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Aunt Dimity and the Duke (An Aunt Dimity Mystery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,133 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
The indomitable spirit of Aunt Dimity--whom readers read about in Aunt Dimity's Death--lives on in a new cozy mystery spiced with star-crossed lovers and a soupcon of the supernatural.
Hardcover, First Edition, 290 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Viking Adult (first published 1994)
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Jul 20, 2013 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I'm still fairly pleased with the Aunt Dimity series so far, even though the series as a whole fairly surprises me so far. Granted I'm only two books in, but Atherton has broken quite a bit of the regular norms of mystery writing as a whole.

First off, there is no whodunit mystery here. Not really. Just like the first book, this is ultimately about people discovering themselves and each other. It's these interactions that make the discoveries and daily actions so much sweeter.
Mar 16, 2014 Almeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good solid cozy type mystery that is not syrupy or formulaic. (Well the romance is but not the mystery element.) There is also a paranormal element, but it is so unobtrusive, that I was able to pass its appearance off as mere coincidence.

There are some passages which brought me out of the story because of its dated times . For example: The protagonist remarks to herself that it is odd that household staff would be carrying tetherless telephones, affordable only by the rich. (The book w
Jun 04, 2010 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
The second book in the Aunt Dimity series, however in this book Aunt Dimity seemed to be more of an afterthought than a key figure. If I hadn't read the first book, I'd have no idea who Aunt Dimity was. Even having read the first one, I wasn't sure exactly how she fit into this story. I think I liked the first book better. I'm starting the third one in the series and have found connections to the first book and it's characters, which I like.
This book was a fun quick read, but I felt that someti
Sep 10, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quaint mystery by Nancy Atherton. Aunt Dimity has a way of tying a good yarn up in a nice neat magical bow! I can't believe it took me until the Epilogue to recall who Derek and Emma were. This endeared the series to me even more as I reflected back on the part those characters played in the first novel, which actually takes place after "Aunt Dimity and the Duke". I will definitely continue to read more of the series.

This book made me long for the days when I would sit on the floor in t
Sep 08, 2013 Sunny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
2.5 really. I found this book appealing but annoying with annoyance winning in the end. Everybody is so NICE. Everything is so NICE. And then we all sit down to eat scrumptious free food while wearing scrumptious free clothes and chit chat a bit...and then get up and all act nicely again. Even the nasty people are nice.

It's a 4layer cream puff drizzled with chocolate and a hot cup of tea in a scented garden. It is a book for reading when life is grey and you just want some comforting, undemandi
Barbara ★
I liked the first half of this book but then it just got too confusing and started rambling. Aunt Dimity appears once for a short conversation in the prologue and her name comes up once or twice but other than that she's not in this one. And what happened to Lori? She never makes an appearance nor is she mentioned so I'm not sure how this book actually connects to the series. This is more a romance than anything else. I've only read three books in this series but this is my least favorite. I wil ...more
Nice and light read about a mystery in the English countryside with a 39 year old spinsterish heroine and likeable characters. A perfect book in between when I dont want to overuse my brain for a while... ...more
May 31, 2013 Carolynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity has been busy again, in this second volume of the Nancy Atherton English cozy series. Basically it is a cozy, although it is other things, as well...a paranormal, a romance (or two), a mystery, and a just generally feel-good warm-and fuzzy afternoon's pleasure to soothe the frazzled nerves of daily life.

This time a Ms. Emma Porter is drawn into a devious plot by Aunt Dimity to matchmake for an old friend, and bits and pieces of many secrets are exposed then put together, and cups o
Oct 11, 2012 C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: up-to-2012
Nancy Atherton débuted in 1993 and by the beauty of used books, I recently discovered "Aunt Dimity's Death". I’m in love with Nancy's originality, impeccable writing, and series that resembles nothing else! Thirty year-old Lori was financially low and her mother had died. When a lawyer's letter came about a Dimity Woodcock's death, she was astonished that fairytales she grew up with, were about her mother's real friend in wartime England. Assisted by the lawyer's son Bill, there's a mission to f ...more
Aug 01, 2008 edifanob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Es handelt sich hier um den 2. Band der Tante Dimity Reihe.
Da er jedoch zeitlich vorm dem 1. Band spielt, sollte man ihn zuerst lesen.

Diese Mal verwende ich den Klappentext als Beschreibung, worum es in diesem Buch geht:

"Emma Porter ist vierzig, ziemlich mollig, nicht gerade schick gekleidet und eine leidenschaftliche Gärtnerin. Als ihr langjähriger Lebensgefährte sie wegen einer jüngeren und schlankeren Blondine verlässt, flieht Emma aufs Land. Sie ahnt nicht, dass die geheimnisvolle Tante Dimi
Jan 15, 2011 Dorien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second (and second in the series) Aunt Dimity. While it was enjoyable and I loved the imagery of the gardens and the other settings, still a lot of questions. I'm totally ok with "suspension of disbelief", but really. Within a few days, people think they'll marry the person they just met? Nanny Cole can make a dozen dresses, skirts, pants and knit at least 2 sweaters in 10 days? Why do we think Aunt Dimity might be a ghost? Or is it the grandmother's ghost? Or is there even a ghost? I was ove ...more
This second book in the Aunt Dimity series defies easy classification just as much as the first did and was just as enjoyable as the first. I don’t even know how to explain these. On a surface level, they are quite silly – a ghost is nudging around little changes in peoples lives and matchmaking and solving sort-of mysteries. But the way the story unfolds is just really charming. The characters are well drawn and I like most of them. The main character is unusually sensible (for the main charact ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is such a good book!

It is the story of Emma and Derek Harris... how they met, fell in love and eventually got married and became the caretakers of Aunt Dimity's cottage in Finch.

It was a bit different than the other Aunt Dimity books I've read in that Aunt Dimity is only mentioned in this book. She is the reason that Emma and Derek ended up at the same castle on the Cornish coast at the same time.

There are a few mysteries in this book that Emma and Derek need to solve. On of them involves s
Aug 11, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place before the events of book 1 in the Aunt Dimity series. It tells how Emma and Derek met and fell in love. Dimity, in this book, is still alive, but plays only a very small part in this story. There is still a slight paranormal element revolving around a magical lantern.

Like the first book, this book doesn't focus on a mystery but instead is more about the characters' evolution. There are little mysteries throughout the book - what happened to the lantern, what happened to Le
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Another cosy, light read from the author of Aunt Dimity's Death. Number two shows Atherton's skill with the good red herring. There's no automatic writing in this installment, thank goodness (that would get old quickly), and Aunt Dimity is more a name invoked than a motive force in the story. At one point I was unsure whether this story was meant to be taking place while Dimity was still alive and well and running the children's charity, given the way some characters spoke of her. But then Duke ...more
May 13, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I see that most people liked this book less than book #1 in the series. It was the opposite for me. I loved it! However, if I had to describe the book in one word I'd use the word preposterous! This book was actually a prequel to the first book, "Aunt Dimity's Death". Lori Shepherd is not in it, presumably years before her entrance to the Cotswold cottage. This features the background story for Aunt Dimity's Cotswold neighbors, the Harrises. Aunt Dimity is alive in this book, although she never ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the 2nd in the series, and I enjoyed it very much. The first 2 books of the series are the best, in my view. The later books stay with one main character and sometime I don't like her much. This book deviates from the norm as it features a different heroine. Emma does appear in later stories, but only as a minor character. I've always enjoyed the touch of magic in this series, like the characters (more in the early books) and the underlying premise of all the stories.
Debbie Maskus
I am dismayed that the characters from the first Aunt Dimity novel are not in this novel. The only thread woven from the last novel is Aunt Dimity and the Pym twins. This is an interesting story of deception and loyalty among a small English village. Atherton writes a mild, easy-going mystery with no graphic murder scenes. Atherton dwells on family and love instead of pain and murder. Many readers will miss the blood and gore and past on reading the Aunt Dimity series.
Dec 29, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy these Aunt Dimity books. This one started out a little slower than the last but once I got into it I was hooked. I love that they are romantic mysteries and that the mysteries are so different than your traditional mystery. They aren't gory or scary but a mystery even still. I am so glad there are more Aunt Dimity books to be read. They are a great book to pickup if you want something easy and fun to read-a nice casual book.
Mar 23, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity and the Duke is a cute little mystery novel set in England. The main character, Emma, ends up working on the gardens at Penford Hall, falls in love, and solves a mystery or two surrounding the accident of one of the other guests at Penford.

The impetus behind re-reading a book, in my case, usually centers on a particular mood I'm in. I'll get in a certain state and only be able to read something romantic, or ache for the stars and throw myself into my favorite science fiction novels.
The Hobbit
Unlike the other books in the series, book #2 does not have Lori Shepherd as the main character nor is Aunt Dimity present very often. The book introduces Emma Porter who in future books becomes Lori's best friend. American Emma, 40 and feeling frumpy, is spending the summer touring gardens in England, in an effort to overcome the end of 15-year relationship with her boyfriend Richard. A chance meeting with the ancient Pym sisters, who recognize a true-gardener when they see one, sends Emma to P ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Cathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Although the book is titled Aunt Dimity and the Duke, Dimity is a very peripheral character in this story and barely even makes an appearance.

Like other reviewers have said, some happenings are just a little to far-fetched to believe such as Nanny Cole sewing new clothes and knitting sweaters seemingly overnight.

The author included a recipe for strawberry tarts.
Jun 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I liked Aunt Dimity and the Duke, I didn't love it the way I did the first one. I had a little trouble with the resolution of the mystery (I don't think it's spoiling anything to say that being aggravating is not an excuse for aggravated assault). But there was a lot of delight to be had. I certainly plan to continue with Aunt Dimity and company.
Jan 01, 2015 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of the Aunt Dimity series, this book involves a completely different cast of characters - except for the elderly Pym sisters and Aunt Dimity, and explains how Emma and Derek settle in Finch. Looking forward, the series focus moves back to Lori.

Emma has been dumped at the altar, but decides to go on their planned English honeymoon anyway. She stops at a little known garden where she meets the Pym twins. After much discussion, they send her to the Duke where she is surprisingly assigned
This continuation of the further tales of Aunt Dimity is a comfortable, well written cozy mystery that deals with the death of a popular singer off the coast by the home of the Duke, and the accusations by a young cousin that the Duke was involved.

It opens with the Duke long before he became the Duke, where he is missing his mother, and his friends among the staff, who were all sent away when he was sent off to boarding school.

Reenter years later, and the boy is now the Duke, the staff is back,
Apr 25, 2016 Kristine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, 2016
Book #2 in the Aunt Dimity cozy mystery series is set some years earlier than Book #1 AUNT DIMITY'S DEATH as a sort of prequel...

Aunt Dimity, dead in Book #1, is still alive in Book #2 though physically she remains totally in the background, getting only "mention" status in other characters plot lines.

The two volumes share the same warm, feel good tone and magical undercurrent but different spotlighted characters. Each reader's personal preferences will dictate whether one or the other is more
May 30, 2010 Joan rated it it was ok
Disappointing after the enjoying two other Aunt Dimitys. Aunt Dimity was mentioned sporadically, but not a big part of the book. There were too many minor characters to keep track of.
Jul 09, 2014 Carlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I read this book, #2 in the Aunt Dimity series, way after I'd read many others. So it came as a surprise that Lori (the main character in every other book) made no appearance whatsoever. It featured Emma (ultimately Lori's best friend) and Dereck, how they met, fell in love, and also introduced Dereck's two children Peter and Nell. It largely was set in Cornwall and featured Emma's talents in gardening in the stately manor house of a Duke. I loved the story especially because it filled in a lot ...more
Mary Elizabeth O'Connor
This was pretty good. A couple of things bothered me though: I don't know why they had to have Emma described as fat, which seems unlikely for such an avid gardener. It also took awhile for her character to start being likable to me, and even then I only liked her a little bit. It didn't seem natural for her to be what the kids/Derek were looking for/expecting. Some things seemed exaggerated to the point of being silly, like how quickly Nanny Cole whipped up a free wardrobe for Emma. Also, the K ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
Although this book goes back in time from the first in the series and I generally prefer to read books in chronological order, it was delightful to see how Derek and Emma meet. The children are wonderfully drawn. You ache for them and for Emma and even for Derek who seems incapable of dealing with anything but work. As the story unfolds, you see the situation first from Derek's point of view, then from Peter's, then from Nell's and finally from Emma's, a remarkable feat of writing. At no time do ...more
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