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by Susan Wittig Albert

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.
Download The Tale of Briar Bank (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter) epub
ISBN: 0425230279
ISBN13: 978-0425230275
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; 1st Printing edition (September 1, 2009)
ePUB size: 1302 kb
FB2 size: 1521 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 135
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I have enjoyed the entire series of the Cottage Tales. Susan Wittig Albert, who wrote the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series with her husband for many years, brings the same detailed mysteries to adults in this series. If you grew up reading one of these famous series you will definitely enjoy the Cottage Tales. Ms Albert does a superb job of character development and employs the animals to further plot and character progression in all the books. Yes, the animals talk. Ms. Albert skillfully lures you in with some easier-to-solve elements while managing to hold onto the big secret till the final reveal at the end of the book. I adore the setting (early 20th century Lakes district, England), all the historical references and details, and especially the wonderful insight into the life of Beatrix Potter. Historical fact and creative fiction are artfully woven together into a series of timeless books. Reading them is a gift and leaves this reader wanting more. The golden rule of entertainment.
I absolutely loved this 4th book in the Beatrix Potter series! Although they are all superb, I think this and the first one have a slight edge as my favorites. The 3rd one was just a little less satisfying....somehow I couldn't get into the concept of a duck sitting on tortoise eggs. But this one is sheer delight from beginning to end. The talking animals, the charming badger sett, the very real humans, the evocation of the English village of the early 1900s--all perfectly on key. This series reminds me of the many wonderful British children's books I read back in the early 1960s. They have the same mix of gentle mystery and magic, beautiful countryside, and yet moral relevance to our time. (In this book, there's a problem for a veterinarian who extends too much credit to his customers!). And yet these books are written for adults, without having to have "adult" material. Wonderful--I can't say enough for these.
I love the Beatrix Potter series. Actually, my husband thoroughly enjoys these books too (don't tell him I told). The historical details are well done and accurate. The animal characters are entertaining. The human characters are realistic, and the mystery plot woven through the story keeps the reader totally engaged. We especially enjoy knowing that the framework of the story is based on Beatrix Potter's real life.

This is a book an adult can read alone or share with a young reader. The combination of elements built into this book (history, fictionalized biography, a mystery, and anthropomorphic animals--all in one story) is very complex. Yet, it flows smoothly and seamlessly. It's a real testament to the author's skill and experience. We've read the entire series to date. So we can also state that the quality holds up all the way through.
I really like this story because it has a dragon in it, which is fantastical! We all know that dragons are mythical, but adding one in this story gave it extra oomph! We know it's not probable especially in Beatrix Potter country but I liked it anyway.
Susan Wittig Albert's Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter is a delightful series and "The Tale of Briar Bank" is, in my opinion, the best of the series. The story has dragons, talking animals, Beatrix Potter and friends, fairies and a good plot. Ms. Albert has diligently researched Beatrix Potter's life and times and catches the "flavor" of the times and village life as well as Miss Potter herself. Ms. Albert's other series, China Bayle and as Robin Paige, are at the top of my favorite books list too. To paraphrase Marion Zimmer Bradley's comment in one of her anthologies, I insist on a beginning, middle and end, a good plot and use of language in order to enjoy and appreciate a story. I also appreciate a bit of a giggle in there somewhere as well. This story is as soothing as a nice cup of tea, crustless sandwiches, scones and petit fours. I hope Ms. Albert will write more Cottage Tales please.

I ordered this book through Amazon's "used" books sellers list and it was received in good condition as advertised, well packaged and on time.
When a resident of the area dies in a strange way & he was supposed to have found a treasure, Beatrix & her friends become involved in unraveling the unusual story about the man. Was he almost scammed by someone or was he a thief himself by not turning the treasure over to the government? We also meet more woodland friends & one creature from the long past. Possible romance looms for Beatrix but will she acknowledge it?
In this, Albert's 5th Potter mystery, the animals live in a much larger portion of the narrative. I found this story to be the weakest of the five so far. Although, I understand that Albert is harkening back to Beowulf and dragons protecting hoards, the story lacked plausibility in other ways. I'm aware that Albert wasn't attempting to approach reality; otherwise, the animals wouldn't have talked in the first novel. However, I found this story to be far weaker and wonder if Albert has run out of storyline.
I enjoyed it, but it's largely because I like to imagine myself living in Potter's farm house in an simpler time. Although I realize that all eras can be fraught with difficulty, I would still love to be back in that time living in Potter's farmhouse. Albert is at her best in describing the time, the land, and the zeitgeist of the period. That's the main reason I will read on until she has concluded this series.
Albert's attention to the details of this place and time make up for the other weaknesses of the story.
I love this series. Beatrice would approve, I think. Beautifully written and imagined, with humor and insight to human nature, and the little creatures intelligence.