Review: Aunt Dimity & the Lost Prince

30th April 2013

pg1*This book was sent to me by the publisher, Viking Books, in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve heard it said that when the poet T.S. Eliot was writing The Wasteland, he chose February as the cruelest month, then changed it to April in revisions. If you ask me, he got it right the first time. As far as I’m concerned, February’s only redeeming feature is its brevity. If it were any longer, I would tear it from my calendar in protest.

Lori Shepherd is in mom hell. Her husband is in sunny Majorca, and she’s stuck inside with eight-year-old twin boys. Bad weather has shut down school, and the only thing keeping her sane is her neighbor, Bree Pym. Seeking refuge from paint fumes at her own home, Bree helps keep the boys entertained by suggesting a trip to Skeaping Manor.

Full of ghoulish exhibits, Skeaping Manor is…unique, and Lori leaves the boys to ogle shrunken heads with Bree and heads up to visit the silver only to find an enigmatic little girl in a pink puffy coat looking at a silver salt cellar. When the little girl, Daisy, tells Lori about the origin of the salt cellar and a lost Russian prince, Lori is struck by the little girl’s poise and sadness. So when she finds a pink coat like the little girl was wearing with a silver salt cellar in the pocket the next day at a charity shop, Lori thinks maybe Daisy was telling the truth. She’s even more curious when she finds out Daisy and her mother have left town without a trace.

With Aunt Dimity’s supernatural wisdom comforting her, Lori strikes out with Bree by her side, learning a little something about herself and the “lost prince” they seek.

This is my first go round with Aunt Dimity, and it certainly won’t be my last. I had no idea Aunt Dimity was otherworldly – she doesn’t quite seem to be a ghost – but I was a bit skeptical. No fear! Aunt Dimity & the Lost Prince was absolutely one of the most fun cozy mysteries I’ve read in a while, and I’ve already scoped out the ebook prices to see how many I can buy on payday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Add it to your Goodreads shelf.

  • I had no idea Aunt Dimity was paranormal, either. Why haven’t I read this series???

    • I don’t know! Get after it!

  • Looks so good!

    • It really was. I want to go back and read the first in the series. I was by no means lost, but I would like to get more about Aunt Dimity.

  • I keep seeing these books at the library and the covers intrigued me. I was wondering if they might be something I would like. I’ll have to give them a shot now.

    • They’re light and fun. Perfect for in between heavier stuff or for a rainy day.

  • I’ve never heard of these books, but they sound fun because they sound kind of like maybe paranormal, maybe real? Are they all independent of each other?

    • This is the first I’ve read, but I understand this is actually the 18th book in the series! I certainly understood it fine as a standalone, though.

  • I didn’t know Aunt Dimity was paranormal! I always thought she was a detective aunt or something. This one sounds like a fun read. I’ll have to add it to the to-read list.

    • It really is fun! My mom picked up another of hers this weekend and loved it, too.

  • Charlie

    This sounds fun, and whilst I usually wouldn’t consider a book as much if in a series (a lot to take on when the TBR is high) in this case it sounds the sort that would be really worth it. Definitely does sound a cosy mystery.

    • You know, I love a cozy series because when I’m sick or down or need a break from heavier books, I have something to turn to. It’s partly why I love a good mystery series. I don’t want to gobble them all up at once (though I’ve been known to); I’d rather have them always there as a good standby.

  • Eva

    I read an Aunt Dimity years ago during a read-a-thon; I should give the series another try and see if I connect with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Speaking of cosy mysteries, have you tried Hazel Holt’s Mrs. Malory series? If not, you should! Mrs. Malory is a middle-aged, bookish widow who also loves her pets & general village life. Very comforting but still smart w gentle humour. ๐Ÿ˜€