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In the newest installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dreary Christmas leads to hidden treasure and new friendships
It's almost Christmas in the small English village of Finch--and everyone is sick. Though many of the villagers regretfully decline their invitations to Emma Harris's annual Christmas bash, Lori Shepherd has no intention of missing it. When the winter weather takes a turn for the worse, it's agreed that none of the guests will leave until morning. There's general merriment as the Christmas party becomes a pajama party--until a car appears in the winding driveway and promptly slides off the slick pavement and into a ditch.
Matilda "Tilly" Trout--a lost and scatterbrained, middle-aged woman--is mercifully unhurt and invited to stay the night. While she catches her breath, Emma asks her other guests if they would like a tour of the Manor--including an odd room that puzzles her. Several guests put forth guesses as to its purpose, but it's Tilly who correctly identifies the room as a chapel. Placing a palm on one of the ornately-carved panels, Tilly finds a hidden compartment concealing a pile of glittering treasure--including an exquisitely decorated heart made of solid gold. Where did it come from, and why does it look so different from everything else in the chapel? Why didn't Emma even know about this hidden compartment in her own home until now--and how did Tilly?
With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help and Tilly's bewildering store of knowledge, Lori and friends set out to unravel the mystery behind the heart of gold. And, against all odds--and Christmas finally comes to Finch!
Set during the holiday season, Atherton's sweet, predictable 24th paranormal cozy (after 2018's Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom) finds American expat Lori Shepherd spared the virus that afflicts most others living in the Cotswolds village of Finch. Spared also is Lori's best friend, Emma Harris, who proceeds as planned with her annual Christmas party at Anscombe Manor. Bad weather, however, ensures that everyone at the party stays overnight, including an unexpected guest, Tilly Trout, who knows a lot about architecture, religion, and British history. When Emma gives her guests a tour of the manor, it is Tilly who identifies an unusual room as a former chapel and knows to press a panel that slides back to reveal a compartment filled with treasure, including a solid gold heart. Atherton keeps the suspense high as Lori and Emma, aided by the ghostly Aunt Dimity, set out to solve the decades-old mystery of the treasure. Series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy spending time in Finch with its endearing residents, earthly and otherwise.