Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure
by Nancy Atherton
Review by Gayle Surrette
Viking Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781101981290
Date: 24 May 2016 List Price $26.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Normally, mysteries are expected to have a crime of some sort which needs to be solved, usually by a detective, P.I., or amateur sleuth. However, our lives are often made up of mysteries of one sort or another that have nothing to do with dead bodies, kidnapping, or theft. There's the everyday mysteries that we encounter such as whatever happened to grandfather's watch, has our village ever had a hero, why did that family move out next door, how did that dent get in the shovel, and what happened here to mess up the lawn? History is mostly mysteries of who did what, when, and how did it effect our lives today? In Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure, Nancy Atherton shines a light on those everyday mysteries that happen in the lives of everyday people.
The villagers of Finch are anxious to learn about the new couple moving into Ivy Cottage, not too far from Lori Shepherd's home. So anxious that they're willing to set aside the traditional three-day rule when they suspect that the new residents, the Hobsons, might be planning a museum. Lori, with Bess in the carriage, is sent to investigate with the excuse of needing to heat up Bess' meal.
Mr. Hobson, it turns out, uses a metal detector to uncover items hidden underground. It's his hobby and his passion. He's willing to give a demonstration to the residents of Finch and show them how to use the device. As the residents unearth item that have long been lost in the village green it stirs up resentments, brings up long buried memories -- some welcome and some painful -- and exposes secrets.
On a related thread, Lori uncovers a long hidden treasure in the attic of her home, and Dimity wants it returned to the person who originally owned it. So Lori needs to overcome her fears and complete a long cherished desire for Aunt Dimity.
As usual the story, while many threaded, pulls together to expose the many ways that we each may have secrets and mysteries -- some to share, some to confess, some to set right. It sometimes does take a village to show just how interconnected life is, and how you may never know how one act may change another's life.