Nancy Atherton débuted in 1993 and the beauty of used books is, I recently discovered the unusual "Aunt Dimity's Death". I've fallen in love with Nancy's originality, impeccable writing, and series that resembles nothing else! Thirty year-old Lori was financially poor and her mother had died. When a lawyer's letter came about a Dimity Woodcock's death, she was astonished that fairytales she grew up with, were about her mother's real friend in wartime England. Assisted by the lawyer's son Bill, there's a mission to fulfill at Dimity's cottage. Wonderful neighbours in Finch, warn that it is haunted.
Books undercut with the claim "It wasn't what I thought". One should base reviews on whatever a title turned out to be! In novel #2 "Aunt Dimity And The Duke", we're shown a cast elsewhere in England, which must take place about 8 years earlier, while Dimity Woodcock is alive. She is scarcely incorporated except as a caring figure who knew duke Grayson's Grandma. The sole familiar figures are the Pym sisters but you're drawn into such an ingenious concept with superb characterization; you dig right in. It isn't a leap to consider we influence other people. Not since David Eddings have I seen another author unfurl an offbeat story so well.
American computer analyst, Emma is free of a stagnant, heavy metal boyfriend and tours England. At Penford Hall where a disreputable musician died, she's hired to restore the garden of Grayson's Grandma in time for a festival. A myth is supposed to re-materialize at 100-year intervals. Englishman Derek is hired to locate the legend's artifact. If I'm correct, it occurred to me early on that Emma & Derek become Lori's neighbours in Finch! This author isn't conjuring angles willy nilly. She's the best of the best and her books are unforgettable.