As I write this it is perfect weather outside for reading. It’s cool, but not out right cold. Rain is coming down steadily, but it isn’t threatening to storm so bad that we lose power. So why am I am reading? Well, I have a stack of no less than eight books to review before I return them to the library or accrue fines. In other words, it’s time to write and get almost three weeks of reviews off my plate. Maybe then I can read another book in this perfect reading weather.
First up: Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed by Nancy Atherton. It is the third book in the Aunt Dimity mystery series. This goes back to the original character Lori Shepard , who is found in Aunt Dimity’s Death. As promised, she married Bill Willis. The action in Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed begins two years following their marriage.
Lori’s lovable husband with a wacky sense of humor has turned into a high-powered workaholic attorney that she hardly recognizes and barely sees. He’s slowly but surely pushing his father towards retirement out of concern for his health. Lori’s ready to start a family, but a girl can’t conceive by herself. Out of desperation Lori plans a second honeymoon for them at Aunt Dimity’s cottage in England.
The honeymoon gets off to a terrible start when it is her father in law that accompanies her to the cottage. Bill is off in Maine trying to solve a 30-year-old estate dispute that will be the crowning achievement in his career. If this wasn’t bad enough, Lori’s beloved father in law disappears into thin air the first time she leaves him alone in the cottage.
She and Nell, the neighbor’s teenage daughter, chase all over England in an effort to save William from opening giant cans of worms, like moving from Boston and turning the cottage into a law office or uncovering the originals of the family dispute that sent his ancestor to America. Of course Aunt Dimity and Reginald, Lori’s stuffed rabbit, get involved in the chase.
Will they find William before he gets injured or starts another family feud? Will Lori finally give up on her marriage and get a divorce or will Bill come to his senses in time? And just what is going on with the food poisoning?
This is another fun and delightful romp with Aunt Dimity’s guiding hand keeping things together. It is as fun as the first two books that I read and definitely worth finding a copy to read.
Have you read any of the Aunt DImity books by Nancy Atherton? What do you think about them?