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Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon (Aunt Dimity Mystery)by Nancy Atherton
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Lori's peaceful English village is being overrun by a rowdy and mischievous Renaissance fair!
Lori Shepherd loves living in the small English village of Finch, but as her eighth summer in the town approaches she finds herself wishing for something exciting to spice up her all-too-familiar routine. When King Wilfred's Faire opens nearby, Lori gets her wish and more. The age of chivalry lives again at the Renaissance fair. Wizards, wenches, magicians, and minstrels cajole the fairgoers while lords quaff, jesters joke, and knights battle in the joust arena. But Lori discovers that it's not all pageantry and play.
A sinister figure is stalking the angel-voiced madrigal singer. A jealous rival has sabotaged the Dragon Knight's weapons. And an evil assassin is trying to murder Good King Wilfred. With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly guidance, Lori races to save her dear village and risks her neck to keep the medieval revelry from ending in tragedy.
Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon is another gem in Atherton's perennially beloved cozy series, sure to enchant her many loyal fans and attract new ones.
"The charm has begun to wear a bit thin in Atherton's 14th paranormal cozy to feature U.S. ex-pat Lori Shepherd (after 2008's Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter). Lori, despite the sage advice of ghostly Aunt Dimity, remains somewhat feckless and immature, still relying on snap judgments instead of reasoned thought, as she sticks her nose into the affairs of others in the idyllic Cotswolds village of Finch. When Calvin Malvern (aka King Wilfred the Good) arrives with his motley crew for a Renaissance faire to be held on land belonging to his uncle, Lori's neighbor, many of the villagers enter into the spirit of the thing, including Lori, who can't resist the thought of playing dress up. Odd accidents befall King Wilfred, and Lori begins to wonder about sabotage and regicide. Hardcore fans will no doubt enjoy the froth, but newcomers may find it a bit too precious." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"After enjoying Lori's ditzy adventures, her fans may well hunt up the nearest Renaissance fair. Others may find this coziest of cozies a bit of a snooze." Kirkus Reviews
Lori Shepherd's peaceful English village is being overrun by a rowdy and mischievous Renaissance fair, and she must risk her neck to keep the medieval revelry from ending in tragedy, in Atherton's latest cozy.
Its a cold, dreary February in the sleepy village of Finch and Lori Shepherd has two stir-crazy seven-year-old boys on her hands. So when her good friend Bree Pym suggests an outing to Skeaping Manor, the bizarre Jacobean-house-turned-museum, Lori leaps at the chance. There she meets Daisy Pickering, a sweet (if a little odd) nine-year-old dressed in a shabby pink parka who regales Lori with a wild tale about the Russian aristocrats who once owned the priceless silver pieces on display.
A few days later, when a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in the pocket of a shabby pink parka at her thrift shop Lori recognizes it instantly as the object that mesmerized Daisy at Skeaping Manor. Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori tracks down Daisys mother, only to find that the Pickering family has disappeared without a trace. Stranger still, it seems that one of Daisys imagined Russian princes may be very real—and in desperate need of help.
With Aunt Dimitys otherworldly guidance, Loris search for the sleighs true owner and the fate of the Pickering family begins to unravel a tangled web of secrets stretching from Englands finest country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.
Cozy mystery lovers’ favorite paranormal sleuth is back with her eighteenth otherworldly adventure
When a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in her thrift shop, Lori Shepherd recognizes it instantly. It was the object that mesmerized the sweet but very poor nine-year-old Daisy Pickering at Sproggton Manor, the bizarre Jacobean house-turned-museum Lori recently visited with her twin sons.
Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori decides to speak with the museum curator, who turns out to be oddly uninterested in the theft. But there’s not much that could be done anyway for the Pickerings seem to have come into some money and moved to Australia.
With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori’s search for the sleigh’s true owner leads her to a tangled web of secrets stretching from the finest English country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.
About the Author
Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of thirteen previous Aunt Dimity mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted one of the "Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.
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