The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #7)

The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #7)

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by Susan Wittig Albert
     
 

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Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, where her friend Grace has been receiving anonymous letters that threaten her good name and her plans to marry. Beatrix must investigate quietly so as not to arouse village gossip. There is also the matter of Beatrix's own romantic future-as she's been offered a second chance at love.

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Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, where her friend Grace has been receiving anonymous letters that threaten her good name and her plans to marry. Beatrix must investigate quietly so as not to arouse village gossip. There is also the matter of Beatrix's own romantic future-as she's been offered a second chance at love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Albert's charming seventh Beatrix Potter tale (after 2009's The Tale of Applebeck Orchard) finds Beatrix at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, where she has taken refuge from her parents, who she knows will disapprove of her secret engagement to solicitor Will Heelis just as they disapproved of her engagement six years earlier to her editor, Norman Warne, who died before the two could marry. Meanwhile, Beatrix and the local birds and animals, including a teenage dragon, must put up with "a beastly fly-swimming spluttering aeroplane" that's been careering up and down Lake Windemere. More upsetting is the serious injury to Fred L. Baum, one of the plane's developers, who's found by Rascal, a popular Jack Russell terrier, at the bottom of Oat Cake Crag. The mystery element may be mild, but Albert does a fine job of recreating the wistful, nostalgic mood of Potter's children's books. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425243800
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series, #7
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
268,245
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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 Oat Cake Crag 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I'm a Beatrix Potter fanatic, with a house full of her books, china figurines, and stuffed animals.  Susan Wittig Albert has taken the history of Potter and the charming style of talking animals to create a beautiful series of mysteries featuring Beatrix in her home in The Lake District of England, with historical characters and her animal friends.  In this book, in 1911-12, a "flying bird" --the hydroplane-- is disturbing the tranquility of everyone in the district.  Beatrix, and her fiancé, Will Heelis, are deciding how to tell their plans to her parents, who are bound and determined to keep Beatrix single so she can care for them in their old age.  Then, threatening letters are scaring Beatrix's friend who is planing to marry the new vicar. In the animal arena, a surprise birthday party is in the mix, a Jack Russell Terrier saves a man's life, and a dragon searches out the "flying bird" with an owl.  Lots of fun with dialogue reminiscent  of Potter's actual children's books.  Great fun read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Albert did it again. Book number 7 is just as good as book number 1. Beatrix Potter was captured in this whole series. A woman far beyond her time in everything she did. We need more women like her in this world today to make it a better place to live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This little book seemed to have a bit more plot than the previous ones. It was also very heartening to see Miss Potter "stand up" so to speak to her parents and brother. It was nice to see Miss Potter to have a bit of a "backbone."
suzy54 More than 1 year ago
I love everything Ms. Albert writes. I hope Tale of Oat Cake Crag is not the last in this series. Nothing better than sitting in an over-stuffed armchair by a sunny window with a cup of tea and a cat and dog sitting in your lap while you read one of Ms. Albert's books.
readerjan More than 1 year ago
I have now finished the series. It was so interesting and great reads I am hoping for a trip to the lake country in England soon. Susan Wittig Albert has such a wonderful, different approach to writing. Looking forward to starting her new series. I will miss Beatrix Potter and her friends as I did Kate and Charles in an earlier series.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Beatrix Potter continues to rusticate at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District in order to avoid her snooty upper class parents. She knows they will denigrate her fiancé and scornfully disapprove her engagement to solicitor Will Heelis that she has concealed from them. Beatrix learned her lesson when she became engaged to her editor Norman Warne six years ago only to face a barrage of criticism; she believes that they rejoiced when Normand passed away prior to their marriage. Beatrix and the local birds and animals are irritated with the noise making new gizmo, a flying floating aeroplane that sputters with a racket more than it soar over Lake Windemere; even the loud teen dragon finds the plane disconcerting. Meanwhile at Oat Cake Crag, Rascal the Jack Russell takes her to injured plane designer Fred L. Baum. The latest Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (see The Tale of Applebeck Orchard and The Tale of Briar Bank) is an entertaining whimsical entry that once again captures the essence of the author and more pointedly her tales. The mystery remains in the backseat to Ms. Potter's lifestyle in the Lake District and her relationships with humans especially a touch of romance with Will and the animals. Fans will enjoy her escapades as The Tale of Oat Oak Crag is a charming cottage cozy. Harriet Klausner