Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"The chase is on in New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown's 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 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."
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780553392623
Characteristics: xxi, 272 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gildea, Lee Jr.,- Illustrator


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Jun 05, 2017

This is the first Rita Mae brown book I have read. It will probably be the only one I read. The writing is very linear, not deep, the mystery unmysterious. It is not a terrible way to learn a bit about fox hunting, but very unsatisfying. There is no real emotional draw to the characters, their lives are defined within strictures of southern wealth, and subtle racism. Inter-racial relationships are 'ok' if the nonwhite member is a financial success and/or descended from those that were either enslaved or indentured to their white ancestors. Feels like the author's drive to write comes not from the soul's need for expression, but from something to do that would be fun for her rich friends.

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