Today's review is the second novel in the Aunty Dimity series.
Blurb courtesy of Goodreads website.
Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her--with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance--on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.
Published in 1994 by Penguin Books.
Another solid, quaint and cosy mystery from the pen of Nancy Atherton. This book is a prequel to the first in the series and is about Emma (one of the caretakers of Aunt Dimity's cottage in the first novel). This novel tells us the story of how Emma falls in love with Derek and how they become the caretakers of the cottage.
The current Duke is keen to return the Hall to it's form glory after the previous Duke sold all the assets and sacked the staff. Penford Hall's residents have strong admiration for the Duke but just how far will they go to help.
This second book has a great twist solving the mystery of a dead rockstar and the unfortunate accident of the Duke's cousin.
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