Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"The Tale of Hawthorn House"

New from Berkley Publishing: The Tale of Hawthorn House: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert.

About the book, from the publisher:

A brand-new mystery in the endearing Beatrix Potter series from a national bestselling author.

During Sawrey's annual summer fte, Miss Beatrix Potter receives an unexpected visitor in the form of Baby Flora, left in a basket on her doorstep with a note, a sprig of hawthorn, and a scarab ring. All Beatrix knows about Flora's previous guardian is that she was a gray-haired woman, capable of scaling a brick wall in seconds.

An investigation reveals that the ring was pawned and reclaimed in Sawrey by a resident of Hawthorn House. The legendary manor is supposed to be vacant-and rumored to be haunted. Now Beatrix and her animal friends are left pondering the possible involvement of fairy folk in these utterly puzzling happenings.