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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (37 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: November 2005 ISBN: 9781440744129
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Everyone in Sawrey likes Ben Hornby. So when Beatrix finds the shepherd dead in the meadow and suspects foul play, she wonders who would have done such a thing. A trio of village cats has an idea: When Ben breathed his last, his sheep must have seen his killer before scattering. So they set out to find the far-flung flock.

Although she’s distracted by duties at the farm and the sad plight of a young girl, Beatrix must get to the bottom of this. As the stories intertwine, Beatrix and the creatures realize that all of Sawrey—both the two- and four-legged inhabitants—must work together to solve this case.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As charming as the ‘little books’ themselves, this is sure to delight Beatrix Potter fans and cozy lovers everywhere.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 2/18/2014

    " Cozy mystery, Austen fans will also like it as well for depiction of old English countryside, animal fans will like it as animals talk and take part in it (though humans can't understand them), reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's stories (some of whose real story is incorporated in) "

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

    " Did I mention how well written these books are? Susan Wittig Albert does an amazing job to make everything believable even a talking dog. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/3/2014

    " Ditto first Tale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/21/2014

    " This is a charming series. The story focuses on Beatrix Potter when she purchased Hill Top Farm in Far and Near Swarey. She has purchased several sheep and goes to pick them up and finds the farmer dead and the sheep missing. The richest lady in the town has decided that she knows a suitable candidate for the job of local schoolmaster, even though the local woman who has been doing the job is well suited and the children love her. Then there are the animals. The local badger who keeps a chronicle of all the animal comings and goings is told that there are several badgers missing and there will be a badger baiting event held that week. He focuses his attention on getting all the other animals to assist in stopping the event. The mystery is one that is fairly easy to figure out but the story is charming and very appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2014

    " This is the second in a series of fictional stories about Beatrix Potter. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/11/2014

    " Classic Beatrix Potter...loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eloise | 1/4/2014

    " A fun, gentle mystery with Beatrix Potter as a character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 12/28/2013

    " My inner child loves these lighthearted mysteries where children's literature is the byproduct of a quiet heroine who astutely solves the case that trouble their small town in England's Lake District. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Bengel | 12/15/2013

    " Another good one from Susan. I love how she resolves plots around but not necessarily with the main protagonist. And her research is fantastic. Wonderful details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Young | 12/9/2013

    " I found this to be as delightful as the first in the series and am looking forward to the next. A nice cozy mystery with pieces of Beatrix Potter's life mixed in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alysnyder Snyder | 11/26/2013

    " I love this sweet little novel- a loose take on Beatrix Potter's life, but with a look at the thoughts and feelings of everyone in the village, animals included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 8/23/2013

    " smoother, almost too twee, but satisfying, nearly poetic justice, ends well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/22/2013

    " I love these little books. Talk about cozy! The writing is wonderful and I am transported to Beatrix Potter's rural England. On my next trip to England I will be visiting Hill Top Farm and the villages of Near and Far Sawrey and the beautiful Lake District. Now to find the next book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candida | 7/31/2013

    " This was an excellent cozy mystery. I listened to it on audio and the narrator was fantastic! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Beatrix Potter, animals, and the English countryside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamieeileenarthur Arthur | 6/21/2013

    " I was sceptical at first due to thinking that a tale with talking animals would be too childish, but so far, so good. I am enjoying it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ToniS | 6/1/2013

    " I think I liked this one better than the first. The characters are very charming, and the plot is never dull. There was a very clever chapter about how gossip spread quickly in a small town. The mysteries aren't terribly complex or mysterious, but they are almost beside the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/14/2013

    " I have to agree with some of the other reviews...I like this series more with each book! I love the fact that the animals talk to each other and are major characters in the story, but this is an adult book. Yea! Keep 'em coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melea | 1/5/2013

    " Love it! I had never heard of badger baiting, but was appalled. Animal cruelty is not a new invention, but is as old as time. It's still wrong. Blech! I'm glad the perpetrator was sent to prison (just not for the animal cruelty, dang it!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/31/2012

    " I'm really enjoying this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 11/29/2012

    " Wonderful interaction between people, the land, and the animals. Gentle telling of complex social problems in a small town. Beatrix Potter comes off shining as the heroin, goto woman, and smartest of them all. What a great tale within a tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francey | 10/29/2012

    " Very delightful. A shepherd falls from a cliff, his sheep have gone missing, and Tabitha Twitchet, Crumpet, and Rascal, want to know how , why, and who. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy Million | 9/30/2012

    " A nice easy read perfect to read on my half-hour lunch breaks. Just intriguing enough to make reluctant to put it down when lunch is over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/31/2012

    " Just a pleasant relaxing little book. Cozy cottage mystery... and not much mystery really just fun to be in the countryside during that era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 5/20/2012

    " These are such fun reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 3/10/2012

    " A very sweet addition to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/24/2011

    " I really enjoy these books of Susan Wittig Albert's. I loved the Robyn Paige series she wrote with her husband, too, but these are a clever treat of their very own. It's so wonderful to have these books to read right now while I'm so busy at school! They are a very welcome form of escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/24/2011

    " I haven't read this series in order, but this is my favorite so far, for the quality of the writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 5/8/2011

    " I think this is a very sweet and inventive series of mysteries. I am really enjoying the parallel story lines of the humans and animals (in this one Beatrix's sheep go missing on the human side of the story, while some badgers need rescuing on the animal side).
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " smoother, almost too twee, but satisfying, nearly poetic justice, ends well "

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

    " An adorable cozy read. Very predictable, but sweet and comforting :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 1/14/2011

    " A nice easy read perfect to read on my half-hour lunch breaks. Just intriguing enough to make reluctant to put it down when lunch is over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melea | 12/12/2010

    " Love it! I had never heard of badger baiting, but was appalled. Animal cruelty is not a new invention, but is as old as time. It's still wrong. Blech! I'm glad the perpetrator was sent to prison (just not for the animal cruelty, dang it!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ToniS | 12/11/2010

    " I think I liked this one better than the first. The characters are very charming, and the plot is never dull. There was a very clever chapter about how gossip spread quickly in a small town. The mysteries aren't terribly complex or mysterious, but they are almost beside the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 8/24/2010

    " A cute little mystery. I enjoyed reading about snippets of Beatrix Potter's life. A warning to realist readers: the animals do talk amongst themselves and have an entire society built up complete with a Badger hotel. If you can get past that, you'll enjoy the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Okraglyv | 5/16/2010

    " Did I mention how well written these books are? Susan Wittig Albert does an amazing job to make everything believable even a talking dog. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/15/2010

    " I found this to be as delightful as the first in the series and am looking forward to the next. A nice cozy mystery with pieces of Beatrix Potter's life mixed in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 2/22/2010

    " I love these books.by Susan Albert "

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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.