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The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wittig Albert
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Book Description

Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, where her friend Grace has been receiving anonymous letters that threaten her good name and her plans to marry. Beatrix must investigate quietly so as not to arouse village gossip. There is also the matter of Beatrix's own romantic future-as she's been offered a second chance at love.




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From Publishers Weekly

Albert's charming seventh Beatrix Potter tale (after 2009's The Tale of Applebeck Orchard) finds Beatrix at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, where she has taken refuge from her parents, who she knows will disapprove of her secret engagement to solicitor Will Heelis just as they disapproved of her engagement six years earlier to her editor, Norman Warne, who died before the two could marry. Meanwhile, Beatrix and the local birds and animals, including a teenage dragon, must put up with "a beastly fly-swimming spluttering aeroplane" that's been careering up and down Lake Windemere. More upsetting is the serious injury to Fred L. Baum, one of the plane's developers, who's found by Rascal, a popular Jack Russell terrier, at the bottom of Oat Cake Crag. The mystery element may be mild, but Albert does a fine job of recreating the wistful, nostalgic mood of Potter's children's books.
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Albert’s series of mysteries set in Britain’s Land between the Lakes moves from strength to strength. Once again Beatrix Potter has returned to visit her farm and get a little peace and quiet. It is now March 1912, and war with Germany is looming. As a result, Winston Churchill, first lord of the admiralty, is becoming increasingly interested in flying machines, and one of his projects involves the testing of a new hydroplane on Lake Windermere, near Beatrix’s farm. It seems entirely possible that one of the villagers, irate over the noise from the tests, may have taken matters in his or her own hands and attacked the funder of the project, whose body is found at the foot of Oat Cake Crag. But there are other puzzles to solve as well. Who has been writing poison-pen letters to Beatrix’s friend Grace? Who is planning to marry the local vicar? What about Beatrix’s own romance with Will Heelis? As always, the animals, especially Rascal the dog, Professor Galileo Newton Owl, and Thorvaald the dragon, help Beatrix solve the puzzles. --Judy Coon

Product Details

  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425236617
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XQEVGW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally another Beatrix Potter Cottage Tale September 19, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Susan Albert's Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter are books I look forward to all year. Her description of the Land between the Lakes, its animals and humans, as well as village life, is vivid and imaginative. Like seeing it from Beatrix Potter's eyes a century ago. Susan Albert's omniscient narrator is less intrusive and opinionated, which I appreciate. This one, like all the others, was worth the wait.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining whimsical entry September 9, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Beatrix Potter continues to rusticate at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District in order to avoid her snooty upper class parents. She knows they will denigrate her fiancé and scornfully disapprove her engagement to solicitor Will Heelis that she has concealed from them. Beatrix learned her lesson when she became engaged to her editor Norman Warne six years ago only to face a barrage of criticism; she believes that they rejoiced when Normand passed away prior to their marriage.

Beatrix and the local birds and animals are irritated with the noise making new gizmo, a flying floating aeroplane that sputters with a racket more than it soar over Lake Windemere; even the loud teen dragon finds the plane disconcerting. Meanwhile at Oat Cake Crag, Rascal the Jack Russell takes her to injured plane designer Fred L. Baum.

The latest Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (see The Tale of Applebeck Orchard and The Tale of Briar Bank) is an entertaining whimsical entry that once again captures the essence of the author and more pointedly her tales. The mystery remains in the backseat to Ms. Potter's lifestyle in the Lake District and her relationships with humans especially a touch of romance with Will and the animals. Fans will enjoy her escapades as The Tale of Oat Oak Crag is a charming cottage cozy.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality vacation October 28, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Susan Wittig is a special and gifted writer. I've read ALL of her books and each type, whether mystery, fun or serious, showcases her talent. This particular type of book - fun - tells of the first attempt at flying before the war, the stories of animals who can talk and the wonderful life of Beatrix Potter. This is a real break from the woes of this world. It is fun to lose yourself in the world of "human animals". The owl is particularly entertaining and I will miss this series terribly when she ends her stories. If you decide to purchase these special books be sure and have them individually signed by Susan or ask for bookplates that are signed. They are ever so special and should be handed down to those lovers of books that follow you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty Letters October 6, 2010
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Beatrix Potter is dismayed to discover that her friend Grace Lythecoe is getting nasty letters warning her not to marry the vicar. Who would do such a terrible thing to two lovely and lonely people?
Beatrix needs time to think and the quiet of her beloved county side, but this is not to be as amphibious aircraft is being tested all day. The mechanical noise is frightening the animals and driving the locals to distraction. Village gossip is most deadly and Beatrix does not want to fall victim to it herself as her interest in Mr. Hellis grows, but then what we want is not always what we get.
Enjoy this current addition to a beloved cozy series.
Nash Black, author of Indie finalists WRITING AS A SMALL BUSINESS and HAINTS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Also a top pick is Susan Wittig Albert's THE TALE OF OAT CAKE CRAG: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, a seventh Potter tale that finds Beatrix in hiding from her parents, whom she knows will disapprove of her secret engagement. A teen dragon, an injury to Fred L. Baum, and more blend fantasy into a light mystery perfect for prior Albert fans of the Beatrix Potter series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History and mystery February 23, 2013
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I like Beatrice Potter and absolutely enjoyed the first couple of books in this series. Then the narrator took over and the series became more teen-age girl fiction than adult fiction. I enjoyed learning about the flying boat experiments in the lake country in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Series October 2, 2011
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I love this series based (loosely) on Beatrix Potter's life. Until Susan Wittig Albert wrote these, all I knew about Beatrix Potter was that she wrote lovely books for very young children and the characters of the books were often used to decorate children's nurseries.
English cozies are my favorite mysteries and this one is just right because at last Beatrix and Will are finally though secretly engaged. I've been waiting for them to fall in love and realize they are perfect for each other. There are also follow up glimpses into the lives of other villagers such as Captain Woodcock and his new wife, Margaret former head teacher of Sawrey School. And of the captain's sister, Dimity and Major Kittredge living happily in Raven Hall with their two children. As well as, Caroline Longford all grown up and her formidable grandmother, Lady Longford.
The village creatures are back too--Rascal and Bosworth Badger and Professor Galileo Newton Owl all keeping tabs on the Big Folk and the strange noisy contraption that causing such controversy in the Land Between the Lakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happiness June 18, 2011
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Susan Wittig Albert'sThe Tale of Oat Cake Crag (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P) [Hardcover](2010)It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book that made me giggle on some pages and laugh out loud on others. What a gentle wonderful story bought a second copy for a friend who like me would enjoy a gentle story for a change and she did. I have purchased two more books by the same author about Beatrix Potter, I hope she keeps writting as they bring such sweet plesure. AJD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my wife loved it
Published 15 days ago by white tiger
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Great read
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just plain fun if you are an animal lover
Published 5 months ago by B.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Oat Cake Crag
Very interestingseries of book andIhave enjoyed reading all of the. As an animal lover, enjoyed this book very much. Pleased with it!
Published 10 months ago by Frances Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatrix Potter reincarnated!
I'm a Beatrix Potter fanatic, with a house full of her books, china figurines, and stuffed animals. Susan Wittig Albert has taken the history of Potter and the charming style of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ronna
5.0 out of 5 stars another fast read
Susan Albert is skilled at weaving Beatrice Potter's love of animals and dedication to the lake district of England into quick moving stories that prove to be entertaining... Read more
Published 11 months ago by suzebug
4.0 out of 5 stars The Modern World Intrudes
It is March 1912 but in the quiet little villages of Near and Far Sawrey little indicated that the 20th century had actually arrived. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeanne Tassotto
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this serries!
I love these books! They came in a timely manner and are just what I expected! I recommend reading them. They are a fun, clean, whimsical mystery series!
Published 14 months ago by sliver
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of Oat Cake Crag
This book is terrific and unique! I've read all the Cottage Tales by this author. They do reflect a bit of true history about Beatrix Potter, but the books creatively embellish... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stasia
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
TOO much animal talk, I couldn't get in to the switch from animal to people. Didn't even finish.. like me at all.
Published 17 months ago by nancy a cox
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More About the Author

I live in the Hill Country of Central Texas, on 31 acres, where I write, garden for food (passionately), raise chickens, and practice the fiber arts. I am concerned about issues of global warming, energy depletion, and food production. You can find out more about my life in my memoirs: Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place; and An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days.

I'm traditionally published as a mystery author with Berkley Prime Crime. I have two continuing series: the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries and The Darling Dahlias, about a Southern garden club in the 1930s. You might also enjoy my eight-book series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and the series that my husband Bill Albert and I coauthored under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

I'm also an author-publisher. A WILDER ROSE is a novel about the mother-daughter team that produced the Little House books, based on the diaries and journals of Rose Wilder Lane and the letters of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder. (There's an extensive READER'S COMPANION for this book.) I've also published several nonfiction books under my imprint, Persevero Press.





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