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Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom

(Aunt Dimity Mystery #23)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,061 ratings  ·  161 reviews
In the 23rd installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dark and stormy night kicks off a ghost chase in rural England

On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, in the southeast coast of England, for a quiet weekend together without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client--but a
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Viking
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Diane Niederman Thank you Connie. The author is always vague about time. If her mother was friends with Dimity in World War II, then Lori would be in her 60s. The…moreThank you Connie. The author is always vague about time. If her mother was friends with Dimity in World War II, then Lori would be in her 60s. The timeline is distracting at times, but I still enjoy the series, though I think this one was not as strong.(less)
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Diane Hernandez
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Not much of a mystery, more of a history, is found in Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom.

Lori is trapped by flooding rains in rural England in Shepney when she meets former Bishop Christopher. When only a supposed haunted attic room is the only area left to sleep, Lori makes the best of it. Her mother’s deceased friend Aunt Dimity contacts Lori by automatic writing in a blank blue notebook. Dimity states there is no ghost in the attic but tells of several in different areas of the King’s Ransom I
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Nora-adrienne
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This was an amazing read. And a first in that it was a cozy mystery with no body. I've been an Atherton fan from day one and have enjoyed each book more and more.
Lorraine
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fans of Aunt Dimity & Lori’s adventures!
Lori needs to get away from the Mom routine. In Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity & the King’s Ransom
(Aunt Dimity #23) Bill, Lori’s international lawyer husband, picks up on Lori’s doldrums and suggests a getaway for only the two of them. Lori packs almost immediately & definitely packs too much, but with kids safely stowed away, Lori & Bill head for the Southeast of England and internationally known inn. ‘All good things ......’ A massive storm hits Southeast England and affects Lori &am
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Kathy
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans set in England
Change of pace for me, entering the world of positivity. I had the privilege of reading my first Aunt Dimity cozy "mystery" rather far down the road, it being the 23rd installment. Overall I found it to be amusing, and you even get rewarded at the end with a receipt for apple crumble.
The center stage holds Lori, a young mother of 10-year old boys and one baby girl and her husband Bill (both Americans), an estate attorney happily living in the Cotswolds in a cottage Lori inherited from her mother
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Danielle
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this non-mystery mystery! England is such a cool place and even everyday life can have mysteries!
Glen U
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Aunt Dimity Mystery I have read but after 23 books in the series, they can't all be stellar. Nancy Atherton's cozy mystery are unique in they don't involve a murder or crime unless they are part of a historical question the protagonist is trying to solve. Sometimes a bit saccharine, the plots are always interesting and well conceived. Atherton brings us back to rural England and a smuggler's Inn to once again sleuth her way to understanding the past and the present. (Although the pr ...more
Cheryl
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lori and Bill set off for a get away weekend but first Bill has to stop off to see a client. Lori drives on to the hotel. A huge storm sets in leaving both stranded. She finds refuge in a hotel The King’s Ransom an ancient rambling inn. Lori hears noises in the night and with the help of a bishop she meets they set out to find the sorce of the noises and the reason for the Inn’s name. Aunt Dimity shares her wisdom.
Caitlin
A short and sweet cozy mystery, where Lori takes shelter from a bad storm, and is trapped in an unfamiliar town. The inn she finds refuge in is old, and a warren of rooms and history. The mystery is drawn out by a string of coincidences that stretch the odds, but it's an enjoyable mix of history and ghost story.
Nancy
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Aunt Dimity books seem to be all over the place. The reader will adore one book and the next will lay flat only making you wonder if you should continue only to find out the next book is back on track and the rollercoaster begins again.

From past experience we know Lori is a bit challenged when it comes to driving so when a harsh storm forces her off the road, she takes refuge in a small village church. With the rain not letting up and a busload of travelers taking all the rooms at the local
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Laura Hiebenthal
Maybe after 23 books in this series I am just weary of the concept? This one just didn't do much for me. The biggest mystery Lori is trying to solve is the reason why the King's Ransom Inn is called the King Ransom's Inn. I didn't find that particularly interesting or enthralling.

I tend to judge Lori harshly (she seems like she has a pretty perfect life...I'm just jealous, I know) and in this book, she discovers that a chef at the inn did a stint in prison. She seems a bit fixated on this and i
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Amycesario
Quick and charming. Easy read
Laurie Way
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A favorite author and a much loved series! I enjoyed this new book in the series!
Nancy H
I like these stories, and even though there isn't a deep mystery, as such, I enjoy reading about the characters and what they are doing. This is still one of my favorite series!
Dawn Michelle
I love these books so much. I cannot give a good review tonight while it is all swimming around in my head so a review will be forthcoming.
Carrie
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable, classic Aunt Dimity book. Too many lately had been focused on Lori’s kids; this one was all Lori and much the better for it. It was a lovely tale of new friends.
Sherry
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
#23. One of the best ones yet. Loved the details of a flooded small village coming together to take care of everyone, human and animal alike, with a well-thought and enacted emergency plan that accounts for everyone, providing secure accommodation and feeding for all. Retired Bishop Christopher Wyndham takes Lori under wing and convinces the innkeepers to let her stay in a dusty attic room of the King’s Ransom when she is stranded in the flooded village. Both Lori and Christopher are awakened at ...more
Nancy  Price
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, mystery
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The Aunt Dimity series has been one of my favorites for a long time, and this 23rd book in the series did not disappoint. I have always enjoyed reading about Lori's home in the small village of Finch, even more so since I visited the Cotswolds a few years ago. However, in this book Lori and her husband, Bill, had a weekend getaway planned, so instead of reading about further interactions among the Finch villagers, I learned about a different
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Danielle
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A non-bloody, no body, non-violent mystery! Good for the soul to have something different!
Nancy Ellis
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
On her way to meet her husband for a romantic weekend away from the kids, Lori Shepherd is stranded at the King's Ransom Inn by a horrific storm. She learns that the inn used to be a haven for smugglers, and apparently some of them are still hanging around causing mischief. She is not the only one to hear and see mysterious things in the night and eventually joins with another guest and a local boy to explore and solve the mystery.

These books are always enjoyable and relaxing to read. The chara
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Anna Fox
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
lori gets lost (sort of) due to a storm on the way to the hotel she and Bill are getting a weekend away from the kids. However, things aren't quite what they seem at the hotel she ends up at. Aunt Dimity is with her, of course, as well as a new sidekick, Bishop Smallwood. Lots of fun and a few "scares" on the way,

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Meredith Rankin
This is the 23rd book in the Aunt Dimity series, but the first that I’ve read. It works as a standalone.

This book is a mystery for those who like their mysteries light, funny, and bloodless.

It’s a paranormal for those who like their spirits from beyond to be warm, fuzzy, and eager for a chat over a nice cuppa, curled up in front of a roaring fireplace and crackling logs.

If you’re looking for darkness, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a comfortable book, one that reminds
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Diane Rapport
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is the 23rd volume of Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series. In this tale, Lori Shepherd is stranded in the East Sussex village of Shepney during a monster storm. Seeking shelter in the local church, she meets Bishop Christopher Wyndham. Over the course of the next few days, the two form a friendship when they both find lodging at the historic King’s Ransom Inn. Lori’s bed is quite literally the last available - in a small corner of
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The Hobbit
Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill plan a weekend away from their children in the Southeast English coastal village of Rye. However, Bill has to stop at a client's home near Rye first. Lori will drive on to Rye and Bill will join her that evening. But their best laid plans are wrecked by a powerful storm. Lori becomes lost and then stranded in the village of Shepney, only 3 miles from Rye, but completely surrounded by rising water. Lori takes refuge from the deluge in the local church. There she ...more
Kristen
This has been, and remains one of my all-time favourite series'. It is sweet and funny, gentle and clever. The stories are full of quirky likable characters, entertaining situations and fun story lines. Aunt Dimity books never let me down and I anticipate each new installment of the series with excitement knowing I will enjoy them. This book was no exception.

This time around Lori was out of Finch, and those tend to be stories I enjoy just slightly less than the ones when Lori is in her normal ha
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Mary
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It comes under the heading of cozy mysteries, but not always of murders which is nice. I love the characters. I love the general idea and setting. Whenever I’m feeling out of sorts I know that I can read an Aunt Dimity book and be brought back to thoughts of the good things in life: family, friends, nature, community.

This book is a bit difficult to review. The story was good, interesting, and held my attention. It was very much like a typical Aunt Dimity story, except that th
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April
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Lori and Bill leave Finch for a getaway to Rye near the coast in Sussex. Bill has a business meeting and Lori attempts driving to Rye during a heavy rainstorm. She ends up in Shepney stranded due to an extratropical cyclone covering the roads with water. Lori meets Bishop Christopher Wyndham at the local church and he helps her find a place to stay while waiting for the storm and waters to recede. Lori gets an attic bed as she is the last in a bunch of travelers to be stranded due to the storm. ...more
Laura Hiebenthal
Maybe after 23 books in this series I am just weary of the concept? This one just didn't do much for me. The biggest mystery Lori is trying to solve is the reason why the King's Ransom Inn is called the King Ransom's Inn. I didn't find that particularly interesting or enthralling.

I tend to judge Lori harshly (she seems like she has a pretty perfect life...I'm just jealous, I know) and in this book, she discovers that a chef at the inn did a stint in prison. She seems a bit fixated on this and i
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Marilyn
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2018. A book published in 2018.

Lori is stressed and Bill suggests a weekend away, but he does have to see a client. She drops him off at the client's home and heads for their hotel. Unfortunately, a storm causes her to be stranded in a small town. The town has an amazing emergency plan to deal with evacuating all the nearby residents and their animals from the low lying areas. Lori ends up sleeping in the attic of a local inn, the only place left in town. Lori and her
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Lisa Brown
Lori Shpherd and her husband are trying to get away for a romantic weekend away from the kids, but when a hurricane throughs a wrench in their plans, Lori is stranded in a small English village for the duration of the storm. Befriended by and elderly Bishop, he not only helps her find a place to stay, but when strange things seem to be happening in the Inn, he becomes her investigation partner in trying to discover the answers - and of course, Aunt Dimity is there to lend her support from beyond ...more
Lisa Christopher
This is such a lovely series.Lori Shepard is an American that moved to the Costwolds in England when she inherited a cottage and a nice little nest egg from her mother's best friend Dimity. Dimity has passed on but Lori is able to communicate with her through a blue journal. The series follows Lori's life, how she met and married her also American husband, the addition of their three kids and her father in law eventually moving to England as well. Each new book that comes out is as good as the l ...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
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