In her well-received novel "Outfoxed," Rita Mae Brown vividly and
deftly brought to life the genteel world of foxhunting, where
hunters, horses, hounds, and foxes form a tightly knit community
amidst old money and simmering conflicts. With "Hotspur," we return
to the Southern chase and to a hunt on the trail of a murderer.
Jane Sister Arnold may be in her seventies, but she shows no signs
of losing her love for the Hunt. As Master of the prestigious
Jefferson Hunt Club in a well-heeled Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain
town, she is the most powerful and revered woman in the county. She
can assess the true merits of a man or a horse with uncanny skill.
In short, Sister Jane is not easily duped.
When the skeleton of Nola Bancroft, still wearing an exquisite
sapphire ring on her finger, is unearthed, it brings back a
twenty-one year old mystery. Beautiful Nola was a girl who had more
male admirers than her family had money, which was certainly quite
a feat. In a world where a woman s ability to ride was considered
one of her most important social graces, Nola was queen of the
stable. She had a weakness for men, and her tastes often ventured
towards the inappropriate, like the sheriff s striking son, Guy
Ramy. But even Guy couldn t keep her eyes from wandering.
When Nola and Guy disappeared on the Hunt s ceremonial first day of
cubbing more than two decades ago, everyone assumed one of two
things: Guy and Nola eloped to escape her family s disapproval; or
Guy killed Nola in a jealous rage and vanished. But Sister Jane had
never bought either of those theories.
Sister knows that all the players are probably still in place, the
old feuds haven t died, and the sparks that led to a long-ago
murder could flare up at any time.
"Hotspur" brings all of Rita Mae Brown s storytelling gifts to the
fore. It s a tale of Southern small-town manners and rituals, a
compelling and intricate murder mystery, and a look at the
human/animal relationship in all its complexity and charm.
"From the Hardcover edition.""
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