The Tale of Briar Bank (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #5)

The Tale of Briar Bank (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #5)

by Susan Wittig Albert, Susan Albert

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Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter's country home, has been abuzz ever since Mr. Wickstead met his death under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up. And only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Meanwhile, Miss Potter faces dilemmas in her love life and with her parents. But she has no time to muse, what with helping humans and animals alike-and this little matter of murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425230275
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 245,877
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

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Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Tale of Briar Bank (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SimplySusan More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th in a series of 6 books set in early 1900's England and is loosely based on some time Beatrix Potter spent in Lake Country. Everything about the books transport you to that time and place. The descriptions of the characters and locations, the events, and even the writing style help you believe that animals really can speak and that all Ms. Albert's characters are real.
CathyNC More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Beatrix Potter since I was a child and Susan Wittag Albert's series has been a delightful continuation. She has created a whole new world around Miss Potter and her characters which both my sister and I love (she is 78 and I am 70). It is a world of fantasy that seems so very normal and you know everything is going to turn out well for the good characters! I have managed to find all of the books, even after my book clubs stopped offering them - and I will continue to check my other resources so I don't miss one! They are a welcome relief from what is being offered by too many authors these days!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her reception from her disapproving parents is so icy Beatrix Potter decides to cut off her visit and leave London immediately. She returns to her home Hill Top Farm in the Lake District. Ironically she gets trapped in a blizzard that reminds her of the frozen welcome of her family.-------------- Beatrix learns that neighbor Hugh Wickstead was killed in an accident when a tree limb fell on him. Some locals believe he died due to the curse of an ancient treasure trove he found. Beatrix knows humans are inane allowing their imagination to come up with ridiculous stories. She turns to the more honest animals to help her investigate how Hugh died.------------- The latest Potter Cottage Tale (see THE TALE OF CUCKOO BROW WOOD and THE TALE OF HAWTHORN HOUSE) is an engaging historical mystery that uses personification to combine fact and fantasy into a fine mystery. The fun in the TALE OF BRIAR BANK lies with that convergence as Beatrix talks to the late Hugh¿s fox terrier Pickles co-star as a store owner in THE TALE OF GINGER AND PICKLES. This is a fun entry in a delightfully charming series.------------- Harriet Klausner
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet little mystery series that gives a charming look into Beatrix Potter's life, where her animals really come to life. Very cozy!
jayde1599 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Fictional tale starring Beatrix Potter, the town folk of Near Sawrey, and the countryside's talking animals. This mystery involves the death of Mr. Wickstead by an accidental and curious manner. He is found beside a fallen tree limb. The villagers believe that his death has to do with a Viking treasure that Mr. Wikstead had supposedly found. Beatrix Potter is in the country on a break from her demanding parents. The stress of city life has followed her to the country as she tries to assist the villagers in different affairs. The village animals, especially Pickles the dog, and Bailey the badger know more than the people about the murder, and discuss it excitedly among themselves. Pros & Cons: This book was slow in some spots for me, but it is a cozy book to read on a grey weekend. It is not the first in the series, but the first one I've started with - so I wonder if it would help to go in order. Albert does a nice job of filling in missing pieces so it is not that crucial to go in order though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading you just want to keep on going. When you are reading a book and you don't want it to end, will, in this series the story doesn't come to an end, just yet. Her love for the country and for all the animals teach all of us, young or old to appreciate the many gifts that are around us. And to listen to our animals when they are really trying to tell us something. Beatrix Potter was a lady beyond her time, and what a gift she has left us with her wonderful books, and her will for what she stood up for and used her talent that may not have been there if she had listened to her elders. Her strength will never end, but will the keep the desire to read, and be who you really are. Thank you Susan Albert for keeping a lovely lady alive in your books.
Mrs-Pupple More than 1 year ago
Fiction mixed with facts to create a delightful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First we're at one place with the humans. Then we're over with the animals. Then we're back with the humans and something else is going on. I felt like a ping pong ball, and by the end nothing much seemed accomplished.
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I have read and enjoyed each Cottage Tale, up to this book. I enjoy reading of what day-to-day life might have been like for Beatrix Potter and the mysteries/murders have been well-incorporated into this storyline. But this book was really not on the level of the first 4 and having a dragon as 'the villain' was more in keeping with a fantasy rather than a murder mystery.
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