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Aunt Dimity Digs In

(Aunt Dimity Mystery #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,271 ratings  ·  183 reviews
The latest in this enchanting and fast-selling series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time?so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirr ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published March 1998)
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Christine Cody
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
For me, this book's quality was well below that of the first entries in this series. If this was a mystery, it wasn't much of one. It was mostly just a story of small town people with personal histories causing them to hold grudges for a long time. The newer characters weren't that well drawn: it was hard for me to get a grip on anyone's personality. One who seemed flawless ended up being moody and crabby. Another who was mean, bossy, and demanding turned out to be everyone's hero. None of it fe ...more
More of a 3.5 star title. As usual with the Aunt Dimity series, nothing terrible happens. Stephen King readers would fall asleep by the third page. However, what saves this series is that characters are kind to each other. Even if they start out angry, you just know somehow they will make up by the end. And the mysteries, unlike virtually all adult mysteries and like virtually all juvenile mysteries, do not involved killing. This one would appeal to bibliophiles: what happened to the old numbere ...more
I like this series! Lori Shepherd inherited a cottage in the Cottswolds from her mother's best friend, Dimity, and along with that she acquired a blue journal that Dimity writes in and communicates with Lori. In this edition, some archaeologists have come to Finch and caused an uproar when it rumor says the new Harvest Festival might be impacted. When a pamphlet is stolen that claims the dig site is a hoax, strange things start happening. Lots of old prejudices and feuds come to the surface, alo ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lori and Bill are now parents to twin infants Rob and Will or as little Rainey says: "WillnRob."

Who stole Cornelius Gladwell's Victorian era pamphlet from the vicarage?

Who are the aliens/ghosts out in the Vicar's meadow at night?

Will Peggy Kitchen's Harvest Festival actually come to fruition?

Will Dr. Culver dig up Scrag End field and in turn destroy Finch?

Will Lori's new nanny fall in love with Dr. Culver?

Is Scrag End Field actually an archaeological hoax?

Will grudges and prejudices amongst a ce
Laura Reading
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although number 4 in the series, this was my introduction to the Aunt Dimity books.
I enjoyed it so well I am now starting another (earlier) one.

Being the first time mother of twins takes a lot of getting used to, even with a supportive hands-on husband. So the addition to the household of someone who seems to be the perfect housekeeper and nanny is just what this family needs. Lori, the mother, now has time to take care of herself. That is, until she finds herself in the middle of small town pol
✨ Gramy ✨
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-mystery-cozy
This series offers cozy mysteries with amusing and quirky characters, in the life of Lori and her Aunt Dimity. Each one has been a fun and entertaining read to be sure.

It is appreciated that each book is able to stand on its own and usually concludes with an HEA.
Nov 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Another easy read, nothing spectacular but comfort food for the mind.
Elena Santangelo
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghosts, mystery
I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, so it didn't take me 6 weeks to read it, but it did take me about a month. After a while, I found it hard to pick it up again and keep reading.

The book started off fine--interesting premise and characters and Aunt Dimity, a ghost who communicates through a diary. I've read earlier Aunt Dimity mysteries and enjoyed them, but this one seemed to have pacing problems. I felt like the middle of the book was spent waiting for something to happen--somet
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy this series; it is engaging but relaxing because the mysteries are seldom true mysteries of murder or dangerous events. Instead, I can spend a bit of time in a village in the Cotswolds and see how human beings muddle things up and then figure them out. This book landed on my door step yesterday and I couldn't resist it. I got to learn more about Francesca and about the history of Finch and all my favorite characters, including Reginald the bunny and a tiger named Edmund Terrance.
Lauri Saplad
Another romp with the indomitable Aunt Dimity Westwood! She gets involved with her extended family and has her finger on the pulse of village life in Finch, England. Did I mention that Aunt Dimity is dead? She communicates with her niece, Lori, via a blue notebook in which she writes. In this particular installment, Mrs. Kitchen is up in arms about an archaeological dig taking place too close to the village and the fact that the vicar has given permission for the expedition to be housed in the o ...more
Diane Klajbor
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like cozy mysteries. I read them in between more intense books. I enjoy the Aunt Dimity series, but this one, #4, was disappointing. There were way too many characters, I couldn't keep them all straight. The storyline wasn't as engaging as the first three books in the series. I hope the others will be better.
Sarah Coller
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
The Aunt Dimity books are really hit and miss for me. I've really enjoyed a couple, I've totally despised a couple, but most of them are sorta, "meh". This one was on the lower side of "blah" and I gave it up after about 150 pages. I just don't like Lori at all, Dimity didn't make much of an appearance, and the mystery wasn't all that interesting. Oh well. I think it's time I gave up on Dimity.
Mailis Viiand
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Imagine yourself sitting in a lovely english garden in a summer evening so beautiful in makes you believe in god, the smells and sounds of everything right surrounding you and making you feel at peace with yourself and world...that what Atherton does to me, she gives me fuzzy blanket of feeling...
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Lori Shepherd is a new mom of twins. After three months her husband feels she could use some help and get a little of her own life back. The Pym sisters come to the rescue by introducing Lori to Francesca Angelica Sciaparelli, who is not only a fantastic nanny but also excellent at helping with the house!

This change is great, but Lori then finds herself caught up between Mrs. Kitchen and her upcoming Harvest Festival, and Dr. Adrian Culver and his archaeological digs in Scrag End field. Mrs. Kit
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Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton is the 4th book of the Aunt Dimity series set in contemporary England. Lori is the proud mother of twins, ecstatic with joy, but exhausted with baby care and worries about their safety. Her husband hires a nanny with Aunt Dimity's approval. The nanny is a wonder woman - almost instantly, the house is immaculate, the babies well cared for, and Lori is free to go about the town in her usual busybody way. The town has missed Lori; a feud is underway between a v ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Accidentally picked up #4 and read these out of order, but I didn't realize it until just now so obviously it didn't affect story continuity. Now will have to go back and read #3. This is a cozy, cozy mystery with nothing too nefarious happening besides a stolen pamphlet, but lots of fun characters and atmosphere to enjoy. An archaeologist comes to town to dig up Roman artifacts, Bill & Lori get a nanny due to Dimity's help, Emma & Derek are here, new villagers are discovered, and some v ...more
I realized after completing this book that it meets the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt “A book with characters that are twins” – Yay! Every time I go back to this series, I have a momentary stumble because the pacing and feel of these sort-of cozy mysteries is so different than any other series. Life moves a different pace in Finch and this town and its residents charm me to bits every time. The central dilemma (for I feel it is a dilemma more than a mystery) involves past fueds and a ne ...more
Karen A. Wyle
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
I'm rounding up about half a star.

This fourth book in the series features many of the same characters as the third, as well as a number of residents of the village of Finch. Aunt Dimity is frequently in evidence, though not as central to the plot as in the first and third books. The opening section provides some shrewd commentary on the difficulty of adjusting to parenthood. The woman who provides a solution to many of those difficulties is somewhat too good to be true, but still an interesting
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I love all the characters in this series, and was very glad it got back around to Lori and Bill (and the boys ;-). However, the "mystery" was pretty contrived and uninteresting. It took me quite a while to get into the book, and I admit I almost gave up. A little English village with quirky residents (are there any other?) was just not enough to really get me into the story. It did pick up a lot in the second half and ended on a very nice note. I will keep on in the series and hope the next one ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

The fourth Aunt Dimity book finds our small British village in an uproar after an archaeologist and his team come to town—and the pamphlet proving the Roman finds are a hoax has been stolen from the vicar's desk! Haha, I love a cozy mystery with totally low stakes. I also love this series because it has prominent stuffed animals (I am partial to stuffed bunnies, myself) that may or may not be magical. It’s nice to read something so gentle. A-/B+.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
I really enjoy this series but this book wasn't quite as fun as the normal mysteries. If you enjoy reading about small town life and it's particular squabbles, you will enjoy this book. The Harvest Festival is threatened to be cancelled when town politics get in the way. Lori is a new mom and has trouble balancing motherhood and anything else. Aunt Dimity, as usual, finds a way to help out. Looking forward to the next adventure.
Jenn Estepp
Continuing the series. It's definitely one that has to be read in order, which is maybe why I thought it (the series, not this volume) was so awful the first time I tried one. But now I'm very fond of these characters and the weirdness of their life and their little village, which is slightly in upheaval here - but not really, in the end. And I didn't quite figure out the culprit of the very gentle crime and it's all sort of the ultimate in cozies, I think?
K. East
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as I have the preceding three, but I felt this one was a bit more cliche-ridden than the earlier ones. Way too many characters did that "and suddenly I see the light" and turned from being life long enemies to understanding friends in a moment of insight. It's not that I don't think that can happen, but this book stretched that a bit beyond believable. But it won't stop me from reading other books in the series. This one just the best of the lot, so far.
diana romano
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Comity mystery book 4

This is another winner. I just love this series. I have read it years ago when she first wrote this series. But my memory is not what it was. So I got to read them again and loved them again. I highly recommend all her books to everyone who loves cozy mysteries and ghost stories. Diana Romano
Peter Barr
This is a pleasant story of a small village in England and the people in it going through a series of problems with only a little supernatural assistance. Nobody dies although most everyone is insulted at some point in the story. It works out in the end because, well, it's fiction. I may have to give up on this series.
Kevin Kern
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love these little books. They are sweet, easy to read, with engaging characters involved in soft mysteries. No murders, just mayhem in the English countryside. Later on, the villains turn creepy, but the books are still fun and engaging. I like them as a break, from all the war novels I read. I also enjoy more hardcore mysteries, too.
Alice Teets
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this entry in the Aunt Dimity series the most of the ones I've read so far. Lori is overwhelmed with life with twins, but seems happy. There are no murders in this one, but still a mystery, and I lined getting to know the citizens of the village a little more. I'm enjoying working my way through this series.
Niki Ables
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be sleeping

I should have been sleeping,but could not put this book down. I love meeting all the members of the village. When I finished this book I did it with a sense of contentment and happiness. I look forward to reading the next one.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I apparently didn't review this when I finished it?

Nothing in this series has managed to hit the high point of the first book for me yet, but the characters and setting are still engaging. I also enjoy that you're getting more run-of-the-mill mysteries and not people dropping dead ever book.

The thing that made this entry hard for me was Mrs. Kitchen. Despite the attempts to make her more layered she still came off as meddling and rude.

And again I missed Lori & Bill actually working togethe
Christina Simons
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I just love this series. It's set in rural England and has its share of quirky characters, a friendly and very helpful ghost, big friendly dogs, very intelligent stuffed animals, and some darling children.
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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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Aunt Dimity Mystery (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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