A chance encounter leads Lori into a mystery of long-forgotten secrets...
Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince is a delightful mystery stretching back to the Russian Revolution. Perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Rebecca Tope.
'How do you describe an Aunt Dimity mystery... the real magic is in the storytelling. This enchanting series is as cosy as a warm fire on a winter's night' - Denver Post
In the sleepy Cotswold village of Finch, Lori Shepherd has two restless seven-year-old boys on her hands. When a friend suggests an outing to Skeaping Manor - a bizarre Jacobean house-turned-museum - she leaps at the idea. There they meet Daisy Pickering, a sweet nine year old in a shabby pink parka who regales them with tales of Russian aristocrats.
When a fine silver figurine turns up in the pocket of a similar pink parka at Lori's local thrift shop, she recognizes it instantly as the object that mesmerized young Daisy. But when she tries to track down Daisy's mother, she finds they have disappeared without a trace. Stranger still, it seems one of Daisy's imagined Russian princes may be very real - and in desperate need of help. With her Aunt Dimity's otherworldly guidance, Lori begins to unravel a tangled web of secrets stretching from England's finest country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution...
What readers are saying about Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince:
'With a bit of romance and a dash of humour, Atherton comes through once again with a charming read'
'An intriguing and fun read'
'Atherton is a clever and funny writer. I enjoy the twists and turns she takes to solve the mystery. Great read'
Atherton's spritely 18th paranormal cosy starring Lori Shepherd (after 2012's Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch) is an excellent jumping-on point for newcomers. Shepherd, an American expat living in the Cotswolds, has her hands full as "wife, mother, community volunteer, busybody-in-training, and chairwoman" of a nonprofit trust. Despite all this, Shepherd finds time to play sleuth, aided by the spirit of her Aunt Dimity Westwood, who fills the blank pages of a journal with her thoughts. This time, Aunt Dimity assists Lori and her family as they arrive at Skeaping Manor, a stately-home-turned museum complete with mummies and shrunken heads. While there, Lori is intrigued by a young child, Daisy Pickering, daughter of the manor's cleaning woman, who identifies a silver piece as a saltcellar. The item disappears, as do the Pickerings, and Lori becomes convinced that these events are linked with Daisy's claims that the saltcellar belonged to a lost Russian prince. Atherton's assured prose allows readers to buy into the offbeat concept for a dead assistant investigator, and things play out in traditional cosy fashion.