This book is the fifth in Albert's Beatrix Potter mystery series. They contain interesting tidbits about the famous author who created the Peter Cottontail books. Each story follows Beatrix as she visits her favorite place, her Holly How farm in Near Sawrey. A mysterious death occurs and Beatrix helps solve the mystery. The parts that I don't like quite as much are the conversations of the animals who share the village with the humans. It's all a little too cute but not over the top. That is until The Tale of Briar Bank. More than half of the book revolves around the animals, especially the badgers, and their conversations and ideas of how Mr. Wickstead really died. The actual facts of his death were actually silly to me. Plus, there is not enough of Beatrix Potter and the interesting people who live in the surrounding area. On top of that, the author talks to the reader a lot more than I remember her doing in the previous books. I found it quite distracting. On the whole, this book was quite disappointing to me. I still plan on reading the rest of the series because I'm enjoying the budding relationship between Beatrix and Will, but I hope the animals will play a smaller part in the next novels.