Aunt Dimity Mystery, No 17
April 26, 2012 / ISBN: 0670023418
Mystery / Cozy / British / Contemporary
by Brenda Weeaks
Aunt Dimity: Detective (2003) I discovered Nancy Atherton
doesn't always present a traditional mystery thread in her mystery
series. And that's a good thing. In Aunt Dimity and the Village
Witch, Atherton takes readers on a witch hunt of sorts. Someone
named Amelia Thistle has bought Pussywillow Cottage. The villagers
gather at the local tearoom on the green to spy on the newcomer's
move-in.. Two Finch residents realize Amelia is actually Mae Bowen,
a famous painter with a large cult following.
the neighborhood, or at least that's what Lori Shepard fears. Lori,
her husband, and her father-in-law try to keep Amelia's identity
a secret, but with this comical village of gossips nothing stays
hidden for long. Once the villagers get to know Amelia they discover
why she chose their quaint village - and so the witch hunt begins.
Finding Mistress Meg and what happened to her is part of the mystery.
The other is getting rid of Amelia's pushy cult followers. The late
Aunt Dimity gives Lori sage advice and direction, as always. And
Lori's sons also help with the mystery, as does the Vicar and his
It's a light,
enjoyable read which ended all too quickly for me. Atherton gives
readers a bit of historical detail on how suspected witches like
Mistress Meg were treated during the seventeenth century. The villagers
are a hoot and American Lori seems to have acclimated quite well
to British country living. Like I said, Atherton's mysteries aren't
always traditional, which makes them all the more enjoyable.
of other titles in this series
Deep Blue Sea, 11
the Dragon, 14
The Villiage Witch, 17 [Review