The Tale of Briar Bank (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter's country home, has been abuzz ever since Mr. Wickstead met his death under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up. And only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Meanwhile, Miss Potter faces dilemmas in her love life and with her ...
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The Tale of Briar Bank (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #5)

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Overview

Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter's country home, has been abuzz ever since Mr. Wickstead met his death under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up. And only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Meanwhile, Miss Potter faces dilemmas in her love life and with her parents. But she has no time to muse, what with helping humans and animals alike, and this little matter of murder.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Albert's delightful fifth cottage tale (after 2007's The Tale of Hawthorn House), Beatrix Potter, dismayed by the frosty atmosphere at home in London with her demanding parents, returns to Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, where she gets caught in a blizzard. As she catches up on local gossip, Beatrix learns of the demise of a longtime resident, Hugh Wickstead, killed by a falling tree limb in the woods. Was Hugh the victim of a curse after he unearthed ancient treasure? Of course, the animals have their own stories to tell, and Beatrix turns to them for help in the investigation. Familiar creatures pop up along the way, including Pickles, a fox terrier that belonged to Hugh and may hold the secret to his master's death. As Beatrix reconnects with village life, her 1909 book, The Tale of Ginger and Pickles, begins to take shape. Readers will delight in Albert's special blend of fact and fiction. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440638343
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 187,681
  • File size: 444 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Wittig Albert
Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

Biography

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."

I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."

"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."

"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robin Paige
    1. Date of Birth:
      1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A surprisingly humorous and enjoyable view of the world of Beatrix Potter! (fiction/mystery)

    This is the 5th in a series of 6 books set in early 1900's England and is loosely based on some time Beatrix Potter spent in Lake Country. Everything about the books transport you to that time and place. The descriptions of the characters and locations, the events, and even the writing style help you believe that animals really can speak and that all Ms. Albert's characters are real.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Absolutely delightful series

    I have been a fan of Beatrix Potter since I was a child and Susan Wittag Albert's series has been a delightful continuation. She has created a whole new world around Miss Potter and her characters which both my sister and I love (she is 78 and I am 70). It is a world of fantasy that seems so very normal and you know everything is going to turn out well for the good characters! I have managed to find all of the books, even after my book clubs stopped offering them - and I will continue to check my other resources so I don't miss one! They are a welcome relief from what is being offered by too many authors these days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    This is a fun entry in a delightfully charming series

    Her reception from her disapproving parents is so icy Beatrix Potter decides to cut off her visit and leave London immediately. She returns to her home Hill Top Farm in the Lake District. Ironically she gets trapped in a blizzard that reminds her of the frozen welcome of her family.-------------- Beatrix learns that neighbor Hugh Wickstead was killed in an accident when a tree limb fell on him. Some locals believe he died due to the curse of an ancient treasure trove he found. Beatrix knows humans are inane allowing their imagination to come up with ridiculous stories. She turns to the more honest animals to help her investigate how Hugh died.------------- The latest Potter Cottage Tale (see THE TALE OF CUCKOO BROW WOOD and THE TALE OF HAWTHORN HOUSE) is an engaging historical mystery that uses personification to combine fact and fantasy into a fine mystery. The fun in the TALE OF BRIAR BANK lies with that convergence as Beatrix talks to the late Hugh¿s fox terrier Pickles co-star as a store owner in THE TALE OF GINGER AND PICKLES. This is a fun entry in a delightfully charming series.------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Nursery

    Kits Kits and more Kits! Oh I forgot the queens my bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    One more great book in the series

    Once you start reading you just want to keep on going. When you are reading a book and you don't want it to end, will, in this series the story doesn't come to an end, just yet. Her love for the country and for all the animals teach all of us, young or old to appreciate the many gifts that are around us. And to listen to our animals when they are really trying to tell us something. Beatrix Potter was a lady beyond her time, and what a gift she has left us with her wonderful books, and her will for what she stood up for and used her talent that may not have been there if she had listened to her elders. Her strength will never end, but will the keep the desire to read, and be who you really are. Thank you Susan Albert for keeping a lovely lady alive in your books.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Must read

    Fiction mixed with facts to create a delightful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    This sor This story seemed to "creep along" in a jerky sort of way.

    First we're at one place with the humans. Then we're over with the animals. Then we're back with the humans and something else is going on. I felt like a ping pong ball, and by the end nothing much seemed accomplished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2009

    Not her best effort

    I have read and enjoyed each Cottage Tale, up to this book. I enjoy reading of what day-to-day life might have been like for Beatrix Potter and the mysteries/murders have been well-incorporated into this storyline.

    But this book was really not on the level of the first 4 and having a dragon as 'the villain' was more in keeping with a fantasy rather than a murder mystery.

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