Diving into a series at the fifteenth book is always a
little tricky. But with AUNT DIMITY DOWN UNDER, Nancy
Atherton's latest installment in her "Aunt Dimity The
Paranormal Detective" stories, the delightful story of the
spirit who advises from beyond, her human contact Lori, and
their adventures to New Zealand successfully stands alone
as a charming, fun-filled story as easily as it does as a
continuation of the series.
Lori Shepherd's life is rocking along peacefully when she
receives the devastating news that the village elderly
matriarchs, twin sisters Ruth and Louise Pym, have taken
seriously ill and are asking for her. But she is shocked to
find that instead of saying her final goodbyes to her
beloved friends, they have a mission for her to undertake
on their behalf. The sisters want Lori to track down their
long-lost, formerly unknown brother, Aubrey and his last
known address was in New Zealand.
So Lori, armed with Aunt Dimity's trust blue journal, heads
to the Land Down Under the Land Down Under to track down
the missing Pym sibling. Upon her arrival, she meets up
with Cameron Mackenzie, a close friend of her husband's,
who become an invaluable help as they chase down Pym family
members all across the islands that make up New Zealand.
But will Lori be able to locate the last surviving Pym
family member in time to make it home for a happy reunion
with the sisters or will their somewhat dark family secrets
prevent her from fulfilling her promise? With a little
otherworldly help from Aunt Dimity, she will.
Nancy Atherton has created a charming series of books based
on the fascinating Aunt Dimity, the spirit who writes to
Lori in a journal. Dimity, for those who aren't familiar
with the books, was a close friend of Lori's mother during
World War II when they both served in London. Lori grew up
hearing stories about the famous Dimity, but thought her
mother had made up the stories until she learns that Dimity
has passed away and left all her property in England to
In AUNT DIMITY DOWN UNDER, fans of the series can catch up
with all the activities of Lori's family and friends, and
newcomers are quickly brought up to speed as the newest
adventure unfolds. Atherton's wonderful descriptions of New
Zealand are breathtaking, and she works in a quite a bit
of "Lord of the Rings" trivia as she uses information about
the filming of the movies that were shot in New Zealand to
enhance her story.
AUNT DIMITY DOWN UNDER is a thoroughly enchanting, lively
cozy of a mystery that will leave readers charmed and
looking for more of the same captivating stories.
A shock-wave rocks Lori Sheperd's peaceful life in the small
English village of Finch when she learns that her beloved
neighbors, Ruth and Louise Pym, may be dying. When the
eccentric, elderly sisters summon her, she races to their
sickroom, prepared to say a heartbreaking goodbye. Instead
the Pym sisters ask a favor of her. Will she find their
long-lost brother Aubrey before Death claims them?
Lori didn't even know they had a brother, let alone that
Aubrey Pym was an unrepentant scoundrel who was
disinherited, disowned, adn cast out the family in disgrace.
She's even more alarmed to discover his last known address
is in New Zealand! Though she has many misgivings, Lori has
no choi8ce. Her heart compels her to grant what may be her
dear friends' dying wish.