Homeward Hound

Homeward Hound

A mystery full of colorful characters (both two- and four-legged!), gorgeous country landscapes, timeless traditions, and the breathtaking thrill of the fox hunt, from the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Like a Fox.Amidst the revelry of the Christmas Hunt, mystery and intrigue abound...When the fanfare is interrupted by the discovery of a body, "Sister" Jane Arn...

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Title:Homeward Hound
Author:Rita Mae Brown
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Homeward Hound Reviews

  • Margaret

    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

    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 read! Highly recommend this one.

  • 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

    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 an excellent read whether you are into American fox hunting or not!

    I requested and received a free ebook copy from Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley. Thank you!

  • Anna Fox

    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.

  • Angela Jett

    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

    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 the area, namely Crawford, who is working to get his land conservation status to thwart the company’s plans.

    While out on the hunt, a snowstorm descends the region making the humans and animals have to get back the start point and safety in near white out conditions. Once everyone gets back, its realized that Gregory didn’t make it back on his horse. Once the blizzard has past, law enforcement is out coming the area, but no signs of Gregory are found – either dead or alive.

    Jane and her friends start digging into the disappearance to find out what happened to Gregory.

    A great mystery with a lot of twists and turns. For those new to the series, be patient and use the list of characters up front as reference. Because of the number of characters and the sometimes difficult to follow hunt scenes, I do rate this a little more difficult a read and therefore only give it 4 stars. Otherwise I do enjoy the characters, the story and the community of Sister Jane’s.

    Thank you NetGalley and publisher, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, for the opportunity to read this ARC.

  • Julia David

    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

    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 danger.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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, thinking, verbal characters. Just the type of story I usually cannot stand. I make an exception of RMB who knows how to write a story and how to make you become invested in the characters. RMB is at her best when she writes about the foxhunting. I am like a kid with her nose squished against the plate glass window of a candy store when I read her books.

    Jane Arnold, better known as Sister, is MFH of the Jefferson hunt, a position she has held for more than 40 years. An old and venerable hunt, the Jefferson is a sought after club.

    At the Christmas Hunt, Gregory Luckham, president of an energy company and a member of another hunt is invited to ride with the Jefferson hunt as a guest. Luckham is president of an energy company that is planning on building a pipeline through central Virginia; virtually destroying historic properties and pristine wilderness. His host hopes Luckham will see the land his pipeline could despoil while also hoping the landowners could come to an accommodation and work for a new route.

    Unfortunately he disappears during a sudden blizzard that comes up during the Christmas Hunt.

    I never thought I would say this, but

    seemed to consisted mostly of hunts. There are too many hunts, not enough of the mystery.

    These hunts, and the properties they go through are lovingly described and the thrill of the hunt perfectly portrayed. This however does not make up for the lack of investigation or interest in the murders on the part of both the characters and the reader.

    Still and all since I have been a fan since the beginning of the series, the book was like slipping on my robe and jimmy jams, enjoying the warmth and familiarity. I would invite any reader to join, at least for a few hours, this rarified life. RMB makes it easy to start anywhere with her

    and glossary at the beginning of the book.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • 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 Foxhunt (MFH) herself in central Virginia., no small honor.

    RMB treats her foxhounds, house pets, foxes and horses as honored, thinki

    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, thinking, verbal characters. Just the type of story I usually cannot stand. I make an exception of RMB who knows how to write a story and how to make you become invested in the characters. RMB is at her best when she writes about the foxhunting. I am like a kid with her nose squished against the plate glass window of a candy store when I read her books.

    Jane Arnold, better known as Sister, is MFH of the Jefferson hunt, a position she has held for more than 40 years. An old and venerable hunt, the Jefferson is a sought after club.

    At the Christmas Hunt, Gregory Luckham, president of an energy company and a member of another hunt is invited to ride with the Jefferson hunt as a guest. Luckham is president of an energy company that is planning on building a pipeline through central Virginia; virtually destroying historic properties and pristine wilderness. His host hopes Luckham will see the land his pipeline could despoil while also hoping the landowners could come to an accommodation and work for a new route.

    Unfortunately he disappears during a sudden blizzard that comes up during the Christmas Hunt.

    I never thought I would say this, but Homeward Hound seemed to consisted mostly of hunts. There are too many hunts, not enough of the mystery.

    These hunts, and the properties they go through are lovingly described and the thrill of the hunt perfectly portrayed. This however does not make up for the lack of investigation or interest in the murders on the part of both the characters and the reader.

    Still and all since I have been a fan since the beginning of the series, the book was like slipping on my robe and jimmy jams, enjoying the warmth and familiarity. I would invite any reader to join, at least for a few hours, this rarified life. RMB makes it easy to start anywhere with her dramatis personae and glossary at the beginning of the book.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Susan F

    I have little knowledge of fox hunting and it's intricacies. This is a fascinating book in that arena alone. It is also a good murder mystery swirling with greed, hints of politics and the environment. It could easily be a story in the news today. I enjoyed the addition of the voices of the characters in the book who have laws and hooves. That adds whimsy and interesting dimension to the book. I like that the members of the group were diverse in age and social standing, bound by their love of th

    I have little knowledge of fox hunting and it's intricacies. This is a fascinating book in that arena alone. It is also a good murder mystery swirling with greed, hints of politics and the environment. It could easily be a story in the news today. I enjoyed the addition of the voices of the characters in the book who have laws and hooves. That adds whimsy and interesting dimension to the book. I like that the members of the group were diverse in age and social standing, bound by their love of the life and activity of the sport.

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy of the book. I think anyone who is interested or has a great understanding of fox hunting will enjoy this story. The characters are very 'human' and the plot captured my attention.

  • 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

    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 blizzard, Jane Arnold, Master of the Jefferson Hunt in Virginia, won't stop the Christmas hunt. Jane, known as Sister, even welcomes Gregory Luckham to the hunt. Luckham is president of an energy company that proposes to put a pipeline right through the heart of foxhunting country. Some of the local property owners are wealthy enough to sue the company, so Luckham's appearance is met with only lukewarm enthusiasm.

    When the blizzard does hit sooner than expected, everyone returns to their trailers, but Gregory Luckham has disappeared. A search is mounted after the storm. However, it's a local man who is found murdered. With the help of her friends, Sister and the local sheriff hope to track the killer.The most knowledgeable among the group suspect the murderer may be a member of their hunt.

    There's a large cast of characters in any of the books in this series, because the hunt attracts local people as well as riders from other hunts. The list of characters in the front of the book is essential for anyone hoping to keep straight the names of hunters, horses, hounds and foxes.

    As I said, Homeward Hound isn't for everyone. There's the mystery, but there are also animals who communicate with each other. And, of course, there's the hunt itself. Be careful when suggesting this book to readers.

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