"A wonderful addition to this mystery series"
American expatriates Bill Willis and Lori Shepherd were
staying with his parents in Boston when someone in their
English village of Finch killed "Pruneface" Hooper. When
the married couple with different last names returns home
to Finch, the news of the homicide stun both of them
because the last murder in Finch occurred in 1872.
Eleven days pass without the case being solved because
everyone seemed to have a reason to see the mean-spirited
gossip Pruneface dead. Deciding it is time to get
involved, Lori turns to her sleuthing guide the spirit
of "Aunt" Dimity Westwood, former resident of Lori's
cottage. Through Dimity's blue journal, the ghost and Lori
communicate. Though the townsfolk remain reticent, Lori
and Dimity accompanied by Nicholas Fox, the visiting nephew
of the vicar begin to investigate.
The seventh Aunt Dimity tale retains the freshness of
the series as the supernatural and the mortal combine
forces to uncover the identity of a killer. Nicholas gives
readers a different view of Lori especially since Bill is
in London for most of the novel. The who-done-it is fun to
try to figure out as most of the villagers had cause to see
Pruneface dead. Anyone who enjoys a contemporary English
village mystery with a large dose of the paranormal will
enjoy AUNT DIMITY: DETECTIVE and Nancy Atherton's previous
supernatural-amateur sleuth stories.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 18, 2001