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Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Atherton, Nancy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
214 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
Newstead Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Clarence Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Elma Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Kenmore Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Anna M. Reinstein Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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This latest in the Aunt Dimity series offers Nancy Atherton's fans the perfect treat to top their Christmas list. Never has her "irresistible blend of romance, suspense and the supernatural" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) held more appeal than in this touching tale of her lovable heroine's Christmas wish and the truths it teaches her.Lori Shepard's plans for a perfect family Christmas are derailed when a mysterious charismatic stranger collapses in the driveway of her cozy English cottage. While the nearby village of Finch prepares to celebrate the season with a nativity play on Christmas Eve, Lori teams up with Julian Bright--a devilishly attractive Roman Catholic priest--to search for the stranger's identity. Their journey takes them from hospital wards to homeless shelters to insane asylums, places where the Christmas star shines dimly, if at all. As Lori unveils the tragic secret that led the stranger to her door, she confronts painful truths about herself and discovers the real meaning of a perfect family Christmas.

Author Notes

Nancy Atherton is the author of the popular Aunt Dimity mysteries. The bestselling series describes the humorous adventures of Lori Shepherd and her family, who reside in the English countryside. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association voted Atherton's first book, Aunt Dimity's Death, as "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries."

The author resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has visited England many times.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Having inherited an English cottage from her mother's good friend, Dimity, American Lori Atherton (last seen in Aunt Dimity Digs In) is now settled into the village of Finch with her husband, Bill, their twin sons and her father-in-law. Shortly before Christmas, Lori's idyllic holiday plans are shattered when a derelict collapses in their snowy driveway. While the nameless man lies comatose in a local hospital, the late Dimity, who communicates from the other side by writing in a special journal, encourages Lori to pursue the man's identity. Bill is suddenly called to Boston for a funeral, so Lori teams up with the kindly Father Julian, a Catholic priest who runs a local homeless shelter, and who knows the man but not his real name or background. The mystery unwinds as Lori and Father Julian trace the trail of the charismatic stranger, who seems to have touched so many people in a positive way. As the duo discover the nameless man's fascination for WWII airfields, and uncover his family history, they and the other villagers experience a Christmas like no other. Though Atherton's novel requires a hefty suspension of disbelief, her charming characters and heartwarming narrative will make believers out of most readers. In this most unusual mystery, Atherton offers a glimpse of the finer side of human nature. Mystery Guild featured alternate; author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fans of the ghostly but helpful Aunt Dimity (Aunt Dimity Digs In) will appreciate this story of a stranger who collapses on Lori Shepherd's doorstep on Christmas Eve. Lori and a Catholic priest learn about themselves as they look for the man's identity. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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