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Mystery Woman Sleuth
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
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.
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