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"Sister" Jane 10
Crazy Like a Fox
A Novel
By (author): Rita Mae Brown
9780399178368 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Cats & Dogs Oct 09, 2018
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.4 in 304 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
In this thrilling foxhunting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown, an investigation into a missing and valuable object flushes out murder, ghosts, and old family rivalries. Now “Sister” Jane Arnold and a pack of four-legged friends must catch the scent of a killer and unearth a long-buried truth.

As the calendar turns, the crisp October winds bode well for this year’s hunting season. But before the bugle sounds, Sister Jane takes a scenic drive up the Blue Ridge Mountains for a board meeting at the Museum of Hounds and Hunting. Brimming with colorful stories and mementos from hunts of yore, the mansion is plunged into mystery when a venerable hunting horn is stolen right out of its case. The only clue, on a left-behind cell phone, is what seems to be a “selfie” video of the horn’s original owner, Wesley Carruthers—deceased since 1954.

Odder still, Wesley’s body was never found. When Sister makes a discovery that may explain his unsolved disappearance, it leads her back to the Jefferson Hunt at midcentury, with her faithful hounds at her side. But as the clues quickly mount, Sister is no longer sure if she’s pursuing a priceless artifact, a thief, Wesley’s killer…or a ghost. The only certainty is that someone wants to put Sister off the chase—perhaps permanently.

Teeming with familiar and beloved characters, intrigue, and the rich local history of Virginia’s horse country, Crazy Like a Fox races toward its stunning conclusion in full cry and packed with plenty of surprises. Once again, Rita Mae Brown dazzles and delights in her irresistible style, with a novel readers are certain to be crazy about.

Story Locale: Virginia

Series Overview: Set in Virginia’s glorious hunt country and featuring Master of the Hunt “Sister” Jane Arnold, her circle of friends, and her wily four-legged companions, the foxhunting series delivers elegantly bawdy stories and a unique insider’s view of a world rarely revealed to outsiders.

Publication History: Ballantine HC (10/17)

Rita Mae Brown is the author of twenty-four Mrs. Murphy mysteries, as well as the “Sister” Jane Arnold Outfoxed series and the Mags Rogers series, 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.

Author Residence: Afton, VA (foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains)

Author Hometown: Hanover, PA (5 miles north of the Mason-Dixon line)

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“If you can pick up Crazy Like a Fox and recognize the voices of Comet, a wise old gray fox; Dasher, a hound at the top of his game; and Golliwog, a snippy calico cat, you qualify as a member of the pack that surrounds Sister Jane Arnold, Master of Jefferson Hunt and the sleuth in Rita Mae Brown’s enchanting novels set in the Virginia horse country. . . . Just the kind of story that adds to the charm of Brown’s whimsical mysteries, with their thrilling hunts and intelligent animals.”The New York Times Book Review

“Brown’s animal characters, including horses, hounds, and foxes, have as much to say as the people, and Brown never misses an opportunity to interject her own social commentary. This will appeal . . . to fans of Brown’s Sneaky Pie novels.”Publishers Weekly

“Without a doubt, Crazy Like a Fox is [Brown’s] best mystery to date . . . and earns top marks for everything from plot to pace to characters.”In & Around Horse Country

Praise for Rita Mae Brown


Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

“Cunning foxes, sensible hounds and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series.”—The New York Times Book Review

Fox Tracks

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

Hounded to Death

“Fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting . . . Brown delivers the brush.”—The Baltimore Sun

The Tell-Tale Horse

“Grabs readers from the opening scene and gallops through to the very surprising end.”—Horse Illustrated

The Hounds and the Fury

“An intriguing story.”—Associated Press

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