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China Bayles Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert
THYME OF DEATH
LOVE LIES BLEEDING
A DILLY OF A DEATH
DEAD MAN’S BONES
AN UNTHYMELY DEATH
CHINA BAYLES’ BOOK OF DAYS
With her husband, Bill Albert, writing as Robin Paige
DEATH AT BISHOP’S KEEP
DEATH AT GALLOWS GREEN
DEATH AT DAISY’S FOLLY
DEATH AT DEVIL’S BRIDGE
DEATH AT ROTTINGDEAN
DEATH AT WHITECHAPEL
DEATH AT EPSOM DOWNS
DEATH AT DARTMOOR
DEATH AT GLAMIS CASTLE
DEATH IN HYDE PARK
DEATH AT BLENHEIM PALACE
DEATH ON THE LIZARD
The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert
THE TALE OF HILL TOP FARM
THE TALE OF HOLLY HOW
THE TALE OF CUCKOO BROW WOOD
THE TALE OF HAWTHORN HOUSE
THE TALE OF BRIAR BANK
THE TALE OF APPLEBECK ORCHARD
THE TALE OF OAT CAKE CRAG
Nonfiction books by Susan Wittig Albert
WRITING FROM LIFE
WORK OF HER OWN
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Albert, Susan Wittig.
eISBN : 978-1-101-45990-4
1. Potter, Beatrix, 1866-1943—Fiction. 2. Women authors—Fiction. 3. Women artists—Fiction. 4. Human-animal relationships—Fiction. 5. Animals—Fiction. 6. Villages—Fiction.
7. England—Fiction. I. Title.
For Dani Greer and my sisters
at the Story Circle Lifewriters’ Group
who are always ready with a virtual cup of tea,
a scone, and a cheerful word
Cast of CharactersPeople of the Land Between the Lakes
(* indicates an actual historical person or creature)
* is best known for her children’s books, beginning with
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
(1901). Miss Potter lives with her parents,
Helen and Rupert Potter
, at Number Two Bolton Gardens, in South Kensington, London. She spends as much time as possible at Hill Top Farm, in the Lake District village of Near Sawrey.
Mr. and Mrs. Jennings
and their children live in the Hill Top farmhouse and manage the farm while Miss Potter is in London.
,* a solicitor, lives in the nearby market town of Hawkshead and is a frequent visitor to Near Sawrey. He and Miss Potter became secretly engaged in
The Tale of Applebeck Orchard.
First Lord of the Admiralty, is an ardent supporter of aeroplane development and a visitor to the aeroplane factory.
Mr. Fred L. Baum
, landowner and aeroplane developer, lives at Lakeshore Manor. His partner and pilot,
, also built the aeroplane.
is a former odd-jobs man at the manor, recently discharged by Mr. Baum.
Captain Miles Woodcock
and his new wife,
Margaret Nash Woodcock
, live in Tower Bank House. Mrs. Woodcock is the former headmistress of Sawrey School. Captain Woodcock is the justice of the peace for Sawrey District.
Dimity Woodcock Kittredge
, Captain Woodcock’s sister, is married to
Major Christopher Kittredge
, the master of Raven Hall. The Kittredges have two small children,
Vicar Samuel Sackett
is the vicar of St. Peter’s Church in Far Sawrey.
Mrs. Hazel Thompson
(a cousin of Agnes Llewellyn) keeps house for him.
Mrs. Grace Lythecoe
, a widow who lives in Rose Cottage, is the object of Vicar Sackett’s affection.
operates the Anvil Cottage Bakery in Near Sawrey. She is a Modern Woman who wears trousers and rides a bicycle to deliver her baked goods.
, eighteen, has finished his studies at Kelsick and is currently teaching at Sawrey School. He is an artist and amateur botanist.
, seventeen, keeps the accounts for
veterinary practice and helps
manage the eight Sutton children at Courier Cottage.
, seventeen, a student of music composition at the Royal Academy of London, is visiting her grandmother,
, at Tidmarsh Manor.
operates the village pub, the Tower Bank Arms.
live at Belle Green, where Mrs. Crook takes in boarders. Mr. Crook is the village blacksmith.
live next door to Belle Green, at High Green Gate.
is the village postmistress. She lives with her husband,
(the sexton at St. Peter’s in Far Sawrey), at Low Green Gate Cottage.
John BraithwaiteOther Creatures of the Land Between the Lakes
is the constable for both Near and Far Sawrey. He and his wife,
, live at Croft End Cottage with their children.
, president of the Village Cat Council, is a calico cat with an orange-and-white bib, currently residing with Mrs. Lythecoe.
is a handsome gray tabby who covets Tabitha’s place on the Council.
, a Jack Russell terrier, lives with the Crooks at Belle Green but spends his time managing the daily life of the village.
the pony lives at Hill Top Farm and takes Miss Potter wherever she wants to go.
Professor Galileo Newton Owl, D.Phil.
, is a tawny owl who conducts advanced studies in astronomy and applied natural history from his home in a hollow beech in Cuckoo Brow Wood and his lookout post atop Oat Cake Crag.