Fox Tracks: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2012 - Fiction - 293 pages
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New York Timesbestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack withFox 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
 
Hounded to Death
 
“Fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting . . . Brown delivers the brush.”—The Baltimore Sun
 
“Chock-full of suspense, twists, and humor.”—Lavendermagazine
 
The Tell-Tale Horse
 
“Intriguing . . . Fans of the series will be fascinated with Jane’s evolution under Brown’s hand. With each book, Jane becomes more real—and more human—in the reader’s imagination.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Grabs readers from the opening scene and gallops through to the very surprising end.”—Horse Illustrated
 
The Hounds and the Fury
 
“A genteel Virginia foxhunting club makes a delicious setting for murder. How pleasant to linger among the settees and brandy snifters waiting for the bodies to pile up!”—MemphisCommercial Appeal
 
“An intriguing story.”—Associated Press
  

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Review: Fox Tracks: A Novel ("Sister" Jane #8)

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

This is the eighth book in this prolific author's "Sister Jane" murder/mystery series --- which is heavily involved with foxhunting (which, for the most part, is an activity for the wealthy --- and in ... Read full review

Review: Fox Tracks: A Novel ("Sister" Jane #8)

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

I started Rita Mae Brown books years ago. I was never crazy about talking animals but liked the stories. I don't know if she has changed or I have but I rarely read her books anymore. She seems to me ... Read full review

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Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 21
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Section 28
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About the author (2012)

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series (which she writes with her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie), Murder Unleashed and A Nose for Justice (the first two books in her new canine mystery series), and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, The Sand Castle, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes.

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