Thursday, February 12, 2009

Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil

With rain crashing down on her Range Rover, as it climbs up a steep embankment on the Northumberland moors, Lori Shepherd is beginning to doubt the wisdom of her decision to evaluate a rare book collection at Wyrdhurst Hall.

The grim, neo-gothic hall that greets her upon arrival is full of surprises-including a charming, secretive stranger, and a cache of World War I letters that tell a tale of doomed love and hint at a hidden treasure. It will take all of Dimity's supernatural skills to help Lori solve the puzzle and restore peace to a family haunted by its tragic past.

The main reason I come back to read the Aunt Dimity series, is the simplicity. Not that the story is simple, but the way it's written and the way the author just grabs you, and keeps you entertained without suspense (the thriller kind) and gore. The author is an entertaining story teller.

As usual I found it very easy to get into the story and lose track of time. This time around we don't see Bill, Lori's husband. She's taking a working vacation away from the twins and Bill, to catalogue a collection of rare books for an old friend. And as usual Lori has the knack of finding trouble, this time around she accidentally drives through a military road, and, um, you should read the book.

It has the humour and the warmth that Aunt Dimity provides. Also cannot forget the wisdom. But there's a tiny problem, there's another ghost who needs Lori's help and she's not taking no for an answer. There's love letters between two young people that are divided not only because of war, but because of a cruel man.

Love it, and cannot wait to read the next book of the series.

Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton (4/5) Contemporary Mystery; Paranormal: Ghost; Published: Penguin (2001); Series: # 6, Aunt Dimity; 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (19); 2009 Support Your Local Library (14);

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