Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Hill Top Farm:  The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter
by Susan Wittig Albert

I am a cozy mystery reader, and I tend to prefer my cozies set in England.  Though I do have a couple series that I read that are set elsewhere.  This series of books is based up on the character of Beatrix Potter; from the time she purchases Hill Top Farm in the Lake District to the time of her marriage to William Heelis, her solicitor in Sweary. 

Basically the plot of this book involves a mystery, but it's also an introduction to the series, and to the Potter character, as well as other villagers.  Potter has agreed to purchase Hill Top Farm, and comes to Sweary to learn about the locals, and to learn about the farm. Also in tow are all her beloved animals that have been included in the previous published works of hers that she did with her fiance Norman Warne.  While in the village, she is currently working on the drawings for her next book, about a frog, Jeremy Fisher. But she also stumbles upon on a mystery, and turns out to be quite the, if you pardon my pun, Jane Marple, she has a natural ability to solve crimes.  While this book is not heavy reading, and quite a quick read it is enjoyable, and does a good job of setting up the series.  There are lots of characters and it only adds to the feel of being in a small English village in the country side.  One nice surprise, at least for me was the author, Susan Wittig Albert, also gives the animals voices, which is a nice touch, considering we are dealing with the world of Beatrix Potter!

We do have this book at the library.  Click here to go to the catalog and request the title.

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