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The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Wittig Albert
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Feb. 6 2007 The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P (Book 3)
Miss Potter's new hometown of Holly How is having its share of troubles, and three children, favorites of Beatrix, are counting on the help of the fairies of Cuckoo Brow Wood. Now, with her signature tact, Beatrix must work with her friends-human and animal-to set things right.


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At the start of Albert's enchanting third Beatrix Potter mystery set in England's Lake District (after 2005's The Tale of Holy How), Miss Potter discovers that her beloved Hill Top Farm is overrun with rats. In the nearby town of Far Sawrey, mild-mannered vicar Samuel Sackett also finds himself plagued with unwanted visitors: a cousin and his wife who have long overstayed their welcome. There are also rumors that a mysterious Mr. Richardson plans to build holiday villas on the shores of Lake Windermere, and he appears to be in league with Mrs. Kittredge, the beautiful new wife of the master of Raven Hall. Ridley Rattail, one of Hill Top Farm's resident rats, contrives to rid the farm of its unwanted rodents, but when his program backfires, he must seek a way to redeem the situation. Rich descriptions of the countryside and the imaginative rendering of the animal characters make this gentle tale a delight from start to finish. (July)
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In this third installment in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, the Edwardian-era cozy series from the author of the China Bayles mysteries, Miss Potter seals her reputation for untangling intrigues in her Lake District village. While she waylays the schemes of two swindlers and joins village children in a search for the area's legendary fairies, whimsical subplots (a series staple) reveal interactions among canny, talkative, and occasionally even well-dressed members of the animal community. Readers inclined to judge such elements twee in a book for grown-ups aren't likely to warm to this series, but those who--like Albert's heroine--champion the benefits of "dreaming, imagining, creating, improvising, and fancying" will find themselves happily absorbed, to the point of forgiving the awkward manner in which facts about the historical Potter are plunked into the fiction. Extensive character lists and recipes to rumble the stomachs of anglophiles (bubble and squeak, sticky buns) flesh out this amiably realized world, in which lapses in good feelings and right behavior are always passing anomalies. Jennifer Mattson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something mystical enters the series! Sept. 20 2012
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the most exciting, magical story by Susan Wittig Albert! Even though she colours in every resident, we stay with characters we like: Beatrix, Will Heelis, Caroline, Dimity Woodcock, and introduce Irish schoolmate Deidre Malone. Deidre is housed by the veterinarian family, for being their nanny. She tells Caroline and Jeremy what her mother taught her about fairies, thus bringing an element I love that had been missing: something mystical!

This is Susan at her best: detailed where you want it but chasing characters after the action. Some information is gleaned by accident but like out of the movies, Beatrix and others directly launch into a showdown with no second to spare. Everything kept me reading with a fever pitch, like the three teenagers embarking to locate fairies in Cuckoo Brow Wood. It was enchanting to go inside these woods, always on the map but not delved into before. Even this book's cover is the prettiest. We meet absent villager Major Kittredge, of whom Dimity was fond before he went on a mission. He returns with a scarcely-acquainted wife everyone mistrusts. Their public reception grants us a look at Raven Hall, containing a legendary artifact.

It's fulfilling to reveal sides not seen before. Beatrix and Will like animals but what also says a lot about a person, is openness to the supernatural. Reactions to legends were neat. With all the above making an extraordinary novel, striking personal touches tied me to it! I too was new in town, with my first piece of land. The parallel synch of the novel stood my hair on end. At the time of reading, as I closed the last page, it was `May Eve' in real life; allegedly the ideal night to search for fairies.... and I happen to live in a forest!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood April 30 2013
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I have not received this book yet, therefore I cannot tell you whether or not I like it, or whether or not it came within the specified time, or anything else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional! June 27 2006
By Sandy Rhoad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you have read any of Beatrix Potter's children's books you will be in wonder that Susan Albert manages to assume the character and write such a wonderful series of books. I have long loved Potter's art and even longer loved Ms. Albert's herbal mysteries. To find both talents combined in one work of verbal art is the best of all worlds. This series (3 books now) will take you into a realm of peace, and a world of excitement. Please give yourself a gift of the finest dimensions and read this series - and then move on to the herbal mysteries. Ms. Albert is a master at her art.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery without murder Aug. 23 2006
By Elizabeth Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Third in the third series by Albert, we once again visit Beatrix Potter's farm that serves as her refuge from her parents and London society. As before, there are several mysteries woven into the plot, while several of them are amongst the many animals that are known to populate Potter's fictional children's books. Upon Beatrix's arrival to the Lake District, her farm has been overrun with rats. Beatrix soon manages to employ several cats to assist in the problem, but she is unwittingly helped by an unknown resident of her farm, who then has to take care of the cat problem once the rat problem has been addressed. The animal denizens and their lives are just as interesting as the humans in Albert's Cottage Tales series - and Beatrix is a character that readers will come to love and respect just as the villagers have, using her observational abilities to assist in many ways without intruding upon the privacy of others.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light and funny! Aug. 27 2006
By Coppertop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is another great addition to Albert's Beatrix Potter series. The characters, including the animals, are simply wonderful. Albert can really paint a picture of people and places that makes you feel if you are sitting at a table in the English countryside!

This isn't a traditional murder mystery - in fact that is no murder at all! Albert manages to create a mystery without the requisite murder. The plot is still involved and interesting as you learn about the characters and their lives. We get to revisit a lot of characters from the past two books as well as meet some new ones.

If you are like me and not usually into talking animals, don't skip this book for that reason. The animals add so much to this story and it not at all "childish," although this IS a book you could read to your children and not worry about.

Definitely worth the time to read!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming cozy July 5 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although Miss Beatrix Potter spends much of her time in London behaving as a dutiful daughter who makes life easier for her society parents, her true home is in the town of Sawrey. Her heart belongs to her estate Hill Top Farm and though she can only make infrequent visit there, the villagers accept her as one of their own because they sense a kindred spirit. Her latest visit in the spring of 1907 forces her to deal with the rat population that has taken up residence in her home and the out building. One of the rats, a timid, professional type, advertises for cats to take up residence and kill the rats.

As more and more cats answer the ad, Miss Potter is concerned that Major Christopher Kittredge of Raven Hall, at the urgings of his wife is willing to build villas on his property on the shores of the lake. She fears that the project will spoil the atmosphere of the village. The vicar of Sawrey is dealing with his own problem. His cousins the Thextons have outstayed their welcome and he doesn't know how to get rid of them. Miss Pother has an idea how to do just that when she wants to out a blackmailer and a bigamist She also would like to find a way for a bright lad to continue his education but the indenture papers are about to be signed.

This is a charming, beguiling and enchanting work about an adult author who is responsible for overseeing her parents' household still believing in the magic of the fairy folks. Fans who like the Mrs. Murphy mysteries where the animals speak to one another and look out for their humans will thoroughly enjoy this piquant cozy where the crimes committed are of a non-violent nature which fits the serene atmosphere that the author successfully creates.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like being there---again June 28 2007
By Betsy S. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This third book in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter is just as much fun and as charming as the first two. It makes you want to find the Potter illustrations from her "little books," so that the faces and personalities of the people involved in the stories become even more familiar.
With the world as it is now, it's a joy (and a relief) to immerse oneself in the world of a century ago with the friends one met in childhood.
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