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

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

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by Susan Wittig Albert
     
 

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 Beatrix Potter’s tales have bewitched readers for a century. Now, fans of all ages cherish Susan Wittig Albert’s Cottage Tales mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself…

Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But with remodeling work at Castle Cottage, their future home, going at a snail’s

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 Beatrix Potter’s tales have bewitched readers for a century. Now, fans of all ages cherish Susan Wittig Albert’s Cottage Tales mysteries, starring Miss Potter herself…

Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But with remodeling work at Castle Cottage, their future home, going at a snail’s pace, Beatrix finds frustration when the building contractor fires his best carpenter, Mr. Adcock, for stealing. At the same time, Will is investigating thefts on other construction sites—an inquiry that comes to a screeching halt when Mr. Adcock is found dead.

Besides the construction debacle, there’s another hurdle for Beatrix and Will to overcome: the Potters have yet to give their blessing on the marriage. And when Beatrix’s brother decides to tell their parents about his own decade-long secret marriage, Miss Potter knows that any chance she had of finding her own happy ending is about to be destroyed…

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Albert’s delightful eighth Beatrix Potter cozy smoothly blends fact and fiction.”—Publishers Weekly


“A wonderful, entertaining tale.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

“Susan Wittig Albert is a rare author, one who can always be relied on to deliver a great story, wonderful and memorable characters, and writing that is top-notch.”—Cozy Library


“A consistently charming series.”—Booklist

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251539
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series, #8
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
301,524
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“Albert’s delightful eighth Beatrix Potter cozy smoothly blends fact and fiction.”--Publishers Weekly


“A wonderful, entertaining tale.”--Genre Go Round Reviews

“Susan Wittig Albert is a rare author, one who can always be relied on to deliver a great story, wonderful and memorable characters, and writing that is top-notch.”--Cozy Library

“A consistently charming series.”--Booklist

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
1940
Place of Birth:
Danville, Illinois
Education:
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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The Tale of Castle Cottage 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lexie2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SusanKaySB More than 1 year ago
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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SunshineNC More than 1 year ago
You must read the whole series - they are fantastic - Mrs. Albert does it again!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
dr_cac More than 1 year ago
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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