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Aunt Dimity and the Duke [Mass Market Paperback]

Nancy Atherton
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Nov. 12 1995 Aunt Dimity Mystery
Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. 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 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.

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From Publishers Weekly

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 Emma Porter-a 39-year-old computer analyst and ardent gardener recently jilted by her longtime lover-is on her own in England, exploring Cornwall's gardens. A seemingly chance encounter leads her to Penford Hall, a name prominent in the tabloids five years earlier when a rock star's death peripherally involved Grayson Alexander, the 14th duke of Penford. At the Hall, Emma is greeted by Grayson as the savior of his ruined chapel garden, waiting to be restored in time for the village "Fete" that occurs once every 100 years to celebrate a legendary local supernatural event. That act is memorialized in a chapel window being examined by restorer Derek Harris, a widower who soon becomes Emma's romantic interest. Also present is a fading supermodel whose acerbic tongue cuts the story's high sugar level until she is rendered unconscious by a blow to the head. The source of Grayson's largesse and the identity of the model's attacker, when revealed, leave some questions unanswered, but romance runs rampant, happy endings abound and most readers will be smiling at book's end.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Atherton follows Aunt Dimity's Death (LJ 10/1/92) with a lightly Gothic-flavored forerunner set in a Cornwall mansion. Emma Porter, fortyish computer nerd and gardener, becomes entangled in a mystery involving the Duke of Penford. Aunt Dimity herself appears only in name-but no matter.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing read - it will leave you smiling! Aug. 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you are a fan of the "creamy bosoms" or "the rotten corpse revealed..." genre then Nancy Atherton's series will be too tame for you. IF, however, you are overwhelmed by the school shootings, drive-by shootings, drugs, earthquakes, and other natural and man-made mayhem then these books are PERFECT! Ms. Atherton's writing is elegant yet humorous, each chapter begins and ends with a hook without relying on blood, sex and gore for suspense. Our entire family has gobbled up the series (and we're lovers of such diverse authors as Patricia Cornwell and Garrison Keillor)! This series is also effective for bridging my 12-year old daughter from "babysitters" to more sophisticated literature. She, too,is hooked. TO: Nancy Atherton Re: MORE BOOKS! Write faster, girlfriend. We love you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True love, mystery and magic June 9 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it first came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. I just re-read it again and this gem definitely stood the test of time. I am married now and can see more clearly the deep love that grows between the characters, and I felt totally happy when I finished. I made sure to go find my husband to give him a hug. I also loved one of the action scenes where one of the heroes leaps out into the storm to save the heroine, he trips, and the heroine picks him up to go on. This is no wilted flower that needs to be rescued, just a real woman with the kind of vulnerabilities that we all share. Anyone who likes gardening, a real rip-snorter of a mystery, witty repartee and miracles will love this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book in a Wonderful Series Feb. 14 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this is the second book of the Dimity series I would recommend reading this one first as it is sort-of an off shoot from the character in the first book Lori - if you read Atherton's first book Aunt Dimity's Death first you sort-of loose some of the excitement of this book but it is still fabulous and fun.
Aunt Dimity and the Duke is set once again in the lush countryside of England. This time, as I said above - Aunt Dimity helps out Emma, who subsequently becomes Lori's best friend, (this book takes place before her first in the series)who takes a position gardening at a local mansion. There she meets Derek and helps to solve a mystery!
A wonderfully fun book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cozy mystery worth cozying up to.... April 25 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I only had one book to read on a rainy afternoon, this would be the one. With twins, ghosts, secret passages, and a preternatural teddy bear - this story has something for every lover of mysteries. The atmoshere sucks you into a world where old crumbly mansions house a cast of eccentric characters and tea is served every afternoon despite mayhem and mischief. The story and characters move along well, with touches of humour and romance. It's a great book for getting away from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite of the Aunt Dimity books March 26 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the debut novel, I expected another such book, but this one did not grab me as much as the first book--but I am happy to report that none of the following books disappointed.
The action and the plot did not seem as crisp; the entanglements dangled. YMMV, of course, but I felt this one was not as well polished as the others.
However, it's better than many others I have read, in series where the action became formulaic, and the characters pasteboard icons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aunt Dimity series June 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you aren't acquainted with Aunt Dimity, you have a wonderful experience in store for you. Do it now! Don't read the synopsis...just buy the books...all of them...then read and enjoy. They are delightfully unexpected. Both the men and the women in our family love them. We feel that the less you know about them before you read them the better. We only wish there were more of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book in a wonderful series Nov. 3 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this is the second book of the Dimity series I would recommend reading this one first as it is sort-of an off shoot from the character in the first book Lori - if you read Atherton's first book Aunt Dimity's Death first you sort-of loose some of the excitement of this book but it is still fabulous and fun.
Read them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book in a wonderful series Dec 21 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this is the second book of the Dimity series I would recommend reading this one first as it is sort-of an off shoot from the character in the first book Lori - if you read Atherton's first book Aunt Dimity's Death first you sort-of loose some of the excitement of this book but it is still fabulous and fun. Read them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Minutely related but fantastic!
Nancy Atherton débuted in 1993 and the beauty of used books is, I recently discovered the unusual "Aunt Dimity's Death". Read more
Published 23 months ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A hint of romance and a dash of the paranormal.
Heroine: plump
CompuTech executive Emma Porter, a dumped frump abandoned by her lover of 15 years for a blonde sylph 20 years her junior, is anxious to leave New England for... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by curvynovelsdotinfo
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Entire Aunt Dimity Series...
Nancy Atherton does not center this book around her usual title character, Lori Shepherd - but rather around her English neighbors and best friends. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by K. A. Stevenson
3.0 out of 5 stars Aunt Dimity and the Duke
I read all the Aunt Dimity books. This one was a little slower in the beginning, but once your in, it's a good read. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by Laurie Kinkead
5.0 out of 5 stars Aunt Dimity's Best...So Far!
Love the series. Aunt Dimity and the Duke is my favorite thus far. The descriptions of English gardens were breathtaking. Read more
Published on April 22 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Fuzzy Reading
The tone of voice Atherton uses is so cuddley and comforting that you feel like you are reading an old favorite childhood book. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Dimitys!
Aunt Dimity and the Duke was a GREAT book! Allthough I still think that Aunt Dimity's Death is the best this is a definate second!
Published on Aug. 17 1999
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