Outfoxed (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #1)

Outfoxed (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #1)

by Rita Mae Brown
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Outfoxed (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #1) by Rita Mae Brown

From the bestselling author of the landmark work Rubyfruit Jungle comes an engaging, original new novel that only Rita Mae Brown could have written. In the pristine world of Virginia foxhunting, hunters, horses, hounds, and foxes form a lively community of conflicting loyalties, where the thrill of the chase and the intricacies of human-animal relationships are experienced firsthand—and murder exposes a proud Southern community's unsavory secrets. . . .

As Master of the prestigious Jefferson Hunt Club, Jane Arnold, known as Sister, is the most revered citizen in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain town where a rigid code of social conduct and deep-seated tradition carry more weight than money. Nearing seventy, Sister now must select a joint master to ensure a smooth transition of leadership after her death. It is an honor of the highest order—and one that any serious social climber would covet like the Holy Grail.

Virginian to the bone with a solid foxhunting history, Fontaine Buruss is an obvious candidate, but his penchant for philandering and squandering money has earned him a less than sparkling reputation. And not even Sister knows about his latest tawdry scandal. Then there is Crawford Howard, a Yankee in a small town where Rebel bloodlines are sacred. Still, Crawford has money—lots of it—and as Sister is well aware, maintaining a first-class hunt club is far from cheap.

With the competition flaring up, Southern gentility flies out the window. Fontaine and Crawford will stop at nothing to discredit each other. Soon the entire town is pulled into a rivalry that is spiraling dangerously out of control. Even the animals have strong opinions, and only Sister is able to maintain objectivity. But when opening hunt day ends in murder, she, too, is stunned.

Who was bold and skilled enough to commit murder on the field? It could only be someone who knew both the territory and the complex nature of the hunt inside out. Sister knows of three people who qualify—and only she, with the help of a few clever foxes and hounds, can lay the trap to catch the killer.

A colorful foray into an intriguing world, Outfoxed features a captivating cast of Southerners and their unforgettable animal counterparts. Rita Mae Brown has written a masterful novel that surprises, delights, and enchants.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345484253
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Series: Sister Jane Foxhunting Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 375,442
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About 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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Outfoxed (Foxhunting Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a series of mysteries that take place in modern day Virginia fox hunting country. The lead character, Sister Jane Arnold is master of foxhounds for the Jefferson Hunt and a wonderful, strong older lady. The picture of the traditional, formal hunting world is wonderful, and the added fantasy of the hounds and foxes conversing with each other adds to the charm. They mysteries are good, well plotted and peopled too. Highly recommended just for the fun of it, but if you are at all horsey, you will adore the whole series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly great read for mystery, animal, and equestrian-sports lovers. The animals' point of view adds a wonderful depth and dimension to the story, and the mystery is unguessable right until the murderer is revealed. One of those rare novels that can be read over and over for the sheer enjoyment of it.
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Takes shadowkit and hawkkit to hah res one
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Lays Orionkit and Stormkit in a nest then pads off to find mischivous Dreamkit and Cloudkit.|•|~Wish~|•|
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly intriguing relation of fox hunting in Virginia with a murder to add to the mix. This book is quite relevatory on fox hunting's history and traditions as well as the continued enmeshing of humans in the idea that we're superior beings when we seem to fall subject to behavior not tolerated by the foxes and hounds to whom Ms. Brown so eloquently gives speech. A quick and delightful enjoyment, this book gave me several hours of great pleasure.