Hounded to Death (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #7)

Hounded to Death (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #7)

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by Rita Mae Brown
     
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown comes the latest novel in her enthralling series of foxhunting mysteries. Richly imagined and utterly engaging, Hounded to Death reveals the cutthroat world of competitive hound shows as both humans and animals alike try to solve a series of bizarre deaths.

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From New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown comes the latest novel in her enthralling series of foxhunting mysteries. Richly imagined and utterly engaging, Hounded to Death reveals the cutthroat world of competitive hound shows as both humans and animals alike try to solve a series of bizarre deaths.

“Sister” Jane Arnold, esteemed master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, has traveled to Kentucky for one of the biggest events of the season: the Mid-South Hound Show, where foxhounds, bassets, and beagles gather to strut their champion bloodline stuff. But the fun is squelched when, immediately after the competition, one of the contestants, Mo Schneider, turns up dead–facedown, stripped to the waist, and peppered with birdshot. Universally detested by his peers, Mo had no shortage of enemies, making the list of suspects as long as the line for homemade pecan pie at a church bake sale.

Two weeks later, back in Virginia, Sister is rocked when her friend the popular veterinarian Hope Rogers dies from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sister refuses to believe that Hope killed herself and vows to sniff out the truth. But before she can make real headway, a wealthy pet food manufacturer vanishes during the granddaddy of all canine exhibitions, the Virginia Hound Show.

Ever reliant on her “horse sense,” Sister can’t help but connect the three incidents. And what she uncovers will make her blood run colder than the bodies that keep turning up in unexpected places.

Thrilling adventures with horses and hounds, breathtaking vistas, furry friends, familiar faces–including Shaker Crown and the girls from Custis Hall–Rita Mae Brown weaves all these elements into a dazzling novel of suspense.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of bestseller Brown's discursive seventh crime novel starring master of fox hounds "Sister" Jane Arnold (after The Tell-Tale Horse), Sister is busy showing her hounds in the hunting off-season. Then calamity strikes. At the Mid-America Hound Show in Kentucky, an unpopular master is shot dead with "rat shot" (aka bird shot). Back home in Virginia, a member of Sister's Jefferson Hunt Club disappears. When a veterinarian, despondent over her divorce, apparently commits suicide, Sister decides she can no longer leave matters to the police. As usual, a wealth of fox-hunting lore lends interest, but too many incidentals-a conversation about a saint, the furnishings of Sister's house, a prep school commencement-neither further the plot nor illuminate character. Still, series fans should enjoy catching up with old friends among the Virginia fox-hunting gentry. (Sept.)

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Kirkus Reviews
More than foxes are marked for death in and around a central Virginia hunt club. Jane Arnold, 73, better known as Sister, is exhibiting at the Mid-America Hound Show in Kentucky when one of her most promising young American foxhounds is stolen. She immediately suspects the obnoxious Mo Schneider, a wealthy man cordially disliked by just about everyone who knows him. Good news, bad news: Sister finds her hound along with Mo's dead body. On returning to Virginia with her huntsman Shaker Crown and her protegee Tootie-a bright and beautiful prep-school grad who'd rather stay with Sister and work with hounds and horses than head to Princeton-Sister takes an injured horse to Hope Rogers, an equine veterinarian slated to become the next victim. Even after the police label her death a suicide, Sister maintains that Hope would never have killed herself. As Master of Foxhounds, Sister must spend her summer preparing the ground and the hounds for the fall hunt season. Though she tries to unearth clues to explain Hope's death, she's more inclined to give Mo's killer a medal. Fall brings good hunting for both hounds and their determined master. Yet another chatty tale of anthropomorphic pets and the beauties of Virginia hunt country (The Tell-tale Horse, 2007, etc.) with more obvious rewards for animal lovers than mystery lovers.
From the Publisher
“The revelation of the killer will come as a shock–but the fun of Brown’s series is the wealth of foxhunting lore, the spot-on portrayal of Virginians [and] the evocative descriptions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby environs.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Chock-full of suspense, twists, and humor.”—Lavender magazine

“A high-quality modern cozy mystery.”—Booklist

Hounded to Death will surely please fans of the series. The mystery is fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting. . . . [Rita Mae] Brown delivers the brush.”—Baltimore Sun

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345513298
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Series:
Sister Jane Foxhunting Series , #7
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
97,640
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

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Hounded to Death (Foxhunting Series #7) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Septuagenarian Jane "Sister" Arnold is the highly regarded master of the Jefferson Hunt Club in Virginia. She is currently attending the Mid-America Hound Show, a major event in Kentucky, accompanied by her huntsman Shaker Crown and her apprentice Tootie. When one of her American foxhounds is stolen, her initial inclination is that odious Mo Schneider abducted her prized animal. However, she soon finds her canine next to Mo's corpse. Back home, she takes her injured horse to veterinarian Hope Rogers, who soon afterward is found dead; the police rule suicide but Sister believes otherwise as she knew the vet too well. She plans to investigate, but during the Virginia Hound Show, a club member vanishes, leaving Sister stunned with what is going on. This is a fun tale especially for pet lovers because he latest fox and hound personification mystery (see THE TELL-TALE HORSE) is an engaging amateur sleuth starring of course Sister and her allies (including her hounds). Although there are too many sidebar discussions that leave the story line idling in neutral at times, fans of the Sister foxhunting series will enjoy another visit to the Jefferson Hunt Club. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Rita Mae Brown and especially of the Sister Jane series, so I was looking forward to the next installment. To my dismay, there was no expansion of the earlier plot lines, the new human characters were minimally developed, and often the animals had only a line or two of coverage. There were more political views than plot development! Even the hunt scenes are minimal. It reads more like a second draft, than a finished product. I hope this is just a fluke, and that the next in the series will have the depth that the first three did. If you are a fellow fan, I recommend checking the book out of the library, rather than buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one you will have a hard time putting down. Very unusual murders that keep you trying to figure out "Who done it?" If you like fox hunting events, this is definitely for you. The descriptions of happenings are unique.
Psquare More than 1 year ago
I've been an avid reader and fan of Rita Mae Brown's books for over 20 years. I believe she receives audiences from across the board (gender, race, etc). I find her books to be intriguing, fascinating and spell bounding. I am also a great fan of the Sneaky Pie series as well.
There were times when reading this particular book that i too felt like one of the hounds, mouth hanging open and tongue wagging; waiting for the next "jump".............Keep up the great work and great writing.....

the "51" one year old "Black" fan...................
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"Better. Let's get back to camp. You just might become a warrior soon." She padded back to camp.
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