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aunt dimity book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It has long been a tradition that there are no secrets in small villages – at least those that are  located in the English countryside. From Miss Marple to Aunt Dimity, tales of life in these villages have been ‘the story of an ordinary place where ordinary people had always lived extraordinary lives.’ (page 224, last line of chapter twenty-three.)

Seemingly simple happenings are not always so simple, but they’re difficult, if not impossible to predict. In this 21st chapter of life in Finch, Aunt Dimity’s village, there are now new owners in Ivy Cottage, Felicity and James Hobson, who have moved inland because their former abode, high atop the chalky cliffs of Dover was eroding at a startling pace, threatening to pitch them into the seas below. The Hobsons bring a new outlook to the villagers in Finch–that of metal detecting. Soon, all the villagers are eager to have a try with the interesting new activity, bringing an assortment of metal objects out of the dirt and into the daylight.

In the meantime, Lori Shepherd, niece of the afore-mentioned Dimity, who now lives in Dimity’s cottage with her young family, discovers an old-looking gold and garnet bracelet in the attic. She coaxes the story of the bracelet from Aunt Dimity, which sends Lori off to London in an attempt to right a half-century old wrong, and issue an apology to a young man known only as Badger. With the help of Adam, a young native of Bloomsbury, Lori is thrust into the middle of a bustling coffee shop, inhabited by a typically English assortment of curious and helpful individuals.

There had been a romance in that earlier era, that would affect not only the persons involved, but also several from the current days. History proves to be the tie that brings them all together in a most satisfying way.

If you’re tired (for the moment, at any rate) of car chases and gunfire or other explosive  loud noises, you’ll enjoy visiting this laid-back, pastoral tale of love–both requited and non. If you’re new to Aunt Dimity and her adventures, you have a treasure trove of lovely reading experiences ahead of you.


First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Viking. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.