I wrote a post a couple of years ago about my favorite ghostly romances, but there are other ghosts who have delighted this reader’s heart who are either not protagonists or not characters in romance fiction. Since I’m a wimpy reader, I like my ghosts benevolent, so there are no scary ghosts on my list.
1. Aunt Dimity’s Death (1992), Nancy Atherton
Nancy Atherton published the eighteenth book in her Aunt Dimity mystery series this year, but Aunt Dimity’s Death (1992) is the first and best (and one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association). American Lori Shepherd believes Aunt Dimity is a fictional character who lives only in the stories Lori’s mother told her. Lori is shocked when she receives a substantial inheritance from Dimity Westwood, but not nearly as shocked as she is when she arrives at Dimity’s English cottage to discover Dimity herself is still very much a presence there. She communicates with Lori by writing in a diary, an appropriate mode since Lori is charged with writing the Aunt Dimity stories her mother told her. As much love story as mystery, Lori finds her own soul mate and reunites Dimity with her lost love. Lori says of the stories she wrote, “I wrote of how vital it was to believe in the love offered by an honest heart, no matter how impractical or absurd or fearful the circumstances.”