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Aunt Dimity and the Duke

(Aunt Dimity Mystery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,110 ratings  ·  360 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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Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity works her magic behind the scenes. A 40ish year old American woman embarks on a tour of the gardens in England. But she finds two little old ladies who are twins and finish each others sentences. They are sitting on a bench in the middle of a maze. Sounds like a Stephen King novel, but in this one the twins aren’t creepy. Apparently Aunt Dimity sent them to meet our American lass and send her to repair the gardens of a Duke.
More mystery and romance. Lovely story! 😊💕📖
Jul 04, 2013 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.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Emma ist gerade frisch getrennt und reist nach Südengland, um sich eine Auszeit zu nehmen. Sie liebt Gärten und möchte sich in Cornwall einige besonders schöne Gartenlandschaften ansehen. Sie landet in Penford Hall, einem alten Schloss in Cornwall. Dort wird sie kurzerhand als Gärtnerin eingestellt. Ein Missverständnis, denkt Emma, doch Tante Dimity hatte ihre Hände im Spiel. Und dann ist Emma auch schon mittendrin in einem alten Geheimnis um eine verschwundene Zauberlaterne...

Mein Leseeindruck
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed this. I was a bit all over the map today, and I just wanted a nice story. This satisfied.

So, here is the thing with this series, I read it, and I recognize it's issues, but somehow the books manage to work in spite of their issues.

This book is another spectacular case of insta-love, which it tries to justify through "Dimity knows all, and has vague supernatural powers," BUT. BUT. It's one heck of a case of instalove. Also, I am not sure that Nancy Atherton can write children, at least
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed this book, even though it was off to a bit of a slow start. I hadn't realized that each book in the series featured new characters, so at first I was a tad confused about how everyone fit. However, once Emma arrived at Penford Hall it really picked up. The descriptions are so beautifully written and now I wish I could visit the grounds and gardens (Especially the ruins) of the Hall. The characters were interesting and I was excited to follow the daily living in an old home like this. I ...more
It wasn't awful, but it wasn't very good either. Aunt Dimity gets referred to a lot but is mostly off stage with no explanation of who she is. It seemed a very labor intensive way of setting up neighbors for Lori and family who know of Aunt Dimity. The romance was pretty forced. Jilted American independent expert and garden lover....Emma goes to England to look at gardens, gets sent by twin Pym sisters to a specific location where she finds mysteries and of course, love. If I ha ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys England and cozies.
An extremely clever and intricate Aunt Dimity mystery. The cast of characters is big, but they all fit beautifully into the story. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Duke is a well written cozy mystery with a bit of the supernatural.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2017
Es war in Ordnung und leicht zu lesen aber wirklich überzeugend war es nicht. Alles zu weit hergeholt und das mit Emma und Derek ging mir echt viel zu schnell und war nicht gerade realistisch in meinen Augen. Lediglich Nell konnte mich begeistern. Kann man lesen, kann man aber auch lassen.
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 03, 2010 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 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
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
Sep 09, 2010 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
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
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
Aunt Dimity is a nice light read with a touch of magic stirred in. These books make me smile.
This is the second book in the series but is a sort of prequel about some of the characters in book 1. An enjoyable read but I didn’t like it as much as the first one.
Somewhat underwhelming cozy-mystery. 2.5 stars

This second novel is a bit of a departure, characters wise from the previous novel. With few familiar characters returning, this felt al a bit out of place. Especially because the title character: the famous 'Aunt Dimity' is almost more implied than an actual character in this novel. With two new protagonist/ love-interests: Emma and Derek this novel felt a stale.

In all there wasn't all that much mystery, and far more half-baked and rather chaste ro
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, 1994, your requirement that I suspend my disbelief to about the height of a high wire was worth it. Atherton's Dimity books are the coziest of cozies, and this one is very pleasant, including castle ruins, gardens, not-so-young lovers, secret passages, and intricate and mostly pointless plot elements. I seem to have read two books in a month where unqualified tourists are drafted to design ancient gardens and have the freedom to postpone all sorts of responsibilities in order to stay in luxu ...more
This book tells the back story for series lead, Lori Shepherd's best friends and how they became a couple. Emma Porter is a frumpy, amateur gardener going on a garden tour of England when she meets the twin Pym sisters. The sisters and Aunt Dimity send her to Penford Hall
where she finds a mysterious duke and a handsome carpenter.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Dimity touched so many lives. Why just the other day I realized that I had run into her in Harrod's that frightful day I thought my passport stolen. She bought me a cup of tea and advised me to relax and stay in England. I have never left.
Evelyn Morgan
Very enjoyable. Aunt Dimity helps again. I loved Sir Bertram the Bear.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this whole series, but I cannot recommend the audiobooks unless you can find the three narrated by Christina Moore. The other narrator has a very strange style.
Oct 05, 2012 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
May 31, 2013 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
May 23, 2008 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 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 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Love these books! If you are a lover of English country cottages, English country villages, mysteries with a benevolent ghost and historical sidelights of England, these books are for you! And to top it off there is a divinely sweet recipe at the end of every book (lemon bars, angel cookies, oatmeal cookies, etc.). The author, Nancy Atherton, is an American who lives in Colorado Springs and loves England. This is book #2 in the series and so far the author has written 18 books. I am on an Aunt D ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been quite a while since I read the first one in this series and I had to do a little looking back to remember what happened as this novel tells the story of two of the characters introduced in the first one. It tells how Derek and Emma meet and the mystery surrounding Penford Hall. Aunt Dimity appears in person in the prologue and then is a motivating force behind some of the events. This is a very sweet story with lovable characters and was a joy to read.
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