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"A rich, atmospheric murder mystery . . . rife with love, scandal .
. . redemption, greed and nobility," raved the San Jose Mercury
News about Outfoxed, Rita Mae Brown's first foxhunting masterpiece.
In The Hunt Ball, the latest novel in this popular series, all the
ingredients Brown's readers love are abundantly present: richness
of character and landscape, the thrill of the hunt, and the chill
The trouble begins at Custis Hall, an exclusive girls' school in
Virginia that has gloried in its good name for nearly two hundred
years. At first, the outcry is a mere tempest in a silver teapot-a
small group of students protesting the school's exhibit of antique
household objects crafted by slaves-and headmistress Charlotte
Norton quells the ruckus easily. But when one of the two hanging
corpses ornamenting the students' Halloween dance turns out to be
real-the body of the school's talented fund-raiser, in
fact-Charlotte and the entire community are stunned. Everyone liked
Al Perez, or so it seemed, yet his murder was particularly
Even "Sister" Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club,
beloved by man and beast, is at a loss, although she knows better
than anyone where the bodies are buried in this community of
land-grant families and new-money settlers. Aided and abetted by
foxes and owls, cats and hounds, Sister picks up a scent that leads
her in a most unwelcome direction: straight to the heart of the
foxhunting crowd. The chase is on, not only for foxes but also for
a deadly human predator.
No one has created a fictional paradise more delightful than the
rolling hills of Rita Mae Brown's Virginia countryside, or has more
charmingly captured the rituals of the hunt. No one understands
human and animal nature more deeply. The Hunt Ball combines a
rounded, welcoming world with an edge of unforgettable
"From the Hardcover edition."
Mrs. Murphy digs into Virginia history--and gets her paws on a killer.
The most popular citizen of Virginia has been dead for nearly 170 years. That hasn't stopped the good people of tiny Crozet, Virginia, from taking pride in every aspect of Thomas Jefferson's life. But when an archaeological dig of the slave quarters at Jefferson's home, Monticello, uncovers a shocking secret, emotions in Crozet run high--dangerously high.
The stunning discovery at Monticello hints a hidden passions and age-old scandals. As postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and some of Crozet's Very Best People try to learn the identity of a centuries-old skeleton--and the reason behind the murder--Harry's tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy, and her canine and feline friends attempt to sniff out a modern-day killer. Mrs. Murphy and corgi Tee Tucker will stick their paws into the darker mysteries of human nature to solve murders old and new--before curiosity can kill the cat--and Harry Haristeen.
The thrilling start of a tail-wagging new series
With her high-powered Wall Street job in the rearview mirror,
thirty-four-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep
Reed's sprawling Nevada ranch to reassemble her life. In the
passenger seat is Mags's beloved wirehaired dachshund, Baxter. At
Jeep's side--to Baxter's distress--is Jeep's loyal German Shepherd
mix, King. The growlings are mutual. Then someone pipe-bombs Red
Rock Valley's pumping station, endangering the water supply. Deputy
Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders. In
her search for answers, Mags uncovers fascinating history about
Jeep's ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill.
Drawn to each other, Mags and Pete join forces to solve various
mysteries, as Baxter and King team up to protect their humans from
a growing threat.
From the bestselling author of the landmark work Rubyfruit Jungle
comes an engaging, original new novel that only Rita Mae Brown
could have written. In the pristine world of Virginia foxhunting,
hunters, horses, hounds, and foxes form a lively community of
conflicting loyalties, where the thrill of the chase and the
intricacies of human-animal relationships are experienced
firsthand--and murder exposes a proud Southern community's unsavory
secrets. . . .
As Master of the prestigious Jefferson Hunt Club, Jane Arnold,
known as Sister, is the most revered citizen in the Virginia Blue
Ridge Mountain town where a rigid code of social conduct and
deep-seated tradition carry more weight than money. Nearing
seventy, Sister now must select a joint master to ensure a smooth
transition of leadership after her death. It is an honor of the
highest order--and one that any serious social climber would covet
like the Holy Grail.
Virginian to the bone with a solid foxhunting history, Fontaine
Buruss is an obvious candidate, but his penchant for philandering
and squandering money has earned him a less than sparkling
reputation. And not even Sister knows about his latest tawdry
scandal. Then there is Crawford Howard, a Yankee in a small town
where Rebel bloodlines are sacred. Still, Crawford has money--lots
of it--and as Sister is well aware, maintaining a first-class hunt
club is far from cheap.
With the competition flaring up, Southern gentility flies out the
window. Fontaine and Crawford will stop at nothing to discredit
each other. Soon the entire town is pulled into a rivalry that is
spiraling dangerously out of control. Even the animals have strong
opinions, and only Sister is able to maintain objectivity. But when
opening hunt day ends in murder, she, too, is stunned.
Who was bold and skilled enough to commit murder on the field? It
could only be someone who knew both the territory and the complex
nature of the hunt inside out. Sister knows of three people who
qualify--and only she, with the help of a few clever foxes and
hounds, can lay the trap to catch the killer.
A colorful foray into an intriguing world, Outfoxed features a
captivating cast of Southerners and their unforgettable animal
counterparts. Rita Mae Brown has written a masterful novel that
surprises, delights, and enchants.
"From the Hardcover edition."
It takes a cat to write the purr-fect mystery--.
"People who love cats...have a friend in Rita Mae Brown," declares The New York Times Book Review. And nowhere is it more obvious than in this, her sixth deliciously witty foray into detective fiction written with the paws-on help of collaborator Sneaky Pie Brown, and starring that irrepressible crime-solving tiger cat, Mrs. Murphy.
As the principal of St. Elizabeth's, an exclusive private school that caters to Crozet, Virginia's, best families, Roscoe Fletcher has proven himself to be a highly effective and vastly popular administrator. So when his obituary appears in the local paper, everyone in town is upset. Yet nothing compares to the shock they feel when they discover that Roscoe Fletcher isn't dead at all. Someone has stooped to putting a phony obituary in the newspaper. But is it a sick joke or a sinister warning?
Only Mrs. Murphy, the canny tiger cat, senses the pure malice behind the act. And when a second false obit appears, this time of a Hollywood has-been who is Roscoe Fletcher's best friend, Mrs. Murphy invites her friends, the corgi Tee Tucker, and fat cat Pewter, to do a bit of sleuthing. It's obvious to this shrewd puss that two phony death notices add up to deadly trouble. And her theory is borne out when one of the men is fiendishly murdered.
"Harry" Haristeen, in her position as Crozet's postmistress, is the first to hear all the theories on whodunit--starting with the man's jealous wife. Then a second bloody homicide follows, and a third. People are dropping like flies in Crozet and no one seems to know why.
Fearlessly exploring all the places where humans never think to go, Mrs. Murphy manages to untangle the knots of passion, duplicity, and greed that have sent someone into a killing frenzy. Yet knowing the truth isn't enough. Mrs. Murphy must somehow lead Harry, her favorite human, down a trail that is perilous...to a killer who is deadly...and a climax that mystery lovers will relish.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RITA MAE BROWN Molly Bolt is a young lady
with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, Molly figures
out at a young age that she will have to be tough to stay true to
herself in 1950s America. In her dealings with boyfriends and
girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and in her
determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to
happiness. Charming, proud and inspiring, Molly is the girl who
refuses to be put in a box.
When Rita Mae Brown writes, people often end up laughing out loud. So naturally, when the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle, Venus Envy, and the Mrs. Murphy mystery series writes about her own life, it's a hoot, a rollicking ride with an independent, opinionated woman who changed literary history--the first openly lesbian writer to break into the mainstream. Now, in Rita Will, she tells all...and tells it hilariously.
It is often said that the best comedy springs from hard times. And Rita Mae Brown has seen plenty of those. In this irresistibly readable memoir, she recounts the drama of her birth as the illegitimate daughter of a flighty blue blood who left her in an orphanage. The sickly baby was quickly rescued by relatives eager to adopt her but afraid she would not survive the long journey home. Her determination to live, and shock everyone by doing it, has become a metaphor for her entire life.
Though raised by these loving adoptive parents and a wacky host of other interfering kin, Rita Mae Brown learned early on to be tough and to speak her mind. It was her refusal to be anything but herself that often brought her the most trouble. Here she tells of her tempestuous relationship with her adoptive mother, the mythic Juts of the novels Six of One and Bingo, who called her "the ill," for illegitimate, whenever she lost her temper, and who swore she'd introduce Rita Mae to the social graces, including the dreaded cotillion, even if it killed them both.
Here, too, Rita Mae reveals how her headstrong support of social causes almost cost her a hard-earned education and her outspokenness in the early days of the women's movement got her drummed out of NOW, and how the release of her first novel, the scandalous classic Rubyfruit Jungle, made her an overnight phenomenon--the most famous openly gay person in America--and took her from the heights of the New York Times bestseller list to the surreal playhouse that is Hollywood.
Through it all, Rita Mae has drawn strength from her profound bond with animals, from her abiding affection for the South and its native tongue, and from the great passions of her life. She writes with close-to-the-bone honesty about woman-woman love...including her love-at-first-sight relationship with a popular actor and her headline-making romance with tennis great Martina Navratilova. With her trademark humor, she unflinchingly bares her own flaws, flouting public opinion yet displaying the unflappable good sense that shows through everything she writes.
A look into a woman's mind and a writer's irrepressible spirit, Rita Will is quintessential Rita Mae Brown--a book that feels like a kick-your-shoes-off visit with an old friend.
From the Hardcover edition.
If you crossed Mitford, North Carolina, with Peyton Place, you might come up with Runnymede, Maryland, the most beguiling of Southern towns. In Loose Lips, Rita Mae Brown revisits Runnymede and the beloved characters introduced in Six of One and Bingo, serving up an exuberant portrayal of small-town sins and Southern mores, set against a backdrop of homefront life during World War II.
"I'm afraid life is passing me by," Louise told her sister.
"No, it's not," Juts said. "Life can't pass us by. We are life."
In the picturesque town of Runnymede, everyone knows everyone else's business, and the madcap antics of the battling Hunsenmeir sisters, Julia (Juts) and Louise, have kept the whole town agog ever since they were children. Now, in the fateful year of 1941, with America headed for war, the sisters are inching toward forty...and Juts is unwise enough to mention that unspeakable reality to her sister.
The result is a huge brawl that litters Cadwalder's soda fountain with four hundred dollars' worth of broken glass. To pay the debt, the sisters choose a surprisingly new direction. Suddenly they are joint owners of The Curl 'n' Twirl beauty salon, where discriminating ladies meet to be primped, permed, and pampered while dishing the town's latest dirt.
As Juts and Louise become Runnymede's most unlikely new career women, each faces her share of obstacles. Restless Juts can't shake her longing for a baby, while holier-than-thou Louise is fit to be tied over her teenage daughter's headlong rush toward scandal. As usual, the sisters rarely see eye to eye, and there are plenty of opinions to go around. Even the common bond of patriotic duty brings wildly unexpected results when the twosome joins the Civil Air Patrol, watching the night sky for German Stukas. But loose lips can sink even the closest relationships, and Juts and Louise are about to discover that some things are best left unsaid.
Spanning a decade in the lives of Louise, Juts, and their nearest and dearest, including the incomparable Celeste Chalfonte, Loose Lips is an unforgettable tale of love and loss and the way life can always throw you a curveball. By turns poignant and hilarious, it is deepened by Rita Mae Brown's unerring insight into the human heart.
From the Hardcover edition.
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