The Tale of Holly How (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #2)

The Tale of Holly How (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #2)

by Susan Wittig Albert

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Nationally best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert cleverly blends fact and fiction in this cozy mystery starring iconic author Beatrix Potter. The serenity of Hill Top Farm is shattered when a local shephard is murdered. Beatrix—when she's not busy making friends with her fellow villagers—lends her insights to the investigation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587248337
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 10/19/2005
Series: Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series , #2
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 6 - 7 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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“Albert’s nimble evocation of country life—above- and belowground—[is] hard to resist.”

“A stellar tribute…As charming as the ‘little books’ themselves.”—Publishers Weekly

“Provides enchantment for fans of Beatrix Potter.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A most ingenious blend of fact and fiction.”—Judy Taylor Hough, author of Beatrix Potter: Artist, Storyteller and Countrywoman

“[An] adorable amateur sleuth tale.”—The Best Reviews

“Hard to resist, especially on a sleepy, sunny afternoon.”—Booklist

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The Tale of Holly How (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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!
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pleasant raad but not spectacular. Interesting use of Potter's biographical information.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh boy, how I love this series. It is such a gentle, charming, wonderfully written mystery series. Just a wee bit of fantasy since the animals talk amongst themselves and the reader is in on the conversations and their own investigation. There are two mysteries going on in the book, each is resolved nicely. I kind of had an idea on whodunnit on one mystery, but I kept reading as the story is just so wonderfully told. And there was the other mystery going on and I didn't figure it out.I am looking forward to the next in the series, THE TALE OF HAWTHORNE HOUSE, when it comes up either on Mt Git'r'Read or RecordedBooks. Ideally, I'll listen to as many as I can, especially if Virginia Leishman continues to narrate. She has a lovely voice and is perfect for the voice of Beatrix and all of the characters. Five English countryside beans.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can reqeust weapons her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy, breezy read! I plan to get the next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No matter what your age is, the Cottage Tales are just fun to read. It is light, easy reading and a perfect book to curl up with to escape from the world of stress. I am not surprised that the animals talk, for any one that is around animals especially dogs, they are always trying to talk to us. We just do not take the time to listen. For those who have just started the series, keep reading for you can't wait until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story for the younger set. But I enjoyed it, too. It was a very refreshing read, with just a bit of drama-- enough to keep you interested until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was told by a friend that I would "really love" this series. I am hooked. I love the Lake District. Had never read anything by Miss Albert before, so glad this was recommended! I love her books! You won't be disappointed.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
After the death of her fiancé, children¿s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter buys Hill Top Farm in the Lake District village of Near Sawrey. After a period of adjustment, Miss Potter and the villagers accommodate one another as she has the farmhouse renovated so she can live there when she isn¿t needed by her parents in London, particularly her mother who is always demands Beatrix help her with her ¿nothing¿ crisis. --- Miss Potter buys sheep from local shepherd Ben Hornby, but when she arrives to collect them, she finds him dead with evidence proving he was murdered. Miss Potter also befriends sad Caroline, whose grandmother, Lady Longford doesn¿t want to know her since she disowned her granddaughter¿s father (her son) for not marrying the women she had picked for him. Caroline overhears the governess Ms. Marline plotting to pull a stunt with a person applying for the head school teacher position against her grandmother. Remembering Miss Potter¿s kindness on a previous excursion, she goes to her for help and she along with some of the locals set a trap to catch two very clever villains. --- THE TALE OF THE HOLLY HOW is a charming adorable amateur sleuth tale set in a village where animals talk to help one another in the tradition of Sneaky Pete Brown. There is a sub-plot involving villagers sponsoring badger baiting (forcing badgers to fight with money bet on the outcome) until all the animals work together to break up this vile practice. Susan Witting Albert enables readers to see the world threw the magical eyes of Miss Beatrix Potter.--- Harriet Klausner