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Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse
By: Nancy Atherton
Series: Aunt Dimity #22
Publisher/Year: Viking, 2017
Setting: Finch and Cowerton, England
Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Fiction, Women Sleuths
Paranormal Detective, English Village
Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse is another brilliant addition to the Aunt Dimity series. Although I read numerous other books in this series already, I am reviewing the latest installment first because I just read it, and it is fresh in my mind. This book is a charming, cozy mystery that follows plucky protagonist Lori Shepard and her late Aunt Dimity. Aunt Dimity was a close friend of Lori’s mother that comes through paranormally in a diary and gives advice when Lori has to investigate a situation.
While this is a series, the author fills the readers in at the very beginning so that you can read this as a stand-alone book. This book transports us to a quaint English Village near Finch. Lori lives with her husband Bill (who runs the European division of his family’s law firm), her twin sons Will and Rob, toddler Bess, and the family cat, Stanley.
Mrs. Craven is well-mannered, kind, helpful, and skilled quilter. She is a well-respected member of the Finch community. Therefore, Lori is horrified when Mrs. Craven reveals that she brutally murdered her alcoholic and verbally abusive first husband, Zach Trotter. Still, in shock, Lori consults Aunt Dimity through her journal. Aunt Dimity suggests that Lori goes to Old Cowerton, where the alleged events happened, and gather information from the local village residents.
When Lori arrives in Cowerton and starts an inquiry into Mrs. Craven’s history, she quickly learns that Mrs. Craven is a polarizing legend within this village. As Lori begins to delve deeper into the past, will Mrs. Craven turn out to be a cold-blooded “black widow” killer?
This is a must-read book for Aunt Dimity fans! As a bonus, there is a mouth-watering recipe for Minnie’s Melting Moments on the last page.
Awards/Recognition(s): Bestselling Aunt Dimity Series and Author, “One of the Century’s 100 Favorite Mysteries” by the Independent Bookseller’s Association
Aunt Dimity Series By: Nancy Atherton in Order:
Aunt Dimity’s Death #1 (1992)
Aunt Dimity and the Duke #2 (1994)
Aunt Dimity Good Deed #3 (1996)
Aunt Dimity Digs In #4 (1998)
Aunt Dimity’s Christmas #5 (19990
Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil #6 (2000)
Aunt Dimity: Detective #7 (2001)
Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday #8 (2003)
Aunt Dimity: Snowbound #9 (2004)
Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin #10 (2005)
Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea #11 (2006)
Aunt Dimity Goes West #12 (2007)
Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter #13 (2004)
Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon #14 (2009)
Aunt Dimity Down Under #15 (2010)
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree #16 (2010)
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch #17 (2012)
Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince #18 (2013)
Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well #19 (2014)
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King #20 (2015)
Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure #21 (2016)
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