Aunt Dimity's Death, by Nancy Atherton, is the first in the remarkable Aunt Dimity series. The book is quite different from the other, suspense-filled books in her series, but never fear, it is still as engaging as ever.
Lori Shepherd is down on her luck. Newly divorced and trying to survive on a minimum wage job, she is devastated when her mother unexpectedly passes away. Following the death, she discovers that Aunt Dimity, a woman she only knew as a fictional character from the stories her mother told her as a child, was an actual person who, sadly, had recently died. To Lori's surprise, Aunt Dimity has left a sizable inheritance - and her ghost - behind.
A few portions of the book seem strained in my opinion. For example, the idea of Aunt Dimity being a ghost is accepted extraordinarily easily by Lori's friends. That aside, I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone. The mix of romance, mystery, and suspense blend perfectly together to create a terrific read.