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Homeward Hound

("Sister" Jane #11)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  123 reviews
"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 h
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Ballantine Books (first published November 20th 2018)
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Barbara

In this 11th book in the 'Sister Jane' series, a threatened assault to the lovely Virginia landscape results in murder. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****


Jane Arnold, called "Sister", has been Master of Foxhounds (MFH) of The Jefferson Hunt - a foxhunting club in Jefferson County, Virginia - for over forty years. As MFH Sister hires and fires personnel; makes arrangements with landowners; develops the pack of hounds; organizes the hunts; and so on. The foxhunts are very popular, and Sis
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Maureen Carden
I’ve been a fan of Rita Mae Brown (RMB) since the librarian had to pick me up off the floor after reading the first two paragraphs of her book Bingo over 18 years ago, Still one of the funniest, sweetest books I have ever read.
RMB in 200o started a series set in central Virginia centered around fox hunting, an activity that RMB knows well as she is a Master of the Foxhound (MFH) herself in central Virginia., no small honor.
RMB treats her foxhounds, house pets, foxes and horses as honored, thin
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Jan
Once again we are given an excellent murder mystery along with sentient animals and (for the foxes) bloodless hunting and marvelous horses. Fortunately for the reader, the book is prefaced by a dictionary of relevant terms and a comprehensive descriptive of all relevant characters both humans and animals. It's pretty easy from the opening chapters to see who is the kind of person who would be a target for murder, but from there on it is filled with suspects, twists, and red herrings! Altogether ...more
Margaret
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Homeward Hound, part of the Sister Jane series, has a great plot and wonderful characters. You get immersed in the fox hunting world of Virginia with all it's eccentricities and great characters, including the animals. There is a whole section before the story that introduces all the players - I love it! I am a big fan of Rita Mae Brown's Sneaky Pie mysteries, and somehow have missed the Sister Jane stories. Now I have to go explore those books too - so excited to have more Rita Mae Brown to rea ...more
Kate Baxter
3.5 out of 5 stars

This 11th book in the Sister Jane mystery series is yet another wonderful study in the finer details of fox hunting.

The story opens with details of preparations for tomorrow's much anticipated Christmas Hunt. Everyone's eyeing the weather channel carefully as there's a snowstorm coming in but it's not supposed to hit until afternoon, after the hunt concludes. Well there's your first clue. Sure enough, while out on the run, all hounds, steeds and riders are caught in an instant
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Mayda
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even you you knew nothing about the sport of fox hunting when you begin this tale, by the time you finish it, you’ll know something about it. Much of the story involves several hunts. The author has kindly included in the book various terms and their meaning. She also has included a list of important characters, both humans and animals. While there is a murder to solve, that part of the story seems to take a backseat to the real story, that of the characters and their devotion to proper hunting. ...more
Lori
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas hunt, shortened by the arrival of a monster snowstorm, ends with the disappearance of a man involved with an unpopular pipeline. He's missing and presumed dead when they are able to begin the search after the storm, but instead of his body, they find the body of another man. Slowly the missing man's body parts begin turning up. Pretty soon it becomes clear that someone quite familiar with the fox club's hunting grounds must be the murderer. I've only read about one other installmen ...more
Lesa
Rita Mae Brown's foxhunting series is not for every reader. I enjoy the stories, although I haven't read all of them in the series. It really is the scenes of the foxhunting that I enjoy the most. Now, don't get angry about foxhunting, unless you've read these books, and see how humanely all the animals in the books are treated. Although I hadn't read one of the books in a while, I enjoyed returning to "Sister" Jane Arnold's world at Christmastime with Homeward Hound.

Despite the threat of a bliz
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Maureen Carden
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a fan of Rita Mae Brown (RMB) since the librarian had to pick me up off the floor after reading the first two paragraphs of her book Bingo over 18 years ago, Still one of the funniest, sweetest books I have ever read.
RMB in 200o started a series set in central Virginia centered around fox hunting, an activity that RMB knows well as she is a Master of the Foxhunt (MFH) herself in central Virginia., no small honor.
RMB treats her foxhounds, house pets, foxes and horses as honored, thinki
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Angela Jett
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ stars
I always enjoy Rita Mae Brown’s Sister Jane mysteries. This one is another great installment. The local area is being threatened by the development of gas and oil pipelines that are potentially going to be routed through the area. The CEO energy company, Gregory Luckham, looking to do the development is invited to join the Jefferson Hunt for their annual Christmas Hunt by one of the club members. Tensions are high since Gregory has had some heated words with several of the landowners in
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Judy
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great group of friends more like family these characters are. Well, most of them anyway. I certainly learned more about chasing the elusive fox. They are quite smart creatures and well as being beautiful. I have to tell you my favorite part was the animals talking to each other. Love that!! This story shows what love can do and what greed can do. It could also make you wonder if you really know those folks you think you do. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I received this book from N ...more
Kathy
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a horrible time trying to get this read but it was not the basic content of the story that caused the highest hurdle, so to speak. I hate long reviews that tend to tell me the whole story before I decide if I want to read it or not. That’s exactly what the “cast of characters” was in this book. Sixty-one Kindle pages of character description and terminology. Each character, be it human or a bird, or a horse, or a fox (well you get the point) had a description of either its personality or i ...more
Anna Fox
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the fox huning setting and "Sister". I haven't read this series before but will be adding it to my TBR pile. The murder is of someone no one liked so lots of suspects. It was interesting getting views from both the people and the foxes.

I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
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Yolanda
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books by this author but not this series. I loved this book and and the setting . It is a sweet mystery
Lis Carey
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, dogs, horses, arcs
"Sister" Jane Arnold is starting another fox hunting season. As Master of Foxhounds for the Jefferson Hunt, she's responsible for running the Hunt Club itself, together with her co-Master Walter, but also for relations with local landowners, ensuring the club has permission to pursue foxes on the local estates, only some of whose owners are fox hunters themselves. The hunt season itself has started off well, but nevertheless there is potential trouble brewing. Soliden, a major energy company, wa ...more
Susan F
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
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Julia David
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good mystery, I didn't guess the killer until late in the story. It was a little confusing in some spots for me, but I really enjoyed the story. I learned a lot about fox hunting. Sister Jane and her crew are on the hunt when a big blizzard comes along. When it is over, one man is dead and another missing. As the group mourns one of their own and search for the other man, Sister is trying to figure out why it all happened. As the mystery deepens, they are wondering if they are all in d ...more
Leah
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place between Christmas and Valentine's Day. The mystery involves the environment, politics, and greed. There is a missing person and a murder, too. Also, there are several hunts in this book, which were interesting. I still like the animals and their perspectives. It's quite interesting. Also, the humans were more likeable in this book. ...more
East Gwillimbury
Another wonderful book about Sister Jane Arnold. A great way to get into the spirit of winter with fox hunting. How can someone disappear in a snowstorm during a fox hunt. No body is found and yet foul play is suspected. Who and why are the two questions that keep coming back to haunt Sister Jane?
Theresa
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Theresa by: http://www.ritamaebrownbooks.com/book...
Wonderful story of fox hunting, Virginia history and nursery. The story begins at Christmas time and ends on Valentines Day with as many twists and turns of a fox hunter in hot pursuit of a fiesta grey. An excellent book to cozy up with this time of year.
Kathleen Gray
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gregory Luckham, who wants to built a pipeline, through Hunt Country, is murdered! Sister Jane and her band of dogs and horses (and yes, they do talk) must sort out what happened. There's lots of suspects, of course, a few red herrings, and a couple of twists. What sets this, and others in the series apart, in addition to the crime solving animals, is the fox hunting and horse information. If you've never read this series, you've missed some really fascinating stuff- I always learn something new ...more
Michele
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. As a MFH, the horse and fox hunting parts of the story are accurate. The main characters develop according to the plot.
Linda
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a long time fan of this series, it was fun to read the newest addition (an eARC from Edelweiss). It is almost Christmas and 'Sister' Jane, the Master of Foxhounds in her section of central Virginia is getting ready for the Christmas Hunt, the fox hunt which is taking place 2 days before Christmas. Most of the members of her club as well as some guests are there for what looks to be a good day. A snowstorm is forecast so they have put off the traditional hunt breakfast until the day after Chr ...more
Jill Meyer
I'm writing this review of Rita Mae Brown's newest novel in her "Sister Jane" series by comparing it to others in the 11 book series, NOT to other mystery novels.

I've been reading Rita Mae Brown's novels for thirty years. This series, the "Sister Jane", has been mostly good reading over the years. The reader gets a nice, comforting visit with the old friends from the Jefferson Hunt Club in central Virginia, in her once-a-year new books. If you're interested in fox hunting (here in the United Sta
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Megan
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish, but I am so done with this book! I even took a break then tried again. Why can't I rate it 0 stars?! There are way too many characters, plot moves incredibly slow, animal conversations and way too much about the hunts that do nothing for the story, the writing is awkward and quite frankly I cannot believe how many 4 and 5 star reviews it got and that it is a best seller. It was actually painful reading this book. ...more
Brenda Freeman
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Sister Jane series. I’ve learned so much about fox hunting and the hounds. The mysteries are first rate and the characters have grown through out the series.
Drebbles
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Christmas Run is one of the highlights of fox hunting season and, while a snowstorm is predicted, “Sister” Jane Arnold, Master of Foxhounds, still thinks they can get a hunt in. Unfortunately, a blizzard starts during the hunt and, even more unfortunately, one horse returns without its rider. At first it seems to have been an accident, but when Gregory Luckham’s body doesn't turn up, Sister begins to wonder what is going on - especially because plenty of people wanted Gregory dead. Soon even ...more
Kathy
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue grips the community amid the thrill of the holiday hunt. A blinding blizzard comes up, and, to make matters worse, a rider less horse returns, indicating a dreaded event may have occurred. The rider, Gary Luckham, is the president of a well-known electric company pushing a controversial pipeline through the area. A search begins for the missing man, but what follows is not a simple cut-and-dry operation but a possible murder. Sister Jane Arnold and her hounds must now begin to unravel t ...more
Lynne
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I feel really bad for giving the book only 2 stars and I must admit, I had some preconceived notions of what I expected and this book did not meet those expectations.

I have read many books by this author in the Mrs. Murphy series and so I thought this series would be similar. No, not even close. The animals do talk to each other, but not as much as I expected. And they didn't show the need to protect and care for the humans. Also the human characters didn't actively try to solve the murder. It w
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Judy
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Rita Mae Brown's Sister Jane Arnold series. If you like fox hunting (don't worry they never catch the fox) or want to know more about hunting read this series.

Ms. Brown always describes the hunt as if you were there with the riders. Descriptions of the horses; what the hunters wear, or allowed to wear, the dogs and the terrain on which they hunt. I find it very interesting that I feel like I'm right with them.

This story one of the guest hunters, Gregory Luckham, disappears during a sudde
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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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Other books in the series

"Sister" Jane (1 - 10 of 13 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)
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Sister" Jane, #9)
  • Crazy Like a Fox ("Sister" Jane #10)

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