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The original paranormal detective returns in the latest installment of a beloved mystery series Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, c The original paranormal detective returns in the latest installment of a beloved mystery series Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods. Lori is skeptical at first but soon grows concerned enough to consult with her late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity and her dear friend Kit Smith. The vampire-hunting trail leads to Leo, a charismatic vagabond who just returned to England after a self-imposed exile, a bitter old crone named Lizzie Black, and finally to Aldercot Hall, where a mysterious murder took place forty years ago. With Kit and Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori uncovers the secret that will shock everyone—including herself—about the true identity of the twins’ vampire. With its placid English countryside setting, eccentric characters, and lighthearted charm, Atherton’s newest novel will enchant cozy mystery aficionados and the many loyal readers of the Aunt Dimity series.


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The original paranormal detective returns in the latest installment of a beloved mystery series Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, c The original paranormal detective returns in the latest installment of a beloved mystery series Lori Shepherd’s life in England couldn’t be more tranquil or more satisfying— except for one thing. Her five- year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they’ll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods. Lori is skeptical at first but soon grows concerned enough to consult with her late (but not entirely departed) Aunt Dimity and her dear friend Kit Smith. The vampire-hunting trail leads to Leo, a charismatic vagabond who just returned to England after a self-imposed exile, a bitter old crone named Lizzie Black, and finally to Aldercot Hall, where a mysterious murder took place forty years ago. With Kit and Aunt Dimity’s help, Lori uncovers the secret that will shock everyone—including herself—about the true identity of the twins’ vampire. With its placid English countryside setting, eccentric characters, and lighthearted charm, Atherton’s newest novel will enchant cozy mystery aficionados and the many loyal readers of the Aunt Dimity series.

30 review for Aunt Dimity, Vampire Hunter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marfita

    I didn't believe there was a cozy series that I had missed and when this appeared on our New Shelf I thought I'd try it. I don't need to read any more of them. The connection with Nancy Drew on the back is quite telling. Should have read that bit first. I was lured in by "humorous, satisfying" and "delightfully descriptive imagery and quirky characters." The narrator is a "goofball" who has perfect children and a perfect husband and lives in a perfect house with a perfect nanny engaged to a perf I didn't believe there was a cozy series that I had missed and when this appeared on our New Shelf I thought I'd try it. I don't need to read any more of them. The connection with Nancy Drew on the back is quite telling. Should have read that bit first. I was lured in by "humorous, satisfying" and "delightfully descriptive imagery and quirky characters." The narrator is a "goofball" who has perfect children and a perfect husband and lives in a perfect house with a perfect nanny engaged to a perfect man and everyone has all the money and comfort in the world or, if they are poor, they're genteel about it. Cotton batting all around and a journal that writes back and a sympathetic flannel bunny to boot. And absolutely everything is explained away so even the most dimwitted can understand. Finished it in a couple of hours. I won't go into the banalities lest I spoil the "shocking ending." sigh.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Flooze

    A ridiculous hunt for a vampire leads to startling discoveries. Though the revelations are a bit contrived, they serve their purpose and lead to a lovely ending. It's hard to beat Atherton when it comes to comforting and pleasing outcomes. I also like how Lori's gossipy nature means we're always privy to what's going on in the secondary characters' lives. It's fun to catch up with them in between collecting clues and developing theories, and this installment includes a thrilling turn of events. A ridiculous hunt for a vampire leads to startling discoveries. Though the revelations are a bit contrived, they serve their purpose and lead to a lovely ending. It's hard to beat Atherton when it comes to comforting and pleasing outcomes. I also like how Lori's gossipy nature means we're always privy to what's going on in the secondary characters' lives. It's fun to catch up with them in between collecting clues and developing theories, and this installment includes a thrilling turn of events. Can't wait to see what mischief comes next!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This series offers cozy mysteries with amusing and quirky characters, in the life of Lori and her Aunt Dimity. Each one has been a fun and entertaining read to be sure. It is appreciated that each book is able to stand on its own and usually concludes with an HEA.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alvera

    I picked up this book in anticipation of its fun, Halloween-ish theme. Having read Aunt Dimity stories before, though, when I really lit into the book was when my stress level skyrocketed and I needed a read that would make have some adventure and mystery, but ultimately lead to an innocuous conclusion with wit and a sense of humor. You see, I was feeling a little too much like Lizzie, who on page 90 declares, "'Mark my words, the less you have to do with people, the healthier you'll be, in mind I picked up this book in anticipation of its fun, Halloween-ish theme. Having read Aunt Dimity stories before, though, when I really lit into the book was when my stress level skyrocketed and I needed a read that would make have some adventure and mystery, but ultimately lead to an innocuous conclusion with wit and a sense of humor. You see, I was feeling a little too much like Lizzie, who on page 90 declares, "'Mark my words, the less you have to do with people, the healthier you'll be, in mind as well as body. People are good for nothing but germs and arguments.'" And I left the book amused, comforted, and agreeing with main character Lori on page 230: "Sometimes we have to look deeply into a thing to see its beauty." As usual, Aunt Dimity did not disappoint. :) Funny side note with possible spoiler: When signing off of the review, I was surprised that it was telling me to recommend the book to friends who like fantasy. I was perplexed, thinking this book contained no fantasy other than in dear Lori's imagination. I suppose my suspension of disbelief was in full effect as I'd completely forgotten that main character Dimity is actually a ghost who converses with Lori via journal much like Voldemort converses with Harry Potter in HP and the Chamber of Secrets, though of course, with benevolence vs. maleficence.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lynnette

    A fun tour through Lori's (and her sons') vivid imagination, an introduction to a few new characters, and a heartwarming conclusion to it all. A fun tour through Lori's (and her sons') vivid imagination, an introduction to a few new characters, and a heartwarming conclusion to it all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I am now torn to which of these books I like the best. I still think the Christmas one is my favorite, but this one (which was amazing and better than the last one) is a VERY close second. Or maybe even tied. The twins have started school. Lori is a wreck and not coping well with them being gone. But when Lori and Bill are called to the school and the boys are accused of lying about seeing a "vampire", Lori (with the help of Kit Smith AND the estimable Aunt Dimity) goes out to try and prove tha I am now torn to which of these books I like the best. I still think the Christmas one is my favorite, but this one (which was amazing and better than the last one) is a VERY close second. Or maybe even tied. The twins have started school. Lori is a wreck and not coping well with them being gone. But when Lori and Bill are called to the school and the boys are accused of lying about seeing a "vampire", Lori (with the help of Kit Smith AND the estimable Aunt Dimity) goes out to try and prove that her sons aren't liars and in the process finds, stories untold, people (who end up friends) and love she never expected to find. And she also finds that love, even from those you've known for forever, is the best love ever!!! SUPER great read!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jery

    Really love these novels - even as much as I'm green with envy because I don't have the perfect cottage and a NANNY so I can spend my time gallivanting around the English country side, solving "crimes" that generally turn out to be nothing! *LOL* I really do like these books. In the latest installment, a shadowy figure is seen watching the children at riding lessons - they swear he is a vampire, so of course what's a self respecting mother to do but track said vampire down? Really love these novels - even as much as I'm green with envy because I don't have the perfect cottage and a NANNY so I can spend my time gallivanting around the English country side, solving "crimes" that generally turn out to be nothing! *LOL* I really do like these books. In the latest installment, a shadowy figure is seen watching the children at riding lessons - they swear he is a vampire, so of course what's a self respecting mother to do but track said vampire down?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Fun little non murder mystery. I realized partway through that I had read another one of the series earlier. The one thing that I don't get, though, is how the main character's mother could have worked through WWII and become best friends with Dimity even though Lori (main character) is only in her mid-30s. Which is my age and my mom is a boomer. I thought maybe they were supposed to be set in the past but then the internet is mentioned. So, what's up with that? Fun little non murder mystery. I realized partway through that I had read another one of the series earlier. The one thing that I don't get, though, is how the main character's mother could have worked through WWII and become best friends with Dimity even though Lori (main character) is only in her mid-30s. Which is my age and my mom is a boomer. I thought maybe they were supposed to be set in the past but then the internet is mentioned. So, what's up with that?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lian Tanner

    A deeply irritating book. It gets one star because on a line by line level it's not badly written. But the main character over-reacts to everything, leaps to absurd conclusions and is generally unconvincing. So's the world she inhabits where everything is pretty much perfect. As for Aunt Dimity, she's even blander than the main character. I should have taken more notice of the back cover and the reference to Nancy Drew. I like escapist books, but this is absurd. Not sure why I finished it. A deeply irritating book. It gets one star because on a line by line level it's not badly written. But the main character over-reacts to everything, leaps to absurd conclusions and is generally unconvincing. So's the world she inhabits where everything is pretty much perfect. As for Aunt Dimity, she's even blander than the main character. I should have taken more notice of the back cover and the reference to Nancy Drew. I like escapist books, but this is absurd. Not sure why I finished it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I usually enjoy the Aunt Dimity series but this one was just a little too much. Lori seems to have become a hysterical mother but on the other hand leaves much of the child rearing to her nanny. The children claim they have seen a vampire and have convinced their flaky mother to confirm it'e existence. Over the top too..the romance between 36 year old Kit and 18 year Nell.Please!! I usually enjoy the Aunt Dimity series but this one was just a little too much. Lori seems to have become a hysterical mother but on the other hand leaves much of the child rearing to her nanny. The children claim they have seen a vampire and have convinced their flaky mother to confirm it'e existence. Over the top too..the romance between 36 year old Kit and 18 year Nell.Please!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I still enjoy these, but there definitly are times when I just want to shake Lori until her teeth rattle. She's a sweetheart, but gets on my nerves with the hysteria and conclusion jumping I still enjoy these, but there definitly are times when I just want to shake Lori until her teeth rattle. She's a sweetheart, but gets on my nerves with the hysteria and conclusion jumping

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimi

    I should make note that I have not read any other books of the series, but this was given was given to me as a gift so I still read it. Now for the review, I was honestly put off by the book within the first three pages. A 36-year-old man with a 18-year-old girl??? Like if the girl was more into her early twenties, I'd be okay with it, but 18? Not for me, not for me. And the main character, who I think is in her mid-thirties(?idk?), was rooting for the relationship. Due to feeling obligated to con I should make note that I have not read any other books of the series, but this was given was given to me as a gift so I still read it. Now for the review, I was honestly put off by the book within the first three pages. A 36-year-old man with a 18-year-old girl??? Like if the girl was more into her early twenties, I'd be okay with it, but 18? Not for me, not for me. And the main character, who I think is in her mid-thirties(?idk?), was rooting for the relationship. Due to feeling obligated to continue reading, I kept going on. I skimmed over parts I did not feel were relevant to the main plot arc. Anyway, I found that the main character's hysterical moments and illogical jumps to conclusions were more annoying than anything. I sometimes felt she acted more like a heroine in a bad young adult novel than a grown woman. I also felt like the resolution to the mystery felt a little rushed. I am starting to feel like the whole plot was rushed. Overall, I did not enjoy this book. Not I have not read or have heard anything about the other books in this series. I do not even know what age group this belongs to, so I did not know what I was expecting. Maybe the other books are better, but this one was just not for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Lori Shepherd's 2 sons have started school and they're a lot more prepared for it than she is. Getting called to the headmistress' office certainly doesn't help things, especially when Lori learns that both the headmistress and the boys' teacher thinks they're lying when telling stories to their classmates. Sadly, in the Shepherd family, truth is indeed stranger than fiction -- except for one story, about a vampire the boys saw while at their riding lessons. Both Lori and Bill know that, no matte Lori Shepherd's 2 sons have started school and they're a lot more prepared for it than she is. Getting called to the headmistress' office certainly doesn't help things, especially when Lori learns that both the headmistress and the boys' teacher thinks they're lying when telling stories to their classmates. Sadly, in the Shepherd family, truth is indeed stranger than fiction -- except for one story, about a vampire the boys saw while at their riding lessons. Both Lori and Bill know that, no matter how bizarre what the boys describe might seem, they only tell the truth. This spurs Lori to go to the riding school and start investigating -- with Dimity's encouragement. In her search for the vampire Lori meets an unexpected camper and some across-the-hill neighbors and learns more about Kit, the boys' primary riding instructor. The vampire, however, still remains elusive.... I've got to say that I still have a weakness for books that I can write about so easily so this makes Nancy Atherton's books a delight in multiple ways! I am so, so very glad that I rediscovered this series. The only question is whether I keep reading them now or save them for light, post-surgery reading. This book was certainly a delight, much better to me than the previous in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Another re-reread that I haven't logged previously. Lori is more than usually silly in this one. When her sons claim to have seen a vampire while on their trail ride, she flies into a panic. Their vampire idea is obviously fueled by a vampire comic book smuggled to school by a classmate, but Lori manages to fret herself into believing it. She teams up with KIt to go see if they can find any clues in the area where the "vampire" was seen. Kit is anxious to get away from the riding school, since a Another re-reread that I haven't logged previously. Lori is more than usually silly in this one. When her sons claim to have seen a vampire while on their trail ride, she flies into a panic. Their vampire idea is obviously fueled by a vampire comic book smuggled to school by a classmate, but Lori manages to fret herself into believing it. She teams up with KIt to go see if they can find any clues in the area where the "vampire" was seen. Kit is anxious to get away from the riding school, since a group of young, wealthy European men have followed beautiful Nell home from school and have been dragooned into stable duties by Emma. Lori also wants to get Kit and Nell together by convincing Kit that he is not too old for Nell, but her matchmaking efforts fall flat. They meet some reclusive neighbors; Lori is convinced that they have a madman locked in their attic. After leaping to a lot of wrong conclusions, she finally finds out the truth about all of them and is suitably embarrassed. But not enough, I fear, to keep her from continuing to be overimaginative, obsessive, and just plain silly. I wish she'd grow up, but then I suppose there wouldn't be any more stories!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I read a bunch of books in this series years ago, but vowed never to read another one as they are ridiculously hokey. I came across this on my bookshelf and thought enough time had passed that maybe I should give this series another chance. Maybe I had just read too many of them in a row and was just sick of them. Nope. They're awful. The situations are contrived, the main character is a condescending know-it-all, and the author over-uses the characters' names (my pet peeve). The main character I read a bunch of books in this series years ago, but vowed never to read another one as they are ridiculously hokey. I came across this on my bookshelf and thought enough time had passed that maybe I should give this series another chance. Maybe I had just read too many of them in a row and was just sick of them. Nope. They're awful. The situations are contrived, the main character is a condescending know-it-all, and the author over-uses the characters' names (my pet peeve). The main character (Lori) actually feels like it is her business to go ask Kit if he has problems with performance in bed. REALLY??? I almost chucked the book at that point, but I was in bed reading at the time and didn't want to get up to find something else. Big mistake on my part.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Day

    Disappointing I've read all the previous Aunt Dimity books and enjoyed them. However, I'm finding a frustrating trend to portray Lori, the main character, as an imbecilic, whining, drama queen. She's supposed to head a large charitable trust, but knows nothing about a computer or e-mail and foists any computer needs off on her busy friends rather than learning how to operate one. Her "active imagination" borders on the psychotic and is tiresome, as is her mania about participating in gossip. I'm Disappointing I've read all the previous Aunt Dimity books and enjoyed them. However, I'm finding a frustrating trend to portray Lori, the main character, as an imbecilic, whining, drama queen. She's supposed to head a large charitable trust, but knows nothing about a computer or e-mail and foists any computer needs off on her busy friends rather than learning how to operate one. Her "active imagination" borders on the psychotic and is tiresome, as is her mania about participating in gossip. I'm surprised she has any friends at all. Hopefully, she'll grow up in future books, or I'm done with this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I really thought someone else wrote the beginning of this book. It was just so atypical. Lori jumps to a huge conclusion that vampires exist and are watching her son's while they ride on the horse trails. Aunt Dimity, normally the sane person, encourages this idea. For the rest of the book Lori toggles between believing and not believing in Vampires. In the end, everything is explained and the mystery is solved in a very typical Nancy Atherton manner, thus the three stars instead of one or two. I really thought someone else wrote the beginning of this book. It was just so atypical. Lori jumps to a huge conclusion that vampires exist and are watching her son's while they ride on the horse trails. Aunt Dimity, normally the sane person, encourages this idea. For the rest of the book Lori toggles between believing and not believing in Vampires. In the end, everything is explained and the mystery is solved in a very typical Nancy Atherton manner, thus the three stars instead of one or two.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Herb

    These books are incredibly fun, and easy to read in a day or two. Aunt Dimity, of course, is the spirit of the protagonist’s aunt, who makes herself known through writing in the pages of a journal. This one, of course, is in the fall, and starts with Lori’s two sons claiming they saw a vampire, one looking much like the one in a comic book they had read. While of course there were no vampires, the descriptions of life in the Cotswolds, plus the series of coincidences, will leave readers wanting These books are incredibly fun, and easy to read in a day or two. Aunt Dimity, of course, is the spirit of the protagonist’s aunt, who makes herself known through writing in the pages of a journal. This one, of course, is in the fall, and starts with Lori’s two sons claiming they saw a vampire, one looking much like the one in a comic book they had read. While of course there were no vampires, the descriptions of life in the Cotswolds, plus the series of coincidences, will leave readers wanting more!

  19. 4 out of 5

    ReneE

    (3.5) This book redeemed itself for me in the end. For most of the book, I thought the story was pretty dumb and uninteresting. However, I was determined to finish it (her books are short anyway) and it was a really good ending. I should have known that Ms. Atherton wouldn't write a dud! I love these characters and locations and look forward to reading the next one in the series. So glad she wrote so many!! (24 I think) (3.5) This book redeemed itself for me in the end. For most of the book, I thought the story was pretty dumb and uninteresting. However, I was determined to finish it (her books are short anyway) and it was a really good ending. I should have known that Ms. Atherton wouldn't write a dud! I love these characters and locations and look forward to reading the next one in the series. So glad she wrote so many!! (24 I think)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allison Ann

    I usually quite enjoy this series, but honestly Lori was such an idiot that she ruined the good parts of the story. If your MC chastises herself for being stupid each and every book, maybe you could ease up on the inanity just a touch? Nice to see Kit get a bit of happiness and the ethereally beautiful couple advance their romance (yup, just a smidge of sarcasm there). Think it's time for another break from Aunt Dimity. I usually quite enjoy this series, but honestly Lori was such an idiot that she ruined the good parts of the story. If your MC chastises herself for being stupid each and every book, maybe you could ease up on the inanity just a touch? Nice to see Kit get a bit of happiness and the ethereally beautiful couple advance their romance (yup, just a smidge of sarcasm there). Think it's time for another break from Aunt Dimity.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen A. Wyle

    This book is in many ways similar to the preceding twelve books in the series, but it throws in some intriguing twists on the familiar series tropes, with a nice distribution of surprises. As usual, we have the continuing series characters and some well-developed new ones. The mysteries resolved include some involving familiar characters. All and all, one of my favorites in the series so far.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shiela Rozich

    I will go on record that I love Aunt Dimity books, even though they are just on this side of "corny". What can I say? She is my 'comfort read'. "Vampire" is the corniest of them all so far - it still brought tears of joy to my eyes at the end! Either I am that pathetic or Atherton is that good or both, haha. I will go on record that I love Aunt Dimity books, even though they are just on this side of "corny". What can I say? She is my 'comfort read'. "Vampire" is the corniest of them all so far - it still brought tears of joy to my eyes at the end! Either I am that pathetic or Atherton is that good or both, haha.

  23. 4 out of 5

    diana romano

    Aunt Dimity mystery book 13 This is another winner. This author writes wonderful characters and great storylines in every book. This was a wonderful life story for Kit and two romance s. I highly recommend this series to everyone who loves cozy mysteries and wonderful romances. Diana Romano

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yuriko

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved the happily-ever-after story of Leo and Charlotte. It was a long-time coming. The journey to get there was a major hoot due to the increasingly out-there stories conjured up by Lori. She took the human version of Rendor the Vampire and ran with it. It was a joy to see. Another wonderful side-effect of the story was that Kit finally got his own happy-ever-after.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kuulei

    One of the series' best! Ms. Atherton's wit shines on this one and once again, Aunt Dimity is brought to life. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Nancy Atherton's books and hope to keep reading about Aunt Dimity and the Willis family for a long time. One of the series' best! Ms. Atherton's wit shines on this one and once again, Aunt Dimity is brought to life. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of Nancy Atherton's books and hope to keep reading about Aunt Dimity and the Willis family for a long time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Lori could have given The Mysteries of Udolpho a run for their money with her imagination. An interesting installment in the series with, as usual, much less in the way of true evil or criminal behavior than our hapless heroine is searching for.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    A well-written light cozy mystery in a good, funny series. The Aunt Dimity scenario is improbable, but adds charm to the story. The setting is English village, but the main character is American, which means the americanisms in an English setting can be forgiven.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tobinsfavorite

    Kit is a beautiful man. Nell is ethereal. They are perfect. Did you realize how beautiful Kit is? Or how perfect they are? I feel as if I'd care more about their romance if it weren't so belabored. However, it's really not so central to the plot, and I did like the book. Kit is a beautiful man. Nell is ethereal. They are perfect. Did you realize how beautiful Kit is? Or how perfect they are? I feel as if I'd care more about their romance if it weren't so belabored. However, it's really not so central to the plot, and I did like the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Mcclelland

    One of my favorites! This book has a nicely convoluted story line, is nicely detailed, and has a good amount of humor! It is always a good stress reliever to get lost in a pleasant book...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Lori and her family live in a cozy cottage out of a village in England. A mysterious stranger is sited by the neighboring ranch where Lori's young twins are riding. She is determined to find out who the dark shadowy man in the woods is but stumbles across local legends of a family of vampires. Lori and her family live in a cozy cottage out of a village in England. A mysterious stranger is sited by the neighboring ranch where Lori's young twins are riding. She is determined to find out who the dark shadowy man in the woods is but stumbles across local legends of a family of vampires.

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