Friday, April 8, 2011

Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton

Released: February 2010

Aunt Dimity Down Under is the fifteenth book in the paranormal cozy mystery "Aunt Dimity" series and the FIRST novel in a cozy mystery series that has ever brought tears to my eyes.

Lori Shepherd and the entire town is abuzz with the preparation for the wedding between Nell and Kit; the most beautiful couple in all of Finch. However, the wedding is put on hold when Finch's notorious elderly twins -- the Pym sisters Ruth and Louise -- are suddenly on their death-bed. Because Lori is well-known for her sleuthing and ability to solve various mysteries over the years, she is called upon by the Pym sisters to locate their long-lost relative named Aubrey. Lori's lead takes her all the way to New Zealand, where she takes on one of the most important tasks she's ever had in her life -- and perhaps the lives of the Pym sisters as well.

Aunt Dimity Down Under is by far the best book in the series to date. The inevitable pending deaths of the Pym sisters is heartbreaking and just devastating to endure. I'm sure it had to happen at some point since Atherton has her characters age throughout the series, and the Pym sisters were rumored to be a century old in the very first Aunt Dimity book. This particular book is structured perfectly, with the mystery itself being the wild scavenger hunt Lori embarks on to find Aubrey Pym.

Aunt Dimity Down Under is a definite page-turner and I have no doubt current Aunt Dimity fans will absolutely remember this book forever. The emotional attachment is just too strong considering this is book #15 in the series. I highly recommend it!

The next book in this series is Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree, which released February 2011. The series in its entirety is one of my favorite all-time cozy mystery series, and is featured in an article for "The Best Cozy Mystery Series" at Dreamworld Book Reviews -- The Best Cozy Mystery Series.

                                        Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree

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