Aunt Dimity and Lori Shepherd are back on the case in Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity Down Under. It’s a mystery that all genealogical enthusiasts will appreciate, as well as fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. I know those are two very different things, but Nancy Atherton manages to combine them in a heart wrenching book.
Ruth and Louise Pym rock the village of Finch to its foundations when they take to their deathbed. Instead of celebrating Nell and Kit’s wedding the citizens of Finch begin to hold a vigil as they take care of everyone’s favorite neighbor, the Pym twins. Lori vows to do whatever she can to help her beloved friends.
Little does she realize that this vow will take her to the ends of the earth in search of a long-lost black sheep brother. Ruth and Louise give her the assignment to their estranged brother Aubrey and bring the family back together again. Lori flies to New Zealand to track down their older brother, whom she is sure is dead since the twins are very very old. This is how genealogy and the Lord of the Rings connect together in this book. Lori travels all over New Zealand on the track of Aubrey and his descendants.
It’s a fun read mingled with the sadness of saying goodbye to some old friends. Thankfully Nancy Atherton brings some new characters into the mix who will probably be around for a while. I’ll admit that this is probably the first Aunt Dimity book that made me cry.
This is a cozy mystery so it is a clean read. There is not any explicit scenes or much foul language, if there is any.