had gone with Lori since her husband, Bill, was too busy at work to accompany her on their second honeymoon.

William Willis, Sr., is trying to solve a centuries-old family scandal. This scandal couldmean the end of the lives that this family has known for so many years.

Great story. Looking forwar...more
After reading three non-fiction tomes, it was refreshing to spend another few evenings with Aunt Dimity. For those reviews of Book Two which did not see the point to the second installment of the Aunt Dimity Series, the story and characters become much clearer in Book Three. Lori, Emma, Nell, Willis, Sr. and a host of family characters take us on an urgent tour of the English countryside to solve a centuries old family mystery. I'm not sure what it is about the series, but I will order Book Four...more
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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...more
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