Aunt Dimity & The King's Ransom is book twenty-three in Nancy Atherton's paranormal mystery series. (Although the book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone, be aware that a ghostly friend from Aunt Dimity's Death makes an appearance and might intrigue first-time readers of the series.)
On her way to a well-deserved weekend getaway to meet up with her husband Bill, Lori Shepherd instead finds herself seeking refuge in the rural town of Shepney, England, due to an extra-tropical rainstorm. When she arrives, she meets former bishop Christopher. Having no room to house her, the bishop suggests an inn called The King's Ransom.
The only inn space available to Lori is a dusty and supposedly haunted attic without heating, plumbing, or electrical outlets. Trying to make the best of it, she arranges the room to make it a bit more comfortable. When she begins hearing strange sounds, she enlists her ghostly friend, Aunt Dimity, and the bishop for help in searching for their source. Their exploration leads them to underground tunnels that were used by smugglers during the 18th century. Full of history, mystery, and intrigue, this is a great book to cozy up with, alongside a nice cup of tea!
"The cyclone taught me a valuable lesson, Dimity." Did it teach you to check the weather forecast before you leave home? "Definitely!" I said, laughing. "But it also taught me to embrace the unexpected."
~Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom