I don't know how Aunt Dimity does it, but I'm glad she does. I never had much of a social life as a child (was rather outcast, always being new), thus I am unfamiliar with the idea of one's plush-toy friends being able to communicate with one another, much less with a ghost who then transmits information to a living human, via automatic writing without physical agency. Mind you, I find the Disbelief Suspenders (or Braces, if you're British) fit nicely while I'm reading this book.
As usual, there is a tangle of people, motives, opportunities, red herrings and misunderstandings to sort out; and a thoroughly good time watching how it's all played out. Yes, I'm fudging. I liked this book, but NOTHING in detail stays very long in my mind these days. I don't remember the names, and I don't want to haul the library chair/ladder out to get to the top shelf (it's late, I'm tired, I want to finish this before going to bed). The details are unimportant--this woman can tell a story and suck you into it. If more authors did this for me, I would be shorter of cash and shelfspace.
If you have read AD& the Duke and were less than satisfied, you will be more comfortable with this episode. I certainly was--and in spite of my reaction to the second book, did not hesitate to buy this as soon as I knew it was available. You ought to do the same. Order it, already.
Good night, good night--parting may be sweet sorrow, but I need my sleep. My only regret is that Ms. Atherton does not write *faster*.