It’s a cold, dreary February in the sleepy village of Finch and Lori Shepherd has two stir-crazy seven-year-old boys on her hands. So when her good friend Bree Pym suggests an outing to Skeaping Manor, the bizarre Jacobean-house-turned-museum, Lori leaps at the chance. There she meets Daisy Pickering, a sweet (if a little odd) nine-year-old dressed in a shabby pink parka who regales Lori with a wild tale about the Russian aristocrats who once owned the priceless silver pieces on display.
A few days later, when a finely wrought silver sleigh figurine turns up in the pocket of a shabby pink parka at her thrift shop Lori recognizes it instantly as the object that mesmerized Daisy at Skeaping Manor. Hoping to avoid any real commotion, Lori tracks down Daisy’s mother, only to find that the Pickering family has disappeared without a trace. Stranger still, it seems that one of Daisy’s imagined Russian princes may be very real—and in desperate need of help.
With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly guidance, Lori’s search for the sleigh’s true owner and the fate of the Pickering family begins to unravel a tangled web of secrets stretching from England’s finest country estates back to the blood-drenched soil of the Russian Revolution.
Look out for Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure coming from Viking on May 24, 2016.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Long ago I got hooked on this series. I was desperate for a good book, and had previously turned my nose up at this series (ghosts aren't my thing), and I thought it would be stupid. Boy was I wrong! I got sucked in, have read every book in the series, and have yet to be disappointed. I refuse to give up the plot & ruin the book for others, but this one was awesome! You don't need to read previous books in the series to know what's going on, so you can just jump right in. Well written, with nicely developed characters.... A true cozy mystery!
This is the 18th in the Aunt Dimity series of novels. Those who are new to this series of cozy fantasy novels should begin at the start of the series (Aunt Dimity's Death) and read the rest of the series in order. The pronounced story arc to this series makes reading the stories out of order or missing any of the books a big problem.
A record breaking cold snap, combined with a nasty cold virus has turned Lori's comfortable life upside down. Her twin boys are at home, their school is closed pending furnace repairs, their stable is closed pending plumbing repairs, their friends are all sick with colds and it is too cold to play outside. Of course all this domestic bliss has to take place while her husband is away on a business trip to a warm, exotic location. When her neighbor, Bree, stops by with a suggestion for a field trip to a local museum Lori leaps at the chance to take the boys, and herself, out of the house. What she didn't realize was that the innocent...
I always enjoy the Aunt Dimity books. The heart warming and humorous tone, mixed with a non-violent mystery is just good plain fun. This book is not one of Ms. Athertons best, tightly plotted efforts, but still it's quite satisfying all the same.
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