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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: A Novel

("Sister" Jane #9)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The chase is on in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Browns gripping new 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 willand stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone.
Sister Jane and the Jefferson Hunt Club have traveled
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Ballantine Books (first published November 4th 2014)
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rita Mae Brown's tales are amazingly crafted works of art. In her Fox Hunter's series, there's a wealth of information about a sport many of us know little about. Every volume speaks to another sometimes thorny issue in the world of horse breeding, racing and riding to the hounds. Did you know that there is DNA linking today's equines with prototypical horses of 200,000 years ago? Horse people take lineage very seriously, and the reader of LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE will learn some amazing lessons. ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Rita Mae Brown's mystery novels, but her "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" did not grab my attention like many of her past novels did. On a positive note, even though it is part of a series, it can stand alone.
The story itself seems to revolve more around the world of fox hunting, and less about the actual mystery. It is written well and would probably be interesting to fans of fox hunting. I was more interested in the mystery aspect of the book, so I felt a bit let down. I really did
Denise Mullins
Perhaps this book would be better titled "Foxhunting for Dummies". True, the author provides an extensive glossary of terms associated with the sport as well as a description of the book's characters, hunting dogs, and horses (the animals are all anthropomorphized with speaking parts in the book).
Granted, the facts learned about this activity were quite interesting as were the by-laws, ritual, physiology of horses, breeding, and veterinary practices required for maintaining this sport.
Susan Pola Staples
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
Just started this mystery, but wanted tosay how much I love the series: horses, dogs, foxes, Sister Jane and all the hunters. Heaven."
"It seems that fellow MFH, Jane Winegardner aka, O.J. (Other Jane) on her last hunt with Sister Jane in Kentucky (OJ home turf) due to weather conditions a horse's grave atone was broken. Forensics found along with the horse's skeleton a human one."
"Sister Jane and various members of the Jefferson Hunt serve on the board of the private school, Custis Hall and
Another Rita Mae Brown fox hunting mystery, featuring Sister Jane and her cohorts. An old crime resurfaces eprevealing some bad behavior decades old, and an ancient scandal, long forgotten resurfaces.
The Jefferson Hunt Club has travelled to Kentuckey to ride with members of the Woodford Hounds, unfortunately the weather is not cooperating, and an ill wind blows no good as they say.
After the hunt as Jane and her partner Gray head out to lunch and a terrible discovery of the remains of a human in
Carolyn Injoy
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rita Mae Brown fans
Recommended to Carolyn by: NetGalley
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Rita Mae Brown I received a free kindle copy of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Rita Mae Brown, published by Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
I gave this cozy mystery about fox hunting in Virginia three stars. I learned more about fox hunting than I wanted to know. It was a slow read. I had to encourage myself to finish. The points of view varied. Sometimes it seemed that humans heard the animals speak. I found that
Shazza Maddog
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sister Jane and her friends are back in this ninth book in the series, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. When a body is found with a small dog buried next to it, underneath a slab set up to commemorate Benny Glitters, a failed race horse who became a young woman's prized mount over a hundred years ago, Mercer Laprade is determined to prove that the body belongs to his grandfather, who went missing from a whorehouse, leaving his clothes behind.

The problem is, there has to be a reason why the body was
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Read this book only if you are interested in reading about fox-hunting. The mystery was probably only about 30 pages of the book. And Brown of course has to get some of her political viewpoints in- and based on incorrect data. For example she blames the end of the Shakers on the Industrial Revolution and gets the dates all wrong because the Industrial Revolution ended long before the Shakers did- and actually there still are Shakers. Their demise was caused by celibacy and lack of orphans to ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, netgalley
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read almost all of Rita Mae Brown's Sister Jane series and Mrs. Murphy series. I grew up foxhunting in Virginia and love to read about it. I love the character, "Sister Jane Arnold". I did enjoy the mystery, centering around Thoroughbred bloodlines, in this book. Having read so many of Brown's novels, I am finding them all a bit similar at this point. I wish the mystery was a little more in depth. I will ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The usual great story from Rita Mae Brown! Sister Jane is back with a slightly more sophisticated mystery involving DNA. The ending was quite a surprise. I always enjoy the descriptions of the hunt days, and the chase after the wily fox. All the usual characters are here again, including foxes Uncle Yancy and Aunt Netty, the hounds, the horses, and the spoiled cat, Golly. Sister Jane is one of my favorite characters, and it is always a joy when a new book comes out. This story really does seem ...more
I received a free digital copy via Netgalley. Thanks for the opportunity!

Review will be published shortly before the publication date (end of October/beginning of November).
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Another Rita Mae Brown lecturethon about foxhunting customs, horse-breeding, pogonips (Don't ask, you'll find out more than you want) and what foxhounds are saying to eachother when they are baying. Sister Jane Arnold's Jefferson Hunt travels to Kentucky to hunt with the Woodford Hounds. While hunting, the two hunts get caught in a pogonip and surprise, find a 113 year old skeleton of a human, a dog and a horse, all in the horse's grave.
It transpires that the body is none other than that of
Carol Lynn
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rita Mae Brown's "Sister Jane" series are among my favorites. I am surprised by many of the comments/reviews. I think it's incumbent on the shopper to realize that this is the 9th book in the series, and that the series is focused on foxhunting in Virginia - with the added interest of a murder in each. RMB offers not only a cast of characters, but a working glossary of hunting terms in each book so the novice can understand what's going on.

The world of horse used to be more versatile than it is
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another awesome Sister Jane novel. I am so depressed that there aren't any more after this one! I'll be honest, I was hoping for a blaze of glory ending. Like Crawford gone rogue trying to murder Sister and they have a showdown... bang! Sister quick on the draw! Haha, I guess not. I was still intrigued by the whole murder of a man and his dog to cover up the fact that a breeder had switched two look-a-like stallions to make more money on stud fees and foal sales. But I think I might have missed ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Sorry, this was largely boring and a bit of a mess. The ending was good, but too little too late. Way too much social commentary and too many facts we really didn't need, including blood lines if both humans and horses. It didn't help that some of that is repeated later in the book. The author needs a good editor who is able to stop her using a story for her own personal soapbox. A shame because I really liked both this series and her other about Harry and Sneaky Pie. No one does a better job ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not being interested in fox hunting, hunting dogs, or horses, this book was a complete bore. Flat characters who all seemed to be very fond of each other and endless blow-by-blow recaps of hunting episodes...that was about 90% of the book. I didn't make it to the end to see if the mystery part picked up. Not recommended unless you like detailed descriptions of hunting scenes.
Fiona Forthe
I like these foxhunting cozies, and there's even some up-to-date technology that comes into play here. I did figure out the murderer before the story got there, but still a fun romp.
Susan Waller
I have learned so much about fox hunting from these books! Apparently fox hunting is all about environmental stewardship. And, at least the way Rita Mae Brown tells it, not cruel at all.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-1/2 stars
Enjoyed it, a fun series.
Sarah Hearn
I was disappointed. A lot - too much - hunting detail. Every second chapter was hunting. I ask how does this advance the story line? Answer, it doesnt. ...more
Crystal Karre
Filled with interesting info that some desired to hide.
Daniel Montoya
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than I honestly thought I would. Usually I'm into books that teach you something directly, however this book I enjoyed since it had a story and still taught me quite a bit. The story was fun to read, it was a nice mix of the modern age (since they had cellphones and computers with internet) and an old-fashioned feel with all of the family history and the practices of horse breeding that their families have been doing for many generations. And, as I mentioned this book ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - Sister Jane Book 9
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Published: 11-4-14
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 305
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Humor & Satire; Animals; Amateur Sleuths
ISBN: 9780553392623
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley

Rita Mae Brown includes a menagerie of animals in her novels and we are privy to their thoughts and the reasons behind their actions. As well as following the mystery through the human
Jill Meyer
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am comparing "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" with the previous ones in the "Sister Jane" series, not with other mysteries.

One of the fun things about reading a new book in a series is to return to the characters we've grown to like in previous books. It's like catching up with old friends over a dinner table. We find out what's been going on in their lives and their plans and hopes for the future. In Rita Mae Brown's "Sister Jane" series, we not only catch up with the humans, but also with the animals
Alysa H.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, netgalley
I acquired this book not knowing that it was part of a series, but then assumed that like other mystery series, I would be able to read any one installment without prior knowledge of others. It sounded great: an old murder! Well-connected Southern families! An awesome septuagenarian heroine! And of course foxhunting, which I knew next to nothing about but was interested to learn.

It turned out to be true, I think, that I need not have read the earlier books in the series to make sense of this
Bryan D.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first fell in love with Rita Mae Brown's writing when I read Rubyfruit Jungle back in the late 1970s. I have continued reading her work over the past 30+ years, and in fact, have almost half her output on my personal library shelves, more than any other author save one.

The Sister Jane novels began with Outfoxed and with Let Sleeping Dogs Lie now include nine books. Brown writes clearly, engaging the reader even when fox hunting is not a particular love. Her description of the hunt leaves the
Sally Schmidt
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
I received a free ebook of this title through NetGalley.

First of all, I love any book that has "Sister" Jane in it. As a character, she is a great mix of classic and modern, sass and kindness, and wonderfully conveys the pleasures of living close to nature. Rita Mae Brown's mysteries are some of my favorite "cozy" mysteries to read with a cup of coffee or tea in hand, curled up with a blanket and my hound nearby. Always entertaining, with lots of information about fox hunting, farming, and
Sandy Voegtlen
I've read all of this author's work, and instead of getting better, it keeps getting worse. She abuses the third person omniscient narration to the point that it interferes with the story. She also has some very unrealistic views about the working world. I have to wonder if she's ever had a job that required absolute working hours. None of her characters ever have 9 to 5 or 8 to 4 or shifts or swing shifts. They are always free to do whatever whenever, and to drop several thousand dollars for a ...more
I've been wanting to sample Rita Mae Brown's "Sister" Jane series for quite a while now. I'm a real fan of her Mrs. Murphy series, so I guess I was naturally intrigued. And while I didn't enjoy this new book as much as the Mrs. Murphy books, I thought it was an entertaining read, if a little slow at times. There was an awful lot of information about riding and fox-hunting. That's to be expected, of course, but not terribly exciting for someone who doesn't ride or hunt, and it really diverted ...more
Whitney Millirons
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I like these books because I am a keen equestrienne, but I have to say the only reason I finished it was to find out who the murderer was. And that was so anti-climatic that I wished I had just skipped to the end. There was far, far, far too much explanation of how fox hunting is done, which would be understandable were this the first book in the series. I can't help but compare this book to Jane Smiley's Horse Heaven, a book that was twice as long, had a plethora of characters, human, ...more
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Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels (Rubyfruit Jungle). She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.

Brown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her biological mother's female cousin and the cousin's husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the

Other books in the series

"Sister" Jane (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Outfoxed ("Sister" Jane, #1)
  • Hotspur ("Sister" Jane, #2)
  • Full Cry ("Sister" Jane, #3)
  • The Hunt Ball  ("Sister" Jane, #4)
  • The Hounds and the Fury ("Sister" Jane, #5)
  • The Tell-tale Horse ("Sister" Jane, #6)
  • Hounded to Death ("Sister" Jane, #7)
  • Fox Tracks ("Sister" Jane #8)
  • Crazy Like a Fox ("Sister" Jane #10)
  • Homeward Hound ("Sister" Jane, #11)

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