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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Mae Brown Narrator: Cynthia Darlow Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436183628
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“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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Thompson | 2/5/2014

    " Enjoyable read.Interesting info about fox hunting. Got a kick out the opinions of the charaters, political and otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 2/2/2014

    " A quick read. Strong, female character, deals with animal cruelty and foxhunting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E. | 1/19/2014

    " Another lovely depiction of the foxhunting sport in Virginia and a wonderful reminder that age does not preclude "one night stands" but not quite the same concise mystery that Rita Mae Brown normally concocts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 1/3/2014

    " The mystery part is a little weakish, but what fun to read about my own backyard, with the venerable Keswick Hunt Club, hilltoppings, beagling, riding, foxhunting... Will double my pleasure to attend the Blessing of the Hounds at Grace Church next Thanksgiving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rexanna | 1/2/2014

    " Sister Jane is at it again! I love this series of Rita Mae Brown. The characters are people I would love to know. This book has violence, murder, social commentary and yet it is handled with such finesse I can read it before going to bed and not have nightmares. I can't wait until Rita Mae Brown has a new book published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/29/2013

    " I mainly read the Sister Jane mysteries for the Virginia hunt club setting, and this is an entertaining mystery, but the author's tendency to pontificate and elaborate on name brands makes her books sound more like editorials or paid product placement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mascanlon | 12/8/2013

    " I always enjoy my time with Sister and her horses and hounds. Once again this was a clever mystery set in the hunting community of Virginia. Cast of characters included not only many of the regulars in the Hunt and surrounding neighbors but the hounds, horses, owls, cats and of course the foxes of the area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Galambos | 11/23/2013

    " A good book, wraps up a bunch of storylines from previous novels, really hope there is another book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misha | 10/24/2013

    " I adore the way Rita Mae Brown gives the animals personalities and voices, but I'm really disappointed that she didn't have a single gay character in the book. In real life, there would be gay people. I like to see myself represented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joann | 9/26/2013

    " Hard to finish. Lots of info about fox hunting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 9/26/2013

    " enjoyed the details about animal care "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janiceinbellevue | 6/5/2013

    " Too preachy and too horsey for my taste...cut to the chase as it were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/1/2013

    " I enjoyed this new addtion to the Sister Jane murder mystery series. A very quick read and if you enjoy horses, for that matter animals and the outdoors, this would be a good introduction to this series by Rita Mae Brown. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 2/4/2013

    " Not bad, not great. Very opinionated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 therese | 12/11/2012

    " Not sure why I keep reading these, as the slightly pompous Republican edge raises my blood pressure "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyra | 12/8/2012

    " I had a hard time getting into the setting of this book (the world of fox hunting). Sister is an interesting character - distinctive and memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 12/2/2012

    " Very "Rita Mae". Politics and causes rolled up inside a mystery. A book about fox hunting animals and the people who love them. My first "Sister Jane" mystery. I will be reading the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/28/2012

    " Another delightful book in the "Jane" series. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/4/2012

    " Much better than some of her more recent horse/cat mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russ Cross | 2/24/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue of the animals was fun. The mystery kept me guessing all the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/4/2012

    " Sister Jane loves her hounds. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cyndee | 12/30/2011

    " Repetitive descriptions, more attention to fox-hunting than to the story itself. I guess I've ODd on this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger Lipponer | 8/17/2011

    " Back to Albemarle County Virginia, Sister Jane and her cohorts. Always good to see waht they're up to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joann | 12/24/2010

    " Hard to finish. Lots of info about fox hunting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 11/22/2010

    " The mystery part is a little weakish, but what fun to read about my own backyard, with the venerable Keswick Hunt Club, hilltoppings, beagling, riding, foxhunting... Will double my pleasure to attend the Blessing of the Hounds at Grace Church next Thanksgiving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janiceinbellevue | 4/5/2010

    " Too preachy and too horsey for my taste...cut to the chase as it were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/2/2009

    " I enjoyed this new addtion to the Sister Jane murder mystery series. A very quick read and if you enjoy horses, for that matter animals and the outdoors, this would be a good introduction to this series by Rita Mae Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 7/17/2009

    " A quick read. Strong, female character, deals with animal cruelty and foxhunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 6/10/2009

    " Another very good book by Brown. The Sister Jane series is really great. The characters are developed well and the mysteries do keep you guessing at least a little bit. This series is much better than her Mrs. Murphy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 4/25/2009

    " enjoyed the details about animal care "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dimps | 2/20/2009

    " It wasn't my favorite in the series, but it was still good. I wish there had been more about the animal characters (cat, dogs, horses, fox, etc.). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/3/2009

    " I mainly read the Sister Jane mysteries for the Virginia hunt club setting, and this is an entertaining mystery, but the author's tendency to pontificate and elaborate on name brands makes her books sound more like editorials or paid product placement. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cyndee | 12/28/2008

    " Repetitive descriptions, more attention to fox-hunting than to the story itself. I guess I've ODd on this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E. | 12/8/2008

    " Another lovely depiction of the foxhunting sport in Virginia and a wonderful reminder that age does not preclude "one night stands" but not quite the same concise mystery that Rita Mae Brown normally concocts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 11/11/2008

    " Back to Albemarle County Virginia, Sister Jane and her cohorts. Always good to see waht they're up to. "

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About the Author
Author Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series, A Nose for Justice, and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit JungleIn Her DaySix of OneThe 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.

About the Narrator

Cynthia Darlow’s unusual voice makes her devotion to the spoken arts a natural fit. As a narrator and veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, film, and television, her characterizations and facility with dialects are unforgettable. Her audiobook narrations have earned her seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a member of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT), whose mission it is to present concert performances of long-neglected, language-driven plays.