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The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #7)

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The latest tale in the "charming" (Publishers Weekly) Beatrix Potter series!

In the Lake District, noisy test flights of the new hydroplane are disrupting life in the village of Near Sawrey. Miss Beatrix Potter can barely hear herself think-which she needs to do for the new case she's just taken up. Her friend Grace Lythecoe has been receiving some anonymous letters, th
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Berkley (first published 2010)
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I'm a Beatrix Potter fanatic, with a house full of her books, china figurines, and stuffed animals. Susan Wittig Albert has taken the history of Potter and the charming style of talking animals to create a beautiful series of mysteries featuring Beatrix in her home in The Lake District of England, with historical characters and her animal friends.

In this book, in 1911-12, a "flying bird" --the hydroplane-- is disturbing the tranquility of everyone in the district. Beatrix, and her fiancé, Will
Quite apart from the story of Beatrix Potter's life in the Lake District in 1912, I was particularly interested in the true story of Britain's first seaplane, "The Water Bird", in Windemere and Churchill creating the Royal Flying Corps, since my grandfather was an RFC pilot during World War I.

As to the novel, it was "just ok"; a very quick read, since I happily skipped all chapters about the animal characters, as well as all the paragraphs containing the author's nauseating comments, adverts for
I hesitated two years to return to Susan Wittig Albert’s 2010 instalment, although I looked forward to it: “The Tale Of Oat Cake Crag”. I enjoy Beatrix Potter & Will Heelis as detectives. I love returning to Lake District, with which readers are made warmly familiar. I was glad she bypassed unnecessary characters this time and stuck to Beatrix’s friends, or personages this mystery needs. The noise of England’s first airplane didn’t yield a dilemma of interest to me but I appreciate and under ...more
"Miss Beatrix Potter has returned to Near Sawrey, seeking refuge from the bluster of London in the quiet of a mild March. But it is 1912, and elsewhere in England, Winston Churchill is said to be preparing for the possibility of war. In the Lake District, the country peace for animals and Big Folk alike has been interrupted by the test flights of a new flying machine: the hydroplane.

"At the same time, Beatrix's friend Grace Lythecoe has been receiving anonymnous letters, threatening her good nam
Laura Lee
Wish I lived in the Lake District. I'd like nothing more than talking animals! Love is in the air and engagements and marriages abound. The cat is out of the bag, Beatrix and Will are gonna tie the knot, tho not anytime soon. And the mystery of the mean letters is solved! And the poison pen writer is sorry and it won't happen again! Ah, simplicity.
Recipe for one unusual book: Take one part mystery, one part biography, and one part fantasy with talking animals and a dragon. Mix together, and stir in a sprinkling of recipes. Add a Lake District setting with map.

This unusual cozy mystery/fantasy finds Beatrix Potter visiting her farm near Lake Windermere in 1912 and acting as a detective to solve a mystery puzzling a friend, while the population of the countryside, human and animal, protest the noisy intrusion of a new hydroplane. I enjoyed
Aside from agreeing with people that the narrator is getting out of hand, there were a few plot-related things that didn't sit well with me (view spoiler), but I cut cozy mysteries more slack. This was still a relaxing book to unwind with before bed, ...more
Miss Potter has returned to Sawrey to escape her cantankerous parents, leaving her brother Bertram to care for them. The peace she seeks is quite cut up by the appearance of a new flying machine over Lake Windemere. This machine, known as a hydroplane, is supposed to be the latest thing in military weaponry but the villagers HATE it. The pilot flies all day disturbing everyone and driving everyone crazy, even the animals. The Professor is determined to find out what manner of animal this creatur ...more
Janet McCord
Another sweet and delightful book in the Beatrix Potter series. I do love these books and even though some have criticized the intrusion of the narrator in the story or the fact that you have to stretch your imagination to include anthropomorphic animals those are the very reasons this series is so lovely. Susan Wittig Albert seems to have caught not only the spirit of the Beatrix Potter books but, I think, accurately and lovingly seems to have captured her voice as well. You could almost feel t ...more
I have been chugging gently through this series for a few years now - I see I read the first one back in February 2006 and the rest at intervals since, getting through both the last two on train journeys up to Scotland. They are light, gentle reads that don't need too much concentration when there is lots of switching trains and hanging around in station cafes in between. The Tale of Oat Cake Crag is the seventh in the series and is essentially more of the same. Real biographical facts about Bea ...more
Melissa Robison
It was twee. It was sweet. Quite cozy. And, perfectly period. One or two devices were tweaking my senses though. I expected Beatrix Potter solving a mystery. Expected lyrical descriptions of the Lakes. Expected it to be oh so veddy British. Got all that. I didn't, although should have , expect speaking and/or mythical animals to be characters. Got it, dealt with it, by the end enjoyed it. Didn't expect jumps from third to second person narratives. Especially when the second person narration wa ...more
This is the seventh and next to last of the Cottage Tales by Susan Albert. She has created such a charming and warm series with these stories somewhat loosely based on the life of Beatrix Potter. With the stories are actual historical figures but most of the characters both human and animal are fictional. Each story has at least one mystery to be solved. In The Tale of Oat Cake Crag, the mystery is the author of the poison pen letters being sent to the fiancee of the village vicar. She had asked ...more
This is the penultimate book in this series, with the final book (The Tale of Castle Cottage) to be published soon. I liked the people part of the book, and the village animal part, but not so much the "wild" animal part. And like the last book, the writer is addressing the reader too often and condescendingly talking about how we must go to another part of the story or how not all the details or stories can be in the book. No thanks. But I'll read the last one to finish out the people stories. ...more
There is trouble brewing in Near Sawrey. An aeroplane is disturbing the peacefulness of the whole area and the villagers are up in arms. The owner of the hangar where the plane is stored is fouond unconscious on Oat Cake Crag with several broken bones. He is in a coma and unable to say what happened to him. The villagers hope that the plane will be grounded but no such luck. Then, the vicar is engaged to marry but his fiance, Grace Lythecoe, has been receiving anonymous letters warning her to ca ...more
I previously read this book from March 27 to April 6, 2014. I have been listening to the recorded books versions on the series, so decided to listen to this one too. I really like the way the narrator does the various character's voices, especially the dragon and the owl. She does the village women with the accents of the time. What a pleasure!
This is the seventh book in the Beatrix Potter cozy mystery series. Beatrix and the village are dealing with an intrusion from the modern world with the testing of a hydroplane at the local lake. While there are two mysteries within the book (the poison pen letters to Grace, who is about to marry, and the fall of the plane builder from Oat Cake Crag) the primary story is about changing relationships. Beatrix is having to deal with the rumors surrounding her secret engagement to William Heelis, a ...more
Same stylistic issues as I've noticed in previous books, but three stars because I still like the characters. I don't know if I've mentioned from any of the other books in this series, but one of the cool things is that each book has an appendix of recipes that were mentioned in the narrative, and some of them sound heavenly. Haven't tried any, though.

In this book Beatrix's neighbors are agitated because of the advent of a flying machine in the area. It's spooking the animals and disturbing the

I listened to the audio edition but don't see it here in the choices. The reader of this series adds much to its charm. This one took a bit more time to get into the time and characters, but once I did, I loved being back in the Lake District with Beatrix, the villagers, and animals. I especially like how the author has increased the role of the narrator in telling the story. The details in the lives of the animals that make them so human...their teas, books, and cozy furnishings...are delightfu
Judy Iliff
What could be better than a day spent sitting on the deck reacquainting yourself with Beatrix, Wil, Jeremy, Caroline, Grace, Rascal, and the villagers and animals of Lake District. I love these books and will be sad to see them end. Time, however, does march on both in real life and in the lives of the characters of Albert's Beatrix Potter series.

This particular book of the series deals with love, marriage, fear, misunderstandings, and the coming of WWI. I think what I like best is Albert's abil
This book mixed the relationships in the small village with England preparing for World War I with Germany. A mix of these elements shows how small towns were not immune from the changes that were about to occur even as the villagers railed against these changes.
I listened to the audio book version of this. It was a pleasant diversion. I found the history of the hydroplane in England interesting. This series is not great literature, but enjoyable little cozies.
Another story in The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. I enjoy reading the historical facts that are related to the fictional story. There is also a Glossary at the end to help us with the dialect forms in the book. A very charming series.
These are taking me less and less time to read since I can skim the rehashes, the animal chapters, and the author's weird self-insertion, but I just need to know what happens to Beatrix!
Susan McDuffie
I've always been a big fan of Mrs. Tiggy- Winkle and so have greatly enjoyed Susan Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter mysteries. They are cozy "Calgon Take Me Away" reads to a simpler time and a village life where letters were written at leisure with a fountain pen and paper and no blogging was required. I have, however, felt with the last couple of books in the series that the narrator's voice is becoming somewhat more present and this takes me out of the story a bit. I will have to re-read the fir ...more
Kim Fournier
Never having read anything by or about Beatrix Potter before, I didn't know what to expect and have no frame of reference. This story is part of a continuing story, so you have to read the whole series - which is off-putting. I'm assuming that many of the things mentioned in the story about Ms. Potter are factual, which made it nicely biographical. I didn't even mind the talking animals and the dragon, being a fan of science fiction/fantasy. But the cutesy-wootsie, coy, snooty attitudes and lang ...more
This was in the mystery section of my library. It actually reads more like historical fantasy, if there is such a thing.

It is written in a manner just too precious for words. "Dear little" table", sweet child", etc. are only a couple of examples of how parts of this story progresses.

If the above parts had been left out, it wouldn't have been as long a book, but it would have been less nauseating.

The core story was decent enough, using Beatrix Potter as the main character. It should have stayed
I love this little series and every time a new book comes out I feel like I'm transported to the world of Beatrix Potter and all her little animal friends. This time a hydroplane has invaded the peace of the quiet village and all the animals and residents are up in arms because their sims way of life is being upturned. There is the usual small mystery involved. This time some guy falls off a cliff, some engaged chick is getting nasty letters, some dragon is trying to find Nessie, and Beatrix's s ...more
#7 in the cottage tales of Beatrix Potter series. Beatrix Potter is back in the Lake District for a stay at her farm and becomes involved a series of things: village unhappiness with the noise and disruption from the flight testing of sea plane on the lake; poison pen letters and the mystery of why a villager had fallen from Oat Cake Crag.

This is a delightful series to read with it pervasive tongue-in-cheek narrative sense of humor, the well develop supporting cast of colorful characters (both h
Donna Zigmont
I really enjoyed this book.I love all the animal characters and how they interact with the human characters in the village.I feel like I could go live in this village and already know all the local gossip.I am glad that it seems Beatrix has finally grown A backbone where her parents are concerned.She is A grown woman and owns her own property,why should she keep going back to London to wait on them hand and foot?I understand that in that period of time socity stated an unmarried daughter take ca ...more
Pam Brown
I will be this book over again. Thank You , Susan Wittig Albert
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