Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday by Nancy Atherton

By Nancy Atherton

While Lori Shepherd's husband, invoice, is summoned to a will examining on the Earl of Harrisford's resplendent Palladian domestic, Lori herself thinks she is simply alongside for the experience. yet this accumulating of the complete Harrisford extended family, them all stricken by the earl's new will, devolves right into a harmful relatives dispute.

Burning topiaries, threatening notes, suspicious maids, and relations intrigue lead Lori to hunt her phantom aunt's assist in choosing the wrongdoer earlier than she or he can torch the full condo and its site visitors inside of. Atherton's signature whimsy and wonderfully unique twists make for yet another scrumptious event with comfortable secret fanatics' favourite supernatural sleuth.

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Mary wasn't remotely like you, Lori. She was sweet and help less and altogether incapable of running such a demanding household. Edwin was not entirely wrong to assume that she would have been lost as mistress of Hailesham Park. I was a bit put out by Dimity's suggestion that I lacked sweetness but had to agree with her about running a place like Hailesham. I found it challenging enough to keep the cottage neat and tidy. It would be a thousand times more difficult to manage a large estate. "Maybe Derek chose his wife with his heart instead of his head," I said.

Emma picked up a brochure at the tourist in formation office in Oxford. " "The land does seem to be forested," Bill agreed. No sooner had he spoken than the encroaching green ery parted to reveal Lord Elstyn's primary country resi dence in all its glory. Bill hit the brakes and we sat for a moment in total silence. "Bill," I said finally. " The giant topiary appeared to be on fire. It was a fan tastic sight, as eerie as it was beautiful. Writhing fingers of flame stretched skyward from the whimsically clipped hedges, scattering sparks into the darkness.

I was beginning to understand why Emma had been re 22 Nancy Atherton luctant to broadcast her concerns to the men. Dimity's mild sarcasm was bad enough. Our husbands' combined mockery would have been unbearable. "I suppose you're right," I mumbled, and moved on to another subject. "Bill and I are going to Hailesham, too. " I hesitated. " I'd be delighted. I haven't visited Hailesham Park in donkey's years. I could do with a holiday. "It'll be a working holiday," I warned. " Curtsies are reserved for the Royal Family nowadays,but I'll be more than happy to draw labeled diagrams of typical place set tings.

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