The Tale of Holly How

The Tale of Holly How

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Everyone in Sawrey likes Ben Hornby. So when Beatrix finds the shepherd dead in the meadow and suspects foul play, she wonders who would have done such a thing. A trio of village cats has an idea: When Ben breathed his last, his sheep must have seen his killer before scattering. So they set out to find the far-flung flock. Although she's distracted by duties at the farm and the sad plight of a young girl, Beatrix must get to the bottom of this. As the stories intertwine, Beatrix and the creatures realize that, to solve this case, all of Sawrey, both the two- and four-legged inhabitants, must work together...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 107 x 170 x 21mm | 187g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0425206130
  • 9780425206133
  • 324,256

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"Albert's nimble evocation of country life-above- and belowground-[is] hard to resist."-Booklist"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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About Susan Wittig Albert

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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1,827 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 32% (578)
4 42% (773)
3 23% (413)
2 3% (52)
1 1% (11)

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Learning about <b>Beatrice Potter</b> in <i>"The Tale Of Hill Top Cottage"</i> and having enjoyed her personality in the early 1900s re-enactment of her life, I was happy to tune in more. I never care for the early parts of any story where people are dubious about the protagonist achieving something. Novel #2 has gotten past the question of a single, London city woman running a farm. We watch her grow involved with <i>Sawrey</i> villagers and enjoy all she is building. Calm feminism is strong, for another newcomer is <i>Sarah Barwick</i>. She inherited the kitty <i>Tabitha's</i> former house, from which she establishes a bakery. She is assertive, plain-spoken, rides a bicycle, and is the earliest female wearer of slacks. An important addition in this series is <i>Caroline</i>, foreign Granddaughter of the village's dour grand dame, whose parents passed away in New Zealand. The cottage tales incorporate the theme of altering societal expectations as past-century women show all they can be. The mystery this novel contains is very good, harsher than the first. There's a suspicious death rather than missing property and even an issue of animal rights, in the face of 'badger-baiting'; which is of course illegal. Each title features a different home or region in the village and as you progress, you are quite familiar with <i>Near & Far Sawrey</i>, its families, and more
by C. Riedel
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