“Sister” Jane Arnold returns in a colorful mystery featuring four-legged sleuths—and the breathtaking thrill of the chase—from the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Like a Fox.
As winter deepens over the Blue Ridge Mountains, even the threat of snowstorms cannot derail this year’s Christmas run, not as long as “Sister” Jane Arnold has a say in it. With spirits high and traditions strong, a glorious parade of hunters in full holiday regalia gathers on the grounds of Tattenhall Station. But a blinding blizzard brings an early end to the sport. More disturbing: A horse soon returns without its rider. Gregory Luckham, a controversial presence as the president of a powerful energy company pushing for a pipeline through central Virginia, is the missing hunter. A search is organized for what is presumed will be a dead, frozen body. What is discovered, however, chills everyone to the bone—and points toward murder. Sister Jane will have to untangle a mystery packed as hard as snow—full of history, secrets, old wounds, and avarice.
Praise for Homeward Hound
“Cunning foxes, sensible hounds and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Readers will be charmed by Brown’s endearing characters, animal and human, all of whom are given to philosophizing on the state of the world.”—Publishers Weekly
“With deep and broad knowledge of the sport, the area and the people and animals who inhabit it, [Brown] infuses Homeward Hound—and the entire series—with unmatched authenticity, Southern charm, beloved characters and engaging storylines.”—The Free Lance–Star
A serial killer may be loose in Virginia hunt country in bestseller Brown's intriguing 11th mystery featuring Jane "Sister" Arnold, Master of Hounds of the Jefferson Hunt Club (after 2017's Crazy Like a Fox). Joining the club's traditional Christmas hunt is Gregory Luckham, the president of a giant energy company based in Richmond, which has plans to run a pipeline though the pristine countryside. When a blinding blizzard arises, Luckham disappears in whiteout conditions right off the back of his horse. A search is undertaken, and a body is discovered in the snow. Surprisingly, it isn't Luckham. Then another rich and powerful man disappears. Weeks later, pieces of Luckham begin showing up in hunt territory. Sister Jane and her compatriots, including the foxes, hounds, and horses, do what they can to catch the culprit, as long as nothing stands in the way of the hunt. The killer's motive may be unconvincing, but readers will be charmed by Brown's endearing characters, animal and human, all of whom are given to philosophizing on the state of the world.)