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Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (Aunt Dimity Mystery #10)

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Nancy Atherton's charming Aunt Dimity series has won the hearts of cozy mystery fans everywhere. Now, Lori Shepherd, feeling a touch world-weary, decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she can spread a little good cheer in the community. There she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary with no family except a brother who has myste ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published January 27th 2005 by Viking Books (first published 2005)
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Deb
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
I love the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton. They are gentle stories, with humor and just enough puzzle to keep me reading. I haven't been able to find all of them at my library and I've been reading them out of order. But I don't think it matters. Aunt Dimity is actually a spirit who communicates to her adopted niece, Lori, through an old journal. Lori is an American who inherited Dimity's cottage (and fortune) in the Cotswolds and lives there with her American lawyer husband and their twin ...more
Lorraine
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoy people and Aunt Dimity's adventures.
Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this Aunt Dimity 'adventure'. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin provided me or I should say the sociologist in me to view people and their reactions to a particular character in this book, and I definitely liked what I read. I purchased a book that had been a library book which is an original copy printed in 2005. I thought the cover of this edition is truly fine as the story that followed is also. Lori Shepard decides to provide a service for this ...more
Trish
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a pleasure to read an Aunt Dimity book, and this one benefited from more of Bill, and less of Lori lusting after the random male lead, despite being happily married. The mystery was satisfying, and the ending had more than the usual feel-good factor.
Maria
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These books just keep getting better and better. I like the more mature Lori. Her interactions with people from all walks of life make her a great role model, not to mention that these people are very interesting. Miss Beacham is a case in point, as are Blinkers and Big Al. I can't wait to try her raisin bread, although Lori mentioning that she had to make it seven times before she got a good loaf makes me worry a bit. As Lori tries to find out more about Miss Beacham's life, another world opens ...more
Deanna
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love stories with a little mystery, a mildly twisty plot, nice people and evil people, and the nice people win in the end. Although many writers, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and other eminent names, have used this formula, sometimes its nice to read a "nice, little book." This series is like that, and this one is, I think, my favorite of the series so far. I won't ruin it for you. It's safe for everyone, but small children might not understand some of the nuances. Besides the nice ...more
Joy H.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The story was fair, but the author intersperses boring details about her family and domestic life which I find boring and annoying. At least I managed to finish the book, drawn on by the hook of the mystery.

I had hoped that Atherton's cozy mysteries might entertain me as much as Dorothy Gilman's "Mrs. Pollifax" cozy mysteries did, but, alas, Gilman is a hard act to follow.
Sarah Coller
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Yay! Finally! This Aunt Dimity was pretty good!

Not much mystery in this one, but the story was believable so that's GOOD! In fact, the story line hit a little close to home with the truth that there's the family you're born into and the family you choose. I'm so thankful for my little village of chosen family!

Lori's irritating moments were limited in this story and the inconsistencies were few. I've got books 11-14 now to read through and then I'll have tackled all this library has to offer in
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Laurie Way
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the books in the Aunt Dimity series that I have missed along the way. This series is set in the English Midlands in the quaint village of Finch. A perfect setting for a cozy mystery. I always enjoy Nancy Atherton's characters and storyline. This was not so much a murder mystery but a mystery that our heroine needs to solve. It did not disappoint!
Sandy
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sandy by: Judie W.
Shelves: fiction-mystery
I enjoyed Lori's adventure as she probes into the seemingly mundane and obscure life of the now deceased Elizabeth Beacham as she searches for Ms. Beacham's next of kin--a brother who mysteriously disappeared from Ms. Beacham's life. This book illustrated that there is so much more to so many people than we ever realize, or know, and made me appreciate the humble and quiet way in which Ms. Beacham went about her life helping others, avoiding the limelight and certainly not seeking after the prai ...more
Debbie
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've been reading cozy mysteries as research since I have a couple series I'm writing. Unfortunately, I'm finding that most are rather disappointing. They aren't well written, the characters are pretty two dimensional, the mysteries are transparent and so on.

This one was a pleasant surprise. Lori Shepherd has inherited a house in England from her late mother's best friend, "Aunt" Dimity. She found out when she took possession of the house that Aunt Dimity can still communicate with her through
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Elizabeth
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I haven't read an Aunt Dimity book for a few months so it was fun to return to her. This time Lori is on the search for a missing brother of a woman she befriended in the hospital where she does volunteer work. As always, the characters are very real and the story holds you to the surprising end.
Mystereity Reviews
Despite my misgivings about the stuffed animals, I have to say this was a delightful way to pass the time. What I like best about this series is that there's none of the silly plot devices that annoy me so much. No car chases, no damsel in distress. Just a nice, light mystery.
Allison Paton
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
precious
Karen Wyle
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
One of the most enjoyable installments of this series, for me at least. That may be partly due to the nature of the mystery (as to which I'll only say that it isn't gory), but I also appreciated the way various threads came together and various difficulties were overcome. Lori, the series protagonist, is as impulsive and imperfect as ever, but we get a nice dose of her sense of humor as well as her good heart. The newly introduced secondary characters cover a spectrum from lovable/admirable to c ...more
Clayton Yuen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a senior citizen, I've often wondered about LIFE and how to write the final chapters of my life. Are you married, with children, with family, with friends? How do we "finish up" our life on this Earth.

This brilliant novel gave me inspiration, a lesson learned, from a woman that had no family, no spouse, no children, but she had many a friend. YES, friends and family are life's essence, and we are all assured that "What we give equals what we get back!" Think about it!
Tasia
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
I just love these mysteries. Everything is so cozy, with feel-good moments that make me want to get out there and help my neighbors. I also like how I can guess some elements of the ending, but am still surprised by the details. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who wants the draw of a mystery without the stress.
Tobinsfavorite
This one has some very satisfying place-putting of the selfish and rewarding of the selfless. Lori doesn't collect another wounded, beautiful male friend, but she does sort of help a deserving man find happiness after heartbreak.
Michelle
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun light mystery in a different setting with a woman Lori only gets to know briefly before the woman passes away. The story teaches us how easy it can be to be involved in other people's lives if we make the effort.
Diane Jernigan
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Draws you in!

As always, Is Atherton brings Aunt Dimity and her wisdom to life. Being able to solve mysteries with Lori is just absolutely a cozy feeling. I love reading the Aunt Dimity stories.
Roberta Jensen
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Came across this (these) books, Aunt Dimity series, in the library. I'd never heard of them. Read this one and enjoyed it. I used to live in England and really enjoyed the meanderings of the story through England.
Gail
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Aunt Dimity book, so far of the 10 I have read. Maybe everything happened very quickly, but it is fiction, after all. It certainly kept my interest up throughout the story.
Michele
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps my favorite of the series so far!
Pam Coleman-gay
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the book. Felt like it might have been one of her best.
Shiela Rozich
The world of Aunt Dimity is always a pleasure. I would put "Nest of Kin" in the top three of the series so far.
The Flooze
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite the tale, and perfectly in line with what I'd hoped for from this installment.

While visiting lonely patients at Radcliffe, Lori finds a kindred spirit in Miss Elizabeth Beacham. Their friendship is distressingly cut short, however, when the poor woman succumbs to her illness. Fortunately for Lori - and for us - Miss Beacham's death has left some oddities unresolved, and we all know Lori can't resist a mystery.

What follows is the type of investigation that allows Lori's finer points to shin
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Tab
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading a book from the Aunt Dimity series.

If you expect madness and mayhem, you will be disappointed. This is a very cozy mystery. Snuggles soft.

This is not the type of mystery I would normally read. I kept seeing Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon at the library, the fab green cover with the dragon and knight, and finally caved and picked up a book from the series. It looks like all of the covers for the later bookshave been redone in an retro-mod flat-color graphic design. I'm a sucker
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Boweavil
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing as always and a fairly intriguing plot. More of Bill and less of the impossible flirts.
Kristen
Nancy Atherton has delivered another delightfully charming and cheeky Aunt Dimity mystery.

This time around Lori makes a new friend in Miss Beacham when doing hospital volunteer work. Thinking she will have more time to get to know Miss Beacham, Lori is distraught to discover that her friend passed away suddenly from her cancer.

But when Lori receives a letter from Miss Beacham after her passing offering her an item from her flat of Lori's choice, she's stunned and shocked. And when she visits the
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Dharia Scarab
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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Janet McCord
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
I had forgotten how much I love the Aunt Dimity series of books. It's been a long time since I've read one and I'm picking up with this one where I think I left off. The books are just a wonderful way to lose yourself in an afternoon with some joyful, cozy English light reading. This was no exception and even though I had lost some momentum and had to be re-introduced to Lori and the cast of characters it was still such fun to go along while she and new friends try to solve the mystery of a dyin ...more
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