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Aunt Dimity: Detective (Aunt Dimity Mystery #7)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,464 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
When Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America, she is shocked to hear that Prunella "Pruneface" Hooper has been killed. This is the first murder in the village of Finch in more than a century, and everyone is in an uproar. Before the town implodes in the wake of this scandal, Lori sets out to solve the murder. Unfortunately, nearly everyone in Finch had a reason to w ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 230 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published 2001)
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Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy making a trip to the village of Fitch every now and then and I'm always happy to catch up with Aunt Dimity. This is a cute trip with just a touch of magic, which we all need in our lives.
The Flooze
A proper murder! In Finch, of all places!

Aunt Dimity: Detective veers away from the normal pattern of the series by focusing on recent murder. However, the occasion is still a catalyst for stunning revelations about the townspeople.

The rumor mill of Finch is as industrious as any. Atherton lets the gossip fly in a story that takes place entirely within the village. The secrets uncovered by Lori and her newfound friend Nicholas are mostly tame, but one is a regular humdinger.

Unfortunately, I di
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Lori comes back from a few months in the US to find that a murder was committed in Finch. In a town where everybody knows everyone else's business and the murder is very close to the town square - no one saw anything or if they did they are not telling the police. Lori and the vicar's nephew, NIcholas, set the town tongues to wagging when they spend every day together trying to find out who the killer is, especially since Bill is still in London finishing up his work. Even in small town Finch, i ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
I can't believe it! Here is an Aunt Dimity book that I didn't like! No interesting historical sidelights and not an engaging mystery either. Other than getting to know the villagers better, this book left me very unsatisfied. It definitely can't hold a candle to the first six Aunt Dimity books. I hope #8 is back to the delicious fun of the first six!

P.S. And I am getting tired of Lori's "wandering eye" too. It doesn't endear me to her as a character, especially when it is repeated with different
BJ Rose
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was nice to be back in Finch, and to actually see Bill in the story instead of just hearing about him. And like some other reviewers, I'm getting tired of Lori's 'wandering eye' since she doesn't seem to want to leave it at the 'look-don't-touch' stage.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
It is odd rating “Aunt Dimity Detective” low because Nancy T. Atherton is a favourite. Her previous volume, in a gothic mansion that achieves suspense notably rare for the “cozy genre”, was the best. This one was weaker than an earlier Finch-based mystery. I often declare merely tromping through pages with these beloved characters is pleasurable. However Nancy knows what an excellent mystery is and so do we. We must not diminish the value of high stars by showering a limp instalment. This novel ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is very light. All of the people involved are very blasé about the fact that "Pruneface" was murdered and the murderer remains at large; everyone agrees that she was so nasty that her death was a kindness. At the end, the mystery is resolved in a comical manner. I felt that the book/Lori was a bit too flippant, and I think the author shied away from saying anything consequential about some of the issues she brought up in the course of the book (including infidelity and a young teen's a ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another cozy wonderful Aunt Dimity mystery!

I want to live in Finch, the little village in the Cotswolds where Lori and her husband and twin boys live in Aunt Dimity's cozy cottage. Actually, I want to live in Aunt Dimity's cottage!

This mystery centered around a murder in Finch. The victim was Finch's notorious evil gossip. Every one in the village has a motive but whodunit?
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Fun and silly again, but a good read.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The characters in the Aunt Dimity series (and they ARE a bunch of characters) are delicously vain, and quarrelsome, and just plain human! Nancy Atherton is one of my favorite writers - she manages to imbue her stories with just enough menace to make it a real mystery, without a lot of terror, bloodshed, or psychopathy...The English countryside is depicted beautifully, and the little town of Finch is one you can find behind almost any little privet hedge in the nooks and corners of England. Finch ...more
Linda C
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: european, mystery
Lori Shepherd returns from her trip to America to find that there has been a murder in her small English village. The victim Prunella Hooper rented a cottage on the town square while Lori was away and managed to learn secrets and start rumors about many of the villagers. Her demise is not mourned and the village is keeping mum. When the vicar's nephew comes for a visit and seems curious, he hooks up with Lori to see what they can discover. Slowly secrets start coming out. Good story about small ...more
Karen A. Wyle
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
I'm rounding up about half a star.

A great deal is familiar in this seventh book in the Aunt Dimity Mystery series: POV character Lori Shepherd, her frequently busy husband Bill, their twin boys, their nanny, the usual cast of village characters -- and two more: the strikingly malicious Prunella, whose death provides the mystery to be solved this time around, and Nicholas, nephew of the vicar's wife, who becomes involved in the detecting and in Lori's life as well. Lori's eye for an attractive ma
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finch’s crime

The series has focused on soft crime and successfully lured me in on every page. Faced with real murder in Finch Lori’ s life will change. Has the series changed to a cold blooded crime series? I wondered how the peace filled Finch stories could continue. The clues are threaded throughout the plot weaving a tapestry of human nature in its most colorful yet quaint hues. All the way, the characters become fully alive and the reader comes to love them even more.
Lauri Saplad
The effervescent Lori Shepherd is back in her beloved village of Finch after a visit to the States. She is so happy to be back home in the quiet village, until she finds out about the recent brutal murder of a stranger who had been living in their midst and spreading salacious gossip! Now it's up to Lori and the Mysterious Nicholas Fox to root out the killer. And it isn't about finding the only motive when simply everyone seems to be a suspect!
Clayton Yuen
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Number Seven in the Aunt Dimity Series, and I find the novel light and entertaining. It definitely is written by a woman, because the overlying feeling I get is that there is a romance in each story. Now that's okay, but I'm reading this series because of the Aunt Dimity connection .... so that tells you that I'm a dude.

Five stars for the easy dialogue and intriguing murder play, this story goes quite smoothly ....
K. East
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I am growing tired of Lori's extramarital non-affairs. The characters [she and her husband] seem to have come to terms with it so I hope the author will give it a rest. It seems to be just a distraction added to the story line to pad it out. A bit of a crutch that I hope Atherton has outgrown.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Better than watching television!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first glance, this series seems rather stodgy and dull. However, once you open the first book, read the first pafe....ypu realize it's anything but stodgy and dull.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I continue to like reading the Aunt Dimity series books; I especially loved the ending of this one!
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lori returns from a trip to Boston to find that there has been a murder in Finch. Prunella Hooper (a new character) has been bashed in the head, and nobody in the village will admit to knowing anything. She teams up with the vicar's wife's visiting nephew, Nicholas, to worm the truth out of the villagers, and discovers entirely different and surprising truths. With the help of Aunt Dimity, of course. This is another of the 'roving eye' books, although with an entire village looking on, word soon ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: feel-good-reads, cozy
It seems that I started my exploration of Aunt Dimity about six books into this series. That, however, did nothing to diminish my reading pleasure as I discovered that Aunt Dimity is a departed spirit who communicates with our protagonist, Lori Shepherd, by writing in an old blue journal .

Imagine if you will a quaint English village with the requisite Vicar and his wife, the local tradesmen and women, and an assortment of residents, some average and some anything but average. With not much goin
Erin L
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Based on the ratings here, I'm giving this a 2. It really was ok, but just ok and here's why: our author gives us 230 pages - it's a short novel to begin with. In those 230 pages, we spend at least as much time on Lori's "passionate nature" and the long stream of men who find her absolutely irresistible as we do on the actual mystery. In fact, in this installment, we are treated to Lori generally being a jerk about people who are gossiping about her inability to keep it in her damned pants. She ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This time around Lori helps figure out whodunit in her small village of Finch with the help of another of her crushes, Nicholas. The Aunt Dimity books started out strongly, but they keep getting weaker. I think I've figured out what the problem is for me--Ms. Atherton is using what should be the secondary character as her primary protagonist. Aunt Dimity and the Duke was my favorite of the series by far, and Emma, is the primary character. The Harris family has a much more interesting history an ...more

18 months ago

This wasn't my favourite of the Aunt Dimity books, but I still enjoyed it.

Lori returns to Finch from an extended visit to the U.S. to discover that the nasty new addition to the town has been murdered and while everyone in town seems to have secrets that may have some relation to the murder, nobody's talking.

When the vicar's nephew arrives for a visit, he and Lori team up to try to ferret out the truth.

Unfortunately, a large part of this book invoved a close examination of the very
Jan 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this because I thought it was the first book in the series.

It's not, which is just as well. Had I read this series from the beginning, I'd have pulled a Thursday Next so I could go slap Lori.

***Spoiler Alert Spoiler Alert***

I don't know why the author bothered to give her main character a husband and twin sons; basically they're a sidenote to the plot. The plot, which seems to be a way for someone (the author, the editor, SOMEONE) to have their cake and eat it too. Not only did Lori spend
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn’t know that this was not the first book in the series but I dived in anyways once I figured it out. I am not sure about this book. The characters seemed interesting but very glib about the murder of someone in the village. Of course she was a terrible person but still murder? Also the author seemed rather flippant about some of the topics that she brought up in the course of the story, such as a married woman attracted to other men, quite often from the sounds of it. That issue was a litt ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Lori is at it again. Just back from a 3 month visit in America for the holidays, she finda out there has been a murder in Finch. Mrs. Hooper was only in town for a couple months and then she was gone. The vicar is so upset that he is making himself ill. His wife is so concerned that she asks Lori to look into the murder. Even though the murder happened in the front of Mrs. Hooper's cottage, no one is talking to the police. Lori agrees to help and ends up with a new partner in Nicholas Fox, the v ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Just what I needed! It was a fast paced, entertaining and charming read. It was a good book to cosy up with in a wet April afternoon.

Although Dimity's presence wasn't as prominent in this book her words of wisdom come through loud and clear. And I think that one of the main reasons I come back for more, Dimity is charming, direct and wise for a ghost. I found the mysteries (both the murder and the "real" reason for Nicholas' visit) easy to crack, but it was interesting to see the villagers point
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