Aunt Dimity and the Summer King
It's June, the roses are in bloom, and the small English village of Finch may be in big trouble. Two cottages are for sale, but something---or someone---is driving buyers away. Has a developer targeted Finch? Will property values skyrocket? Will a wave of wealthy weekenders drive out the longtime locals? Is Finch doomed?
Lori Shepherd suspects a local real estate agent of playing fast and loose with her beloved village, but before she can stop the rot, she's sidetracked by a chance encounter with eccentric inventor Arthur Hargreaves near his ancestral home, Hillfont Abbey. Arthur is as warmhearted as the summer sun. In his presence, Lori forgets her troubles---and Finch's.
Lori snaps out of her happy trance when odd things begin to happen at Hillfont Abbey. She discovers a detailed map of Finch in the library. An ancient feud between Finch and the Hargreaves family comes to light. Arthur appears to be making secret deals with the local real estate firm. Is the Summer King as kind as he seems? Or is he secretly plotting Finch's demise?
With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help---and her new baby in her arms---Lori mounts a crusade to save her beloved village from the Summer King's scorching greed.