Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity Series #16)

Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Aunt Dimity Series #16)

by Nancy Atherton

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Overview

The gentle spirit's sixteenth adventure is a New York Times bestseller and as "cozy and charming as a cup of Earl Grey" (Bookpage.com). And watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom, coming in July 2018 from Viking! 

After a dizzying time Down Under, Lori Shepherd returns to Finch and finds that her wealthy father-in-law, William Willis, Sr., has just purchased a splendid ten-acre estate nearby. While William fends off local ladies intent on romance, Lori oversees the painstaking restoration of a peculiar painting found during renovations. It's nothing Lori can't handle-until moving furniture, strange sounds, and the theft of the painting prompt her to call on Aunt Dimity for help uncovering the estate's shadowy past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410435743
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/18/2011
Series: Aunt Dimity Series , #16
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-two Aunt Dimity Mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always I enjoyed Ms. Atherton's book, 'Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree' immensely. I work for a law firm and enjoy a good, relaxing book in the evening. I have all of the 'Aunt Dimity' series and recommend every one. They are well written, entertaining, no foul language or objectionable material. Just wonderful reading to help 'melt' away the stress of the day.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd is thrilled that her father-in-law is moving to Finch to be closer to his son and grandsons. William Shepherd, Sr. is a wonderful addition to the community. He has bought Fairworth House and spent an excessive amount of money fixing it up. The community is all a buzz with the modifications and restoration of this historic home, but a lot of the members of the community are just buzzing about William himself as an eligible bachelor! After William, Sr. hires the Donovans to run his household, Lori notices strange things happening. She doesn't have a lot of time to deal with those issues because she and William, Sr. are completely engrossed in a game of deception to help a member of the community. With so many things changing and so many people completely interested in the comings and goings of Fairworth House, Lori has to stay on her toes! The community members are not happy with being out of the loop on Fairworth's business and believe it is their duty to solve the mysteries Lori and her father-in-law have set into motion. Aunt Dimity has to keep reminding Lori to not judge people before you have evidence, but it is so hard when she believes there is no room for questions. The problem is, she may be wrong. This is a wonderfully written cozy mystery! Perfect for curling up in front of a fire and reading and a great addition to the Aunt Dimity collection. Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following some time in New Zealand (see Aunt Dimitry Down Under), Lori Shepard returns to her home village Finch in the Cotswolds. Meanwhile her affluent father-in-law William Arthur Willis Sr. has retired from the Boston based family law firm he ran for years and has moved nearby to spend time with his seven years old twin grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law. Lori helps William hire a live-in couple Deirdre and Declan Donovan as cook and groundskeeper. She also assists her in-law with a meet the neighbors' party. However, strange things occur after Willis moved into Fairworth; the furniture moves and unexplained noises happen. Lori asks her amateur sleuth partner Aunt Dimity the ghost to help investigate what appears to be the paranormal. At the same time baker Sally Pyne returns from Mexico begging the American for help. In North America, she met Henrique Cocinero, who is coming to see her, but lied by telling him she is Lady Sarah of Fairworth House. The latest Aunt Dimitry tale is more a comedy of errors looking at a Boston Brahmin invading an English village rather than a murder mystery. The story line is brisk and jocular as William the red Sox fan tries to help Lady Sarah pull off her ruse while his grandchildren know cricket not baseball. Fans will enjoy this lighthearted amusing paranormal cozy, but the bumps in the night (and day) are minor league compared to what Aunt Dimitry has dealt with in previous whodunits. Harriet Klausner
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have you ever felt like you have read a book before but know you have not because it has only recently been released? Such was the case with this book. The plot was so similar to another book I had read that I pretty much knew what was going to happen before it did. Willis Sr. has moved into Fairworth Manor to be near his son's family. He hires a young couple as live-in staff, but his daughter-in-law Lori has her doubts about them. Meanwhile, the village tea shop owner got herself into a bind by pretending to be the lady of the manor while on a trip to Mexico. Now Henrique is coming for a visit, and she has to enlist the help of Willis and others to save face. There is no murder, but there are missing and moved objects. It was a quite pleasant read, but I'd have to say it was pretty predictable if I anticipated the outcomes. I keep trying to figure out if the plot is possibly plagiarized from another, but I haven't come up with one yet.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A charming entry in the Aunt Dimity series. Not my favorite but not bad either. Lori is becoming incrementally less foolish which is a relief. And the mystery, while basically crime-less, for once retains some actual elements of mystery. The best part is always the villagers and they were prominent in this one, thus meriting four stars.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd¿s father-in-law has purchased a decrepit old home, Fairworth, and is restoring it with Lori¿s help. But before he¿s barely moved in, William Willis, Sr. gets roped into allowing his home to be used to pull off an elaborate hoax on the people of Finch, their Cotswold village. The ruse involves two houseguests: Sally Pyne, who owns the local teashop, and the Latin lover she met while on vacation in Mexico. Two other newcomers are in residence: Deirdre and Declan Donovan, a husband-and-wife team who will be cooking, cleaning, gardening and helping William maintain Fairworth. They¿re almost too good to be true, thinks Lori. Her intuition is usually pretty keen, so she decides to keep an eye on them in case they¿re up to no good.Where does the family tree come in? The genealogical record comes in the form of an old painting, found at Fairworth covered over with soot and who-knows-what-else. It¿s in Finch being restored by a friend of Lori¿s. What will it reveal about Fairworth¿s history?Although she¿s busy worrying about William and the open house he¿s planning, Lori finds time to communicate with Aunt Dimity, a ghost who was a friend of Lori¿s mom. Although Lori never met Aunt Dimity in life, the two have carried on a robust correspondence over the last decade or so. Can Aunt Dimity help Lori with her problems and keep our heroine from running amok in Finch? Of course she can! This is a sweet series I¿ve been reading (and collecting in hardcover) since Aunt Dimity¿s Death. I prefer the stories that take place in Finch, rather than those that have Lori gallivanting around the world. The Aunt Dimity books can transport readers away to another world for the few hours it takes to read them.
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming entry in the series. This story focuses chiefly on Willis, Sr.; the widows pursuing him, who are known as the Handmaidens; and the English cottage that is filled with strange goings-on.
ashleywintters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd is thrilled that her father-in-law is moving to Finch to be closer to his son and grandsons. William Shepherd, Sr. is a wonderful addition to the community. He has bought Fairworth House and spent an excessive amount of money fixing it up. The community is all a buzz with the modifications and restoration of this historic home, but a lot of the members of the community are just buzzing about William himself as an eligible bachelor!After William, Sr. hires the Donovans to run his household, Lori notices strange things happening. She doesn¿t have a lot of time to deal with those issues because she and William, Sr. are completely engrossed in a game of deception to help a member of the community. With so many things changing and so many people completely interested in the comings and goings of Fairworth House, Lori has to stay on her toes!The community members are not happy with being out of the loop on Fairworth¿s business and believe it is their duty to solve the mysteries Lori and her father-in-law have set into motion. Aunt Dimity has to keep reminding Lori to not judge people before you have evidence, but it is so hard when she believes there is no room for questions. The problem is, she may be wrong¿This is a wonderfully written cozy mystery! Perfect for curling up in front of a fire and reading and a great addition to the Aunt Dimity collection.Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart warming story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, setting and plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another piece of the puzzle. A very good read.
TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I love the series! This one brings us up to date on what's happening in "the quaint village of Finch". The author puts us in the country side of the Cotswold. Great descriptions--I feel like I'm there. This series is the greatest book to keep at bedside because it's engaging enough to keep your interest and make you feel part of the village, but it's not so intense as to keep you awake for hours or give nightmares.
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AvalonAyr More than 1 year ago
Fun and engrossing adventure, Aunt Dimity mysteries always make me smile and come away feeling good! Read It you Love it!
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nonnie42 More than 1 year ago
Far and away her best book yet, and I eagerly await the next one. Wouldn't you love to know a place like Finch ?
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