Nancy Atherton

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Nancy Atherton is an American writer and author of the Aunt Dimity mystery novel series, which presently extends to nineteen volumes.

Atherton lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1] [A]

Aunt Dimity series[edit]

The series follows the adventures of American Lori Shepherd and her growing family as she resolves mysteries with the help of her deceased benefactor, Aunt Dimity, who communicates with her from the spirit world by means of a blue leather-bound writing journal. The primary setting is the fictitious village of Finch in the Cotswolds of England and include most of the population in supporting roles, but several books are set in other locales in the United Kingdom or abroad.

Each book contains a recipe for a bread or pastry which is integral to the story.[2]

Listed in chronological order (except for Aunt Dimity and the Duke, which serves as a series prequel) and by Series No. of Publication:[3][4]

  1. Aunt Dimity's Death (1992) New York: Penguin Group USA ISBN 0-670-84449-7; ISBN 978-0-670-84449-4. This first book in the series was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.[5] LibraryThing's average rating in reviews of Aunt Dimity's Death is four stars. Featured recipe: Beth's Oatmeal Cookies.
  2. Aunt Dimity and the Duke (1994) nominated for the Dilys Award by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, New York: Penguin USA 1995 ISBN 0-14-017841-4; ISBN 978-0-14-017841-8. Featured receipe: Nell's Strawberry Tarts.
  3. Aunt Dimity's Good Deed (1996) New York: Penguin USA ISBN 0-14-025881-7; ISBN 978-0-14-025881-3. Featured recipe: Uncle Tom's Butterscotch Brownies.
  4. Aunt Dimity Digs In (1998) New York: Penguin Group ISBN 978-0-14-027569-8; ISBN 0-14-027569-X. Featured recipe: Lilian's Lemon Bars.
  5. Aunt Dimity's Christmas (1999) New York: Penguin Group USA ISBN 0-14-029630-1; ISBN 978-0-670-88453-7; ISBN 0-670-88453-7. Featured recipe: Angel Cookies.
  6. Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (2000) New York: Penguin Group USA ISBN 978-0-14-100219-4; ISBN 0-14-100219-0. Featured recipe: Claire's Lace Cookies.
  7. Aunt Dimity: Detective (September 30, 2001) New York: Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-200154-6; ISBN 978-0-14-200154-7. Featured recipe: The Pym Sisters' Gingerbread.
  8. Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday (May 4, 2003) New York: Viking ISBN 978-0-670-03200-6; ISBN 0-670-03200-X. Featured recipe: Winnie's Treacle Tart.
  9. Aunt Dimity: Snowbound (June 23, 2004) City: Penguin (Non-Classics) ISBN 978-0-14-303458-2; ISBN 0-14-303458-8. Featured recipe: Catchpole's Apricot Compote.
  10. Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin (2005) New York: Viking, ISBN 978-0-670-03378-2; ISBN 0-670-03378-2. Featured recipe: Miss Beacham's Raisin Bread.
  11. Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea (2006) New York: Viking ISBN 978-0-670-03476-5; ISBN 0-670-03476-2. Featured recipe: Sir Percy's Favorite Sticky Lemon Cake.
  12. Aunt Dimity Goes West City: Penguin (Non-Classics) (2005) ISBN 0-14-303458-8; ISBN 978-0-14-303458-2; ISBN 978-0-14-303458-2. Featured recipe: Carrie Vyne's Calico Cookies.
  13. Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter (2008) New York: Viking Press ISBN 0-670-01854-6; ISBN 978-0-670-01854-3. Featured recipe: Charlotte's Jammy Biscuits.
  14. Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon (2009) New York: Viking Press ISBN 0-670-02050-8; ISBN 978-0-670-02050-8. Featured recipe: King Wilfred's Honey Cakes.
  15. Aunt Dimity: Paranormal Detective (December 8, 2009) New York: Viking Press ISBN 978-0-14-311606-6; ISBN 0-14-311606-1. (Omnibus edition including Aunt Dimity's Death and Aunt Dimity and the Duke)[6] Featured recipes: Beth's Oatmeal Cookies and Nell's Strawberry Tarts.
  16. Aunt Dimity Down Under 224 pages New York: Viking Adult (February 18, 2010) ISBN 0-670-02144-X; ISBN 978-0-670-02144-4. Featured recipe: Donna's Anzac Biscuits
  17. Aunt Dimity And The Family Tree 229 pages New York: Viking Adult (February 17, 2011) ISBN 0-670-02243-8; ISBN 978-0-670-02243-4. Featured recipe: Aunt Dimity's Seed Cake
  18. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch 232 pages New York: Viking Adult (April 26, 2012) ISBN 0-670-02341-8; ISBN 978-0-670-02341-7. Featured recipe: Amelia Thistle's Brown Bread
  19. Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince 256 pages New York: Viking Adult (April 18, 2013) ISBN 0-670-02668-9; ISBN 978-0-670-02668-5. Featured recipe: Mama Markov's Russian Tea Cakes

Other works[edit]

She has also contributed to one novel, titled Naked came the farmer: a round-robin rural romance and murder mystery (Paperback). Elmwood, Illinois: Mayfly Productions. 1998. ISBN 9780962461378.  along with thirteen other authors.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The aggregate rating for all of her books at LibraryThing is **** (3.75) stars. LibraryThing, author ratings – Nancy Atherton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atherton, Nancy, Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon, Viking, New York, 2009, inside back cover.
  2. ^ Recipes, Nancy T. Atherton home page.
  3. ^ Atherton, Nancy, Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince, New York: Viking 2013, listing of previous works
  4. ^ List of works, Nancy Atherton home page.
  5. ^ Barnes & Noble, Aunt Dimity's Death.
  6. ^ List of works, Nancy T. Atherton home page.
  7. ^ "Nancy Atherton". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 

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