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The charm of the series is in part its lightness. Aunt Dimity mysteries never deal in dead bodies, and only rarely in real, physical danger. What makes the early books work is the richness of the often slightly wacky characters, the multiple small mysteries, the charm of the main setting Finch, a small village in England , and the thoroughly likeable narrator, Lori Shepard.
Though the books are light from the mystery point of view -- no gore, little violence, not murder mysteries -- early books in the series were warm and textured, like a favorite knitted wool afghan. Sadly, some of the more recent releases have been almost too light, too thin -- verging at times on insubstantial.
I was mildly but somewhat pleasantly surprised. Amelia Thistle a. Here is where this book really fails to live up to its early predecessors. This would have been a much stronger book if the two investigations had been more closely entwined, and if Lori had been at least informed about, if not involved in, the Brocklehurst mystery. An additional although minor flaw has to do with continuity.
Inconsistencies in details between books in a series really bother me. In Village Witch, she died of pancreatic cancer, giving her time to have commissioned a Mae Bowen picture for William before her death.
Overall, though, I found Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch a pleasant enough read, though not a book which will tempt me to return to its pages again and again. FCC disclosure: I borrowed this from the public library.
AUNT DIMITY AND THE VILLAGE WITCH
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch