Aunt Dimity and The Village Witch by Nancy AthertonParanormal Mystery
It's hard to believe this is the 17th book in a series I've never even heard of! Where have you been all my life, Aunt Dimity? And, why is your snoozy little English village so full of murder and mayhem?
I love English mysteries and this one is in my very favorite setting--the Cotswolds. I've never been there but have read so much about it. Mostly in mysteries which makes me wonder what it really is like.....definitely on my to-visit list.
For the plot: To an outsider, Lori's life must look completely normal. She is mother to twins; her husband is a local attorney; she drinks afternoon tea and hangs out with the vicar's wife. Yet no one knows that at night she cozies up to a book--and communicates with her dead 'aunt'! That was quite a surprise and quite a unique twist.
A new neighbor is moving in and all the village gossips are atwitter. Someone discovers she is a famous artist and hiding her identity becomes very important, especially when the town discovers the new neighbor is there to solve a very old mystery.
Even though it was the 17th installment with Aunt Dimity, a diary-writing ghost, I didn't feel lost. I felt like part of the village right away. Now, I can't wait to travel back and start at number one and get to know the village properly. This fun and cozy mystery was well-written and quirky; not a gripping detective novel. Overall, though, a new series (at least for me!) and one I will be investigating further.