“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.
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) 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.
“The revelation of the killer will come as a shock–but the fun of Brown’s series is the wealth of foxhunting lore, the spot-on portrayal of Virginians [and] the evocative descriptions of the Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby environs.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Chock-full of suspense, twists, and humor.”—Lavender magazine
“A high-quality modern cozy mystery.”—Booklist
“Hounded to Death will surely please fans of the series. The mystery is fast-paced and filled with scenes from the world of fox hunting. . . . [Rita Mae] Brown delivers the brush.”—Baltimore Sun