Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse
by Nancy Atherton
Review by Gayle Surrette
Viking Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: 9781101981320
Date: 30 May 2017
Lori Shepherd lives in a beautiful cottage near the small English village of Finch. She's got a wonderful husband, Bill Willis, and three children: 10-year-old twins Will and Rob and a 13-month-old daughter, Bess. Bill has taken the boys for a camping vacation in the Lake District. Lori is enjoying time alone with Bess and a chance to catch up on the doings of the residents of Finch.
Mrs. Annabelle Craven, a widow who'd moved into Finch a few years earlier, had settled into the social fabric of the town by being a very good neighbor. She was always available to help out whoever needed a hand and making beautiful quilts for charity, births, or whenever an event indicated a quilt would be a good gift of friendship and caring. Now, she would like to have an old-fashioned quilting bee to finish a quilt to be used to raise money for a town charity.
At the quilting bee, Mrs. Craven tells Lori a secret from her past. Lori is shocked and doesn't know how to take this revelation. She turns to Aunt Dimity for advice. Dimity, as usual, leads Lori to recognize how best to settle the matter. Lori will go to Mrs. Craven's previous town and ask questions. Since Bree Pym knows of Lori's upset and plan, she decides to help out with the investigation.
Of course Lori doesn't want Bill to know what she's doing so she calls it a girl's vacation for her, Bree, and baby Bess. But while they do enjoy the spa hotel they are staying at, they are seriously determined to find out all they can about Mrs. Cravens past.
The stories they hear are all about a Widow's Curse. Death seemed to strike any man who became involved with Annabell Craven. Some say Mrs. Craven killed them herself. Some say it was only bad luck. Which stories are true? And why would Mrs. Craven tell her story to Lori?
This is another lovely edition of the continuing adventures of Lori Shepherd and the people she knows and loves in this charming village in the Cotswolds. The characters are well-drawn, quirky, and the tale twisty and absorbing from the beginning. Nothing is quite as it seems. The story evolves in a manner that makes it difficult for the reader, as for Lori, to sift through the clues, opinions, and events to determine what really happened. And more importantly, what Lori should do about what she's learned.
A satisfying mystery with an even more heart-warming ending.