Review: Aunt Dimity and the Duke

December 9, 2013 at 8:52 am (cozy mystery, mystery)

Aunt Dimity and the Duke
Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very pleasant, mild-mannered, and amusing mystery. The conceit of the series is not a secret: Aunt Dimity is a ghost, who uses her contacts among the living to gently manipulate people, for their own benefit.

The big reveal in this one actually had me greatly distressed for a few minutes, until it was resolved. I’m also, full disclosure, quite biased toward this one by its main character’s passion for gardening. Even better, English country gardens, and there’s a great English country house, too. By the seaside, no less.

Overall, though, the various elements of the story worked quite well together, despite their apparent heterogeneity. I was impressed.

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