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

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,216 ratings  ·  130 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...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Penguin Books (first published 2009)
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Raiveran Rabbit
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...more
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
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...more
Kyle
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...more
Wendy
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
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...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.
Laura
Does anyone else ever find Lori really annoying?
Barbara
Mar 14, 2009 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...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
Bridget
I just love the Aunt Dimity books. They're the kind of mysteries you read without getting all stressed out.
Diane Heath
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
Nancy
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...more
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...more
Tobinsfavorite
Jun 28, 2010 Tobinsfavorite rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
Tori
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Cherrie Redd
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
Jen
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...more
Sarah
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,...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...more
Kristen
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...more
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
Maria
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
Jena Edwards-proctor
Not my favorite book in the Aunt Dimity series. It was very difficult for me to get into this book and to even finish. I did it in hopes to move on to a better book in the series. There wasn't. a whole lot of mystery in this particular book. I really hope the next one is better.
Dawn Michelle
Apr 24, 2009 Dawn Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Mommy

Another really good read by this author. I have really been enjoying this series a lot.

In this book, Lori is feeling chastised for her "over-active" imagination. She still hasn't lived down the "vampire" incident--and she is especially feeling it from her beloved friend Dimity. So, she reigns herself in and strives to be more like her neighbor and friend Emma.

Trouble is, Lori is a "mystery-magnet" and as soon as its announced that a "Renaissance Fair" is coming to Finch (and along with it, hord...more
Mary Kennedy
AUNT DIMITY SLAYS THE DRAGON (Viking, Penguin, 2009) by Nancy Atherton. This is the fourteenth novel in the series, yet it is as fresh and entertaining as the first (which was listed as one of the Century’s 100 Favorite Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association)
In this enchanting book, Dimity Westwood communicates with mortals through the use of a journal. Of course, there is always an inherent challenge in creating a ghostly mystery: how does the sleuth bridge the gap betwee...more
Katy-Del
What can I say, I like easy women mysteries and Lori Shepard reminds me of a house wife version of Stephanie Plum. She is constantly over hearing, and misinterpreting and sometimes there is danger and sometimes there is an over-active imagination. Considering what has transpired in some of the books, (ie being stalked, being almost blown up) I can't fault her for thinking the most dramatic thing about a situation.

And I love all books with Renn Faires. I traveled and worked at a couple about a d...more
Melissa
Wow.. I was so excited to see another Aunt Dimity book. This one, while I loved hearing about the characters and stuff, I was left flat. The riddles that Aunt Dimity and Lori solve are usually pretty tame, but this one...it just didn't do it for me. Makes me glad that I got it at the library, and did not buy it in hardback. I think I would like for her to do another story with Aunt Dimity, but with Lori as a peripheral character. Maybe that would give the author something fresh to write about. T...more
George
Latest in the Aunt Dimity mystery series. Lori Shepard lives with her husband and family in the Cotswold village of Finch which becomes the site of a Renaissance festival for the summer. The village is caught up in the fair, but there are down sides as well, especially with a series of accidents seemingly directed at the person who runs the fair. Lori quickly finds herself investigating the events and trying to seek out who is responsible along with the help Aunt Dimity. As usual, Lori mixes som...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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