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The Tale of Holly How

(The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,579 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
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 an ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 5th 2006 by Berkley (first published 2005)
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Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. They are definitely fairytale for adults. Just a good escape from life's woes.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: up-to-2012
Learning about Beatrice Potter in "The Tale Of Hill Top Cottage" 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 Sawrey villagers and enjoy all she is building.

Calm feminism is strong, for another newcomer is
Cozy early twentieth-century mysteries, full of charming country Britishness. Oh, and talking animals that do things like eat buttered scones and hang out on porches in rocking chairs. Fun and thoroughly undisturbing.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is such a delight. Light and fun and of course it takes place in a village I would love to live in!
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, mystery, historical
I wish I could give this book six stars instead of five. I actually like this one better than THE TALE OF HILLTOP FARM, which is saying something. The fun of this series is the delightful cast of characters and richness of the narrative.

The odd thing is I don't usually go for quaint, but this series wins me over very quickly, making me see and smell the world of Beatrix's Potter's farm and small town in England. What I really like about this book in particular is the character of Caroline. She'
Anne Hawn Smith
In this second tale of life in the village, Bearix Potter is beginning to fit in better because of her kind manner and quiet ways. The villagers don’t know what to make of her determination to run her farm by herself though, but they like the fact that she is attempting to build up a herd of local sheep which are in danger of dying out. When she goes to look over some sheep she has bought, she finds the body of the elderly shepherd and it appears that he has been murdered.

At the same time, she i
Pamela Shropshire
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book 2 of the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series. It picks up about a year after Hill Top Farm leaves off and revisits the villages of Near and Far Sawrey and the inhabitants we previously met, along with a few new ones.

We get to know Lady Longford better, as well as her granddaughter, Caroline, and her companion, Miss Martine. Will Heelis, a solicitor from Hawkshead, is a rather important character (and will be even more so later, as anyone who knows about Miss Potter's life can tell you).
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
Oh boy, how I love this series. It is such a gentle, charming, wonderfully written mystery series. Just a wee bit of fantasy since the animals talk amongst themselves and the reader is in on the conversations and their own investigation.
There are two mysteries going on in the book, each is resolved nicely. I kind of had an idea on whodunnit on one mystery, but I kept reading as the story is just so wonderfully told. And there was the other mystery going on and I didn't figure it out.
I am lookin
Becky Hoferer
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really do like this historical thread of Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter. It was very engaging to read and you don't have to start with the first book (I know I didn't). If you start somewhere other than book 1, you can easily catch on to what is happening since it is explained on how it happen in the first place (book 1). The sluething that is done by Miss Potter is independent from each book in the series. What I really liked was, at the end of the book, there are recipes from that time perio ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This is another delightful installment in the Beatrix Potter mystery series. Reminiscent of Dr. Doolittle with the talking animals, it adds a tiny bit of fantasy to it. This is the second mystery she solved. For those who like less gore in their mysteries, this is a light one for you. There's a lot of drama in Beatrix's world, even for the ladyship too in her own home, when there's talk of a new head teacher. Three events happen in Holly How around the same time. An easy and delightful read.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
As Beatrix Potter continues to work on getting Hilltop Farm--her recent purchase in the Lake District--ready to run as a farm again, life goes on in the nearby town of Sawrey for both the locals and the local animals. There's drama aplenty brewing, with old Ben Hornby found dead at the foot of Holly How, and then sheep Beatrix purchased from him gone missing. Then old Lady Longford's orphaned granddaughter Caroline, whom she had accepted with extreme reluctance, is having a miserable time at the ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful second installment in this series. Susan Wittig Albert does a masterful job of crafting a beautiful and believable English country village with all of its charm and memorable residents. She also blends actual historical fact seamlessly with the fictional parts. Her writing style, while modern and easy to read, does reflect some aspects of late 19th century/early 20th century literature - like long passages describing landscapes and flowers, and an omniscient narrator point of view, t ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I've come to the conclusion that these should be more annoying than they are. They feature talking animals, and Beatrix Potter as detective, and overall it should all be irritatingly cute. But somehow it kind of works? I always wonder if I'm going to read the next one, and then find myself vaguely curious about what happens next, because some of the characters are fun.

(The opposite is also true - some of the characters are terrible. In fact, the villains can always be spotted on the page they're
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
BK 2 of Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter
Finds Beatriz Potter and her Hill Top Farmer Mr Jennings going to Holly How to look at the two Herdwick ewes and three lambs they bought and finding instead the dead body of cranky old shepherd, Ben Hornsby. Mid Potter takes her sweet guinea pig Tuppence to comfort friendless Caroline now staying with her imperious and ailing Grandmother’s Lady Longford and her conniving companion Miss Martine. Miss Potter finds a pair of Badger tongs which help convict Ben
Emily Cullen
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not everyone in Sawrey liked Ben Hornby and Beatix discovers his body at the bottom of a cliff. His death is deemed a murder and Beatrix is most helpful in finding out who did it. This is a delightful cozy mystery series based on the real life of Beatrix Potter but mostly fictional. It takes place in a small English village from 1905-1913 when Ms. Potter purchased a farm. All of the animals talk and wish the Big People could understand them. I definitely want to cozy up with the next book in the ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I bought this because I was planning to visit Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop House in the Lake District. The talking animals are a little silly, but the info about the area, Potter, and the Hilltop Farm that can be gleaned while reading a sweet little story is useful.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book.
Amanda Chick
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A sweet second book in this series. The characters are so lovable and it's such a cozy little mystery!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
These aren’t heavy deep and real, but cute little stories.
Lindy MacLaine
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The kind of town and characters you want to come back to again and again.
Karen Hackett
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great story!
Joyce Himmel
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Lovely story. Love the animals point of view.
Trisha Georgiou
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very nice read.
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another charming excursion into the fantasy of English village life at the turn of the century (the last century that is.) As usual, practical but generous Beatrix finds herself drawn into the difficulties of her adopted village, and happy to be drawn. She would live on her farm in this rural village full time if not for the unreasonable, selfish demands of her parents, who insist they cannot do without her and manipulate her into being the dutiful daughter by any means available to them.

The boo
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summer 1906: Beatrix Potter is back in Sawrey working hard to renovate the farm house and make the farm productive. She has purchased some sheep from old Ben Hornby, a crusty old shepherd who breeds the best Herdwick sheep. When Beatrix goes to collect the sheep, their pen is open and Mr. Hornby turns up dead. Beatrix suspects the death was no accident. The sheep may have a clue but they've disappeared! Meanwhile, the animals have their own dilemma. Someone has dug up a badger sett and kidnapped ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I love this series of books and hope that Albert writes many more. They make me want to brew a pot of tea and curl up on a window seat to read on a rainy day. Too bad I don’t have a window seat.--HR

From School Library Journal
Adult/High School–In this second entry in a delightful and cozy mystery series, Albert hits her stride. Miss Potter is starting to make a life for herself, both on her farm and in the villages of Far and Near Sawrey. She's acquired a herd of Herdwick sheep, is remodeling t
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this series and this particular book. They fit into the "cozy mystery" genre, and are built around the premise of Beatrix Potter's farm in the Lake District. Straightforward enough, right? One thing that really bugs me is that the animals talk - just to each other mind you, not to the humans, but it bugs me. (Although at times the unheard animal speech influences what the human does at that point.) And animal speech is presented in italics, which my brain t ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I definitely enjoyed The Tale of Holly How by Susan Wittig Albert. It is the second book in her Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter mystery series. I think the book will appeal to adults with an interest in historical fiction, cozy mysteries, animals (especially cats and dogs), and children's literature. The series stars Beatrix Potter and a LARGE cast of animals. I do wish my library had a copy of the first book in the series. I would have loved to have had a PROPER start to the series. (I do like ...more
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This refers to the audio version.

#2 in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter cozy historical series. Beatrix is buying a few sheep to make Hilltop Farm more profitable, and also adding on to the farmhouse so that the farmer who's been managing the property can stay on with his family and not displace Beatrix herself. When the shepherd is found dead, at first presumed accidentally, at the bottom of a cliff, Beatrix (who found the body) investigates on the sly.

The village is also trying to work thr
Although this ended up being cheerful jaunt to Sawrey, there were some dark moments (poisoning, pushing old fellas down hills, stealing badgers for violent sport) and a fair amount of meaningful dialogue. For example, this exchange between Miss Potter and a young orphan girl who is living with her grandmother illustrates the more somber and yet still very dear moments:

"Miss Potter stood silent for a moment, her head cocked to one side, regarding her seriously. Then she said, very slowly and thou
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