I’ve loved and adored Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series for almost two decades now. An old friend in high school handed me a copy of the very first one freshmen or sophomore year and I’ve been hooked ever since. They are the literal definition of a cozy mystery, complete with a friendly spector from beyond the grave and nestled in the English countryside. Aunt Dimity & the Heart of Gold is the 24th book in the series, and I might start a side reread for the winter.
Published just a mere nine months before the world was shut down by Covid 19, the latest installment of the Aunt Dimity series finds the countryside village of Finch shuttered by it’s own viruses – luckily for them it only involves head and chest colds.
But it’s Christmas time in Finch and the festivities must go on, at least for those well enough to attend them. Lori Shepherd and her family are attending a pre-Christmas bash at Anscombe Manor, a centuries old, sprawling home that doubles as a riding school and is owned by her best friends. The party goers are equally shocked by the ice storm that keeps them overnight, as well as the mysterious stranger who ends up in a ditch just outside. After making sure their newfound guest is alright, more mysteries ensue as they explore the manor in the night, finding a room with a long held secret inside.
I do love the world Atherton has created and will keep reading her books as she churns them out. Her characters are funny, fresh, and endearing and her descriptions are as delicious as the recipe at the end of her books.
Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars
Would I read it again: Absolutely!