There’s trouble in Finch. Four recently sold cottages are standing empty, and the locals fear that a developer plans to turn their cozy village into an enclave of overpriced weekend homes. But for once Lori Shepherd can’t help.
Her infant daughter, her father-inlaw’s upcoming wedding, and the crushing prospect of her fortieth birthday have left her feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. Until, that is, she has a chance encounter with an eccentric inventor named Arthur Hargreaves. Dubbed the Summer King by his equally eccentric family, Arthur is as warmhearted as the summer sun. In his presence, Lori forgets her troubles—and Finch’s.
But Lori snaps out of her happy trance when she discovers detailed maps of Finch in the Summer King’s library. Next, a real estate agent comes knocking. Is Arthur secretly plotting Finch’s demise?
With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldlym help—and her new daughter in her arms—Lori mounts a crusade to save her beloved village from the Summer King’s scorching greed. @goodreads
Read from April 02 to 04, 2015
***I would like to thank Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Viking for an ARC of this book***
I have not read an Aunt Dimity book in years! I was so excited to read this book. I'm going to go back and buy all of the old ones and any new ones I missed and of course this one when it comes out! I have missed this series of books. I highly recommend them to people that love mysteries and the Cotswolds, quaint cottages, gardens and little villages.
In this book Lori and Bill have their new addition to the family, little Bess! How precious! Bill's father is getting married. There are some weird goings on with some of the cottages being empty and the real estate agent putting people off buying them. William, Lori's father-in-laws horrid sisters come to visit. Charlotte and Honoria have people fleeing the scene left and right because of how horrid they are!
Lori meets a wonderful new character to the book while taking Bess out for a walk. There is a whole big mystery with this person and the whole town. I'm not giving out any spoilers in this review.
I must say I enjoyed this particular book so much. I love the new character so much. There are so many rich themes to the story. I am so looking forward to reading more of this series, and like I said picking up all of the old ones. I can't say enough about this book. I love anything about the English countryside and this series of books makes you want to move right into Finch with all of the residents. :) 5 Stars