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Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom
By (author): Nancy Atherton
9780525522676 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General Jul 23, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.09 x 7.76 x 0.59 in 240 pages Penguin Books
In this new installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dark and stormy night kicks off a ghost chase in rural England

On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband Bill set off for the historic town of Rye, on the southeast coast of England, for a quiet weekend together without the kids. Bill must first pay a visit to a reclusive client—but after Lori drops him off, a powerful storm drives her off course and leaves her stranded in an ancient, rambling inn called The King’s Ransom. When Lori is spooked by ghostly noises in the night, Aunt Dimity reminds her rather tartly that not all ghosts intend to harm the living.

But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. She learns that the inn was once a hangout for smugglers, and that it’s riddled with secret tunnels the smugglers used to reach a network of hidden caves. Then there’s the inn’s cook—a brawny, gruff ex-con—who seems to have a beef with a mysterious French guest. Are the noises Lori hears made by the spirits of long dead smugglers? Or should she be more worried by the inn’s living inhabitants? Joining forces with her new friend Bishop Wyndham, and guided by Aunt Dimity’s wise counsel, Lori sets out to discover once and for all who—or what—is haunting The King’s Ransom.

Story Locale: Rye, England (Coastal Southeast England)

SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE: We’ve had great success with Nancy’s Facebook giveaways, which is also where she interacts with fans and posts photos of her trips through Aunt Dimity’s rural English settings.

RENEWED REVIEW ATTENTION: Even after 24 books, Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom has been receiving great hardcover reviews as Nancy’s ideas are as fresh as ever.

DEVOTED FANBASE ALWAYS READY FOR THE NEXT BOOK: Nancy’s fans regularly write letters to her via her website, Aunt Dimity’s World; they send her replicas of the main character’s stuffed rabbit and one fan even sent her a fan art quilt she made!

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-three 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. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Author Residence: Colorado Springs, CO

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Praise for Aunt Dimity and The King’s Ransom:

“Coziest of cozies and a good bet for those who miss Dorothy Cannell’s Ellie Haskell mysteries.” —Booklist

“Heartwarming and filled with all kinds of interesting people” —Kirkus

“Fans of sweet mysteries will be well satisfied” —Publisher’s Weekly

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