Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity Series #1)

Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity Series #1)

by Nancy Atherton

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The debut that kicked off twenty-two books (and counting...) of the bestselling, beloved Aunt Dimity series. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom, coming in July 2018 from Viking!

Lori Shepherd thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a bedtime story...

...Until the Dickensian law firm of Willis & Willis summons her to a reading of the woman's will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a siazable estate--if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery--and a ghost story--in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101549513
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1993
Series: Aunt Dimity Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 45,659
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-two Aunt Dimity Mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Janelle1940 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a fantasy mystery series. Chronologically the 2nd book "Aunt Dimity and the Duke" is first and I reread it also. There are many, many in the series now; some better than others but all enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not your traditional mystery novel where there's some big conspiracy that the main character is trying to solve. And it's not your traditional paranormal story where there are hauntings of ghots or vampires or werewolves. It's a light-hearted story that's really touching and simple to read, but it's not at all dreary or boring or long-winded. It has depth, and the story is very realistic and common. It's an every day kind of story, a slice of life. However it's very charming and endearing. Every character, every scene, every chapter plays a crucial role to the story. The pacing of the story is neither too fast or too slow.  Once you finish it, the meaning or lesson behind the story is very touching! Although, the story maybe simple and it's not a grand adventure like some other books, you feel a sense of completeness, for lack of a better term. It's comforting, and it's a story that you can read over and over again. It has romance, humor, adventure, mystery, and the paranormal. Although the latter two aren't as prominent, the story itself does not lack in any aspect! I highly highly recommend it! Even if you don't like reading that much or you can't stand to read long novels, this is so captivating and endearing that you'll come to really like it-- at least that's what I hope.    
Whamula More than 1 year ago
I first found "Aunt Dimity Goes West" on a remainder table at B&N, and it was cheaper than I could buy it on my Kindle, so I tried it. I then bought the other that were available on Kindle, and then had to order the three that weren't, and this is the first. The book is charming, a little off the beaten track. It has a American living in a small English village, with all of quirks, foibles and sterling qualities associated with same. Lori falls in love with her attorney, and is guided by Aunt Dimity's conversations in copperplate writing in a journal, as well as the twinkle in the eye of her pink stuffed bunny Reginald.Very amusing book.
BeachdreamsDK More than 1 year ago
I do love these books. Warm, funny, romantic a bit, cherishing the everyday joys of life. Comforting kick-back with English mystery from an American perspective. Just pure fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tend to shy away from cozies because so many are so very badly written, but what a delight to find the Aunt Dimity series. Written by an author who understands her characters and respects her readers. Lovely light hearted read. A+
Anne81 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Atherton creates a wonderful mystery story with romatic touches and does so without the gore, sex, language, or violence so common in today's books, movies, and tv shows. I was enchanted by her characters and immediately bought the entire series. It is delightful to see a contemporary series with old-fashioned values. Not to say I don't read my share of stories about vampires and sex and murder...aka Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series...just that this book was like a mental cleansing after all that darkness. I have passed this book on to my mother and all my friends and they are equally as entranced! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
...Until the dickensian law firm of willis and willis summons her to a reading of the woman's will. Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate-if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in dimity's English couontry cottage. What begins as a fariy tale becomes a mystery-and a ghost story-in an improbably cozy setting,as Aunt Dimity's indoitable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love CAN conquer ALL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget the naysayers... This is a very reader friendly, good friends that you will read over and over type of book (and the more in the series you read, the more this is true.) It's not hard core mystery, no, but like Christie and Sayers and others of the genre, it's a book that will draw you into the community and make you a part of their life. This is one for the bookshelf, the night stand and the cold winter evening by the fire!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aunt Dimity is the friendliest ghost I've come across in years. Nancy Atherton's books give reader a warm, fuzzy feeling with their humor, charm, and gentle romance. This is a book you'll enjoy curling up with on a cold autumn night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read many Aunt Dimity books, I was delighted to finally find a copy of Aunt Dimity's Death. Aunt Dimity's Death fills in so many gaps I had in my undestandings from the series. A most enjoyable book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book quite a lot and learned a few lessons as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Aunt Dimity. Indefatigable, and upbeat, she was blessed with a path through her sorrow, and helped others find a similar path.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book filled with wonder and magic and love! I highly recommend reading it.
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jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My feelings are oddly mixed. Every time I read this, it starts out rather unpleasant, continues annoyingly, and ends up beautifully with me holding back tears. Lori is an utter idiot, and Bill is a worse one, at the beginning. There are way too many secrets in various directions. The romance - Lori's fall - comes too abruptly. The mystery is clever, the clue is neat, Andrew is...depressing. Dimity is fascinating, though she doesn't do much here (compared to her activity in later books). The overall impression the story leaves is...confused. Ah well, I'll keep it (again). And now I want to make oatmeal cookies - though I like my grandmother's recipe better than Beth's.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I really did. But for once a book wrapped everything up just so nicely; just the way I wanted. But it really wasn't all that satisfying. I think perhaps things wrapped up a bit too neatly, too quickly. If there had been more f a sense of overcoming perhaps the happy endings would have been more satisfying. Still...a quick and enjoyable, fun book.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series of mysteries is focussed on American Lori Shepherd, and the ghost of "Aunt" Dimity Westwood, her late mother's English best friend. At the beginning of the story, Lori learns from her aunt's lawyers, specifically the hansome and charming William Willis, that she has inherited a substantial estate from Dimity, whom she has always believed was a made-up person. She learns that she can communicate with the deceased Dimity via a mysterious blue journal. The series also includes apparently sentient stuffed animals and a great deal of paranormal activity.The series is extremely sweet, with the good characters being exemplars of generosity and kindness.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aunt Dimity's Death - Nancy Atherton (7/10)Cozy mystery; book 1 of the Aunt Dimity series.A new mystery author to me, recommened by the same friend who had good things to say about Sins and Needles. I enjoyed reading it, but don't feel the need to rush out and get the rest of the series. Some of that may have been the fault of the publisher rather than the author, as the text was very small and tightly squashed together and I find that hard to read these days.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd has been living a very lonely life since her mother passed away. Her apartment is meek and shabby, she works with a temp agency, bouncing from one job to the next, wondering where she's going to get the money to pay her ever-growing mountain of bills. all that changes when she receives a letter from the mysterious law firm of Willis & Willis, telling her that she is about to inherit a large estate from Dimity Westwood, but only if she can solve a puzzle hidden in the letters at Dimity's cottage in England. The only problem? Dimity was nothing more than a character in the Aunt Dimity stories that Lori's mother told her as a child. Or was she?Being the first in a series, and also being labeled as a Crime Mystery, I can only assume that the rest of the series follows suit as a true cozy mystery series, while this volume is nothing more than character introduction and set up. There really is nothing truly mysterious in this book, which confused me at first, but as the story progresses and each of the characters are fleshed out, I found myself more and more endeared to them. With something of a Cinderella story and with part of a ghost story added in for good measure, it became more of a book about love and redemptive power of forgiveness. It was a quick little read (it took me an afternoon), and I enjoyed it enought o see how the rest of the series progresses.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the series of many. There is nothing in depth or intellectual about the book. It is a simple tale told in a delightfully special way.Lori Shepard's father died when she was an infant and now as an adult she lost her mother. Down and out, when she receives a call from a prestigious law firm, her life dramatically changes.As the story unfolds, the Lori learns of her mother's adventures in England during WWII and a wonderful friendship she had with a lovely lady whose name was Dimity Westwood.Lori can inherit money from Dimity's estate if she uncovers secrets re. her life. The setting then progresses to a delightful cottage in the Cotswolds.The book is sweet as apple pie and sugary as maple syrup and just what I needed to read on a rainy day.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kind of the mystery equivalent of a chick-flick. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it just has the light touch and emphasis on romance that that sort of movie goes in for. There is no murder, just a character analysis of a divorcee whose Prince Charming comes along in spades, followed by a light and gentle - and I don't think I'm giving anything away here - ghost story where the characters have to figure out how to put the lost spirit to rest. Surprisingly enjoyable given the lack of depth though.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
January 5, 2000Aunt Dimity¿s DeathNancy AthertonI¿ve been wanting to start this series for a while now. I like the premise: a penniless young woman (Lori) whose mother has recently passed away is living a rather lonely and dispirited existence in a shabby apartment, when she learns from a posh law firm that she has been left an inheritance. The benefactor? A character in a bedtime story!When Lori was a girl, her mother had told her bedtime stories centering around the adventures of ¿Aunt Dimity¿. Now , Lori learns that Dimity was a real person, a friend of her mother¿s from young adulthood, when both women had lived in England during WWII. Dimity never had any children of her own, and knew all about Lori as she grew up. Upon her death, she left her country English estate to this distant pseudo-daughter. Lori, pretty flabbergasted by all this, travels to England to check it out. Then the real fun begins: the ghost of Aunt Dimity lingers in the cottage. It writes notes to Lori, though never appears. There is some strange secret surrounding Dimity, but she is reluctant to let Lori in on it, so Lori has to discover this herself via a stash of letters and a whispered rumor. In a way it¿s a sad story, but it has a happy ending. I¿d like to read more in the series.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd is shocked when she discovers her "Aunt" Dimity has died. Shocked because she thought Aunt Dimity was a character her mother made up in bedtime stories. When Lori visits the law firm handling Dimity's estate, she discovers that Dimity wants her to travel to England and stay at her cottage while reading letters sent by her mother and Dimity and write a forward to Dimity's collection of stories. Lori can use a change; she is still reeling from the end of her marriage and her mother's unexpected death. Little does she realize this trip will change her life in many ways. "Aunt Dimity's Death" is surprisingly multi-layered for the first book in an ongoing series. It's billed as a mystery, but it's more of a love story: not only a new romance for Lori; but romance during World War II (some of which end happily and many that don't); the love between a mother and child; and love between people who never met yet know of each other. It also has a touch of the supernatural, as Aunt Dimity's spirit is very much alive and, in a clever gimmick, is able to "talk" to Lori by writing in a journal. Finally, it's a novel about discovery, as Lori learns many things, not only about herself but also about her mother. This is an excellent start to the Aunt Dimity mystery series.
meggie77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An odd mixture of mystery, romance, and supernatural. The basic story is not too bad although it is much more romance than mystery - a bit smarmy. Now, the supernatural portion (ghost writing in diary?) just does not work for me. It doesn't fit with the contemporary, realistic setting of the story - completely unbelievable and just plain weird.