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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (Feb. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425215067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425215067
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming cottage tale... March 3 2007
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There is nothing more cozy and heart warming then Beatrix Potter, be you child or adult. This lovely mystery series appeals to anyone who loves the charming tales of Beatrix Potter. This is the third book in the series by Albert, and she once again focuses on Beatrix Potter's farm, the people in the village and the animals that served as models for her children's books. Beatrix has done quite a bit of work to fix up the the house and farm that she loves as a refuge from her demanding and controlling parents, but in an amusing side story, she arrives in the Lake District to find that the farm house is overrun with rats. To fix the problem, she finds several cats to take care of the rats, but once the rat problem has been addressed, she has a cat problem to fix! Readers should know that this isn't a traditional murder mystery, first because there is no murder, and secondly, because the animals play an important part in helping Beatrix solve the mystery in her gentle and non confrontational manner. However, the mystery is there, Beatrix does use her excellent powers of observation to solve it and all ends as it should. In this book, several of the characters from the past two books are more fully developed and we also meet some new ones. We also get a glimpse of the start of Beatrix's romance. This book is the epitome of "cozy" and Anglophiles as well as Beatrix Potter fans will want to read all three books in the series. I certainly look forward to the 4th Cottage Tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Cozy Mystery May 12 2007
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If you like cozy mysteries, mysteries that take place in a rural English setting, have read and enjoyed Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayles series Thyme of Death (China Bayles 1), or are at all a fan of Beatrix Potter, this series is for you. The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Woods is the third in this series. While it is helpful to have read the other two books The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Mysteries), The Tale of Holly How, since many characters both human and animal repeat, the book also stands on its own. I especially enjoy when animals are given a voice in a believable way. The story works in parallel...with the human storyline and the animal one. The animals find the clues and figure out the mystery before the humans but are unable to get the humans to understand. In this way it reminds me of the Rita Mae Brown/Sneaky Pie Brown Mrs. Murphy mysteries Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy Mysteries). The characters are well-drawn and the mystery free of the bloody gore and tension in many other less-cozy mysteries. As a sideline, you also learn a lot about the life of the beloved children's author, Beatrix Potter. I sincerely hope this series continues.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy escape into the Lake District of Beatrix Potter's world June 17 2016
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Wonderful tales, with adventure and well-crafted characters, that weave the tales of Beatrix Potter into the lives of the inhabitants, both human and animal, of Sawrey. Highly recommended series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like being there---again June 28 2007
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 20 2016
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Loved it !

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