Hounded to Death (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #7)

Hounded to Death (Sister Jane Foxhunting Series #7)

by Rita Mae Brown

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Overview

“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 a contestant turns up dead–stripped to the waist and peppered with birdshot. Two weeks later, back in Virginia, a popular veterinarian dies from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sister refuses to believe that her friend 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436123624
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/07/2002
Series: Sister Jane Foxhunting Series , #7

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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Hounded to Death (Foxhunting Series #7) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 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...................
caro488 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brown, Rita Mae, Hounded to Death, "Sister" Jane Arnold, matriarch, school sponsor,hunt club master - basically does nothing to investigate or solve 2 murders - a hated club member who steals other people's dogs, and a beloved horse vet - more than you ever wanted to know about hunting - amusing 'voices' from the animals
Nodosaurus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a hound show at a hunting club, a man, naturally hated and who mistreats animals, is murdered. Later, a woman turns up as an apparent suicide, and another body surfaces. I found the book a little difficult to get into, it is book seven in the "Sister" Jane Arnold series, and perhaps earlier books would help understand the characters. Much of the book is in dialog form. I found the dialog natural and well written, and the people were well formed. There seemed to be too little investigation, I didn't feel there was adequate information for a reader to actually figure it out. One thing that did bother me was that the animals talked. Not to humans, or at least the humans didn't understand them. I tried to interpret it as what humans interpret from their pets, but it did go beyond that. The hounds revealed the smell of the killer. It felt like something I shouldn't have known, but it didn't come into the solution. The solution seemed to appear out of the blue in the late pages of the book. This just isn't my style of book.
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great, fast read and I didn't figure out whodunit until I was told near the end of the book. I couldn't put it down and literally read it in less than 6 hours. I loved the line drawings that they put in the book as well. It really added to the story.
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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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