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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""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-America 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 -… See more details below

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""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-America 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 hut connect the three incidents. And what she uncovers will make her blood run colder than the bodies that keep turning up in unexpected places.

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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:
9781436141413
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Series:
Sister Jane Foxhunting Series, #7
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 6.75 hours
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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