Albert's second Beatrix Potter novel takes readers on a journey to Sawrey, England, in the early 1900s. Famed children's author Beatrix Potter is residing in a cottage in this rural area of the Lake District, as she writes her fanciful children's books and mourns the untimely loss of her fiancé.

When farmer Ben Hornby is found murdered, Beatrix looks for the culprit. Adding to the local drama of the murder is the appearance of Dr. Harrison Gainwell, Lady Longford's chosen candidate to take over the local school. Lady Longford's granddaughter Caroline believes that Gainwell and her grandmother's secretary, Miss Martine, are up to no good. But will local authorities credit Caroline's story before another crime occurs?

Albert's unique twist on the tradit-ional cozy brings to life the early 20th-century English countryside, adding a healthy dose of mystery. The plotline relating to the human characters is supplemented with lyrical tales of the local animal population, as badgers, lambs and even a guinea pig communi-cate with one another. Complete with local mouth-watering recipes, Albert's newest addition is certain to appeal to fans of English cozies. (Jul., 320 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick