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The Tale of Castle Cottage (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #8)

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    highly recommended

    The tale of Castle Cottage deftly wraps up the series, drawing together the story strands from the previous volumes. As usual, we don't know if the happy ending will come, and as usual, it does. And I'm still happy about it every time. The animals and people, esp. Beatrix Potter, charm us right to the very end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    a great historical cozy

    In the summer of1913, Beatrix Potter is currently residing at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District while working on her latest story The Tale of Pigling Bland. She admits to her publisher that her eight drawings are not that good as Beatrix still recovers from her recent illness in which she lived with her parents at their domicile in Kensington. As she works on her latest novel, Beatrix also oversees the renovation of her new home that she and her fiancé solicitor William Heelis will move into once Mr. Biddle finishes the Castle Cottage improvements and they are married (in spite of the doubts of her parents).

    While the author struggles with her new work, the locals of nearby Near Sawrey begin to misplace items ranging in value from baked goods to money to family heirlooms. Her friend Sarah Barwick believes she is the victim of a thief, but fears it is someone she knows. However that pales in comparison to the death of carpenter Lewis Adcock who was just fired by Biddle. Beatrix and Will end up investigating the thefts, the death and Biddle's lack of commitment to the castle Cottage renovation.

    The eighth Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (see The Tale of Oat Cake Crag) is a great historical cozy that brings to life the Lake District just prior to WWI. The story line is a wonderful entertaining tale as once again Susan Wittig Albert combines Ms. Potter's real life, the fables of the animals who dominate her tales and an enjoyable amateur sleuth into a delightful story.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Wonderful ending to all of the Beatrix Potter stories!

    Beatrix and Will's marriage was a wonderful ending to the series. And I especially enjoyed the underlying story of how the animals cooperated in getting rid of the rat problem in the village.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Wonder story.

    Susan Wittig Albert had done it again. I've everything she has written herself and with her husband. I am a great fan of Beatrix Potter and her description of Ms. Potter and the other characters and true to form and historical data. She is and will remain to be one of my favorite authors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Best ever

    You must read the whole series - they are fantastic - Mrs. Albert does it again!

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Beatrix Potter Series is terrific!

    Though I haven't read this particular book yet, the previous ones have been a total delight. Albert's understanding of her characters is one of depth and humanity and joy and just the right dash of mischief. I always look forward to the next 'installment'.

    Actually, I enjoy Albert's writing period. Her (too short lived) series with her husband is truly excellent. And for the mystery buff, great fun.

    Any Potter or AA Milne fan will delight in her storytelling.

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