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Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom (Aunt…
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Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom (Aunt Dimity Mystery) (udgave 2018)

af Nancy Atherton (Forfatter)

Serier: Aunt Dimity (23)

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"In the 23rd installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dark and stormy night kicks off a ghost chase in rural England On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, on the southeast coast of England, for a quiet weekend together without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client--but after Lori drops him off, a powerful storm drives her off course and leaves her stranded in an ancient, rambling inn called The King's Ransom. When Lori is spooked by ghostly noises in the night, Aunt Dimity reminds her rather tartly that not all ghosts intend to harm the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. She learns that the inn was once a hangout for smugglers, and that it's riddled with secret tunnels the smugglers used to reach a network of hidden caves. Then there's the inn's cook--a brawny, gruff ex-con--who seems to have a beef with a mysterious French guest. Are the noises Lori hears made by the spirits of long dead smugglers? Or should she be more worried by the inn's living inhabitants? Joining forces with her new friend Bishop Wyndham, and guided by Aunt Dimity's wise counsel, Lori sets out to discover once and for all who--or what--is haunting The King's Ransom"--… (mere)
Medlem:margosneezer
Titel:Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom (Aunt Dimity Mystery)
Forfattere:Nancy Atherton (Forfatter)
Info:Viking (2018), 240 pages
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A charming cozy without much of a mystery, and with only occasional appearances by Aunt Dimity. It was worth reading for the history, the interesting architecture, and the food, but if you’re looking for suspense even of the tamest sort, I suggest you look for it elsewhere. I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I didn't listen to the audiobook while walking for fitness. It wasn't awful, I just lost interest. Couple plan a weekend get-away and the wife drops her husband off Friday morning for a business meeting and travels on to the B&B but a storm comes up with tornado type winds and floods. She decides to get off the road and shelter in place at a church where she meets a retired bishop who insists she come with him to an inn where there's no vacancy. People are nice and put her up in a make-do attic. Lots of strange characters and ghosts. Before strange noises during the night are solved ( )
  Kathy89 | Dec 28, 2019 |
This is the 23rd book in the Aunt Dimity series, but the first that I’ve read. It works as a standalone.

This book is a mystery for those who like their mysteries light, funny, and bloodless.

It’s a paranormal for those who like their spirits from beyond to be warm, fuzzy, and eager for a chat over a nice cuppa, curled up in front of a roaring fireplace and crackling logs.

If you’re looking for darkness, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a comfortable book, one that reminds you that you’re not alone in this world, you can’t go wrong with Lori and her Aunt Dimity.

There are many lovely things about this book. While cozy mysteries aren’t my favorite subgenre, it was a nice change from the darker material I’ve read recently. Here are a few reasons why:

Lori narrates in a cheery, off-beat, and often funny voice.
Any frazzled woman can relate to her need for a getaway and the disappointment of life’s intervention. What makes Lori such a terrific character, though, is that she doesn’t stay feeling sorry for herself. Aunt Dimity gives her a pep talk, and Lori rouses, pitches in to help the villagers by serving in the community hall, and befriends people.

Aunt Dimity is an amazing and articulate ghost.
Those who have read other books in the series are familiar with this aspect, but I wasn’t. The late Aunt Dimity was Lori’s late mama’s best friend. After both women died, the mother’s friend left Lori an inheritance that included a blank notebook. Each time Lori opens the notebook, Aunt Dimity’s handwriting appears and they “talk.” Think a text conversation, only supernatural instead of technological, and with one partner deceased. A little odd, possibly spooky, but as Lori tells us, “her sole desire was to be as good a friend to me as she’d been to my mother” (page 60).
There’s a cast of fun, kindly, generous characters.
In particular, Christopher, the retired bishop, is a wonderful addition. He’s everything bishops should be: humble, wise, and kind. He tells children bloody stores of saints’ martyrdoms, which the children love, and willingly spends several hours with a quintet of quarrelsome geriatrics at the village hall. He has a dry sense of humor and the ability to befriend almost anyone. And he loves bookstores! (Don’t you love him already?)

Though one of the mysteries seems to take a dark turn, Atherton surprised and delighted me (and Lori) with the answers.

The villagers work together to deal with the storms and flooding.
Neighbors tend to come together after natural disasters, but the people of Shepney are exceptional in how well-prepared they are. They’ve been through flooding before, they’ll go through it again, and they’ve planned ahead–and shared those plans online, too, for the benefit of other communities. There are tensions, yes–the quarrelsome (but hilarious) quintet of geriatrics and the antics of the rector’s young son prove that–but they do care about each other, even when they won’t admit it.

The villagers handle Steve’s criminal past with a gracious spirit.
His crime is unknown, but as various characters remind each other, people should be forgiven and allowed to start over. Steve has learned culinary skills in prison–Atherton gives us “Steve’s” recipe for Apple Crumble–and is trying to stick to the straight and narrow. As Aunt Dimity wisely says,“Wonderful things can happen when a man is given the support he needs to make the most of a second chance” (page 229).
The tone is generous and warm-hearted.
The book’s tone reminds me of an Alexander McCall-Smith novel. It gives me the feeling that nothing–not a cyclone or uprooted plans or crowded inn–is so horrible that a good cuppa can’t cure it. If that’s unrealistically optimistic, so be it. Sometimes we need to step away from the real world’s horrors, turn off the television (or internet) news, and read a cozy book like this. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom reminds me that people can be good.

4 1/2 stars. It didn't blow me away, but it was still a lovely novel. ( )
  MeredithRankin | Jun 7, 2019 |
Nice book. A little too samey-same with the other books in the series. A mystery that seems serious at first but then turns out to be harmless. Lori jumping to conclusions but then taking a step back to check her reasoning with some evidence (a small change from previous plots). But it's an OK cozy mystery, just a little too milky. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Aug 12, 2018 |
The Aunt Dimity are the epitome of the cozy mystery genre, there is always a mystery, and no one is dead, well except for Dimity but that’s beside the point. The latest book takes place not in Finch, but in the close-knit community of Shepney, where Lori is stranded by a extratropical storm. This is full of twists, turns, ghost stories, and a well- stocked bookstore.

Free review copy. ( )
  mrmapcase | Jul 30, 2018 |
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"In the 23rd installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dark and stormy night kicks off a ghost chase in rural England On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, on the southeast coast of England, for a quiet weekend together without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client--but after Lori drops him off, a powerful storm drives her off course and leaves her stranded in an ancient, rambling inn called The King's Ransom. When Lori is spooked by ghostly noises in the night, Aunt Dimity reminds her rather tartly that not all ghosts intend to harm the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. She learns that the inn was once a hangout for smugglers, and that it's riddled with secret tunnels the smugglers used to reach a network of hidden caves. Then there's the inn's cook--a brawny, gruff ex-con--who seems to have a beef with a mysterious French guest. Are the noises Lori hears made by the spirits of long dead smugglers? Or should she be more worried by the inn's living inhabitants? Joining forces with her new friend Bishop Wyndham, and guided by Aunt Dimity's wise counsel, Lori sets out to discover once and for all who--or what--is haunting The King's Ransom"--

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