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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140178414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140178418
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 11 2012
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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.
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By A Customer on Aug. 20 1999
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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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By A Customer on June 9 1997
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2000
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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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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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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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By A Customer on June 5 2000
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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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