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Hidden among her belongings are clues that Lori feels certain Miss Beacham wished to be discovered after her death. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, coming in May 2017 from Viking! Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired le Hidden among her belongings are clues that Lori feels certain Miss Beacham wished to be discovered after her death. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, coming in May 2017 from Viking! Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary. But after only one visit, Miss Beacham passes away, leaving behind no family except a brother who has mysteriously disappeared. Armed with the generous help of a handsome neighbor and, as always, Aunt Dimity's supernatural skills, Lori begins to unearth Miss Beacham's secrets--including the surprising truth about her next of kin. Full of delightfully surprising twists and turns, Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin is another page-turning installment in the mystery series that has won the hearts of cozy mystery fans everywhere.


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Hidden among her belongings are clues that Lori feels certain Miss Beacham wished to be discovered after her death. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, coming in May 2017 from Viking! Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired le Hidden among her belongings are clues that Lori feels certain Miss Beacham wished to be discovered after her death. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, coming in May 2017 from Viking! Feeling a touch world-weary, Lori Shepherd decides to become a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary. But after only one visit, Miss Beacham passes away, leaving behind no family except a brother who has mysteriously disappeared. Armed with the generous help of a handsome neighbor and, as always, Aunt Dimity's supernatural skills, Lori begins to unearth Miss Beacham's secrets--including the surprising truth about her next of kin. Full of delightfully surprising twists and turns, Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin is another page-turning installment in the mystery series that has won the hearts of cozy mystery fans everywhere.

30 review for Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin

  1. 5 out of 5

    C. (friends, please call me by name)

    I can’t believe this is volume #10. “Aunt Dimity And The Next Of Kin” felt like five stars.... until the denouement. I give at least three, for the pleasure of most of the pages but preposterous motives fell far. Be assured that explaining the lack of believability, consists of small examples that do not affect the journey of this mystery. This book is less about the destination and all about the compelling quest to answer questions. It is a pity the answers flopped. My examples will be general I can’t believe this is volume #10. “Aunt Dimity And The Next Of Kin” felt like five stars.... until the denouement. I give at least three, for the pleasure of most of the pages but preposterous motives fell far. Be assured that explaining the lack of believability, consists of small examples that do not affect the journey of this mystery. This book is less about the destination and all about the compelling quest to answer questions. It is a pity the answers flopped. My examples will be general enough that new readers will not recall them. Lori Shepherd’s Finch cottage, home of a magic journal that facilitates conversation with the previous owner, is near Oxford. There, Lori is the St. Benedict’s shelter volunteer and benefactress. Her monologue about seeing its grimy patrons as people, shows the depth and heart in these novels. The paranormal aspect too tiny for my liking, is besides the point in some of the mysteries. However, Aunt Dimity understood people and is a comforting shoulder to consult. We are introduced to a character we wish we weren’t meeting at her end, Elizabeth Beacham. She was a living guardian angel to many. Lori insists on knowing why she inherited the cat-welcoming apartment, instead of Elizabeth’s brother. I revelled in Bill’s craftiness with her unhelpful lawyer. The shoe of believability drops here. Do you recall feeling outraged about “The Mystery Mile”, in which most circumstances were known to Albert Campion and he led the other characters astray? It was nuts for Elizabeth’s lawyer to deem her brother’s whereabouts secret! I additionally can’t believe in anyone so insecure, as to think it a threat to alert her husband, that he ought to visit his fading Sister. Regardless, I have no doubt that other Nancy Atherton novels will be fantastic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I love the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton. They are gentle stories, with humor and just enough puzzle to keep me reading. I haven't been able to find all of them at my library and I've been reading them out of order. But I don't think it matters. Aunt Dimity is actually a spirit who communicates to her adopted niece, Lori, through an old journal. Lori is an American who inherited Dimity's cottage (and fortune) in the Cotswolds and lives there with her American lawyer husband and their twin I love the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton. They are gentle stories, with humor and just enough puzzle to keep me reading. I haven't been able to find all of them at my library and I've been reading them out of order. But I don't think it matters. Aunt Dimity is actually a spirit who communicates to her adopted niece, Lori, through an old journal. Lori is an American who inherited Dimity's cottage (and fortune) in the Cotswolds and lives there with her American lawyer husband and their twin boys. Nancy Atherton, the author, depicts village life with its positives and negatives, and also creates a not-quite-so-perfect heroine. They are somewhat formulaic, but that's part of the appeal! This particular addition has a main character who dies early in the book, leaving a puzzle for Lori to solve. It seems very like the first book in the series which introduces all the characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    These books just keep getting better and better. I like the more mature Lori. Her interactions with people from all walks of life make her a great role model, not to mention that these people are very interesting. Miss Beacham is a case in point, as are Blinkers and Big Al. I can't wait to try her raisin bread, although Lori mentioning that she had to make it seven times before she got a good loaf makes me worry a bit. As Lori tries to find out more about Miss Beacham's life, another world opens These books just keep getting better and better. I like the more mature Lori. Her interactions with people from all walks of life make her a great role model, not to mention that these people are very interesting. Miss Beacham is a case in point, as are Blinkers and Big Al. I can't wait to try her raisin bread, although Lori mentioning that she had to make it seven times before she got a good loaf makes me worry a bit. As Lori tries to find out more about Miss Beacham's life, another world opens up. She meets shopkeepers, artists, lawyers, and finally the brother, Kenneth Beacham, who is a bit of a disappointment after getting to know his sister. It would also have been nice to see how his son, Miss Beacham's nephew, turned out. It didn't sound as if he had much of a chance of turning out well, but sometimes the emotionally deprived ones are the very ones who will surprise you. Knowing Lori, I was also a bit disappointed that she didn't come up with a scheme to force poor Mrs. Pollard into getting out of her lonely house. Even the Mrs. Pollards of the world need attention and can surprise you when they get it. I'm a Pollyanna at heart, so I love the way Lori "fixes" people and was very happy that she wasn't attracted to anyone but her husband in this book. The boys, as usual, were priceless. I'll never forget the pony scene. I have a picture in my head of Lori vaulting the fence. Great stuff!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this Aunt Dimity 'adventure'. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin provided me or I should say the sociologist in me to view people and their reactions to a particular character in this book, and I definitely liked what I read. I purchased a book that had been a library book which is an original copy printed in 2005. I thought the cover of this edition is truly fine as the story that followed is also. Lori Shepard decides to provide a service for this Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed this Aunt Dimity 'adventure'. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin provided me or I should say the sociologist in me to view people and their reactions to a particular character in this book, and I definitely liked what I read. I purchased a book that had been a library book which is an original copy printed in 2005. I thought the cover of this edition is truly fine as the story that followed is also. Lori Shepard decides to provide a service for this hospital in Oxford which this 'Infirmary' does not have, and that is visitation to patients who have no visitors. This is how Lori meets Miss Beacham, a former legal secretary, who is dying from cancer, but who is very bright and out-going. Lori and Miss Beacham become close friends immediately as though they had known each other forever. Unfortunately, Miss Beacham passes away after only a short amount of visits. Lori is devastated, but then she becomes angry because her friend, Miss Beacham, was alone. Why should she have been alone when she had mentioned her 'baby brother' Kenneth? Where was Kenneth? Why didn't he visit her in hospital? Lori is determined to find out why. Herein lies the story, and an excellent one it is too! Highly recommend!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This series offers cozy mysteries with amusing and quirky characters, in the life of Lori and her Aunt Dimity. Each one has been a fun and entertaining read to be sure. It is appreciated that each book is able to stand on its own and usually concludes with an HEA.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Always a pleasure to read an Aunt Dimity book, and this one benefited from more of Bill, and less of Lori lusting after the random male lead, despite being happily married. The mystery was satisfying, and the ending had more than the usual feel-good factor.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I read one of these books some time ago and had a run of bad books, so I thought I would try another uplifting sort of book as a departure from the norm. This one really makes you look in the mirror and consider what you have done lately for your neighbors. Once upon a time I had more than a few traits possessed by Lori, the main character in this series, but it is far easier to become involved in the lives of others when you are raising children. You fill the roles of coach, helper, caregiver, p I read one of these books some time ago and had a run of bad books, so I thought I would try another uplifting sort of book as a departure from the norm. This one really makes you look in the mirror and consider what you have done lately for your neighbors. Once upon a time I had more than a few traits possessed by Lori, the main character in this series, but it is far easier to become involved in the lives of others when you are raising children. You fill the roles of coach, helper, caregiver, provider as a natural part of investing in the community you live in. But now...? You get older if you're lucky, and you live alone and there are safety limitations that certainly prevent people from interacting with neighbors when they all seem to have guns at the ready. This series, however, is set in the Cotswolds, not the mean streets of Chicago. Otherwise, nice little story about Lori caring about a lady in hospital, visiting her daily and reading to her, etc.; lady dies; lady leaves interesting will that takes Lori into interesting situations with new opportunities to spread her kind of cheer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I enjoyed Lori's adventure as she probes into the seemingly mundane and obscure life of the now deceased Elizabeth Beacham as she searches for Ms. Beacham's next of kin--a brother who mysteriously disappeared from Ms. Beacham's life. This book illustrated that there is so much more to so many people than we ever realize, or know, and made me appreciate the humble and quiet way in which Ms. Beacham went about her life helping others, avoiding the limelight and certainly not seeking after the prai I enjoyed Lori's adventure as she probes into the seemingly mundane and obscure life of the now deceased Elizabeth Beacham as she searches for Ms. Beacham's next of kin--a brother who mysteriously disappeared from Ms. Beacham's life. This book illustrated that there is so much more to so many people than we ever realize, or know, and made me appreciate the humble and quiet way in which Ms. Beacham went about her life helping others, avoiding the limelight and certainly not seeking after the praise of "man". One quote that I found interesting was when Lori talked about Julian Bright, the priest at St. Benedict's Hostel for Transient Men. "When I'd first come to St. Benedict's Hostel for Transient men, I'd been reluctant to cross the threshold. The building was smelly, damp, and so run-down that it would have been condemned if any but the underclass had used it. I was put off by its inhabitants, as well. Like the bulding, they were smelly and run-down, and I did my best to avoid them. "Julian Bright had inspired a change of heart in me. he was a good man, and I wanted to be good--or at least better than I was--so I gritted my teeth and forced myself to look beyond the grimy faces, into the eyes of men who'd once been invisible to me. There, I discovered a hundred kinds of pain I could do something about, even if it was as simple as making a bed for a man accustomed to sleeping in doorways. I knew I'd never achieve Julian's level of selfless devotion, but my soul was a little larger because he'd shown me, by example, how infinitely large a soul can be." (pg. 84)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I've been reading cozy mysteries as research since I have a couple series I'm writing. Unfortunately, I'm finding that most are rather disappointing. They aren't well written, the characters are pretty two dimensional, the mysteries are transparent and so on. This one was a pleasant surprise. Lori Shepherd has inherited a house in England from her late mother's best friend, "Aunt" Dimity. She found out when she took possession of the house that Aunt Dimity can still communicate with her through I've been reading cozy mysteries as research since I have a couple series I'm writing. Unfortunately, I'm finding that most are rather disappointing. They aren't well written, the characters are pretty two dimensional, the mysteries are transparent and so on. This one was a pleasant surprise. Lori Shepherd has inherited a house in England from her late mother's best friend, "Aunt" Dimity. She found out when she took possession of the house that Aunt Dimity can still communicate with her through a journal. Now Aunt Dimity helps her solve mysteries. In this book, Lori befriends an old woman in a retirement home. When the woman dies, Lori sets out to find the woman's long lost brother. Along the way, Lori is involved in the grand opening of a riding academy and the lives of her twin five-year-old boys. While there is the expositional dialogue problem that a lot of cozies suffer from as well as the really convenient plot points, this one has well rounded characters--especially Lori and her husband. And I didn't feel the ending was cheat. I'll definitely pick up more of Nancy Atherton's books in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I love stories with a little mystery, a mildly twisty plot, nice people and evil people, and the nice people win in the end. Although many writers, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and other eminent names, have used this formula, sometimes its nice to read a "nice, little book." This series is like that, and this one is, I think, my favorite of the series so far. I won't ruin it for you. It's safe for everyone, but small children might not understand some of the nuances. Besides the nice I love stories with a little mystery, a mildly twisty plot, nice people and evil people, and the nice people win in the end. Although many writers, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and other eminent names, have used this formula, sometimes its nice to read a "nice, little book." This series is like that, and this one is, I think, my favorite of the series so far. I won't ruin it for you. It's safe for everyone, but small children might not understand some of the nuances. Besides the nice characters, witty dialogue, mystery, and correct ending (good wins, evil doesn't), at the end of each story is a recipe -- this one is a raisin bread, that I'm going to make today.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joy H.

    The story was fair, but the author intersperses boring details about her family and domestic life which I find boring and annoying. At least I managed to finish the book, drawn on by the hook of the mystery. I had hoped that Atherton's cozy mysteries might entertain me as much as Dorothy Gilman's "Mrs. Pollifax" cozy mysteries did, but, alas, Gilman is a hard act to follow. The story was fair, but the author intersperses boring details about her family and domestic life which I find boring and annoying. At least I managed to finish the book, drawn on by the hook of the mystery. I had hoped that Atherton's cozy mysteries might entertain me as much as Dorothy Gilman's "Mrs. Pollifax" cozy mysteries did, but, alas, Gilman is a hard act to follow.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I haven't read an Aunt Dimity book for a few months so it was fun to return to her. This time Lori is on the search for a missing brother of a woman she befriended in the hospital where she does volunteer work. As always, the characters are very real and the story holds you to the surprising end. I haven't read an Aunt Dimity book for a few months so it was fun to return to her. This time Lori is on the search for a missing brother of a woman she befriended in the hospital where she does volunteer work. As always, the characters are very real and the story holds you to the surprising end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Despite my misgivings about the stuffed animals, I have to say this was a delightful way to pass the time. What I like best about this series is that there's none of the silly plot devices that annoy me so much. No car chases, no damsel in distress. Just a nice, light mystery. Despite my misgivings about the stuffed animals, I have to say this was a delightful way to pass the time. What I like best about this series is that there's none of the silly plot devices that annoy me so much. No car chases, no damsel in distress. Just a nice, light mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Coller

    Yay! Finally! This Aunt Dimity was pretty good! Not much mystery in this one, but the story was believable so that's GOOD! In fact, the story line hit a little close to home with the truth that there's the family you're born into and the family you choose. I'm so thankful for my little village of chosen family! Lori's irritating moments were limited in this story and the inconsistencies were few. I've got books 11-14 now to read through and then I'll have tackled all this library has to offer in Yay! Finally! This Aunt Dimity was pretty good! Not much mystery in this one, but the story was believable so that's GOOD! In fact, the story line hit a little close to home with the truth that there's the family you're born into and the family you choose. I'm so thankful for my little village of chosen family! Lori's irritating moments were limited in this story and the inconsistencies were few. I've got books 11-14 now to read through and then I'll have tackled all this library has to offer in the way of Aunt Dimity. Can I do it? Yes I can!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    One of the books in the Aunt Dimity series that I have missed along the way. This series is set in the English Midlands in the quaint village of Finch. A perfect setting for a cozy mystery. I always enjoy Nancy Atherton's characters and storyline. This was not so much a murder mystery but a mystery that our heroine needs to solve. It did not disappoint! One of the books in the Aunt Dimity series that I have missed along the way. This series is set in the English Midlands in the quaint village of Finch. A perfect setting for a cozy mystery. I always enjoy Nancy Atherton's characters and storyline. This was not so much a murder mystery but a mystery that our heroine needs to solve. It did not disappoint!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen Maurer

    This is one of the earlier Aunt Dimity books and it is very well plotted. I wanted to tell everyone how Atherton wove all the pieces into a satisfying ending. I still think Hallmark should option this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynnette

    More adventure than mystery, and not entirely believable, but a fun tale nonetheless. It also has the positive message of "love thy neighbor" embedded within. I must add: I am glad that the romance in this installment of the series did not involve the already happily married woman. More adventure than mystery, and not entirely believable, but a fun tale nonetheless. It also has the positive message of "love thy neighbor" embedded within. I must add: I am glad that the romance in this installment of the series did not involve the already happily married woman.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

    Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin is my all-time favorite in this series. So, I'm kind of cheating by checking it in because I have read it at least 5 times. But, I decided to do so because I have never said exactly how much I love this book, or why. -First, it a true coziest-of-the-cozy mystery books because there are no murders, no thefts, no arson, etc., etc. It is a seek-and-find mystery, not a cozy crime book. So, at times in my life when I do not want to be stressed about any bad guys possibl Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin is my all-time favorite in this series. So, I'm kind of cheating by checking it in because I have read it at least 5 times. But, I decided to do so because I have never said exactly how much I love this book, or why. -First, it a true coziest-of-the-cozy mystery books because there are no murders, no thefts, no arson, etc., etc. It is a seek-and-find mystery, not a cozy crime book. So, at times in my life when I do not want to be stressed about any bad guys possibly sneaking up behind the protagonist (even knowing they go on to live and star in 15 more books), it's an excellent choice. -Second, the story is a puzzle where each clue leads to a different logical clue on down the line. You get to follow and enjoy as a co-conspirator in the hunt and it actually Makes Sense. No red herrings or sudden "guess what, the protagonist knew something the whole time that the author never told you!" stuff. -Third, and most important, especially in this day and age, it is a story that shows how caring for and about others spreads out like ripples in a pond and helps more people than you think. And, being reminded of that periodically is amazing for my mental outlook/health/stability.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet Rosfeld

    This book is one of the best so far in the Aunt Dimity series, with a depth and gravitas that has me reflecting on love, loss and friendship. If you like pleasant mysteries without bodies, and good writing this is the series for you. Lori Shepherd meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary when she volunteers at the Radcliffe Infirmary. After Miss Beacham dies Lori receives a set of keys and an envelope from Miss Beacham setting Lori on a quest to find the lady's lost brother Kenne This book is one of the best so far in the Aunt Dimity series, with a depth and gravitas that has me reflecting on love, loss and friendship. If you like pleasant mysteries without bodies, and good writing this is the series for you. Lori Shepherd meets Elizabeth Beacham, a kind, retired legal secretary when she volunteers at the Radcliffe Infirmary. After Miss Beacham dies Lori receives a set of keys and an envelope from Miss Beacham setting Lori on a quest to find the lady's lost brother Kenneth. Helped by Aunt Dimity's supernatural skills and Lori's own tenacity the mystery slowly unravels and we meet many delightful characters who reminded me that "there's the family you're born to and the family you choose" My favorite line..."When I looked into her eyes, I didn't see a dying woman. I saw her." What a great gift you gave her, Lori! You reminded her that she wasn't merely a disease, but a whole entire person with interests and passions that had nothing to do with her illness. When she looked at her reflection in your eyes, she didn't see a dying woman. She saw herself."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lori befriends a dying woman. No one has visited her so Lori thinks she is friendless. Nothing could be further from the facts. Miss Beacham is a loved and admired member of the Oxford community. She is a great listener and leaves several small legacies to the shop keepers along the street she travels each day to work. She also leaves money to St. Benedicts after learning about them from Lori. Her brother is her next of kin and responsible for releasing her body for burial. He (Kenneth) has disap Lori befriends a dying woman. No one has visited her so Lori thinks she is friendless. Nothing could be further from the facts. Miss Beacham is a loved and admired member of the Oxford community. She is a great listener and leaves several small legacies to the shop keepers along the street she travels each day to work. She also leaves money to St. Benedicts after learning about them from Lori. Her brother is her next of kin and responsible for releasing her body for burial. He (Kenneth) has disappeared Lori is told. Lori finally tracks him down. He was unaware of her hospitalization and death. His wife was informed, but she didn't tell her husband. All their married life, Dorothy has been jealous of the feelings Kenneth has for his sister and demanded that he choose between the two of them. Kenneth relied on his wife for his job and social position; so he chose her. He received nothing in his sister's will. Good detective work.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenges: Cozweek Round 3 2021 - THIS: Cozy feel (1); Calm: tea (2); Favorite genre (3); TRIED AND TRUE: A Favorite author (4); Reading Goal Posts/2021 TBR Jar. Always refreshing to read a mystery guided by the loving wisdom of Aunt Dimity. These mysteries often lie within the dysfunctional secrets of others, but in this case an enigmatic character is a person to be deeply admired, one that should be emulated by everyone. Her life and actions are counterpoint to that of her brother's. But she Challenges: Cozweek Round 3 2021 - THIS: Cozy feel (1); Calm: tea (2); Favorite genre (3); TRIED AND TRUE: A Favorite author (4); Reading Goal Posts/2021 TBR Jar. Always refreshing to read a mystery guided by the loving wisdom of Aunt Dimity. These mysteries often lie within the dysfunctional secrets of others, but in this case an enigmatic character is a person to be deeply admired, one that should be emulated by everyone. Her life and actions are counterpoint to that of her brother's. But she has constructed her own community and life of beauty in spite of the loss of familial love. This leads to personal growth of the main character who doggedly wants to find the truth, and the lives of those whose paths she crosses in this quest are changed forever.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen A. Wyle

    One of the most enjoyable installments of this series, for me at least. That may be partly due to the nature of the mystery (as to which I'll only say that it isn't gory), but I also appreciated the way various threads came together and various difficulties were overcome. Lori, the series protagonist, is as impulsive and imperfect as ever, but we get a nice dose of her sense of humor as well as her good heart. The newly introduced secondary characters cover a spectrum from lovable/admirable to c One of the most enjoyable installments of this series, for me at least. That may be partly due to the nature of the mystery (as to which I'll only say that it isn't gory), but I also appreciated the way various threads came together and various difficulties were overcome. Lori, the series protagonist, is as impulsive and imperfect as ever, but we get a nice dose of her sense of humor as well as her good heart. The newly introduced secondary characters cover a spectrum from lovable/admirable to clearly redeemable to long shots. Oh, and we meet another stuffed animal, though its history does not (except briefly) overlap Reginald's.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda C

    Lori Shepherd has volunteered at the local hospital to visit with patients who have no family or visitors. One such woman is an elderly cancer patient with terminal cancer. They hit it off and Lori spends a week visiting. But the next Monday when she arrives, Miss Beacham has passed. Her only next of kin is a brother, Kenneth. Lori is left any house items she wants, a phot album and an antique desk. She also finds that Miss Beacham has made a number of bequests to disadvantaged people. Lori is d Lori Shepherd has volunteered at the local hospital to visit with patients who have no family or visitors. One such woman is an elderly cancer patient with terminal cancer. They hit it off and Lori spends a week visiting. But the next Monday when she arrives, Miss Beacham has passed. Her only next of kin is a brother, Kenneth. Lori is left any house items she wants, a phot album and an antique desk. She also finds that Miss Beacham has made a number of bequests to disadvantaged people. Lori is determined to find the brother and find out why he has neglected his sister. In concert with one of Miss Beacham’s neighbors she begins her search. Better than the last couple I read in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    Aunt Dimity is a sounding board for Lori Shepard, our main character, general busy body and warm and caring person. One thing that was of note is how much Lori has changed in the years she has lived in the UK. She chats with everyone, and is much more likely to help a friend. On that note, she is helping and making new friends, only to find her latest has passed away, not unexpectedly, but suddenly, leaving Lori with a puzzle. It was fun watching the attempts to find the answers, even though som Aunt Dimity is a sounding board for Lori Shepard, our main character, general busy body and warm and caring person. One thing that was of note is how much Lori has changed in the years she has lived in the UK. She chats with everyone, and is much more likely to help a friend. On that note, she is helping and making new friends, only to find her latest has passed away, not unexpectedly, but suddenly, leaving Lori with a puzzle. It was fun watching the attempts to find the answers, even though some seemed obvious. The twisted path to the hidden answer was grand, although the reason for the secret was just sad. A very good read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clayton Yuen

    Being a senior citizen, I've often wondered about LIFE and how to write the final chapters of my life. Are you married, with children, with family, with friends? How do we "finish up" our life on this Earth. This brilliant novel gave me inspiration, a lesson learned, from a woman that had no family, no spouse, no children, but she had many a friend. YES, friends and family are life's essence, and we are all assured that "What we give equals what we get back!" Think about it! Being a senior citizen, I've often wondered about LIFE and how to write the final chapters of my life. Are you married, with children, with family, with friends? How do we "finish up" our life on this Earth. This brilliant novel gave me inspiration, a lesson learned, from a woman that had no family, no spouse, no children, but she had many a friend. YES, friends and family are life's essence, and we are all assured that "What we give equals what we get back!" Think about it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Lori decides what she needs is to connect to people again. She becomes a volunteer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she meets Elizabeth Beacham. She quickly cares about Elizabeth a great-deal and is upset to learn that she is dying and none of her relatives or friends have been to visit her in the hospital. After Elizabeth dies she sends Lori on a hunt to find her long-lost brother and to learn more about Elizabeth as she was in life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ReneE

    Another delightful read from Ms. Atherton. I enjoy her writing style; it just flows along effortlessly, without all the padding that so many writers stuff into a story. Everything is essential to the plot. The characters are wonderful and the mysteries always engaging. I personally did not have a problem with the ending as some did. There certainly are people like depicted at the end, and it certainly was believable although, of course, quite sad.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peter Barr

    This is barely a mystery, but is quite an adventure of the protagonist seeking answers to a question that has come her way. The heroine is a mother of two who volunteers at a hospital and meets a woman dying of cancer. Upon the woman dying, our heroine seeks out his brother to tell him of his sister's death. The story is one of things not being what they first appear and the answer to those mysteries. It is quite a pleasant tale. This is barely a mystery, but is quite an adventure of the protagonist seeking answers to a question that has come her way. The heroine is a mother of two who volunteers at a hospital and meets a woman dying of cancer. Upon the woman dying, our heroine seeks out his brother to tell him of his sister's death. The story is one of things not being what they first appear and the answer to those mysteries. It is quite a pleasant tale.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    I just love these mysteries. Everything is so cozy, with feel-good moments that make me want to get out there and help my neighbors. I also like how I can guess some elements of the ending, but am still surprised by the details. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who wants the draw of a mystery without the stress.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brodiebert

    A very simple book, okay to pass the time, but not exactly scintillating, I probably wouldn't bother with it if I wasn't bored at work. I don't know why the author bothered giving the main character children since she never spends time with them despite being independently wealthy; it is enough to make me dislike the main character. A very simple book, okay to pass the time, but not exactly scintillating, I probably wouldn't bother with it if I wasn't bored at work. I don't know why the author bothered giving the main character children since she never spends time with them despite being independently wealthy; it is enough to make me dislike the main character.

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