Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Aunt Dimity's Death

Aunt Dimity's Death (Aunt Dimity Mystery)

Nancy Atherton

Date: 01 November, 1993   —   $7.99   —   Book

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Fiction, Mystery (sort of)

This is a surprisingly happy little novel, predicated as it is on the fact of somebody's death. That person is Aunt Dimity, a character that Lori Shepheard always thought her mother created. It turns out that Dimity was completely real and the originator of the tales her mother told her at bedtime. And when the executors of Dimity's estate track her down, it is to tell her that she gets an all-expenses-paid (and then some!) vacation to Dimity's cottage in England, if she will agreed to write the foreword for the book of Aunt Dimity stories that is dues to be published.

Down-on-her-luck (and bitter) Lori accepts, and the rest of the book is about the trip... but more importantly, about how Lori learns to lose her bitterness and realize her extreme good fortune. I can't write more about the plot without doing serious spoilers, so I will just say that the ending is no surprise since the idiots who published the book gave away everything in the back cover blurb. I hate that.

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