22.11.13

AUNT DIMITY BEATS THE DEVIL, by Nancy Atherton

5/series. Despite what I regard as somewhat sappy titles, these are marvelously-constructed, beautifully-written books starring a feisty married woman with a slightly roving eye and a penchant for getting involved in really dicey situations. This one starts with her Range Rover falling off a cliff and goes onward and upward from there. But the best part is...Aunt Dimity is dead and communicates through a blue book in which her handwriting appears when our heroine, Lori Shepherd, "talks" to her. What a fabulous character! What marvelous settings! I love English country house situations, and this one's perfect, ranging from present day to World War I when the cream of British youth was slaughtered on the fields of France. For me, these are the perfect melding of plot, character, setting, history, and humor. They are, of course, a 5+.
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