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

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The latest in the Cottage Tales series-starring Miss Potter herself!

It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fianc?, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's future home...

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Overview

The latest in the Cottage Tales series-starring Miss Potter herself!

It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's future home...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1913, Albert's delightful eighth Beatrix Potter cozy (after 2010's The Tale of Oat Cake Crag) smoothly blends fact and fiction. Beatrix is struggling to finish The Tale of Pigling Bland while overseeing the reconstruction of Castle Farm, her new property that she hopes to share with her fiancé, lawyer Will Heelis, when and if they are married, a prospect her parents accept only grudgingly. Meanwhile, the residents of Near Sawrey start missing things, from food to heirlooms, and the body of a construction worker on Castle Farm is found hanging in a shed. Beatrix and Will become involved in the subsequent investigation into the various mysteries in a tale that charmingly brings to life the people and animals of England's Lake District a century ago. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Oat Cake Crag) is still weak from influenza, but she's back home in the Lake District. Big changes are afoot in this latest entry in a cozy favorite. Recipes included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425251539
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 276,520
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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 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.

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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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