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Nancy Atherton's twenty-second cozy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. It's early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd's husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events commi Nancy Atherton's twenty-second cozy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. It's early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd's husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events committee meeting and Lori is astonished when the elderly, soft-spoken widow Mrs. Annabelle Craven stands to make an announcement: she's decided to hold a quilting bee in the old schoolhouse. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs. Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbor's life in the village of Old Cowerton. But dear, sweet Mrs. Craven's stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband's death. With Aunt Dimity's advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the "widow's curse"--and the deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all.


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Nancy Atherton's twenty-second cozy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. It's early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd's husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events commi Nancy Atherton's twenty-second cozy mystery in the beloved, nationally bestselling Aunt Dimity series. It's early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd's husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events committee meeting and Lori is astonished when the elderly, soft-spoken widow Mrs. Annabelle Craven stands to make an announcement: she's decided to hold a quilting bee in the old schoolhouse. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs. Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbor's life in the village of Old Cowerton. But dear, sweet Mrs. Craven's stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband's death. With Aunt Dimity's advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the "widow's curse"--and the deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all.

30 review for Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton is a 2017 Viking Books publication. Another wonderful visit with Lori and the gang in the friendly, but gossipy, village of Finch!! I know I’ve told this story before, but Aunt Dimity is a special series for me. It is the first ‘modern’ cozy series I ever read. I usually grabbed the darkest, most twisted mystery/suspense novels on the market, but I received an ‘Aunt Dimity’ book as a gift, and eventually, mostly out of pure, and quite skeptical, Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton is a 2017 Viking Books publication. Another wonderful visit with Lori and the gang in the friendly, but gossipy, village of Finch!! I know I’ve told this story before, but Aunt Dimity is a special series for me. It is the first ‘modern’ cozy series I ever read. I usually grabbed the darkest, most twisted mystery/suspense novels on the market, but I received an ‘Aunt Dimity’ book as a gift, and eventually, mostly out of pure, and quite skeptical, curiosity, I finally decided to give it a try. I’ve been a cozy mystery fan ever since. This series still remains one of my favorites, and is always consistent, never losing its charm, even after twenty-two installments! In this chapter, Lori’s elderly friend and champion quilter, Mrs. Craven, makes a startling confession to Lori, that has her very worried. Concerned, Lori and Bree, set off to Old Cowerton, looking for proof to back up Mrs. Craven’s claims, and will have you asking, ‘How well do I really know my neighbors?’ The author immediately puts me into a Cotswolds state of mind in the first chapter, reacquainting me with the village regulars, and reminding me of the quirky, but wonderful, homey, sense of community that Finch offers. From there, we learn Bob and the boys are camping, which leaves Lori free to pursue her ‘case’ at Aunt Dimity’s urging. For those of you, who follow this series, you know that these mysteries are not the traditional murder variety, and are usually more about the characters, but does indeed solve a mystery along the way. While, Lori’s amateur sleuthing skills are a bit unconventional, they eventually get the job done, with the help of 'Aunt Dimity'. *It's not absolutely necessary to read the series from start to finish to enjoy the later installments. I've skipped around quite a bit myself, but I would check out a few older installments for background so you will understand the characters and setting more. I especially enjoyed this installment, which calls attention to selfless acts of kindness, which often pays off in ways we never thought possible. The characters Lori and Bree meet in Old Cowerton, were well drawn, and the plot is rich with deceptively benign details, that come together quite nicely. There are some laugh out loud moments, some girl bonding, and a host of interesting characters to round out the puzzling mystery behind the seemingly angelic, Mrs. Craven. The story ends with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling, but, as always, I’m always sad to have to end my visit with these characters, all of whom feel like old family friends. So, until next time… 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    I listened to the audio version and totally enjoyed all the English accents of all the gossipy residents of the village of Finch. This was a fun, light cozy mystery which is #22 in the series. This was my first and worked just fine as a stand-alone. I will definitely read some more. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book. I was very skeptical I must say, but no fear! I especially enjoyed the character of Annabelle Cravens, an elderly demure and seemingly angelic neighbor. I also enjoyed the I listened to the audio version and totally enjoyed all the English accents of all the gossipy residents of the village of Finch. This was a fun, light cozy mystery which is #22 in the series. This was my first and worked just fine as a stand-alone. I will definitely read some more. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book. I was very skeptical I must say, but no fear! I especially enjoyed the character of Annabelle Cravens, an elderly demure and seemingly angelic neighbor. I also enjoyed the quilting bee that was held at a schoolhouse. Mrs Cravens was described as "quilting like she was possessed!" She was chatting with Lori Shepard when she blurted out that she had murdered her husband. Lori begins her quest to learn the truth about Mrs. Cravens and all her dead husbands. Is there really such a thing as a "widows curse?"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn

    Aunt Dimity books are dependably comforting and satisfying for me. I found this one more predictable than usual and edging on the saccharine at times, but it's still Aunt Dimity, so what else can I say? As always, I can't wait for the next. Aunt Dimity books are dependably comforting and satisfying for me. I found this one more predictable than usual and edging on the saccharine at times, but it's still Aunt Dimity, so what else can I say? As always, I can't wait for the next.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    The Aunt Dimity series has been a very favourite of mine since the first book, and while some have been "more favourite" than others, not a single book has disappointed me, and this installment was no different. These books make small town busybodies lovable, and quiet village life funny and exciting, and as someone who grew up in a small town [I only WISH mine had been more like Finch!] I am here to tell you, that is no small feat. The Aunt Dimity books are [I've said this before in reviewing the The Aunt Dimity series has been a very favourite of mine since the first book, and while some have been "more favourite" than others, not a single book has disappointed me, and this installment was no different. These books make small town busybodies lovable, and quiet village life funny and exciting, and as someone who grew up in a small town [I only WISH mine had been more like Finch!] I am here to tell you, that is no small feat. The Aunt Dimity books are [I've said this before in reviewing them, but it bears repeating] like that stretched out old sweater that you love in spite of its age, and that you sigh with deep and genuine pleasure over, each time you slip into it. This is exactly how I feel each time I listen to the newest Aunt Dimity [my library gets them in audio book format and the narrator is absolutely perfect delivering them]. I find kindness, sweetness, humour and a perspective on life and the world in these books that is sorely lacking in much of the actual world these days. It is a joyful interlude each and every time I have the chance to re-visit Finch and go on adventures with Lori and her friends and neighbours. We also always receive a lesson - albeit gentle and subtle - on how to be better to one another, and ways to make the world just a tiny bit less cold and difficult. I don't know if Nancy Atherton does that purposely, or if it is just part of how she sees her characters and the world they live in, but it's a lovely bonus for those paying attention, and who are open to a little small-town wisdom. I ADORE this series, and hope Atherton plans to keep adding to it for many years to come, because we are all a little better after a visit to Finch!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This was a very sweet book, which almost hides the savage conclusion that homes for the elderly, such as convalescent homes, are so terrible that a person could prefer jail to such places. Lori is flabbergasted to suddenly receive a confession of a serious crime (murder of course) from someone she had considered a very upright pleasant person who is a real artist in creating quilts. She takes a friend and investigates the confession. She comes to a conclusion but still doesn't know why such a co This was a very sweet book, which almost hides the savage conclusion that homes for the elderly, such as convalescent homes, are so terrible that a person could prefer jail to such places. Lori is flabbergasted to suddenly receive a confession of a serious crime (murder of course) from someone she had considered a very upright pleasant person who is a real artist in creating quilts. She takes a friend and investigates the confession. She comes to a conclusion but still doesn't know why such a confession was made to her. When she discovers why, we suddenly realize that she is showing us how terrible convalescent homes can be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really doubt I'll remember the details of the story, just as many of the stories do not seem to stick with me. However, I need to go back to the beginning and read them through in order, especially since I have missed a number of them over the years. Maybe then I'll have better luck at remembering what happens in these stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Glen U

    OK, go ahead and take away my man-card now. I will admit it. I am a devotee of Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's series. I thoroughly enjoy Atherton's cozy mysteries about village life in rural England (ala Miss Marple) and the gentle and charming writing that she brings to the pages. There is always a crime to solve, but never does the book rely on shock value to entice the reader to follow the protagonist to, usually, a happy and moralistic ending. Walking a fine line between sedate and comatose, OK, go ahead and take away my man-card now. I will admit it. I am a devotee of Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's series. I thoroughly enjoy Atherton's cozy mysteries about village life in rural England (ala Miss Marple) and the gentle and charming writing that she brings to the pages. There is always a crime to solve, but never does the book rely on shock value to entice the reader to follow the protagonist to, usually, a happy and moralistic ending. Walking a fine line between sedate and comatose, sweet and saccharine, Atherton manages to keep the book on an even keel. At times, she does veer towards an uncomfortable aura of excessive sentimentality, especially when it comes to baby Bess, but she does come back to the center, eventually. Her prose is excellent and her characters are wonderful, although they are much the same as we find in many cozy mysteries. A good read, and one that the followers of M.C. Beaton and Alexander McCall Smith will enjoy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Having read a fair amount in the Aunt Dimity series, I found that this particular book a disappointment. Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton begins well enough, but at a ‘meeting’, a villager shares a story with Lori Shepard which sends Lori, Bree, & Bess, Lori’s 13-month old daughter, off on a trip to discover the truth. The book hits on a major problem in society today - the elderly and their problems - but it is not truly discuss this. What does take place with the characters Having read a fair amount in the Aunt Dimity series, I found that this particular book a disappointment. Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton begins well enough, but at a ‘meeting’, a villager shares a story with Lori Shepard which sends Lori, Bree, & Bess, Lori’s 13-month old daughter, off on a trip to discover the truth. The book hits on a major problem in society today - the elderly and their problems - but it is not truly discuss this. What does take place with the characters appears rather trivial until the ending when the village of Finch and members of another village in The Cotswolds come together to provide assistance to an elderly member of Finch. I got the feeling that I was reading in circles.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Another delightful addition to the Aunt Dimity collection. Lori Shepherd, our intrepid protagonist, begins another quest for the truth. With the help of her neighbor Bree Pym, her 13 month old daughter Bess, and of course Aunt Dimity, Lori searches for answers about the "widow's curse". For those of you who are new to this cozy mystery series, Lori Shepherd is an American living in the small English village of Finch with her husband Bill, twin boys Will and Rob, daughter Bess and cat Stanley. Well Another delightful addition to the Aunt Dimity collection. Lori Shepherd, our intrepid protagonist, begins another quest for the truth. With the help of her neighbor Bree Pym, her 13 month old daughter Bess, and of course Aunt Dimity, Lori searches for answers about the "widow's curse". For those of you who are new to this cozy mystery series, Lori Shepherd is an American living in the small English village of Finch with her husband Bill, twin boys Will and Rob, daughter Bess and cat Stanley. Well Aunt Dimity lives there too, sort of. Aunt Dimity, Lori's mother's best friend, communicates with Lori by writing in a blue journal. You see, Aunt Dimity is a ghost, a very friendly and wise ghost. She helps Lori, especially when Lori's curiosity and imagination get a little out of control. This cozy series is fun, light reading. The series deals with "mysteries" but usually not of the murder variety. Generally not scary or violent (although Deep Blue Sea which deals with a stalker is a bit), these stories have interesting characters and lovely local color. If you haven't already, I suggest reading from the beginning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    WHAT a great read. OH MY GOSH I love these books. Every time I think a new Aunt Dimity book cannot be ANY better than the previous one, I am proved wrong, and this one was no exception. So much is going on in this one and I am totally amazed at how wonderful and gracious Lori is, even in the midst of everything that is happening. She is such a great main character, even with all her faults and you cannot help but want to be friends with her. I love and highly recommend both this book AND this se WHAT a great read. OH MY GOSH I love these books. Every time I think a new Aunt Dimity book cannot be ANY better than the previous one, I am proved wrong, and this one was no exception. So much is going on in this one and I am totally amazed at how wonderful and gracious Lori is, even in the midst of everything that is happening. She is such a great main character, even with all her faults and you cannot help but want to be friends with her. I love and highly recommend both this book AND this series. To fully understand everything, you must start with book one, but I warn you; ONLY do that if you want to be sucked up into one of the best series I have ever read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    These very light, gentle, and enjoyable books are always a fun read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    PugMom

    Another awesome installment of the Aunt Dimity series!! Lori, Bree and little Bess go on a girls' getaway but really want to visit a small town called Cowerton to ferret out some long buried information about their elderly friend and neighbor Mrs. Craven! And what a load of information they find! Not all of it is complimentary of Annabelle Craven and some tidbits don't really coincide with the story the old woman gave to Lori in the first place. Did Annabelle really kill her first husband? Who s Another awesome installment of the Aunt Dimity series!! Lori, Bree and little Bess go on a girls' getaway but really want to visit a small town called Cowerton to ferret out some long buried information about their elderly friend and neighbor Mrs. Craven! And what a load of information they find! Not all of it is complimentary of Annabelle Craven and some tidbits don't really coincide with the story the old woman gave to Lori in the first place. Did Annabelle really kill her first husband? Who should Lori believe: The Sunnyside Gang or Craven Manor Cronies? All is revealed when Lori ends her holiday and reunites with her neighbors in Finch. The ending is not what you might expect!! I always love reading the Aunt Dimity books. I would love to have someone like Aunt Dimity to ask advice. She is always the (disembodied) voice of reason! I thoroughly enjoy this series! I voluntarily reviewed this book from NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Though the Aunt Dimity books are short and very hit or miss for me, I am glad to say that this book was better than most and packs a very interesting story. Lori Shepard will admit to anyone that will listen that she is gullible. She tries to accept everyone at face value so when Mrs. Annabelle Craven, a long loved village member, admits that she had killed her husband, Lori is both shocked and curious. Not wanting to jump to any conclusions, and with her husband and son’s out of town, Lori grab Though the Aunt Dimity books are short and very hit or miss for me, I am glad to say that this book was better than most and packs a very interesting story. Lori Shepard will admit to anyone that will listen that she is gullible. She tries to accept everyone at face value so when Mrs. Annabelle Craven, a long loved village member, admits that she had killed her husband, Lori is both shocked and curious. Not wanting to jump to any conclusions, and with her husband and son’s out of town, Lori grabs Bree Pym and heads out to Old Cowerton to do a bit of investigating on her own. I know that the premise does not sound too enticing, but Nancy Atherton was able to wind a very interesting “she-said, she-said” story, almost to the point where you cannot figure out who is actually telling the truth. Just understand that old stories and old jealousies die-hard and when you can fit a scenario to your own liking, just about anything is possible.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A quick cozy British mystery I plucked from my mother's stack of library books as this is one of her favorite genres. Light, well-written, and fun; I loved the from beyond journal communication between the protagonist and her late, ghostly Aunt Dimity, which is the premise behind the series, apparently. I wouldn't seek out others in the series, necessarily, as my tastes tend to run darker and deeper, but every now and then it's fun to read a fluffy mystery like this. A quick cozy British mystery I plucked from my mother's stack of library books as this is one of her favorite genres. Light, well-written, and fun; I loved the from beyond journal communication between the protagonist and her late, ghostly Aunt Dimity, which is the premise behind the series, apparently. I wouldn't seek out others in the series, necessarily, as my tastes tend to run darker and deeper, but every now and then it's fun to read a fluffy mystery like this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I've read all 22 AD books. Every summer I look forward to reading the latest book. I still contend that the first book was by far the best book, and really they aren't mysteries, as there is always a logical explanation for the "mystery". They are however charming stories of very interesting characters in what sounds like a town I'd like to visit. I've read all 22 AD books. Every summer I look forward to reading the latest book. I still contend that the first book was by far the best book, and really they aren't mysteries, as there is always a logical explanation for the "mystery". They are however charming stories of very interesting characters in what sounds like a town I'd like to visit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/au... Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse Aunt Dimity Mystery, Book #22 By Nancy Atherton ISBN# 9781101981320 Author Website: http://www.aunt-dimity.com/ Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: It’s early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd’s husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events commi http://openbooksociety.com/article/au... Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse Aunt Dimity Mystery, Book #22 By Nancy Atherton ISBN# 9781101981320 Author Website: http://www.aunt-dimity.com/ Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: It’s early April in the small English village of Finch. Lori Shepherd’s husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and Lori is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess, spared a week of roughing it with a curious toddler. The two attend a village events committee meeting and Lori is astonished when the elderly, soft-spoken widow Mrs. Annabelle Craven stands to make an announcement: she’s decided to hold a quilting bee in the old schoolhouse. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs. Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbor’s life in the village of Old Cowerton. But dear, sweet Mrs. Craven’s stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband’s death. With Aunt Dimity’s advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the “widow’s curse”–and the deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all. (Goodreads) Review: Twenty-two books into this long running series, Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse is sure to please fans of the series. The epitome of cozy, protagonist Lori, with Aunt Dimity’s guidance, travels to a nearby village in hopes of finding out the truth about Annabelle Craven’s first husband’s death. Annabelle Craven is a well respected resident of Finch known for her extraordinary quilts. When she requests help finishing one last big project, her neighbors do not hesitate to participate in the quilting bee. Lori is troubled when, as they chat over their sewing, Annabelle confesses to killing her first husband. Faced with the ethical dilemma of confiding in her solicitor husband or keeping the secret to herself, she decides to ferret out the truth herself, taking her toddler Bess and friend Bree along for the journey. Lori has her work cut out for her when she finds the residents of Cowerton fit into two distinct camps – those who do not think for a minute that Annabelle could possibly have committed such a crime, and those who claim that a “widow’s curse” afflicts all who get close to Annabelle. The Aunt Dimity books are exceptionally docile reads. The whole tone of Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse is mild-mannered and serene. Lori never finds herself in any dangerous situation. There is not much humor or crazy antics. Village residents may have definite opinions about Annabelle and the fate of her beaus, but no one lies or double crosses anyone. Atherton’s words will lull you to sleep if you are not careful. I do not mean this as a criticism; the style is even-keel. It precariously balances the line between sweet and saccharine, and it can become overly sentimental. The unraveling of the truth is interesting, the characters quirky, and I found the reason behind Annabelle’s confession a heartbreaking commentary on the predicament our aging friends often face. The characters, recurring and new to this book, are all likable, even the ones whose outer layer are unpleasant. So…brew yourself a nice cup of tea, get comfortably cozy with your favorite quilt, and spend some time with Lori and Aunt Dimity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. In the 22nd Aunt Dimity book, Lori is enjoying time with her little girl while her husband takes her twin boys camping. When a member of the village suggests a quilting bee, then shares an impossible story with Lori, she.is quickly roped into another mystery. Traveling to a new village, Lori and her friend Bree are told of the widows curse that follows her elderly friend, but cannot believe the storie I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. In the 22nd Aunt Dimity book, Lori is enjoying time with her little girl while her husband takes her twin boys camping. When a member of the village suggests a quilting bee, then shares an impossible story with Lori, she.is quickly roped into another mystery. Traveling to a new village, Lori and her friend Bree are told of the widows curse that follows her elderly friend, but cannot believe the stories. Of course Lori cannot stop asking questions, especially of her deceased Aunt Dimity, until she finds the truth. I enjoyed this book a lot, more than some of the other Aunt Dimity books I've read. The end was surprising, and I always enjoy the stories about village life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cherise Deeley

    This was a delightful surprise! I have never read any books from this series or this author. This story was very engaging and the actual mystery was really fun and different! I will be going back to read the earlier ones in this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Cook

    Audio. This was a fun book to listen to on audio. Just found this series. Might look for more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    A new Aunt Dimity book always makes me happy. In this book, Lori sets out to a new location, the village of Old Cowerton, to find out the truth behind a shocking secret revealed by a Finch resident. Once there, Lori finds out about the Widow's Curse. Without revealing any spoilers, I'll just say that the reader along with Lori learns that the Widow's Curse is not what you think it is. Ms. Atherton deftly brings a serious issue into the story. If only all our communities could react as the reside A new Aunt Dimity book always makes me happy. In this book, Lori sets out to a new location, the village of Old Cowerton, to find out the truth behind a shocking secret revealed by a Finch resident. Once there, Lori finds out about the Widow's Curse. Without revealing any spoilers, I'll just say that the reader along with Lori learns that the Widow's Curse is not what you think it is. Ms. Atherton deftly brings a serious issue into the story. If only all our communities could react as the residents of Finch do to solve the problem.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    This book is as delightful as an English country garden in bloom. A sweet elderly lady has confided in Lori that she killed her first husband many years ago and buried his body under her rose bushes at her former home in another village. Now Lori is in a quandary: should she take her at her word or try to do some fact-finding of her own. Lori uncovers more than she bargained for when she decides to snoop. A wonderful cozy with well-liked characters, reading this novel was just like spending time This book is as delightful as an English country garden in bloom. A sweet elderly lady has confided in Lori that she killed her first husband many years ago and buried his body under her rose bushes at her former home in another village. Now Lori is in a quandary: should she take her at her word or try to do some fact-finding of her own. Lori uncovers more than she bargained for when she decides to snoop. A wonderful cozy with well-liked characters, reading this novel was just like spending time with cherished friends.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Another enjoyable read from Atherton. I do like this series, although it is a bit hit or miss sometimes. I like to see how she manages to introduce new characters in such a small town, and this one was done quite well. I love the idea of a huge quilt that they all can work on, and how they make an event of it. My grandmother used to quilt, and we use her quilts everyday, so I can empathize with how Mrs. Craven feels about her creations. When Mrs. Craven announces to Lori that she killed her admitt Another enjoyable read from Atherton. I do like this series, although it is a bit hit or miss sometimes. I like to see how she manages to introduce new characters in such a small town, and this one was done quite well. I love the idea of a huge quilt that they all can work on, and how they make an event of it. My grandmother used to quilt, and we use her quilts everyday, so I can empathize with how Mrs. Craven feels about her creations. When Mrs. Craven announces to Lori that she killed her admittedly awful first husband, Lori is taken aback, to put it mildly. After talking to Aunt Dimity and Bree, she sets off with Bess and Bree, and Dimity of course, to Mrs. Craven's hometown. They are ensconced in a very delightful hotel, and begin their investigation. They quickly find out that there are two sides to the story, as usual, and that gossip is more of a heavy handed tool here, rather than the good spirited, keep an eye out for your neighbors brand found in Finch. As I have a father who is in assisted living right now, the descriptions of the care of the elderly and the risks of outliving your income did hit home. There are no easy answers, but this is not the place for that discussion. Just be kind and aware of those around you, in the Finch-y way. The description of the guys camping trip was quite funny, and sounded like something that would happen to me. I totally understood Lori not wanting to take a diaper clad toddler tent camping. Just the thought of packing out used diapers is enough to make me cringe. The unpacking scene is very believable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    April

    I always feel good while reading an Aunt Dimity story. This one has such a sense of community that it makes you feel Finch is even more special that past books have said. It really is too bad that the characters and Finch are fictional. I would enjoy living in a place like Finch and having a friend like Lori Shepherd. Mrs. Craven holds a quilting bee to which all of Finch is invited. On one Saturday they finish quilting a masterpiece of a quilt. Mrs. Cravwn spends time instructing each person who I always feel good while reading an Aunt Dimity story. This one has such a sense of community that it makes you feel Finch is even more special that past books have said. It really is too bad that the characters and Finch are fictional. I would enjoy living in a place like Finch and having a friend like Lori Shepherd. Mrs. Craven holds a quilting bee to which all of Finch is invited. On one Saturday they finish quilting a masterpiece of a quilt. Mrs. Cravwn spends time instructing each person who comes to the quilting bee, so they can gain confidence sufficient to participate. Near the end of the day, Mrs. Craven tells Lori a story that she killed her first husband. It puts Lori in a dither and leads to Lori, Bree and Bess going on a girls getaway to Old Cowerton where Mrs. Craven spent her whole life before moving to Finch. There are two camps of opinion about Annabelle Craven in Old Cowerton. Lori and Bree set out to find out the truth. The truth leads eventually to a wonderful outcome for the story. Like I said, I always feel good reading am Aunt Dimity story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    patricia

    Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse would rank among one of my favorite Aunt Dimity's. Finch is asked by Annabelle Craven to help quilt her large quilt. Laurie helps out as does much of Finch. Towards the end of the quilting bee Annabelle tells Laurie a deep dark secret. Laurie is so disturbed she discusses it with Aunt Dimity. This leads to Laurie, Bess, and Bree going to the nearby bigger village to ferret out the truth. After meeting with the Anti-Annabelle group and the pro Annabelle group the Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse would rank among one of my favorite Aunt Dimity's. Finch is asked by Annabelle Craven to help quilt her large quilt. Laurie helps out as does much of Finch. Towards the end of the quilting bee Annabelle tells Laurie a deep dark secret. Laurie is so disturbed she discusses it with Aunt Dimity. This leads to Laurie, Bess, and Bree going to the nearby bigger village to ferret out the truth. After meeting with the Anti-Annabelle group and the pro Annabelle group they return home. When the whole truth comes out and the reasons why the village of Finch is challenged again by Bree. But where are the boys and Bill? They had gone off on a camping trip because it was school hols. Nancy Atherton's series is always a fun read and a welcome back to Laurie's sweet cottage, family, and adopted home of Finch.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    So ends another charming installment in a long-running and consistently well-written series of true mysteries. Lori travels to a nearby village to investigate the scandalous rumor of an elderly Finch neighbor's story of gossip and murder. Of course, there are no murders in this series, just a close-knit and committed village of quirky residents who care for one another, no matter their age or financial situation. I highly recommend this series set in the Cotswolds, but you must read it in order So ends another charming installment in a long-running and consistently well-written series of true mysteries. Lori travels to a nearby village to investigate the scandalous rumor of an elderly Finch neighbor's story of gossip and murder. Of course, there are no murders in this series, just a close-knit and committed village of quirky residents who care for one another, no matter their age or financial situation. I highly recommend this series set in the Cotswolds, but you must read it in order for character development and backstory. It all begins with Aunt Dimity's Death--copyright 1992!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Confession: I downloaded this audiobook by accident (I kept clicking on a slow-loading webpage, and my impatience was punished). I didn't realize until I updated my Goodreads that it's the 22nd (!) book in a series about "Aunt Dimity." So I didn't know what most people reading it probably do: it's a cozy mystery in the first person, and the main character Lori talks to her dead aunt via an old magic journal. As a general rule, I'm not into the paranormal thing, and I wasn't thrilled when 40 page Confession: I downloaded this audiobook by accident (I kept clicking on a slow-loading webpage, and my impatience was punished). I didn't realize until I updated my Goodreads that it's the 22nd (!) book in a series about "Aunt Dimity." So I didn't know what most people reading it probably do: it's a cozy mystery in the first person, and the main character Lori talks to her dead aunt via an old magic journal. As a general rule, I'm not into the paranormal thing, and I wasn't thrilled when 40 pages in Lori starts communing with the dead and confiding in a stuffed bunny named Reginald. I also struggle to summon any interest whatsoever in either quilting or baked goods, both of which carried ridiculously heavy weight in the plot. What little remained of the story hinged on childcare (Lori has a toddler) and gossip. Ultimately, Aunt Dimity ends up playing a minimal role. But the mystery itself had one of the most anticlimactic conclusions imaginable. Plot summary: while at a quilting bee, Lori's neighbor Mrs. Craven-- quilter extraordinaire-- confesses that she murdered her first husband. Freaked out but unable to believe the nice old biddy killed anyone, Lori takes her baby daughter and her friend Bree up to Mrs. Craven's hometown to investigate. There, she goes to a bunch of tea parties and learns that several deaths have been attributed to Mrs. Craven since her husband's disappearance, and the townsfolk believe she carries "the widow's curse" (which sounds like bad luck to her lovers, but no, it's actually described as a murder-lust that comes upon Mrs. Craven after she terminates her first husband). Spoilers: (view spoiler)[About two thirds through the book, Lori and Bree receive convincing testimony that Mrs. Craven didn't commit any murders, including her husband's. The only mystery remaining is why she'd want to lie about it. They confront Mrs. Craven, who admits that she lied because she's out of money and wanted to be sent to prison rather than a state nursing home. Aghast, the village conspires to sell off some of her beautiful quilts so that she can live out the rest of her life in her cottage. The end. (hide spoiler)] The first-person narration didn't help the uninspired mystery; the perspective is limited and the language is cliche-ridden and overly stylized. (And there's a bit of Nancy-Drew-style reference to previous books, which is so cheesy I might've gagged.) It reads like a novel set in the 1950s or earlier, despite its occasional baffled references to technology, e.g. "When Emma told me how much money the first online auction brought in, I was compelled to admit that computers had their uses." Is this a thirty-something with three children or a time traveler? It also annoyed me that the author introduced a journal ghost but had it do almost nothing; the main piece of advice Aunt Dimity gave Lori was to withhold the information about Mrs. Craven’s confession from her husband because "as an attorney, he’d be required by law to go to the police." Whether it's believable or not. Apparently. I mean, Atherton gave us the promise (such as it is) of psychobiddy serial killers and journal ghosts, but no part of the dramatic setup goes anywhere. Lori's whole investigation consists of sitting in parlors eating treats with gossipy old ladies, then going home and dishing to her dead aunt via the journal. There's not one passably scary or even mildly suspenseful moment. We don't get the barest confusion until the very last pages-- and that's just silly story-contrivance confusion rather than exciting mysterious confusion (view spoiler)[because, sorry, it's laughable that an elderly woman plotted to go to jail for murder because it's "more interesting" than a nursing home (hide spoiler)] . I'm sure that some people would lap this up (otherwise who let Atherton write 22 of these?), but that's a greater mystery to me than anything I read here.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    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 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 frie 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 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 a 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 villagers. 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)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nolan

    If you get invited to a quilting bee any time soon, and yeah, I know, the odds of that happening are right up there with you getting an invitation to fly with Elon Musk to Mars, but if you do, you probably don’t want to handle things the way poor Annabelle Craven did in the fictional quilting bee in the fictional village of Finch. As her needle flew through the material, she announced quietly to her seat mate, Lori Shepherd, that she, Annabelle, had murdered her first husband and buried him in t If you get invited to a quilting bee any time soon, and yeah, I know, the odds of that happening are right up there with you getting an invitation to fly with Elon Musk to Mars, but if you do, you probably don’t want to handle things the way poor Annabelle Craven did in the fictional quilting bee in the fictional village of Finch. As her needle flew through the material, she announced quietly to her seat mate, Lori Shepherd, that she, Annabelle, had murdered her first husband and buried him in the rosebushes. This is the 22nd book in the series, but if you haven't ventured into it, note that Lori is an American who, with her husband, came to the small English village to live some years earlier. By book 22, they have three kids. Bill Willis, (Lori didn’t take on his last name when they married), has gone camping during Easter break with their two sons. Lori is just as happy not to have had to go; roughing it wit a toddler isn’t her thing. She and the little girl remain at home, and it’s while the family is separated that the quilting bee occurs and with it the horrifying confession from Mrs. Craven. Knowing that she can’t solve the mystery of the murder herself, Lori turns to the pages of an old journal wherein resides the communicative ability of Aunt Dimity. Aunt Dimity was Lori’s mom’s friend during World War II. Both her mom and Aunt Dimity are dead, but Aunt Dimity is able to manifest herself in the pages of the old journal. And she is excellent at solving those mysteries with Lori. So it’s to the journal Lori goes to learn what Aunt Dimity would do were she corporeal. Naturally, Aunt Dimity encourages her to investigate the story to determine its veracity. With her friend, Bree Pym, Lori bundles the baby up and off they go to the village where the murder was supposed to have happened. What they find is startling indeed. The village of Old Cowerton is sharply divided on the reputation of Annabelle Craven. Some say she is indeed a killer; others insist she isn’t. So wherein lies the truth? And if Annabelle isn’t a killer, why would she lie to Lori? This is a fun series, and this book is no exception. It’s a short read. I should tell you that your schmaltz meter or your sappy emotion gage will get tweaked a bit if you read this, but it won’t be ridiculously over the top. These are clean mysteries that anyone can read comfortably and enjoy. There is no profanity here nor are there any sexual descriptions. If you read this, you’ll be initially surprised at what Lori and Bree discover, and the final information at the end isn’t likely something you’ll see coming.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bmquiram

    Aunt Dimity & the Window’s Curse by Nancy Atherton Three stars out of five. The story was interesting. I am finding it hard to pinpoint exactly what I did like about the story. Here are a few thoughts. I was surprised to discover Aunt Dimity’s secret and wanted to know more about it. The story of what happened to Mrs. Craven was interesting. I liked the recipe at the end of the book, can’t wait to try it. I almost put this book down and didn’t pick it back up, but I am glad that I did. After readin Aunt Dimity & the Window’s Curse by Nancy Atherton Three stars out of five. The story was interesting. I am finding it hard to pinpoint exactly what I did like about the story. Here are a few thoughts. I was surprised to discover Aunt Dimity’s secret and wanted to know more about it. The story of what happened to Mrs. Craven was interesting. I liked the recipe at the end of the book, can’t wait to try it. I almost put this book down and didn’t pick it back up, but I am glad that I did. After reading the first three chapters I was wondering when the story was going to start. I generally have a rule that if a book hasn’t grabbed my attention after three attempts to read it, the first three chapters, and the first thirty pages than I don’t finish the story. This book failed to grab my attention, but I wasn’t completely disgusted or bored with what I read. So I kept reading. Chapter four offered a little redemption. The story finally starts when Mrs. Craven admits to Lori that she killed her first husband. Lori considers herself an amateur sleuth and she sets out to uncover the truth of what really happened. That is she sets off on the adventure and in chapter eight she finally gets to it. From this point on the story stays slow, but it stays on point and the reader learns information about Mrs. Craven and what happened to her husband. -1 star for the delay in the story. Without considering the first few chapters that felt like they were added to increase word count and make the story a printable length I still felt a little let down by the story. There are several characteristics I look for in a story that keeps me intrigued and engaged in the story. The shocking turn of events No Non-stop action No Extraordinary setting or characters No Suspense Not really suspense more like boredom There are other aspects, but my point is there are many failed opportunities to turn this good story into a great story. Lori and Bree talk to many people on their path to the truth, and every person presents the opportunity for one of these attention grabbers, but they were not used. The story didn’t seem to have the natural rise and fall in action or a gradual build up to the climax. The story maintained a calm slow pace throughout. I was disappointed. -1 star

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brown

    There are series that have stayed around too long. And there are series that hold their own book after book. While the Aunt Dimity books have had some strange repeats and have stretched our ability to stay with a story, they are always been well presented, developed and entertaining. Our main character has had her problems with understanding and interpreting the clues of many of the events. And she often misses the important ones right up to the end. Yet she always comes across as an intelligent There are series that have stayed around too long. And there are series that hold their own book after book. While the Aunt Dimity books have had some strange repeats and have stretched our ability to stay with a story, they are always been well presented, developed and entertaining. Our main character has had her problems with understanding and interpreting the clues of many of the events. And she often misses the important ones right up to the end. Yet she always comes across as an intelligent, concerned searcher for the truth with enough sense to know she is either off the right track or just missing something that is almost there but not quite in sight. Because of this and her family issues sprinkled ( sometimes like a monsoon ) through a tale, we always have an enjoyable time. Watching her sometimes stumble and jump to wrong conclusions or seemingly slide into a solution with no problems until there is one is always a treat. And here we have one of those cases where there are two complete believable versions of events spanning many years and then a totally improbable 'why' setup that starts the ball rolling and leads to even more 'huh' questions. With a somewhat wimpy solution the story come to a happy ending with a few cheers - tears - and expectations of more to come.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sue D.

    This is another delightful, warm-hearted Aunt Dimity tale from Nancy Atherton. I love the Aunt Dimity series because they are such feel-good reads. I always close the book with a warm and satisfied feeling. The books center around the villagers of Finch, a small Cotswold community where Lori, the main character, lives with her family. Lori is a transplanted American who inherited her cottage and a sizable income from Aunt Dimity upon her death. Aunt Dimity was the best friend of Lori’s mother, b This is another delightful, warm-hearted Aunt Dimity tale from Nancy Atherton. I love the Aunt Dimity series because they are such feel-good reads. I always close the book with a warm and satisfied feeling. The books center around the villagers of Finch, a small Cotswold community where Lori, the main character, lives with her family. Lori is a transplanted American who inherited her cottage and a sizable income from Aunt Dimity upon her death. Aunt Dimity was the best friend of Lori’s mother, but Lori never met her, until her inheritance, when she met her spirit. Lori and Aunt Dimity are able to communicate with one another across this world and the next through a journal that came with Lori’s inheritance. Lori and Aunt Dimity work together to solve local mysteries. The books do not contain violence and the mysteries are usually local affairs, not murders. So they are not traditional cozy mysteries in that there is not a body or a murder to solve, but some other type of puzzle. In this title, a sweet elderly lady in the village confesses to Lori that she killed her first husband. Lori is shocked and decides to investigate, so she and Bree, a family friend, travel to the lady's former village to find the truth of her husband's death. Of course, things are not as they seem and the solution is in keeping with the charm of the series.

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