Review of “Aunt Dimity and The King’s Ransom”


I enjoy the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton since the books tend to transport me to a cozy place.  This book did not disappoint.  I enjoy the easy repertoire between the main character, Lori, and her husband Bill as well as Lori’s innate ability to make friends wherever she goes regardless of their age and gender.

This novel begins Lori and Bill heading to Rye, a nearby town, for a weekend getaway sans kids.  Bill combined a work errand with the trip, so after dropping Bill off to his business colleague, Lori sets off for her deluxe hotel hoping to meet Bill later on in the afternoon. While on the road, Lori finds herself in the middle of a huge dangerous storm.

Due to the storm, Lori gets diverted to a town and is forced to spend the night at an inn called The King’s Ransom.  While there, she befriends a bishop named Bishop Wyndham and together they try and fathom what mysteries lie behind the strange noises they hear at night as well as the mystery behind the inn’s name.

This is a cute “mystery”, and there is no horror or gore involved. This is also not a thriller or even a romance; I think Atherton’s Aunt Dimity series are the epitome of the cozy mystery.  I enjoyed the setting and the characters.  The novel did get a bit mundane at parts, especially over the constant attempts at deciphering the mystery behind the inn’s name, but all in all, it was an enjoyable and light read.


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