>> Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Series: # 3 in the Aunt Dimity Series
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: 1996
Challenges: A-Z Reading #5 (A Title), TBR 2008 Alternate #1
After finishing Doctor Zhivago, I was having a bit of a reading hangover. Doctor Zhivago was still percolating in my brain so I needed something light, fun, short and completely different. This was the perfect time for me to pick up the next book in Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series. I’d enjoyed the first book in the series, but had been disappointed in the second which was an odd out of sequence prequel that didn’t even have the main character from the first book. This third one is back to what I expected. Lori Shepherd is back and so is the charming and ever so dead Aunt Dimity.
Lori Shepherd’s young marriage may be in trouble – her husband is a workaholic and when she schedules a visit to her English cottage as a second honeymoon, he bails at the last minute for work. Lori still makes the trip to England, but instead of her husband, her traveling companion is her Father-in-Law. Trying to make the best of the situation Lori enjoys spending time with her neighbors whom she adores. That is, until her Father-in-Law disappears leaving only a cryptic note.
Soon, Lori is off in search of Mr. Willis with her neighbors’ 12 year old daughter Nell as a traveling companion. Nell is a fun character – she’s 12 going on 28. At times she’s more sophisticated and worldly than Lori, but at other times very much a 12 year old. She and Lori are kindred spirits and Nell’s stuffed bear Bertie is a good match for Lori’s long loved flannel rabbit, Reginald. It turns into not only a search for Mr. Willis, but also a search for the answer to and possible resolution of a three hundred year old family feud.
This is a light enjoyable cozy series with some charming characters and a friendly ‘ghost’ in Aunt Dimity, who communicates with Lori via writing that appears in her blank journal. Don’t look for anything logical in that premise, just enjoy the fun.