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September 3, 2008  
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The Tale of Briar Bank

MysteryPartners NewsFlash

  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes
  • All About Thyme
  • Herb Snips

    Book Report

    The Tale of Briar Bank
    This month (September 30) marks the release of The Tale of Briar Bank, the fifth book in the Cottage Tales series, featuring Beatrix Potter. You can read about the book here, read the Prologue, and order your very own personalized copy! Books make great gifts, and Christmas will be here before you know it. (Your purchase, as always, supports the work of the Story Circle Network.)

    The Tale of Hawthorn House
    Looking for paperback copies of The Cottage Tales? Book Four, The Tale of Hawthorn House, is in your local bookstore and in online bookstores this week. We can still obtain hardcovers (we hope!), so if you'd like the book in hardcover, order it here. The audio narration of this book is available now, read by the utterly delightful Virginia Leishman! Be sure and let your library know.

    The Tale of Applebeck Orchard
    For those of you who like to keep up with Susan's work, she would like you to know that she's just turned in the next book in the Cottage Tales series: The Tale of Applebeck Orchard. It's a footpath mystery, with a ghost, and lots of comfy village carryings-on. It will be published in October, 2009.

    Cottage Tales Maps
    Did you know that downloadable color prints of the Cottage Tales maps are available at the website? These are the same helpful maps that appear in the book, but in full color! You'll find them on the new Cottage Tales website at Village Maps.


    Out and About

    Susan is planning a couple of events around the publication of The Tale of Briar Bank. Check here to see if she's going to be in your area.



    Susan and Bill had a great working vacation in New Mexico, and Susan is back home at Meadow Knoll, working in her fall garden and on a couple of writing projects. "It's not very adventurous or glamorous," she says, "but there's always something new to discover." Share her world at Lifescapes.


    All About Thyme

    If you haven't subscribed to Susan's free herbal eletter, All About Thyme, you're missing a treat! You can read all about it here.


    Herb Snips: Seed Saving 101

    Many herbs guarantee their succession by reseeding themselves. But you can get into the act by gathering seeds for next year's crop. Harvest when seeds are dry and ripe (usually brown or black, and place each variety in a closed paper bag. Dry, separate seeds from chaff, and place in labeled envelopes in an air-tight container. Store on a cool, dark shelf until planting time.

    Easy herb seeds to save:

    • Anise
    • Basil
    • Borage
    • Caraway
    • Chives
    • Coriander
    • Dill
    • Fennel
    • Hyssop
    • Lemon Balm
    • Parsley
    • Sunflower

    Read more herb snips.

    The Tale of Briar Bank
    Join Beatrix Potter, the residents of Near Sawrey, and the animals of the Land Between the Lakes, as they band together to solve the mystery of Briar Bank.

    Click to read more or to preorder the book.



    "The best of small-town Texas."
    Library Journal

    Click to read more or to order the book.

    Take a Trip
    to the Lakes!

    The Tale of Hawthorn House

    All four of the Cottage Tales are now available from Recorded Books, narrated by acclaimed British actor/musician Virginia Leishman—a treat for the ears and the imagination! Also available: six China Bayles mysteries: Bleeding Hearts, Bloodroot, Dead Man's Bones, A Dilly of a Death, Indigo Dying, Mistletoe Man.


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