Fox Tracks

Fox Tracks

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a€œ[Rita Mae Brown] enlivens a timely tale with . . . amusing accounts of her four-legged creations and delightful descriptions of the central Virginia countryside.a€a€”Richmond Times-Dispatch New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown bounds to the front of the pack with Fox Tracks, the thrilling new mystery in her beloved foxhunting series featuring the indomitable a€œSistera€ 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 Manhattana€™s Midtown streets a fierce snowstorm rages, nothing can dampen the excitement inside the elegant ballroom of Manhattana€™s Pierre Hotel. Hunt clubs from all over North America have gathered for their annual gala, and nobody is in higher spirits than a€œSistera€ Jane, Master of the Jefferson Hunt in Virginiaa€™s Blue Ridge Mountains. Braving the foul weather, Sister and her young friend a€œTootiea€ 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 tripa€™s festive mood goes to ground later with the grisly discovery of Adolfoa€™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, Sistera€™s a€œhorse sensea€ tells her therea€™s a nefarious plot afoota€”one that seems to originate in the Southa€™s aromatic tobacco farms. Meanwhile, Sistera€™s nemesis, Crawford Howard, will stop at nothing to subvert the Jefferson Hunt Club. Therea€™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 peoplea€™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 friendsa€”including horses Lafayette and Matador, the powerful hound, Dragon, and even the clever old red fox, Uncle Yancy! From Manhattana€™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 Browna€™s a€œSistera€ Jane novels a€œBrown is a keen plotter who advances her story with well-placed clues and showy suspects.a€a€”The New York Times Book Review a€œ[Brown] succeeds in conjuring a world in which prey are meant to survive the chase and foxes are knowing collaborators.a€a€”People a€œOne of the most entertaining amateur sleuths since those of Agatha Christie.a€a€”Booklist From the Hardcover edition.Milly opened the door to the office as they got out of thejeep. a€œMade hot ... Up under a 2002 Ford F250, Art grunted, a€œOkay.a€ Binky closed the door, grabbed two cups to help Milly, and sat down without ceremony. ... Nothing will change our friendship, but it would help us if we knew exactly what Crawford has offered.

Title:Fox Tracks
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2012-11-20

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