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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (593 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 2007 ISBN: 9781440744105
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Miss Beatrix Potter finds the abandoned Baby Flora—and a scarab ring—on her doorstep. An investigation reveals that the ring was pawned and reclaimed by a resident of the vacant and supposedly haunted Hawthorn House. Now Beatrix and her animal friends are left pondering these utterly puzzling happenings.

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  • The whimsical blend of romance, mystery and nostalgia will keep cozy fans happily entertained. Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 2/5/2014

    " I have been reading the tales about Beatrix Potter and am starting to believe in fairy tales. The books are so believable I feel part of that world. I am even looking at maps and pictures of the land the books describe. This particular book deals with parenthood, its longing, rewards, and its responsibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ishki | 1/22/2014

    " Perfect with a cup tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stewie's Mom | 1/18/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this one quite as I enjoyed the previous ones. I personally disliked the portions of the book where the narrator spoke directly to the reader. I found these portions quite disconcerting and hope this style isn't continued on into the next book(s). Other than that, I'm always pleased with the calm style this series presents. Additionally, this was an audio version and I love Virginia Leishman's (sp?) narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meade | 1/12/2014

    " I really like all of these "cozies" about Beatrix Potter. Great characters. Fun books for pure entertainment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cayenne | 1/5/2014

    " I just love these books. Witty, interesting, charming, cozy, delightful. I remember the characters even if it's been awhile since I read the previous book in the series. The animals add so much to the story too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 1/3/2014

    " I love the way this author had Beatrix Potter as a character in this series. In this one she finds a baby on the doorstep and she and the village constable try to find out where baby Flora has come from. As a side story, Jemma PuddleDuck is trying to become a mother because she wants to prove to everyone that she can stick it out and hatch a clutch of eggs herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grey853 | 1/1/2014

    " After the first two, I was a little disappointed in this one, not because of the writing, but because of the plot. I'm not big on stories dealing with babies and marriage. Plus, there was no real mystery or tension in this one. Still, I do like how strong Beatrix is, so it's worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/25/2013

    " A wonderful mystery! Especially since there aren't any murders, just a difficult circumstance to be puzzled out. It is a semi-biographical account of Beatrix Potter and her life at Hill Top, the farm she purchased. The story is told both from the human's point of view and the POV of the animals that live on the farm and in the village. I highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/22/2013

    " Sweet, as always, but it didn't really do much to move the series along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie McNamee Earl | 12/8/2013

    " What a wonderful series. I love when books take on their own worlds, time periods, and characters and make you feel like you are there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/6/2013

    " Another solid entry in the Beatrix Potter series, this one aimed a little more towards children at least it seemed that way to me. Amazing series of mysteries, I've read the first four books and so far only one killing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 11/17/2013

    " Wonderful premise, a lovely little read. Great back story on Jemima Puddle Duck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 11/16/2013

    " Fun read. If you are a fan of Beatrix Potter these books are delightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 11/6/2013

    " Another fine addition to this gentle cozy series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 11/2/2013

    " I loved this book. Light reading but very evocative of the era and the Lake District "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 10/8/2013

    " The most recent in this series, this book highlights the plight of Jemima Puddle Duck. I love the way these stories give the viewpoints of both the animals and the people without being disgustingly cheesy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanis | 8/28/2013

    " This was a very cute story. The main plot was a mystery but it had a lot of little mysteries along the way. Definitely recommend to any Beatrix Potter fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 5/17/2013

    " I'm enjoying this series, but this one about an abondoned baby seemed a bit more serious, and thus slightly less charming, than the others so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Library Lady | 4/2/2013

    " I like this series. But I wish she would cut back on the pseudo-Potter bits with the animals and concentrate on the people. Only Beatrix Potter could do Beatrix Potter and it comes off as awfully cutesy-wutsey here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/15/2013

    " I find the mix of a real person and her known life with fictional mysteries to be fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/3/2013

    " Great series. It is youth friendly, and is a great way to introduce mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki G | 7/17/2012

    " It was cute, but it's another one of those books that for some reason are so hard to read straight through in a timely manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/15/2012

    " This mystery series is set in the English Lake District with Beatrix Potter as an amateur sleuth. The author provides a cast of characters indicating actual historic persons, but most of the characters are fictional. A good read for anyone interested in Beatrix Potter and/or the Lake District. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 9/16/2011

    " I didn't like the way the author addressed the reader throughout the book...it was distracting. I don't remember this being in the other books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/30/2011

    " Fourth in the series. Very like the others. I liked it, but it was a little slow because I had read too many to close together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/1/2011

    " This series is charming escapism. My kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 4/15/2011

    " Another fine addition to this gentle cozy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/26/2010

    " I'm really enjoying this series and just ordered the rest that weren't in stock at Borders. I also ordered the rest of Susan's series where Beatrix Potter was a secondary character in one of the books (written under Robin Paige). Looking forward to starting the China Bayles series next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/8/2010

    " Great series. It is youth friendly, and is a great way to introduce mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 7/5/2009

    " Fun read. If you are a fan of Beatrix Potter these books are delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/16/2009

    " Another solid entry in the Beatrix Potter series, this one aimed a little more towards children at least it seemed that way to me. Amazing series of mysteries, I've read the first four books and so far only one killing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/4/2008

    " I really enjoyed this! It was such a pleasant story, and I loved all the characters. I thought it was the first in the series, but I was wrong. Now I will have to go back and find the others. Very good reading. "

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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.