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Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #14)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,685 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
Everyone's favorite supernatural detective steps in to thwart unchivalrous deeds at a Renaissance fair

With Penguin's Fall 2009 publication of Introducing Aunt Dimity, Paranormal Detective certain to attract new readers to the popular cozy series, Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is poised as the perfectly irresistible gem that will leave them eager for more. After living in
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2009)
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Raiveran Rabbit
Jul 17, 2010 Raiveran Rabbit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avoid-reading
A Little Mary Sue for the Geriatric or Spoiled —

If you yearn for a story of a selfish and petulantly immature protagonist, this is the book for you. If you long to escape to a place so cookie-cutter unreal, every character seems like one unattractive trait with a paper mask affixed in lieu of a personality, this is the book for you. If you wish to let yourself go and delve into a world of the unbelievably dense and lobotomy-sportingly boring, this is quite so the book for you.

Welcome to the worl
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Jenn Estepp
thirteenth and latest book in the aunt dimity series, and the first that i've read. i admit that i was seduced by the pretty cover art and the idea that, if i liked it, i'd have a whole new mystery series to go hunt down, as i sometimes like to do. alas, it's not going to happen. not only because the central premise - that our heroine lori is assisted in her investigations by a ghost that communicates with her via an old journal - seems patently ridiculous to me - but also because the whole "mys ...more
Jenn
May 18, 2011 Jenn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, mystery
In glossing over the other two-star reviews, I think I can see what happened:

- Most of us had not read any other Aunt Dimity books
- We all bought this one because we liked the cover

I actually don't read mystery novels at all--although I like the idea of them--so it's hard for a reader like me to pinpoint this book's failings. I mostly disliked the main character, Lori, a pretty housewife in her mid-30s who evidently does nothing but gossip and wring her hands. Every morning, she and her husband
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Kyle
Jan 20, 2012 Kyle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
There's cozy, and then there's Aunt Dimity.

I didn't exactly finish it, just skimmed the second half.* The heroine is... possibly suffering from a head injury of some kind? Or was lobotomized in a previous book in the series? And the resulting brain damage causes her to be unable to function at a normal adult level? That's the only explanation I can come up with for her behavior. And I'm actually *not* talking about how she communicates with a dead woman via an old journal; I actually felt bad f
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Wendy
Mar 19, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was the latest in the Aunt Dimity series. I particularly liked it because it has a Renaissance Festival (which apparently is unusual for England but perfectly OK for Michigan??) This book seemed better than some of the past ones. The first one were ok, but then the main character seemed to have a problem with a wandering eye. She has this loveable hubby, cute nice twin boys, living in a quaint cottage in a quaint english village, but every book brought her a new strange young man to fantazi ...more
The Flooze
Feb 25, 2013 The Flooze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the most amusing of the Dimity stories.

Finch is completely besieged by Ren Faire madness. The boys are cast as pages, the townspeople have mages and mimes and jugglers staying in their homes, and ample bosoms are threatening to heave right out of their newly-sewn corsets. Though the mystery involves several accidents that may actually be murder attempts, Atherton works in plenty of comedy. What would a festival in Finch be without the neighbours slinging juicy gossip and outrageous rem
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Bridget
Sep 20, 2009 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love the Aunt Dimity books. They're the kind of mysteries you read without getting all stressed out.
Laura
Mar 12, 2009 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Does anyone else ever find Lori really annoying?
Barbara
Mar 14, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aunt Dimity aficionados; "cosy" mystery fans.
Shelves: mysteries
Yay! Aunt Dimity strikes again! I enjoyed this one altho' it has one or 2 drawbacks...and one significant plus, at least to my way of thinking! As usual, Lori has more of a puzzle to solve than sorting out the whys and wherefores of dead bodies. The invasion of Finch by a Renaissance Fair was a fun addition and with all the descriptions of costumes and settings, I almost wish it had come with pictures! I liked having a bit of the village/villagers back in the fray.

The drawbacks: not a lot of Au
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Terry
Jun 02, 2015 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy Ms. Atherton’s imagination and creativity; she’s never at a loss for new situations to put her characters in. This chapter of the Aunt Dimity series follows the usual pattern – except our heroine wasn’t ever in any real danger and wasn’t rescued. There were a couple of new things this time around – our heroine’s husband is more involved in the story and there’s a new couple in the village – and they’re gay. A very non-event – which was nice. For some reason, I figured out the culprit ...more
Melissa
Bummer! I love the Aunt Dimity series and the last one was so good that I had huge hopes for this one. I never got engaged in the plot line. Shortly after the half way point, I ended up skimming the rest of the book.
Sally
Aug 08, 2015 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-not-mine
I grabbed this because I like a good (or, for that matter, bad) cozy on a lazy rainy day, and since I was going to spend a week at a medieval re-enactment, a "cozier than thou cozy" about a renaissance fest seemed like the perfect thing to bring for a rained-out afternoon.

And that is when I read it! I liked it okay - the portrayal of the re-enactors was much better than I was expecting, the scene-setting was fun, the mystery plot didn't drag too badly - but then I got to the bit where the protag
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Maria
Jan 26, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I enjoy the little romance in these books and the Renaissance Fair theme was terrific and well described. It made you want to go to one. Bill is the surprise here. I really enjoyed the scene where Lori doesn't recognize her own husband because she is checking out everything but his face. Wow! Rob and Will are here but not so much in evidence. Ms. Atherton has a knack for creating characters that the reader loves to like. Peggy Taxman even comes out well. My heart sank at the culmination of the p ...more
A.M.
May 30, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The American Ren Fest comes to the English village of Finch in this latest Aunt Dimity installment, which doesn't disappoint.

I love this passage (name omitted to avoid even a semblance of spoiling):

Unlike most people, [Name] is at peace with himself. When his dream proved to be more than he could handle, he didn't become discouraged. He simply recognized his limitations and decided to live happily within them. I have no doubt that he'll make an exemplary caterpillar. Butterfly wings can be awful
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Diane Heath
Feb 04, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I noticed that some reviews for this book were low. I am thinking that those who read this one out of order if not first may be such reviewers. Lori was a bit restrained as she feels embarrassed over the vampire hunt. She is trying to control her imagination but it is her vivid imagination that makes the mundane and ordinary such fun. A Renaissance fair comes to Finch and the Merry Monarch, Wilfred is in danger. Lori thinks so but she once again misinterprets the clues. The true culprit was easy ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Having picked this one up based on its cover, a tastefully simple kelly green with a blocky design of a black dragon being stabbed by a white knight, I got the mediocre story I should have expected from a book in the middle of a pedestrian sort of English country mystery series. Not to say that it was bad, but mostly that as a newcomer to the Aunt Dimity books and all of the references to a previous unfortunate adventure with a vampire, I wasn
Tara
Jan 02, 2017 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
I love the relationships in these books. Favorite quote: "Recognize your limitations and rejoice in them!...The dragons within us need to be slain. Stop doubting yourself, my dear. Don't try to be someone you're not. Let Emma be Emma. I vastly prefer you as Lori."
Melissa
Nov 18, 2016 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the most exciting book in the series, but it won't stop me from reading more of Aunt Dimity.
Kimberly
Another fun entry in the Aunt Dimity series. Light and easy read.
Tori
Apr 20, 2009 Tori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-fiction
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Confessionalpoetess
I hope Jenn Frank doesn't mind my quoting her review here:

In glossing over the other two-star reviews, I think I can see what happened:

- Most of us had not read any other Aunt Dimity books
- We all bought this one because we liked the cover

...check, and...check. I really wanted to like this book. I was looking forward to another mystery series I could get into, but I couldn't bring myself to like, or care about, the protagonist, Lori. Lori Shepard is an American living with her husband and twin
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Andi
Apr 17, 2009 Andi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the Aunt Dimity series and I enjoyed reading this book, even though it seems to be getting away from the original premise of the whole paranormal detective aspect. This story is set at a Ren Faire and, I do have to admit the first about 50 pages are a little slow and will be if you don’t take a shine to Ren Faires necessarily. Without getting too detailed about the story, in a nutshell a Finch residence’s nephew returns to Finch to hold a Ren Faire with himself as the king. There a ...more
Sarah
Feb 05, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is the fourteenth installment of Nancy Atherton's much loved Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series.

In this particular novel, a Rennaissance Fair lands itself in Finch -- coincidentally right in the backyard of our beloved protagonist Lori Shepherd. When it appears that murder is being attempted on "King Wilfred" because of the attention he bestows on a beautiful young singing maiden, Lori interferes in order to prevent those endangered from meeting their demise. As always,
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Angie
The Aunt Dimity series is always good for a cozy read. I generally love the characters and the drama is mild yet exciting.

The book is about Lori Shepherd who is bored with village life and the same old gossip from the same old villagers. A breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a neighbor’s nephew who is determined to host a renaissance festival in the forest near the village. Everything is running smoothly until the first day of the festivities when things literally start to fall apart. Is
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Nancy
Jan 07, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity is my guilty pleasure. There is just something so fun and relaxing when I settle down and open one of Nancy Atherton's books. Her reoccurring characters make the visits to the small English village of Finch a much needed break to my hectic day.

Lori Sheppard's life has become boring and predictable. Her husband's life as an international estate planning attorney fills his days, her twin sons have their school and ponies to keep their interest but yet Lori has nothing but her day in a
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Tobinsfavorite
Jun 28, 2010 Tobinsfavorite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy-mystery types; folks who want nice warm fluff
Recommended to Tobinsfavorite by: mom
This started as a 2-star book. It took over 100 pages to really grab my interest, and it's only about 230 pages long. My mother recommended Aunt Dimity cozy mysteries to me, and I believe she said she hadn't read this one, so maybe the others aren't such slow starters. (I'm going to read one more to find out.) Aunt Dimity herself isn't in the book for a while, and when she does first appear, she is very annoying and not very charming; however, she becomes less of the former and more of the latte ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
This was the perfect escape after a very stressful six weeks. I didn't want anything with much of a plot. But like comfort food, the characters are familiar old friends. And I LOVE Ren. Fests. There was even a nice twist at the end, which I won't give away, except to say that Lori is NOT the one to solve the mystery...

From Amazon.com :
Lori’s peaceful English village is being overrun by a rowdy and mischievous Renaissance fair.

Lori Shepherd loves living in the small English village of Finch, but
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Jen
Oct 15, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s summertime in Finch, and King Wilfred’s Fair is just the thing to spice up Lori Shepherd’s routine. Lords winches, jesters and knights bring chivalry to life at this renaissance fair and the villagers dress in period clothing and participate as venders. But it’s not all fun and games. when ”accidents” begin to endanger King Wilfred’s life, Lori suspects fowl play and seeks Aunt Dimity’s spiritual guidance to uncover the truth and prevent a murder.
Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is the 14th nov
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Kristen
Sep 09, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Aunt Dimity series! They are charming and fun and filled with delightfully quirky characters who do interesting and unexpected things. Add in a blue journal through which the dearly not-quite-departed Aunt Dimity communicates with Lori, and how can you not love the stories?!

The time around there isn't an actual murder, but there's lots of excitement as a Renassaince Faire comes the Finch. The fun and frivolity of the fair-people mixing with the Finch people provides lots of interestin
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I have genuinely loved all the Aunt Dimity novels but this one is my least favorite. It ended alright and I never guessed who did it, but I found the first half of the book lacking. It never grabbed me the way the other stories did. I do have a fairly decent background in medieval re-enactments having participated in them for a decade. The way the author wrote about the renfair was accurate as to how the recreations are done. Perhaps that's why I found it more boring than her other mysteries. Al ...more
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