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The Hounds and the Fury


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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.


MThe fifth entry in Brown's fox-hunting series (after The Hunt Ball) focuses more on her anthropomorphic hounds than previous books. The hounds know where the dead body is buried, yet it's up to the humans, especially Sister Jane Arnold, to catch the killer. The reader knows quite soon who the bad guys are, and the book's finale is no big surprise. Sister, the 72-year-old master of the hunt, is a little too much to be believed (physically very fit, sexy, excellent equestrienne, and detective to boot). However, any reader curious about fox-hunting culture will enjoy this book as Brown, herself a master of the hunt, goes into great detail on what makes a good hound and a good huntsman. Recommended for medium to large public libraries and where Brown's other mysteries are popular. Brown lives in Alston, VA. Patsy E. Gray, Huntsville P.L., Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

In bestseller Brown's diverting fifth foxhunting mystery (after 2005's The Hunt Ball), "Sister" Jane Arnold, the 73-year-old master of foxhounds at central Virginia's Jefferson Hunt Club, and a host of anthropomorphized dogs, horses, foxes and birds have their work cut out for them. As Sister prepares for the winter hunt, arrogant arriviste Crawford Howard acquires an "outlaw" pack of hounds and proceeds to set up a rival event on land long used by the Jefferson Hunt, a plan that threatens to tear the community apart. "People are like teabags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water," notes Sister, who with her usual panache sorts out a murder, an attempted murder, an insurance scam and a huge sum of money gone missing from a local company. Cozy fans and animal lovers will be charmed, but the general reader may lose patience with the talking critters. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Rita Mae Brown

The Hunt Ball

"The hunt must go on, its grace and glory personified by the foxes, hounds and horses that provide these thrilling scenes with their on-the-ground perspective."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Score another triumph for [Rita Mae] Brown-and for 'Sister, ' who helps run another two-legged predator to ground."
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Full Cry

"A great ride with heroine 'Sister' Jane Arnold."
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A quality tale that is over all too soon."
-Charleston Post and Courier


"Dashing and vibrant . . . The reader will romp through the book like a hunter on a thoroughbred, never stopping for a meal or a night's sleep."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brown combines her strengths-exploring southern families, manners, and rituals as well as the human-animal bond-to bring in a winner."


"A rich, atmospheric murder mystery . . . rife with love, scandal, anger, transgression, redemption, greed, and nobility, all of which make good reading."
-San Jose Mercury News

"Compelling . . . engaging . . . [a] sly whodunit [with] a surprise finish."

From the Hardcover edition.

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