A new local hero seems too good to be true...
The village of Finch is in trouble in Aunt Dimity and the Summer King, the twentieth instalment in Nancy Atherton's much-loved cosy mystery series. Perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Midsomer Murders.
'Aunt Dimity and the Summer King illuminates the layered writing room of Nancy Atherton's mind the best of Nancy Atherton on full display' - Electric Review
There's trouble brewing in the Cotswold village of Finch. Four recently sold cottages are now standing empty, and locals fear they will be turned into overpriced weekend homes.
For once Lori Shepherd can't help. The recent birth of her daughter and the preparations for her father-in-law's upcoming wedding have left her overwhelmed. Until, that is, she has a chance encounter with the 'Summer King' - eccentric inventor Arthur Hargreaves. In his presence Lori forgets her troubles.
But when Lori discovers detailed maps of Finch in the Summer King's library, she suspects he may be hiding darker motives. Is Arthur secretly plotting Finch's demise? With her Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori must find out once and for all...
What readers are saying about Aunt Dimity and the Summer King:
'[This book] has twists and turns that breathes excitement and curiosity with every page'
'Charming, humorous, and entertaining'
In Atherton's disappointing 20th paranormal cozy featuring amateur sleuth Lori Shepherd (after 2014's Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well), the ghostly Aunt Dimity, who left her cottage and fortune to Lori when she died, helps Lori figure out why two empty cottages aren't attracting new owners in the Cotswolds village of Finch. Lori also wants to learn more about the mysterious Arthur Hargreaves, an eccentric genius known to his family as the Summer King, and why her fellow villagers dislike him so vehemently. Unfortunately, Aunt Dimity's barely useful counsel can't make up for the slow pacing or the plethora of people totally besotted with Bess, Lori and husband Bill's baby and the excuses offered for Lori's ignorance of facts known to the other villagers just don't hold water. The denouement is far-fetched, and the charm and wit of earlier books in the series are sadly missing in this one.