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Publisher's Summary

Susan Wittig Albert is the best-selling author of the China Bayles mysteries. In this cozy, she fictionalizes the adventures of acclaimed author Beatrix Potter.

It's 1905, and to recover from the loss of her fiance, Potter moves into a small farmhouse in Sawrey. Populated by colorful characters, both humans and critters, her new life is full of promise. That is, until a villager dies and murder is suspected. Now it's up to this amateur sleuth to find a killer roaming the English countryside.

©2004 Susan Wittig Albert; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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  • Richard
  • COVINGTON, IN, United States
  • 11-29-10

Fun to read

I really enjoy this series of books! They are entertaining for adults and children especially if you are an animal lover! My mother has trouble reading but can listen to these books and it helps to fill her days.

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  • beigeplum
  • Columbus, OH, United States
  • 09-02-12

Rich wonderful characters. Delightful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The author crafts a delightful tale. A real gem. The visual language creates such a vivid picture I could smell the lands and see into the characters eyes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beatrix is breaking from overbearing. Parents, doing what she loves.

What does Virginia Leishman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh my a third dimension of charm

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes found the clock rang 3 am and had to force myself to sleep

Any additional comments?

Bravo Susan

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Splendid

This is such a delightful tale. All the characters are believable and the story is very well written. Suitable for adults and children with intellect and imagination. The naration is very well done.

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Beatrix Potter comes to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I enjoyed reading Beatrix Potter's stories to my son when he was young. This is a grown up version along the lines of a traditional English cozy mystery. I loved the way the author brought Beatrix and her animal friends to life. Incorporating the life of Ms. Potter kept me wanting to listen longer. I really didn't want the story to end.

Any additional comments?

I'm so glad to know there are more books in the series and as soon as I am through writing this review I will be ordering book 2.

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Cozy mystery I love!

If you like cozy mysteries and Beatrix Potter you will like this book. Charming and relaxing it helped me forget my worries.

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A cosy village story, sterotypical characters

This is a tranquil read. The characters are totally stock, nothing unfamiliar with the exception of imaginary conversations between characters. There is some mild criminality and essentially no violence if you give a pass to the horribly constrained and desperate lives of women in Victorian England. Given that the heroine is Beatrix Potter, this somewhat annoying feature only cost the story one star. As an introduction to a series, it is a bit underwhelming, but I am going to give it a second chance to heat up by listening to the second novel.

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Fabulous!

What did you love best about The Tale of Hill Top Farm?

I'm a cozy mystery lover & Beatrix Potter admirer so this series I couldn't pass up. This series focuses on the making of Beatrix, her independence and her new life away from her parents as a single woman on her own in the country. Those things all very risqué for the times. Susan Wittig-Albert includes the animals that made up Beatrix's life and found their ways into her classic children's stories. Of course this is a fun novelization not a biographical portrayal but enjoyable and quite fun!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beatrix of course is going to be everyone's favorite! If you enjoy Rita Mae Brown's Sneaky Pie books or her foxhunting series the animal character's are quite similar in this series

Have you listened to any of Virginia Leishman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Virginia did a fabulous job. Many entertaining voices as she acts out the narration and her own lovely English accent adds a great deal to the story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book is relaxing as most cozy mysteries are, never any bad language or uncomfortable situations. The simple lunch in the field of bread & cheese was the best scene, the author has a talent for making it feel as if you've just taken a journey to the lake district

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Delightful

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be a very pleasant surprise. I have read other books by this author and this series came up when I did a search for her other writings. if you're looking for a book with gentle charm and wit, this book is a great choice.

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Wonderful discovery!

I was delighted with this story! The narrator made the story lively. The story had a delightful mix of fantasy and mystery that just hit the spot. I have not been able to stop listening.

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Slow to get going, but good...

Especially good if you like a little history with your mystery! I knew nothing of Potter beyond her stories. What a life!