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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wittig Albert Narrator: Virginia Leishman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449837204
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In this sixth charming episode by Agatha and Anthony Award nominee Susan Wittig Albert, Miss Potter helps her rural friends solve a knotty problem. After his haystacks are burned, Farmer Harmsworth barricades the common path through Applebeck Orchard. But reliable witnesses—both human and animal—say the arson was the work of a lantern-bearing specter. Has the culprit left clues Miss Potter can decipher? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verity | 2/16/2014

    " More Beatrix Potter, please! I really like this series of books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2014

    " This the sixth volume in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert. Geared toward younger readers, the plots are not heavy or serious. Naturally, there are talking animals (this is Beatrix Potter, after all), but they talk to each other and not to the humans, so it's completely believable. What's not so believable is the fairies and dragons and ghosts. But it's all in fun, and it's an enjoyable way to while away the boring bus ride to and from the office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/25/2014

    " This was my least favorite of this series. While I was glad some of the personal issues between charachter is finally coming to a head, this story just seemed to be lacking some of the fun of the other books. I will continue reading the series for at least one more book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta | 1/16/2014

    " wow so much going on. glad Max found a home and a friend. And go Bosworth for realizing Hyacinth had talents other than the kitchen. Really enjoyed it. Picked it up Tues from my locally owned bookstore and finished it last night after work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabra | 1/10/2014

    " First one of the series I read and was instantly hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/9/2014

    " I love this little series, but wasn't a fan of the last book, so I was really happy this one got us back on track. There are cute talking animals who always seem to be working behind the scenes to solve little mysteries that happen in each book. And finally, the readers have been waiting forever, and Beatrix and Willie Heelis admitted they're smitten with each other. SO cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/1/2014

    " These cottage tales regarding Beatrix Potter's life are gentle mysteries, romantic and give a great insight into the Victorian/Edwardian era. The animals' point of view of what is occurring is unique and different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/27/2013

    " Sometimes t the others voice is a little annoying but overall it interesting to read about life in the 19 hundred's in an English village and to learn more about Beatrix Potter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/25/2013

    " I love this series and am hoping to visit the places in these books someday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/20/2013

    " A lovely, lovely tale for everyone who loves Beatrix Potter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget R. Wilson | 12/8/2013

    " This book has a lot going on--engagements, fires, ghosts, feminism, etc. It kept me intersted until the end. I've noticed as the series progresses, the narrator becomes more and more intrusive. I don't mind it. Such a narrator seems to be needed in a village cozy mystery like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Iliff | 11/12/2013

    " I love these books! They can, truly, be called gentle reads. I like all of Abert's books, but I think these are my favorite. I'll be said when she ends this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 10/25/2013

    " The CD edition isn't given as an option. I enjoy the reader in this series. She definitely adds charm to the story. The last few books have been more fun to listen to, since the author seems to be adding more interaction between the narrator and the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/13/2013

    " What can I say except I enjoy reading the books in this series. Fantasy, escapism..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady L | 7/22/2013

    " Such a cozy feel good book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Balthazor | 3/20/2013

    " I sort of missed the actual story here. As in, the beginning and the end. This felt like exposition without an actual plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/9/2013

    " Just so charming, as always. I am just loving this series. I can imagine reading them again and again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/14/2012

    " A book good for a preteen who has read and loved Beatrix Potter's little books. This story has both animal and human characters, takes place near a farm that Miss Potter owned in England. Cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 11/10/2012

    " Enchanting series, and quite fun. The only reason it's not five stars is the author's tendency to be a little too chatty, even slightly condescending, at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 5/11/2012

    " Kitty cats and ferrets and badgers, oh my. Good little story; she avoids being impossibly twee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cayenne | 4/28/2012

    " I am loving these books more and more as the series continues. I really love the narrator's voice and the fun things she adds to the story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 2/27/2012

    " Always lovely, these books, the mystery is never very intense, but the atmosphere, as well as the wonderful biographical info on Ms. Potter (some true, some supposed) makes for a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/20/2012

    " The best of the series so far, in some ways, although the author is too instrusive in frequently addressing the reader directly. I look forward to the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesseb | 1/20/2012

    " unoffensive bit of historical fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mascanlon | 12/27/2011

    " If you loved Beatrice Potter as a young reader, you'll love these new tales by Susan Wittig Albert. A bit fact mixed with wonderful fanciful mysteries and lots of sweet animals characters these are the books to curl up with when you wanted to be quickly transported to a quieter time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 9/30/2011

    " I don't like stories in which animals talk, but in this book, animals co-exist with humans, and both stories flow nicely. Delightful: a whole new universe with Beatrix Potter as a character and her small animal stories as inspiration throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 8/9/2011

    " I am continuing to enjoy this series. The beatrix Potter books and excellent videos have long been dear to my heart, and this series is very delightful and satisfying because of its connection to them, but also because of the piquant characters, setting, and plots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Bembry | 4/27/2011

    " These are cute and enjoyable reading - perfect for the Spring weekend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/13/2011

    " I really like the simple joy this book bring to me. It is just fun and amusing. I have a fascination with Beatrix Potter, so I enjoy this book even though I know it is just a fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dalepat | 2/10/2011

    " How could I not like a book about a cataloging badger! Then there's the dragon without a "Mission in Life." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/26/2011

    " actually made the potato soup recipe. It is really good. So is the book. Just a really fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Am | 8/13/2010

    " I didn't like this one as much as the others because she used I style I don't like (the peeping observer style). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahb. | 7/12/2010

    " similar to the Redwall series. Delightful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 6/20/2010

    " All of these are simple warm fuzzies for adults who still like children's books. This one meets the standard and was fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosanna | 3/7/2010

    " Cute, but the whole talking dragon was way over the top in this one. So far out of the series this is my least favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/19/2010

    " I love the characters but this one stretched a little to far into the animals including a dragon...still loved the writing style and Beatrix :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/20/2009

    " This is a delightful tale about Ms Potter and it includes her delightful creatures.
    A joy to read. I look forward to getting add'l books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta | 7/20/2009

    " Delightful as always. So that is where the dragons have been hiding. Can't wait until the next comes out. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Wittig Albert

Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the acclaimed China Bayles mysteries. The first book in the series, Thyme of Death, was nominated for both an Agatha Award and an Anthony Award for Best First novel. Throughout her career, Wittig has written over sixty novels. She cowrote the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries with her husband, Bill Albert, and wrote a number of Nancy Drew novels under the pen name Carolyn Keene.  She has also written a number of nonfiction works and a memoir entitled Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place. Before becoming a full-time novelist, Wittig worked as a university English professor. She lives in Texas.

About the Narrator

Virginia Leishman successfully revived The Railway Children and other titles by E. Nesbit. She parses phrases carefully for nuance, and flavors dialogue with personality and spontaneity, as exemplified in her rendition of A. S. Byatt’s Possession.