Book Review: Aunt Dimity Beats The Devil

Aunt Dimity Beats The Devil
Aunt Dimity Beats The Devil by Nancy Atherton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With rain crashing down, as her range rover climbs a steep embankment on the Northumberland moors, Lori Shepherd is beginning to doubt the wisdom of her decision to evaluate a book collection at Wyrdhurst Hall. The grim, neo-gothic hall that greets her is full of surprises: including a charming, secretive stranger and tales of haunted love. It will take all of Lori’s paranormal experience to solve the puzzle and restore peace to a family haunted by its past. – Good Reads

This is the perfect fluffy book for a chilly autumn evening! Curling up with a cup of tea and a hilarious ghost mystery just before Halloween- it doesn’t get any better than that! I like ghost stories when the spirits are friendly, like Aunt Dimity and her ghostly cohorts.

This book doesn’t have Bill or the twins in it, because Lori is traveling to a haunted mansion to categorize their ancient library. As if I needed another reason to love her character- she’s a bookish person with a bookish job!

Lori is at her best in this book, full of courage and fear, independent but needing help, flirty but faithful to her husband, brilliant and sometimes stupid, trusting and skeptical, all at once! She is such a beautifully complex and well-rounded person. It just adore her raw humanity! In this story, I really love how she gets all motherly toward everyone, trying to take care of them and guide them. She is such a caring and compassionate person.

And there is a new cast of supporting characters around Lori, each with their own background and their own voice. Each person has such a distinct personality, and their own way of interacting with the other characters in different circumstances. It just makes for interesting story-telling to see them all pushing through the mystery together.

There’s a little of everything in this book- tragic accidents, historical mysteries, romance, ghostly apparitions, intrigue, burglary, crime, action, suspense, hidden treasure, cozy tea times by the fire, and of course the delightful Aunt Dimity giving timely advice to the intrepid Lori.

I love this whole series!

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