Aunt Dimity Digs In (Aunt Dimity Series #4)

Aunt Dimity Digs In (Aunt Dimity Series #4)

by Nancy Atherton


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The fourth title in this series, featuring the beloved ghost Aunt Dimity, opens in a picturesque English cottage where the lovable Lori Shepherd is up to her elbows in pureed carrots and formula bottles, striving to be the perfect mother to twins! Luckily, a beautiful Italian nanny arrives just in time so Lori can help settle the local civil war stirred up by a visiting archaeologist's excavation.

With Reginald, the stuffed pink rabbit and Edmond Terrance, the stuffed tiger in tow, Lori hunts down a missing document, and the archaeologist digs up a lot more than artifacts. It is Aunt Dimity's magic blue notebook that provides the key to buried secrets and domestic malice, and shows all the residents of Finch that even the darkest acts can be overcome by forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670870615
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/1998
Series: Aunt Dimity Series , #4
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.97(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 Digs In (Aunt Dimity Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
First, I am not a believer in ghosts and such. However, I do realize that the author, I believe, uses the ghost-like character Aunt Dimity as an allegory (used to deliver a broader message about real-world issues and occurrences) within the storylines. I am not going to tell you about the story but rather just say that it is fun to read and gives insight into the foibles that can be found in many of us to include ourselves. We need to be reminded of them from time to time to keep us from getting too 'puffed up.' Enjoy this read and as I did in re-reading it. BTW, some of the petty 1-star reviews I have seen remind me of some of the foibles in characters in this series. Maybe the stories hit too close to home for some readers?
Djupstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nancy Atherton is the queen of the cozy mysteries. This is a fun and light series that keeps you guessing. And you always get a new recipe out of the deal! What an added surprise!
gerleliz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute series. Always a fun read
meyben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great lesson is learned when someone breaks in at the vicarage. Good book.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill Willis are the transplanted Americans in this little English village, living in the cottage left to Lori by her grandmother's best friend, Dimity, who kind of came with the cottage in the form of a ghost who only communicates with Lori through the pages of a Victorian journal. In this episode, Lori is struggling to take care of her three month old twin sons, while keeping up with the cottage, the garden, and Bill. She won't admit that she needs help, but when a couple of local ladies bring her a nanny out of nowhere, she reluctantly agrees to give the woman a try. The nanny, of course, is brilliant. Meanwhile, a discovery of ancient Roman artifacts in a scraggly field not far from the village, brings a flurry of change to the quiet little town when a famous archeologist arrives in town to explore the dig and takes over the old school building just weeks before the annual Autumn Festival. A civil war is brewing amongst the people of Finch, and a theft at the vicarage sets off a powder keg of long brewing resentments and hatreds that Lori never dreamed existed below the surface of this quiet town. It will take all her ingenuity and more than a little bit of other-worldly help from Dinity to solve the mystery and try to get to the truth.This is the second Aunt Dimity book I've read and I must say, this one was a real yawner. It was just too sweet, too "pat" and too contrived. There wasn't even a murder to solve in this one. LOL This series was written by a woman who was born and raised in central Illinois amongst the cornfields and the wheatfields, so really, what the hell does she know about English villages anyway. eh? This one gets a 2 because I /did/ finish it, but just barely.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series of mysteries is focussed on American Lori Shepherd, and the ghost of "Aunt" Dimity Westwood, her late mother's English best friend. Lori never met Dimity in life, but she can cmmunicate with her spirit though a mysterious blue journal. The series also includes apparently sentient stuffed animals and a great deal of paranormal activity. The series is extremely sweet, with the good characters being exemplars of generosity and kindness.In this volume, village life is turned upside down with the apparent discovery of a Roman archeological site.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Aunt Dimity Digs In is the 4th installment in Nancy Atherton's charming series, and the sense of family and community is very strong in this one - I actually shed a (happy) tear at the end. Well done!
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scovel More than 1 year ago
Aunt Dimity Digs In brings a whole new light to our favorite small town of Finch. If you thought you knew all the characters and could explain the history and thoughts of Finch - well you can't until you read this book. Our main character, Lori, has given birth to her twins and is overwhelmed with new motherhood. Dimity steps in to help out with care and also with giving her a mystery to solve. There is a archeological dig going on in town where Roman items have been found and the local Harvest Festival is in danger of not happening because of the school house being used for the dig. Tempers and feelings in the town are running hot and high as Lori tries to catch a thief and keep everyone for fighting. A fun twist on our favorite aunt!
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I've enjoyed every Aunt Dimity book I've read. Great bedtime read.
JanMarieIN More than 1 year ago
Very good and enjoyable read -as all of the series are!