The Paranormal Detective
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In Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch, Lori Shepherd needs otherworldly advice when a stranger with a hidden agenda comes to town.
Even as the folks in the charming village of Finch open their arms to Amelia Thistle, Lori isn’t fooled by the woman’s unassuming persona. “Amelia” is famed artist Meg Bowen, and once her rabid fans figure it out they won’t be far behind. That’s why Lori offers to help Amelia conceal her identity and how she learns the real reason behind her visit: A family diary hints that one of Amelia’s ancestors was Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch. But as the clues pile up—and the fans close in—Lori will need Aunt Dimity’s help from the great beyond to uncover her village’s dark and secret past.
Hardcover Book : 240 pages
Publisher: Viking Penguin ( April 26, 2012 )
Item #: 13-537537
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.562inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I loved how most of Finch's villagers slowly became involved in the mystery. It was wonderful to see how Finch pulled together to help Amelia. Everyone shone. (I found myself wishing there was a list of characters in this one; it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was who.) One small, very small, caveat - Aunt Dimity's role in the stories seems to be decreasing as the villagers' seem to be increasing. I wonder if her time with Lori is coming to an end soon.
An excellent continuation of the series. Strange and wonderful connections revealed! As good as it gets for English small town histories, friendships and relationships. And I find calling a genre "cosy" demeaning, even if Lori does curl up next to the fire to converse with Aunt Dimity.
Reviewer: also a
I liked this Aunt Dimity much better that the last two. The story is as good as the early Aunt Dimity's.
Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series defines the "cozy" genre. There's something here for everyone: a likeable yet flawed and very human heroine, the supernatural element, the vivid descriptions of an English village and its quirky denizens with their all too human frailties, etc. Add a treasure hunt in the latest entry in the series and the recipe is complete. Utterly charming and eminently readable!
Reviewer: Mario F
I enjoy all her books. I like when I can get an author that is consistently good.
Reviewer: Judy M