Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well
To be published April 2014.
It's only when old Mr. Huggins dies that Lori Shepherd realizes how little she and her neighbors in the small English village of Finch knew about him.
Heads turn, therefore, when a strapping young man---a blond, blue-eyed stranger-- shows up at the funeral. The stranger is Jack MacBride, Mr. Huggins's dashing nephew, who has come all the way from Australia to wrap up his uncle's affairs.
When Lori offers to help Jack clear out his late uncle's overgrown garden, they find a long-hidden well buried beneath a tangle of vines. Laughingly, Lori makes a wish--and the wish comes true!
Word spreads like wildfire and the villagers begin to sneak into the garden to avail themselves of the wishing well's mysterious powers. They quickly discover that one person's wish is another person's worst nightmare.
As more and more wishes come true, Finch is thrown into turmoil. With Aunt Dimity's otherwordly help, Lori sets out to save her village by proving that something other than magic is as work in old Mr. Huggins's garden. The truth, she discovers, is far more marvelous than a magical wishing well.
"A complete and utter gem." --Suspense Magazine
"Perfect for those who prefer charmingly low-key puzzles to blood-soaked chills and thrills." --Kirkus Reviews
"A satisfying continuation to this amiable series." --Publishers Weekly