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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,430 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: October 2004 ISBN: 9781440744112
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Susan Wittig Albert is the best-selling author of the China Bayles mysteries. In this cozy, she fictionalizes the adventures of acclaimed author Beatrix Potter. It’s 1905, and to recover from the loss of her fiancé, Potter moves into a small farmhouse in Sawrey. Populated by colorful characters, both human and critter, her new life is full of promise. That is, until a villager dies, and murder is suspected. Now it’s up to this amateur sleuth to find a killer roaming the English countryside. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Runyon | 2/18/2014

    " Read this book after reading a biography on Beatrix Potter. This entire series is delightful and whimsical. Just enough mystery with a healthy dose of childhood fancy. The talking animals are definitely a highlight and so very Potter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/13/2014

    " Beginning of a series about cats and Beatrix Potter. See also the "Robin Paige" series of Victorian/Edwardian mysteries. Fun, quick reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lpage1479 page | 2/3/2014

    " Another series by Susan Wittig Albert, with Beatrix Potter as the protaganist. "

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

    " The second time read after a visit to the Lake District was even better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/31/2014

    " B Potter has always been a fascinating person to me. Her obedience to her parents never defeated her desire to live her own life. Great new biography coming out,Beat5rix Potter: A Life in nature by Linda Lear "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 1/27/2014

    " This is such a good start to this series. Susan Wittig Albert hits it just right with the village life in the time of Beatrix Potter. Life is seen through the eyes of the villagers and the animals who live there, too. Warm and funny with a tinge of mystery to make it a just right cozy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kailey | 1/20/2014

    " not amazing, but interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/19/2014

    " I thought this book was really cute. A fun in between book. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 1/9/2014

    " Beatrix Potter cozy. So cute! "

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

    " A little cutesy (talking animals!) but good. I'm intrigued by the real-life story of Beatrix Potter, a lady I didn't know much about. Susan Wittig Albert loves to tell stories of independent women making unusual choices, and I love to read these stories. I'll continue with the series. "

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

    " First of the cottage tales. Well-written, but can you have a murder mystery without a murder? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzi | 11/27/2013

    " This is a light fiction work and it was okay. I gave the books to the library when I finished, though, because I wasn't interested in reading them again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mona | 10/11/2013

    " what a fun read and since its based on Beatrix Potter, I can just picture this fitting right in her life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/2/2013

    " Fun English cozy mystery with no murder involved! Written in a Beatrix Potter style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/8/2012

    " Beatrix Potter and mysteries. What her life might have been after buying her farm at Sawrey in the Lake District. Charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 8/19/2012

    " This is a cute mystery set in the world of Beatrix Potter. If you are more of a mystery reader and less of a B. Potter fan, this may not be for you. However the characters are interesting and the setting is fantastic. I will definitely be reading the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 5/7/2012

    " I originally found Wittig Albert's non-fiction work and liked it so much I decided to start this series. They are fun, light reads. Perfect for curling up with on a cold afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawna | 3/14/2012

    " A cozy book. I learned a bit about Beatrix Potter in the bargain. This is # 1 of a series. I will read the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/9/2012

    " Utterly enjoyable. Beatrix Potter is the detective, and there is a dual narrative as the animals can talk as well. Absolutely captures the tone of Peter Rabbit, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 10/27/2011

    " I liked the parallel to Beatrix Potters life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cayenne | 10/7/2011

    " Well researched and very fun. A great just-folks mystery. I love how Albert brought Beatrix to life for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 9/24/2011

    " I liked it a lot better than I thought I would. I liked the movie "Miss Potter" which got me interested in her life. This book has a mixture of real and fictional characters which made it fun. It took me a little while to get into it, but I will definately be reading the second one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha | 5/9/2011

    " this was an entertaining read. I especially enjoy the animals talking and helping out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/3/2011

    " This was fun to read and an interesting story. I would like to read more of the books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " slightly awkward and choppy but cozy story of Beatrix Potter's new home "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gigi | 2/26/2011

    " very sweet and wonderful images of the Lake District. Also good insights into the life of Beatrix Potter. Fun to also have the animals talking! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 103rd: THE TALE OF HILL TOP FARM by Susan Wittig Albert
    Trivia Winner - Melissa (Parcel)

    ~COVE OPINION: C, Average story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabra | 1/11/2011

    " I love the cleverness of this series. Beatrix Potter solving mysteries!Each story in this series has a human view and an animal view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 12/24/2010

    " Although it is shelved in the mystery section, it is more a look at small English village life at the turn of the 20th century, then mystery. But, it left me curious enough to read the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/2/2010

    " Albert's clever use of Beatrix Potter and her animal friends as sleuths makes for a cozy series unlike any other. Beatrix Potter fans especially will enjoy this, but fans of Miss Read and other books about village life will, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 10/21/2010

    " Not bad. Slow at first, but I enjoyed the second half. "

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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.