Friday, January 25, 2008

#9 Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin

Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin
Nancy Atherton
Cozy Mystery
4 out of 5

Needing a break from heavier books, I always return to Aunt Dimity for a bit of R&R. During Lori’s volunteer work at Radcliffe Infirmary, she is saddened to learn that Elizabeth Beacham, a legal secretary, has had no visitors during her stay. Well, that just can’t be, so Lori packs off with her book cart and approaches Elizabeth with books and conversation. Soon a kindred friendship develops, but it ends way too soon. Finding out that Elizabeth did have a relative, one who could have visited, she sets off to find this wayward brother and of course this is where the mystery begins. Being left with a letter and two keys, Lori finds out about Lizzie’s life; and of course it wasn’t what it appeared to be. Elizabeth was a much more extraordinary woman than even Lori could have imagined and because of Lori’s kindness, the loved ones in Lori’s life will benefit from a woman that they didn’t even know.I enjoyed this book, may of the previous characters are mentioned and their storylines are moved forward. I had been disappointed in the previous book (Aunt Dimity Snowbound) but this one has made up for that.

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