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The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood Mass Market Paperback – Feb 6 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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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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!
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.
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.