The Tale of Holly How – The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter – Book 2

“A mystery that’s a stellar tribute to the famous children’s author. As charming as the ‘little books’ themselves, this is sure to delight Beatrix Potter fans and cozy lovers everywhere.”
—Publishers Weekly *


Miss Potter has returned to Hill Top Farm to oversee the renovation of the old farmhouse and buy some sheep from Ben Hornby, whose Herdwicks are known as the best in the county. But when Old Ben dies in a fall from a clifftop, Miss Potter (and her animal friends: Tabitha Twitchet, Crumpet, and Rascal) need to know what happened to the shepherd and to his missing Herdwicks and their lambs.

And if that’s not enough to keep Miss Potter busy, there’s the sad plight of a young Caroline, who has come to live with her grandmother at Tidmarsh Manor–not a happy arrangement, it seems. And at the top of Holly How (the Lake District word for “hill”) lives the venerable Bosworth Badger XVII. He feels he must do something (but what?) about the disappearance of a badger mother and her two cubs, kidnapped by a ruthless badger-hunter and destined to be victims of the vicious sport of badger-baiting in the barn behind the Sawrey Hotel.

Who could guess that all of these mysteries might be related? Why, she of the observant eye: Miss Potter, of course!

The Tale of Holly How is the second book in Susan Wittig Albert’s eight Cottage Tales–a delightful, collectible series for readers of all ages.

 

Praise for The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

“A mystery that’s a stellar tribute to the famous children’s author. As charming as the ‘little books’ themselves, this is sure to delight Beatrix Potter fans and cozy lovers everywhere.”
—Publishers Weekly *

“Enchantment.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Ms. Albert has a light whimsical touch and integrates animal and human thoughts and conversations in a refreshing, matter-of-fact of way. Delightful and charming old fashioned village mystery, with a twist. It should appeal to teens, animal lovers, and devotees of Beatrix Potter of all ages.”
—Judith Rovenger, Youth Services Consultant for the Westchester Library System, Ardsley NY

“…’Gentle’ seems the best way to describe The Tale of Hill Top Farm. ‘Pastoral,’ perhaps would also give the right impression; it is an escape from telephones and traffic and tv (and murder mysteries) to a slower time, when the loss of the Parish Register is a dreadful thing. Animal lovers will enjoy this book.”
—Midwest Book Review

“This slowly unfolding tale is lovingly told in a style that’s in perfect accord with the bygone age it describes.”
—Cindy Harrison, Romantic Times Book Club

“The Tale of Hill Top Farm is a gentle mystery that is captivating, whimsical, and downright delightful. Susan Albert has taken an idea, run with it, and produced a novel that is both innovative and imaginatively believable.”
—Mary Ann Symthe, for www.bookloons.com

“In the debut title of a new, lighthearted series inspired by the charming children’s author, Beatrix Potter buys a farm in England while her animal friends set out to solve a mystery. For all ages, from young adult to adult.”
—Library Journal