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Aunt Dimity beats the devil
Atherton, Nancy.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 2001.

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309 pages ; 23 cm
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Selected from a mix of all the popular Mystery subgenres -- classic whodunits, hard-boiled investigators, cozies, police procedurals, true crime, adventure/suspense -- and from the many highly acclaimed and unique Mystery titles that enter the market.Lori Shepherd jumps at the opportunity offered by her old boss to evaluate a rare book collection housed in a neo-Gothic castle in Northumberland. Lori is on her way to Wyrdhurst Hall when she encounters Adam Chase, a handsome, charming stranger who knows more than he's telling about the hall's secrets. Lori falls under Wyrdhurst's spell -- and Adam's -- when she unearths a cache of World War I letters that tell a tale of doomed love and hint at a treasure hidden in the hall.

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)

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Booklist Review

Not every sleuth can call on a friendly ghost, or ghost-writer, for assistance. Lori Shepherd's house in the Cotswolds is the legacy of Aunt Dimity, who makes her thoughts known through a blue-bound volume where her writing appears. Lori has left her husband and the twins to examine the private library of a great old house, Wyrdhurst, near the Scottish border; the trip starts with her car going off the road in the rain and her rescue by an appallingly handsome young man named Adam. When Lori finally gets to the house, she finds mysteries upon mysteries, all swirling about Wyrdhurst's young mistress, Nicole, and her impossibly Victorian husband, Jared. Why does Jared spend so much time away from his new bride? Who is Adam, and why does he know so much about Wyrdhurst? Why are there so many odd noises and creepy events? Lori's husband sends along Aunt Dimity's book, and the hunt begins. In the library, Lori finds a cache of love letters between Edward, a soldier of the Great War, and Claire, daughter of old Josiah of Wyrdhurst, and begins to unravel a tragic mystery. Amidst the gothic trappings and the whiff of illicit desires, there's a romantic tale with echoes of A. S. Byatt's Possession and enough dreamy and ghostly wish-fulfillment to satisfy readers across several genres. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Plucky women long for action," asserts Lori Shepherd, who finds plenty of mischief, both ghostly and human, at Wyrdhurst Hall in her action-packed sixth supernatural cozy. Leaving husband Bill at home in the Cotswolds with their 18-month-old twin boys, Lori drives to a remote spot near the Scottish border to evaluate an old library for the new residents of Wyrdhurst, newlyweds Jared and Nicole Hollander. Alas, she takes a wrong turn in a rainstorm on the high Northumberland moors and narrowly escapes a landslide that washes her car off the road. Brought unconscious by handsome writer Adam Chase to his isolated hut, Lori later feels strangely attracted to her rescuer. The next day she learns from army captain Guy Manning that she'd driven on to a restricted military area because someone had left open a gate that should have been locked. Her accident may have been no accident. Finally arriving at Wyrdhurst, she has to wonder about her hosts, ascetic Jared and meek Nicole, who admits to Lori that Jared has yet to consummate their marriage. Investigating the library, Lori uncovers love letters between Claire Byrd, daughter of Wyrdhurst's formidable first owner, and Edward Cresswell, a soldier who died in WWI, that point to past tragedy. In the present, Captain Manning moons over Nicole, Adam remains a dangerously attractive presence and Lori's late Aunt Dimity provides sound advice from the beyond. What might be merely silly or ridiculous in lesser hands, Atherton here pulls off with irresistible flair and charm. 4-city author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved