The chase is on in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown’s gripping foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible “Sister” Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, a century-old crime reawakens bad will—and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone.
Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the Bluegrass State of Kentucky to ride with the members of the Woodford Hounds—in the teeth of foul weather. Sister knows better than anyone that an ill wind blows no good.
After the hunt, Sister Jane and her boyfriend, Gray Lorillard, head to a sumptuous party on a nearby estate, also home to a historic equine graveyard. The revelry is interrupted by jarring news: The discovery of grisly remains in the cemetery that are decidedly not equine.
Now Sister and her hounds are on the case, digging up clues to an old murder that links three well-connected Southern families. When mayhem follows the Jefferson Hunt back to Virginia, the deadly doings become all too real: A dear friend of Sister’s is found murdered. Sister and her animal friends must work fast to find a clever killer determined to keep deep-rooted secrets buried.
A rollicking, riveting mystery, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is a masterly novel full of colorful characters, gorgeous country landscapes, and the breathtaking thrill of the hunt.
Praise for Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
“A knotty murder mystery . . . Cunning foxes, sensible hounds, and sweet-tempered horses are among the sparkling conversationalists in this charming series starring Jane (Sister) Arnold. . . . The biggest thrills are riding out with Sister and her chatty hounds on a cold, crisp morning.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Brown] combines a clever plot, cherished characters and the beauty of nature and rural life to provide an entertaining whodunit.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Sister remains an intriguing and challenging sleuth. . . . [Brown’s] foxhunting titles are great for readers who like gentility with a wicked little twist.”—Library Journal
“Enjoyable [and] pleasurable . . . Enough with the demographics of foxhunting as most people view it; if I’ve learned one thing from reading Rita Mae Brown, it is to expect the unexpected!”—Huntington News
“Whether you’re a fox chaser or not, Brown’s storytelling skills will keep you entertained throughout.”—In & Around Horse Country
“As usual, Brown is at her best when relaying the animals’ quirks and conversations, and mischievous foxes are a delight.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fun . . . [Let Sleeping Dogs Lie takes] readers on an adventure.”—RT Book Reviews
Bestseller Brown's disappointing ninth "Sister" Jane Arnold mystery (after 2012's Fox Tracks) takes the Master of Foxhounds of Virginia's Jefferson Hunt to Kentucky for a joint meet with the Woodford Hounds. When repair workers discover a human skeleton interred in a grave in a local horse cemetery, Mercer Laprade, an equine bloodline expert, believes that the remains belong to his grandfather, who disappeared in 1921 after delivering the marker for the grave from Virginia. Sister suspects that the subsequent death of vet Penny Hinson, who was researching equine bloodlines, may be connected to the earlier killing of Mercer's grandfather. As usual, Brown is at her best when relaying the animals' quirks and conversations, and mischievous foxes are a delight. Pedantic foxhunting detail and tangential political diatribes make for cumbersome going, however. Series fans may enjoy catching up with Sister and her friends, but new readers and those interested in more than a cursory mystery plot might prefer to pass on this one.
Let sleeping dogs lay
Great!! Thorough !! Fun !!