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The hounds and the fury
Rita Mae Brown
Adult Fiction BROWN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

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., (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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