The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101459904
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 317,331
  • File size: 547 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 July 12, 2010

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    an entertaining whimsical entry

    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

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    I'm a Beatrix Potter fanatic, with a house full of her books, ch

    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

    Posted May 17, 2013

    One more great book in the series

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    What a sweet book!

    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."

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Keep this series going!

    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.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Transported me to the lake country of England

    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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