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The Tale of Castle Cottage (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wittig Albert
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The latest in the Cottage Tales series-starring Miss Potter herself!

It's the heart of summer in 1913, and Beatrix is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, like the troubled remodeling of Castle Cottage-Will and Beatrix's future home...

Editorial Reviews


“Albert’s delightful eighth Beatrix Potter cozy smoothly blends fact and fiction.”--Publishers Weekly

“A wonderful, entertaining tale.”--Genre Go Round Reviews
“Susan Wittig Albert is a rare author, one who can always be relied on to deliver a great story, wonderful and memorable characters, and writing that is top-notch.”--Cozy Library

“A consistently charming series.”--Booklist

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert is also the bestselling author of the China Bayles series, the Darling Dahlias series, and with her husband, Bill, the Victorian mysteries by Robin Paige. She lives near Austin, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052REUKW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute historical cozy - if you don't mind talking animals September 8, 2011
"The Tale of Castle Cottage" is a fictional story based on true events in the life of children's author Beatrix Potter. Beatrix is in the process of renovating Castle Cottage where she and her fiancé Will Heelis will live after they are married, if Beatrix's parents ever give the couple their blessing. Even if that occurs, they may not have a place to live since the renovations are taking an extraordinary amount of time, possibly due to thievery on the part of the contractor. Does the crooked contractor have anything to due with other thefts, ranging from a tin of tea to a rare book, that are going on in the village? As Beatrix decides to get to the bottom of the thefts and the construction delays, someone else undertakes a separate investigation into the thefts - Crumpet, a gray tabby cat.

"The Tale of Castle Cottage" is an unusual book. It is part historical fiction and part fictionalized biography. In addition, to tie into the real Beatrix Potter's animal stories for children, the animals in the story talk to each other about all the events occurring in the village. While this is the first book I have read in this series, I've enjoyed several other books by this author. This book is written in Ms. Albert's usual excellent style, and the portions covering the historical background of the author and the village are wonderful. I am okay with Beatrix's pets occasionally commenting on the discussions going on between Beatrix and her friends to add a bit of charm to the book. However, later when entire chapters are devoted to the lives of the animals and parties they are planning, I began to lose interest. I am an animal lover and am able to suspend belief when reading a fictional story; I have enjoyed several cozies featuring crime-solving and magical cats and dogs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great historical cozy September 7, 2011
In the summer of1913, Beatrix Potter is currently residing at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District while working on her latest story The Tale of Pigling Bland. She admits to her publisher that her eight drawings are not that good as Beatrix still recovers from her recent illness in which she lived with her parents at their domicile in Kensington. As she works on her latest novel, Beatrix also oversees the renovation of her new home that she and her fiancé solicitor William Heelis will move into once Mr. Biddle finishes the Castle Cottage improvements and they are married (in spite of the doubts of her parents).

While the author struggles with her new work, the locals of nearby Near Sawrey begin to misplace items ranging in value from baked goods to money to family heirlooms. Her friend Sarah Barwick believes she is the victim of a thief, but fears it is someone she knows. However that pales in comparison to the death of carpenter Lewis Adcock who was just fired by Biddle. Beatrix and Will end up investigating the thefts, the death and Biddle's lack of commitment to the castle Cottage renovation.

The eighth Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter (see The Tale of Oat Cake Crag) is a great historical cozy that brings to life the Lake District just prior to WWI. The story line is a wonderful entertaining tale as once again Susan Wittig Albert combines Ms. Potter's real life, the fables of the animals who dominate her tales and an enjoyable amateur sleuth into a delightful story.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is eight really enough? September 19, 2011
What a joy! What a true literary joy it is to return to the Land between the Lakes, to visit the Victorian-Age households owned by children's author Beatrix Potter, and to eavesdrop on the everyday conversations of the people and the animals of the area. The books in this Cottage Tales series always offer a welcome respite from the complex cares of 21st-century life.

This episode has multiple plotlines to follow. The year is 1913, and Miss Potter has arranged for some construction to be done on her second major property, the Castle Farm. The job seems to cost more and to take longer than she ever anticipated, however. She's got to look into that matter, and perhaps request the aid of her fiancé, Will Heelis, in remedying the situation. (Speaking of Will: will the couple EVER get married? Or will family disdain and interference get the better of both of them?) In the meantime, the community appears to be on the edge of a full-fledged invasion by some nasty rats. It may be up to the neighborhood animals to deal with these rodent-thieves, who are robbing the humans of both trinkets and edibles. Add to these problems the sudden death of a good man, and all of the inhabitants must stop to consider the reasons and the ramifications of the act. It is indeed a busy time in this otherwise bucolic English landscape.

This historical fiction/cozy mystery distinguishes itself by being based on the story of a real-life author, told in the style that she herself used while writing her own Peter Rabbit tales. The text is replete with marvelous humor and delightful turns of phrase. (Example from page 99: "[Dimity] had ended up in the arms of Christopher Kittredge -- well, one arm, since the fellow, a war hero, had left the other with the Boers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
double ditto
Published 8 days ago by white tiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the story and the history behind it.
Published 2 months ago by Jane L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as great as the rest in this series but still fun
Published 5 months ago by B.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and magical!!
This whole series is enchanting, combining perfect county life with fun and intriguing mysteries solved in a most satisfying manner. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LISA KLOSS
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Ending
This is the eighth, and perhaps final, entry in the COTTAGE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER series.

It is July 1913 and Beatrix Potter had once again escaped her demanding... Read more
Published 13 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 final book so far
Do enjoy these books immensely. The author certainly does her research. Have loved the area of the Lakes in England and did visit the village and area around it.
Published 14 months ago by J. Denhart
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"
This literature is not for children. The topics of suicide (a detailed description of the alleged suicide) and murder are not age-appropriate for Kiddie-Lit. Buyer beware.
Published 19 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad to see this end
I loved the entire series. I hate to see it end. I have always been a Beatrix Potter fan, so much so that I named two of my cats Beatrix and Potter.
Published 21 months ago by Rebecca Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Historical Read
Fans of the Beatrix Potter Series will enjoy this book as much as the previous books. I love the great combination of actual history of Beatrix Potter's life and her romance with... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anne
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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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