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Crazy Like a Fox

("Sister" Jane #10)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A mystery full of colorful characters (both two- and four-legged!), gorgeous country landscapes, timeless traditions, and the breathtaking thrill of the fox hunt.

The fox has made short work of the henhouse and is wreaking havoc across the once-peaceful Virgina hunt country, as Master of the Hunt “Sister” Jane Arnold, her gentleman friend Gray Lorillard, the members of the
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Ballantine Books
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Pamela Rebuild. They are like visiting old friends. The early Sneaky Pies with Market Schiflet and Miranda Hogendobber in the old Post Office and Big Mim bre…moreRebuild. They are like visiting old friends. The early Sneaky Pies with Market Schiflet and Miranda Hogendobber in the old Post Office and Big Mim breezing in are a pure snapshot of smalltown life. The newer ones with the dual 18th Century Plot and Modern Mystery are just as charming. I love watching RMB evolve as a writer. The Sister Jane Books are wonderful, contemporaneous with the Sneaky Pie books, but a different part of the county.

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Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When I saw Crazy Like a Fox offered on NetGalley, I leapt at the chance to read this new offering by one of my long-time favorite authors. I read Rita Mae’s first book, Rubyfruit Jungle, way back when. The book came out in 1973, and she’s been writing ever since. I’ve been reading her books ever since. I’ve become a fan of her Sneaky Pie Brown series, but this is the first time I’ve read anything in the “Sister” Jane series. Too bad, because this is number ten, and I think I’d have gleaned a lot ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I opened this book on my Kindle, I was eager to start my first by this author even though it's not in the Sneaky Pie Brown cat series I've been wanting to sample for quite some time now. But when this one began with a lengthy list of character descriptions - not just of people, but hounds and foxes - my heart sank a little. I'm not young any more, and my short-term memory isn't even close to what it used to be. How on earth, I said to myself, will I ever keep all of them straight?

And at fir
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would call this a cozy mystery, similar to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories. Its' the first book I've read by Rita Mae Brown and I liked it. The story immerses you in the world of fox-hunting in a small Virginia community - and when I say immersed you really were. There were in-depth descriptions of the fashions for the hunt, the genealogy of the hounds, training of the hounds and the positions of the hunters. Now I can recognize what a whipper-in does. There is a mystery, though, a horn ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Crazy Like a Fox by Rita Mae Brown is the tenth book in the Sister Jane series. Jane Arnold and Marian Maggiolo are at Museum of Hound’s and Hunting in Morven Park. They talk about Wesley “Weevil” Carruthers. Wesley disappeared in 1954 and his body was never found. His horn is on display in the museum. After enjoying dinner, they return to the museum to retrieve Marion’s phone. They discover Wesley’s horn missing, but the thief left a selfie behind on Marion’s phone. It appears to be Wesley Carr ...more
Clare O'Beara
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this tale of American foxhunting, in which, unlike the original variety, the fox is allowed to run to ground and is left in peace. If you have not read the previous books in this series there may well be too many characters. This tale unites them in a puzzle over a ghostly huntsman, who apparently romanced most of the ladies in the district decades ago before his presumed murder, which was never resolved.
I did think the figure was in the circumstances self-explanatory, but I also wasn
Kate Baxter
3.5 starts - This 10th book in the Sister Jane mystery series is yet another wonderful study in the finer details of fox hunting. The reader is proffered historic detail, descriptions of hunt practices, roles and manners of participants - all of which lays out the landscape of the fox hunt. One quickly discovers that there is a tremendous amount of effort and planning which goes into each hunt. The descriptions of the actual hunts are so beautifully detailed that one imagines that they're flying ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting story. The ending was partially a surprise. Some of it I saw coming from early in this story. I liked the parts with fox hunting. It was something I hadn't read about before. The other parts involving animals were equally intriguing. It was nice to have their points of view. The humans were okay. No one really stood out, though.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
What a slog to get to the very good end! I'm thinking the author's favorite word is EXPENSIVE, second only to her overuse of high end brand names. I'm not impressed. It doesn't help change the opinion of those who think Virginian can be rather snobby!
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Crazy Like a Fox is the 10th book in the "Sister Jane" series by Rita Mae Brown.

I've long been a fan of the author, and enjoyed her cozy Mrs. Murphy series as well as her more serious writing. The Sister Jane books are cozies and full of the American foxhunting traditions and culture. If you don't know anything about riding to hounds, you will after reading this book.

The dialogue and writing are pitch perfect (including such southernisms as 'c
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sister Jane is my favorite series from Rita Mae Brown. I really enjoyed Crazy like a Fox with lots of animal talk and fox hunting, just a little less mystery than some. I was happy that Ms. Brown didn't get too political or preachy as she sometimes does. This mystery is a murder that happened in the mid 1950's that was never solved. It's wonderful to catch up with all the hunters and friends of Sister Jane and it's especially fun to get re-aquainted with all the animals.
Susan Webb
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't understand how I can like a series by this author to the point I am buying them all for my library ( harry harristeen books ) and yet I cannot get into these. I tried reading 1 in this series and didn't like it but thought I would try one more. I cannot even get through it. Sigh.
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Knew the author from former books.
Bit too focused on hunting which was hard to grasp as a non-native-speaker, non-hunting person.
Story picked up speed and I knew why I enjoyed her former (more general) books
So 3,5 stars and liked the second half
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars = "it was ok" by GR's rating system. This is a neutral rating from me.

This is a book about fox hunting, which has been banned in Britain, and which I didn't know existed in the US until I read this book. The subject matter is why I chose this book. However I found the writing very awkward and hard to read. I had to force myself to continue reading it and in the end all I can give it is a 2.

I got this book as a free ARC.
Sarah S
May 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Laboured my way to page 66. Can't stand it any more.

All the characters sound the same. A lot of redundant words that does not add to any descriptive quality or insight. Especially the dialogue of the animals. It's pointless.

This book bored me.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Crazy Like A Fox”, by Rita Mae Brown, is part of the “Sister Jane” series. (Brown also writes the “Sneaky Pie Brown series, and has written several stand-alone books, including “Rubyfruit Jungle”.) As with Sister Jane, Brown is a Master of Foxhounds.

Sister finds herself in the middle of a very perplexing puzzle – a valuable cowhorn, belonging to Wesley Carruthers, has been stolen. Carruthers himself is an enigma, having disappeared in 1954 – presumed dead. However, someone looking and speaking
Jill Meyer
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin this review, I want to say that in American Fox hunting, the fox is not hurt in any way. The hounds hunting the fox - if they find it - are trained not to physically harm it. (And it seems most foxes go into hiding, anyway, when being chased and are never confronted with the team of hunting dogs.) I'm writing this because I've been blasted on reviews of Rita Mae Brown's "Jane Arnold" series books by people concerned with the idea of animal harm to the foxes.

Anyway...Rita Mae Brow
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this from Library Thing to read and review. Since I have read the Mrs. Murphy series, I figured I would try this series to see if I liked this one as much. This is a bit like that series, in that it involves animals who engage with each other as part of the story, the same general area and an interesting story line. In this one, Sister Jane goes to the Museum of the Museum of Hounds and Hunting for a board meeting. Once again, she is thrust right into the mystery, when a beloved horn ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven't read any of the other books of this series but really enjoyed this one as a standalone.

The characters are helpfully all described in a separate list before the novel starts, which was great as I could flip back to it along the way and not get lost in the cast, which is extensive.

I learned a ton about American fox hunting, which I started out thinking was going to be violent and was pleasantly surprised to find that it isn't.

I loved the clever snippets of conversation among the animals.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sister Jane, Rita Mae Brown's formidable protagonist finds herself in the midst of a generation old murder mystery. I kept waiting for a dead body to appear, none manifested. Per usual, the cast of characters turns to Sister for advice and counsel. There are a couple of side stories that seem to have been left unresolved. No matter, the personification of all the animals (domesticated and wild) kept up the hunter's pace (no pun intended) and outwitted even the most senior of hounds.

I've read oth
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Crazy Like a Fox is an enjoyable, fun book. I was fascinated by the story, a fox hunting mystery set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. You ride the hills and valley's with the characters as they solve a mystery that goes back in time. The book taught me a lot about riding to the hounds. Who knew that foxes came in so many colors and could talk? The cover was colorful and eye catching. Sister Jane is a lovely character and all of the animals are delightful. If you are an animal lover you w ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of the Mrs. Murphy series but, to be honest, I have a hard time getting a grasp of the Sister Jane series. Maybe reading it as an ebook makes it harder for me to flip back and forth to the list of characters but, for whatever reason, I found Crazy Like a Fox hard to keep straight. The writing is very good and I do enjoy the ghostly element and the animals. Sister Jane is someone I would enjoy knowing. I think less of the hunting details would have made for a better story from m ...more
Carol Lynn
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have I mentioned how much I love this series?

As each book is released, it is like meeting up with old friends I haven ' t seen in a while. And meeting a few new ones.

If you have ever foxhunted, you will delight in the detail. If you ride, and are open-minded to other disciplines, you will appreciate learning from an expert. If you like animals, you will be enthralled with Rita Mae's deep understanding of all the animals' individual personalities.

And if you are curious about all sorts of things
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks, Rita Mae - Sister is such a satisfying protagonist! This story includes a ghost too - I do love a ghost story. Or is that a ghost after all? Whatever it is, it hasn't failed to notice Tootie whipping in on the left, and it hasn't stopped seeking justice.

And by far, my favorite part of this book is the very end, when the fox hunter, hound and horse breeder Rita Mae Brown discusses the maternal grandsire effect - the explanation for genetic traits that skip a generation. Brown talks about
Marie Stein
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting characters (including a 70-yr-old protagonist and Master of the Hunt) and a fascinating world of fox-hunting - but predictable and somewhat contrived mystery and loads of characters who confuse. The story goes roughly like this: introduction, foxhunt, mystery, hunt, exposition, hunt, mystery, hunt, exposition exposition, hunt, mystery solved by someone, hunt, mystery solved, hunt hunt hunt, a little more mystery-related though solved, romance? hunt. Plus, ghosts-ish. But never believ ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-to-review, 2020
After finishing this book, I find I have mixed feelings about it. This is the 10th book in the “Sister” Jane series. The series takes place in the horse country of Virginia and centers around the fox-hunting society of that area. The book is told in several different “voices” – the people involved, their horses, dogs, and cats, the foxes they are all chasing – and the birds that watch from above. I like the idea of the book (and the mystery in it) – but I found I have a lot of trouble keeping th ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you've read Rita Mae Brown before you know that there are going to be talking animals in the mix. That can be a tad confusing, as can the large cast of characters which is why I recommend reading this in hard copy vice on an e-reader so that you can more easily flip back and forth to the very helpful who's who list. As with all of her tales, no animals are harmed- only people. In this case Jane and her pals are trying to solve the mystery of Weevil, who disappeared 60 years ago but might be b ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to enjoy this story because it is a mystery and I love mysteries. The premise is that a huntsman and ladies’ man Wesley Carruthers disappears in 1954 having presumably stolen some jewelry. Was he murdered or did he run off? 60 years later, his ghost appears to visit those from his past (if they are still alive). All good, but it is inundated with so much detail on fox hunting and there are nonhuman characters (such as pets, foxes and the such), that it swayed me from enjoying the ...more
Mary C
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So sad I barreled right through this book, because now I will have to wait for the next in the Sister Jane series! Rita Mae Brown can cover the same territory in her books as they do on the Hunts and it never ever gets old for me. The writing and description of the land and people of the Jefferson Hunt is done so well it's like you're living it while reading in your favorite chair. Sometimes now walking my dogs down the lane I feel like I'm out walking the hounds. So that's good writing, enjoy t ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy the "Sister" Jane books. The horsy set and how they go out together and look for that fox. This book didn't disappoint as a person from "Sister" Jane's past shows up. Trying to figure out the man's age can be troublesome, especially how spry he seems.
Always a good mystery and I love the descriptions of the land and fields that the riders travel. Puts me right into the action.
I didn't care for the addition of Tootie's Mom showing up. I think she will be a distraction to the other charact
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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 Un

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