Fox Tracks (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #8)

Fox Tracks (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #8)

by Rita Mae Brown


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“[Rita Mae Brown] enlivens a timely tale with . . . amusing accounts of her four-legged creations and delightful descriptions of the central Virginia countryside.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with Fox Tracks, the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable “Sister” Jane Arnold and, among others, the boisterous company of horses and hounds. Now, as a string of bizarre murders sweeps the East Coast, this unlikely alliance must smoke out a devious killer who may be closer than they first think.
While outside on Manhattan’s Midtown streets a fierce snowstorm rages, nothing can dampen the excitement inside the elegant ballroom of Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel. Hunt clubs from all over North America have gathered for their annual gala, and nobody is in higher spirits than “Sister” Jane, Master of the Jefferson Hunt in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Braving the foul weather, Sister and her young friend “Tootie” Harris pop out to purchase cigars for the celebration at a nearby tobacco shop, finding themselves regaled by the colorful stories of its eccentric proprietor, Adolfo Galdos.
Yet the trip’s festive mood goes to ground later with the grisly discovery of Adolfo’s corpse. The tobacconist was shot in the head but found, oddly enough, with a cigarette pack of American Smokes laid carefully over his heart.
When a similar murder occurs in Boston, Sister’s “horse sense” tells her there’s a nefarious plot afoot—one that seems to originate in the South’s aromatic tobacco farms. Meanwhile, Sister’s nemesis, Crawford Howard, will stop at nothing to subvert the Jefferson Hunt Club. There’s more than one shadowy scheme in the works in Albemarle County, and some conspirators are unafraid of taking shots at those evidencing too keen an interest in other people’s business. When Sister voices her suspicions, she, too, becomes a target. Fortunately for her, the Master of the Jefferson Hunt may rely upon the wits and wiles of her four-legged friends—including horses Lafayette and Matador, the powerful hound, Dragon, and even the clever old red fox, Uncle Yancy!
From Manhattan’s gritty streets to the pastoral beauty of Virginia horse country, Fox Tracks features the beloved characters from past Sister Jane novels in a fascinating new intrigue. This sly, fast-paced mystery gives chase from sizzling start to stunning finish!
Praise for Rita Mae Brown’s “Sister” Jane novels
“Brown is a keen plotter who advances her story with well-placed clues and showy suspects.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Brown] succeeds in conjuring a world in which prey are meant to survive the chase and foxes are knowing collaborators.”—People
“One of the most entertaining amateur sleuths since those of Agatha Christie.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345532992
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: Sister Jane Foxhunting Series , #8
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 426,254
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(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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Fox Tracks: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start reading about Sister Jane Arnold from the first book and you won't be able to put them down.  Both my husband and I can't wait for each new book to come out.  Rita Mae Brown writes with mystery dashed with  humor and a true understanding of both animals and humans.  Love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read this book again as it is simply wonderful!! I would recommend this book for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quite disappointed in Ms Brown's previous Foxhunting book, but this one is WOW! The characters we love are back, both animal and human. The story and plot is intelligent and devious. Sister finds a dead body in a specialized smoke shop in New York City and we are off. Between wonderfully exciting hunting scenes we have illegal tabacco products and international politics. Sister, Shaker, Ben, Grey and Betty along with the hounds and the foxes of course bring this unusual simmering plot to a roiling boil. And of course we cannot forget our favorite antihero, Crawford. He is still out to best Sister Jane with interesting results. Our new villian is interesting in many ways, he is cultured, intelligent and educated. His most dangerous trait is that he is so likeable and fearless at the same time. Great reading and interesting plot with characters that we care about. Give us more like this one Rita Mae!
moldyworm12 More than 1 year ago
Entertaing as always from Brown. Has a great unexpected shock near the end. One always learns something about the main topic in this series of books, in addition to a very good story.
iowashort More than 1 year ago
This is back to the story line of this series and not as preachy as her latest books had become. I enjoyed it and it was nice to catch up on some of the people in the story line. One can hope that there is another book in this series.
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Avid-ReaderAG More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, this was a waste of money == I love Sister and enjoy the characters, but this moved slowly and contained far too much soapbox material on the tobacco industry. There were several murders in which Sister was not involved in solving/. I have read all of the previous fox and hounds mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this Miss Brown was not comparable and in fact too slow, and too boring.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed this series in the past, but feel it maybe time to retire Sister Jane and the crew. This one started a little differently as the beginning chapter was set in New York, but it quickly became more of the same. I realize the point of the books in this series is to appeal to people who enjoy the horses, hounds and foxes but at this point I think I have been on one fox hunt too many!
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What does the fox say? Ring ding ding ding ding ding ding Gring ding ding ding ding ding ding. Whats the fox say? Pow paw paw paw paw paw paw pow paw paw paw paw paw paw.
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