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Atherton’s second novel proves more amusing than her first (Aunt Dimity’s Death) as it recycles several characters from that mystery/ghost story. Bostonian. The beloved Aunt Dimity returns in this delightful follow-up to the book that launched the Aunt Dimity series. Watch out for Nancy Atherton’s latest, Aunt. Aunt Dimity And The Duke By Nancy Atherton – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dimitg to Book Page. Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener.

Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity, book 2) by Nancy Atherton

When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England’s glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a d Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener.

A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers.

Suspecting there’s more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke’s invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty.

The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke’s beautiful cousin confirm Emma’s suspicions, and set her–with Aunt Dimity’s ghostly guidance–on the path to Penford Hall’s secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love. Paperbackpages. Published by Penguin first published Aunt Dimity Mystery 2. Dilys Award Vimity To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Aunt Dimity and the Dukeplease sign euke. Be the first to ask a question about Aunt Dimity and the Duke. Lists with This Book. Aug 29, Cyndi rated it really liked it. Aunt Dimity works her magic behind the scenes. A 40ish year old American woman embarks on a tour of the gardens in England. But she finds two little old ladies who are twins and finish each others sentences.

Aunt Dimity And the Duke

They are sitting on a bench in the middle of a maze. Apparently Aunt Dimity sent them to meet our American lass and send dukf to repair the gardens of a Duke.

More mystery and romance. Jul 04, Chibineko rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say that I’m still fairly pleased with the Aunt Dimity series so far, even though the series as a whole fairly surprises me so far.

Aunt Dimity and the Duke

Granted I’m only two books in, but Atherton has broken quite a bit of the regular norms of mystery writing as a whole. First off, there is no whodunit mystery here. Just like the first book, this is ultimately about people discovering themselves and each other. It’s these interactions that make the discoveries and daily actions so much sweeter. The mysteries are just sort of a little side bonus and aren’t really that much of a driving focus of the work. Secondly, Atherton breaks another rule by swapping out the characters almost entirely.


Dimity plays a very small role, as do the fabulous Pym sisters, but other than that the cast here is entirely new. There’s the potential for them to come back in a further book, but ultimately we have a new set to focus on.

They’re actually quite a nice set of characters. I liked Emma well enough, but much like the first book the side characters are the ones that really steal the show. The other thing I noticed was that you didn’t have to have read the previous book to enjoy this one.

You’ll be a little lost if you aren’t aware that Dimity is a ghost, but since she’s such a minor character here you won’t be too left out. Of course another thing I noticed was that despite this having been written in the 90s, this book aged fairly well overall. Overall I think I’m going to like this series. They’re not your typical mysteries, but that’s OK. Sometimes it’s good to have something that is outside the norm. I still think that people who predominantly or only read the more hard-core mysteries might find this a little too fluffy for their reading purposes, but for the most part most readers will enjoy this.

I realized belatedly that this book actually goes back into the past of Emma and Derek, who were very much in the first book. I just saw them as different characters since it was set so long before the events of book one and because I suppose this shows that Atherton can take characters you’re already familiar with and make them seem like new people in their own right.

Sie landet in Penford Hall, einem alten Schloss in Cornwall. Und dann ist Emma auch schon mittendrin in einem alten Geheimnis um eine verschwundene Zauberlaterne Ein ganz wunderbares Buch!

I was a bit all over the map today, and I just wanted a nice story. So, here is the thing with this series, I read it, and I recognize it’s issues, but somehow the books manage to work in spite of their issues. This book is another spectacular case of insta-love, which it tries to justify through “Dimity knows all, and has vague supernatural powers,” BUT.

It’s one heck of a case of instalove. Also, I am not sure that Nancy Atherton can write children, at least I enjoyed this.

Also, I am not sure that Nancy Atherton can write children, at least not consistently. There were two, Peter and Nell. I thought Peter was well drawn in the first half, and Nell in the second. But sometimes I was side-eyeing them. I really enjoyed the gardening motif that ran through this.

Also, the Pym sisters, and their unorthodox approach to job interviewing were a joy – we shall just sit here in the centre of du,e maze of a random garden, and interrogate those fellow-gardeners who manage to find us! I also generally enjoyed the Duke Grayson and his household. Also, I am a sucker for a secret passage. And Emma and Derek do work, they do. Even if somehow things feel a bit cliched at times with the set-up. Oh, and Syd turned out to be a joy.


Anyway, towards the end of this, there were times when I was laughing aloud, which I needed today. The thing is, you could sit down and pick holes in eimity, but somehow, someway, like Duke Grayson, it sails through on its charm. Even thought he flaws are apparent, at its core, it’s an enjoyable read. This was what I wanted to read today.

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Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton – FictionDB

Oct 01, Joan rated it liked it Shelves: It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t very good either. Aunt Dimity gets referred to a lot but is mostly off stage with no explanation of who she is. It seemed a very labor intensive way of setting up neighbors for Lori and family who know of Aunt Dimity.

The romance was pretty forced. Jilted American independent woman Emma goes to England to look at gardens, gets sent by twin Pym sisters to a specific location where she finds mysteries and of course, love. If I ha It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t very good either. If I had read the description first, I doubt I’d have wasted my money buying it. Well, I’ll donate to the library and get a tax write off. I’m still willing to keep going on this series since I know there were many I loved but I will be pretty reluctant to buy more of the series.

An extremely clever and intricate Aunt Dimity mystery. The cast of characters is big, but they all fit beautifully into the story. Nancy Anx Aunt Dimity and the Duke is a well written cozy mystery with a bit of the supernatural. Alles zu weit hergeholt und das mit Emma und Derek ging mir echt viel zu schnell und war nicht gerade realistisch in meinen Augen.

Lediglich Nell konnte mich begeistern.

Kann man lesen, kann man aber auch lassen. Jan dimityy, Almeta rated it really liked it Rhe This is a good solid cozy type mystery that is not syrupy or formulaic. Well the romance is but not the mystery element. There is also a paranormal element, but it is thw unobtrusive, that I was able to pass its appearance off as mere coincidence. There are some passages which brought me out of the story because of its dated times. The protagonist remarks to herself that it is odd that household staff would be carrying tetherless telephones, affordable only by the rich.

The book w This is a good solid cozy type mystery that is not syrupy or formulaic. The book was written inthe year that digital cordless phones were introduced. On reflection it was amusing to consider how advanced our technology has become in just these couple of decades.