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"Snow has draped a woolly shawl over Near Sawrey, where Miss Beatrix Potter has retreated to her country house. But the quiet, snow-covered setting belies the buzz below the surface, where Mr. Wickstead has met his death under a tree limb. The villagers are certain that his death had to do with a treasure he had dug up0 last spring. But why was he in the woods on a frigi8d night? And what of the claw markis on the limb? And what was the treasure?

"As often happens, the town's animals know more than the Big Folk. Actually, Wickstead was not alone; Pickles, his fox terrier, stood by his side. Only Pickles knows what happened, although Bailey Badger, the animals at the Brockery, and the local dragon know important bits, too.

"Meanwhile, Miss Potter is unsure what to do about her nagging parents. She also wonders: Can she acknowledge her fondness for Mr. Heelis and remain loyal to the memory of her fiance? She has not time to muse about her personal affairs, what with helping the denizens of Sawrey, human and animal -- and the little matter of this murder. Although she's enlisted the help of her furry friends, Miss Potter still wonders if she'll ever make heads or rails of it all ..."
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A plot that mirrors modern times, in that people show up claiming to be someone they're not in order to worm their way into the confidence of older people, gradually take control of their lives and their finances, and then ... That part of the story was a good read, and of course, this series being English cozies, it all came right in the end.

But ... enter the dragon. Which I thought was a bit too much deus ex machina, although it was certainly thrilling. Meditating on the first lines of the Serenity Prayer, I do have to accept that this charming series weaves the fey lands and people into our human world, and accept that the result is enchanting and bewitching, even if not all that realistic. ( )
  Aspenhugger | May 8, 2014 |
Finally! Whew! I'm finally done with this one...ha! I really am enjoying the series but this book was sooo sssllloooowwww..... :)

Looking forward to the next in line and hoping it's a little more fast-paced. Miss Potter's personal life is heating up so that's pretty interesting. :) ( )
  lostinavalonOR | May 25, 2013 |
There's a dragon in this book! ( )
  bridgetrwilson | Mar 27, 2013 |
A sweet little mystery series that gives a charming look into Beatrix Potter's life, where her animals really come to life. Very cozy! ( )
  hjjugovic | Feb 26, 2012 |
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Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
G. K. Chesterton
For Bill, who knows how to spin a fine story,
with grateful thanks and much love
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Number Two, Bolton Gardens
South Kensington, London

1 December, 1909

Come not between the dragon and his wrath.
William Shakespeare, King Lear

"I can't quite see," Mrs. Potter said in a complaining tone, "why you feel you must go to the Lakes tomorrow--so soon after your last visit there."
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Near Sawrey, the seat of Miss Beatrix Potter?s country home, has been abuzz ever since Mr. Wickstead met his death under a tree limb. Many believe it had to do with a treasure he had dug up. And only Pickles, his dog, knows what happened. Meanwhile, Miss Potter faces dilemmas in her love life and with her parents. But she has no time to muse, what with helping humans and animals alike?and this little matter of murder.

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Mr. Wickstead has died under a tree limb. The villagers are certain that his death had to do with a treasure he dug up last spring. But why was he in the wood on a frigid night? And what of the claw marks on the limb? And what was that treasure? As per usual, the town's animals know more than the Big Folk. And only Pickles, Wickstead's fox terrier, knows exactly what happened. It's up to amateur sleuth Beatrix Potter to help the denizens of Sawrey, human and animal, solve the little matter of murder.… (more)

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