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On a dull and dreary October day, Lori Shepherd and her husband set off for a quiet weekend without the kids. But before they go, he must pay a visit to a reclusive client. After Lori drops him off, a storm that's been brewing intensifies, and she ends up stranded in an ancient, rambling inn named for a king's ransom in smuggled goods that passed through the village in ages past.

When Lori begins hearing footsteps and strange noises, Aunt Dimity reminds her that the inn is almost certainly haunted but that not all ghosts are interested in harming the living. But the longer Lori is stuck at the inn, the stranger things seem. Are the noises she hears the spirits of smuggling's past? Or should Lori be more concerned with the living inhabitants of the inn, like the hulking, grizzled cook, an ex-con who seems to be everywhere at once?

Joining forces with her new friend Bishop Smallwood, Lori sets out to discover once and for all who - or what - is haunting the King's Ransom.

©2018 Nancy Atherton (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Another Aunt Dimity Delight

Another delightful story in the series, only slightly marred by the repeated Americanisms coming from the mouths of English characters...

I find this to be a perpetual problem with American author's setting their tales in England, and American editors and publishers insisting on "dumbing-down" because they mistakenly assume their American readership will be confused by use of English terminology over the jarring Americanisms.

The narrator is a massive improvement over the one employed to read the earlier books in the series.

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Promising concept failed to deliver

Simply a poor story, not well written and far from well narrated. A real disappointment.

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  • BodyPositiveZone
  • 17-09-18

Thanks for the new narrator!

It’s a much more pleasant experience listening to the Aunt Dimity stories with a skilled narrator.

The story is pleasant and a mild little mystery without including death or violence. Not the best in the series, but not the worst. There are far more engaging mysteries in the series but Nancy Atherton holds to her principles. I’ll choose a less engaging mystery with a good narrator over a great story with a poor narrator any day.

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  • Helen
  • 01-08-18

Worth it’s weight in gold!

Lori’s curiosity once again takes us on a tour of a delightful corner of England as she attempts to solve another puzzling mystery. The wonderful Christina Moore gives lively voice to Nancy Athertons’s engaging characters. A worthy addition to your Aunt Dimity bookshelf.

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  • Marlene Kratzenstein
  • 14-06-20

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not a fan of narrator's voice, liked the first several books better maybe the first 21 books

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  • nancy s.
  • 25-04-20

Wrong genre

This was a pleasant read but it should have been listed under fiction, not mysteries & thrillers. Fortunately, I like stories that are about nice people and include historic references even if they are a bit saccharin. Might please many 'cosy' readers - Probably not for most mystery enthusiasts.

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  • topcatrules
  • 27-07-18

Fabulous narrator for this wonderful cozy book

Another wonderful cozy mystery by Nancy Atherton. And an excellent choice for the narrator. I can’t get enough of these great books and have reread the whole series several times.