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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (524 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: September 2008 ISBN: 9781449814298
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In this fifth delightful entry, Anthony and Agatha Award nominee Susan Wittig Albert reimagines Beatrix Potter wearing her sleuthing cap as the village of Sawrey lies buried beneath a blanket of Christmas snow. Near Miss Potter’s country home in Sawrey, Mr. Wickstead is found dead under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up—but only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Miss Potter is facing dilemmas in her love life and with her parents, but she has no time to muse, what with helping humans and animals alike—and this little matter of murder.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will delight in Albert's special blend of fact and fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This whimsical, amiable, enchanting, gentle, and charming tale…succeeds on many levels and for many audiences.” Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miz Lizzie | 2/8/2014

    " What can I say? Beatrix Potter is not only one of my favorite children's book author/illustrators, she's one of my top personal heroines. The mix of talking animals, biography, and fictional mysteries might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Albert brews just the right combination for my taste. It's also perfectly appropriate for tweens and teens -- could make a great family read-aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/6/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 1/30/2014

    " Gentle and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/21/2014

    " I love this series, but this one wasn't my favorite. I listened to it on CD but can't find that edition listed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 12/20/2013

    " #5 in the Beatrix Potter series. The mystery in this one isn't much of a mystery. Though the story deals with buried treasurer, a death, an identity question, and some suspicious characters, there really isn't much of a story line there. Much of the story focuses on Beatrix Potter's personal life and the various animals in the area involvment in the on going story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grey853 | 12/4/2013

    " I'm a sucker for books set around or near Christmas. Throw in the idea that it's Beatrix Potter at Hill Top Farm and it's all good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 11/28/2013

    " As a child I really liked Beatrice Potters little books. I thought this was going to be dumb as some of the animal mysteries are but I found this one very fun to read combining both Potter's stories with Wind in the Willow and some other books that are similar. The human story is also fun with Beatrice Potter staring center role. Badger was always one of my favorite character in Wind in the Willows so this particular story was doubly intriguing to me. I was happy to see the author has written many other books. I'll have to see what the library has. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Am | 11/18/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Curran | 11/1/2013

    " Very fun series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Savonick | 9/3/2013

    " Another wonderful book in the series about Beatrix Potter. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the dragon (delightful though he was): there's a limit to how much disbelief I can suspend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/1/2013

    " Being a long time fan of beatrix Potter, I find these mysteries delightful. Albert writes as I imagine Potter would had she moved into this genre. The fantasy does not come across cute, which takes alot of skill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/1/2013

    " Pure escapism. I needed this to distract me from my disgust with the gullible, media-spun, lotus eating individuals who voted for the Obama-Biden ticket in this presidential election. If the shoe fits....... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/10/2013

    " I loved all of Albert's herb-themed books with China Bayles. This book is part of a series based upon Beatrix Potter. The story was OK but I kept getting the feeling that I should be reading it to a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Moore | 3/6/2013

    " I like this book cause it blends a real person into a fictional story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy N | 1/11/2013

    " Charming cozy mystery centered around Beatrice Potters' life in the English Lake District. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbra | 7/23/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, but had a hard time keeping up with the plot. It a very complex story which takes place between people, then between animals. It does make me want to read more about Beatrix Potter so with the resources information in the back of the book, to the library I will go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 7/23/2012

    " There are even dragons in this addition to the series! A very fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget R. Wilson | 6/23/2012

    " There's a dragon in this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 4/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleta | 4/23/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 2/14/2012

    " Very cute, liked the dragon business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/27/2011

    " Delightful nighttime reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 7/14/2011

    " cute book but I did not finish. I got bored so stopped reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosanna | 3/17/2011

    " 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 Terri | 2/12/2011

    " The animal stories mixed in with human stories works in this series of books. I found them enjoyable and easy reading for light reading. "

  • 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. She has earned three AudioFile Earphones Awards.