Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"On the Ides of March, an ill wind blows no good -- especially when it knocks down a tree limb in the oldest equine graveyard in America, revealing remains that are decidedly un-equine. It falls to Master of the Foxhunt, the indomitable "Sister" Jane Arnold and her trusty hounds to investigate an old murder with present day repercussions. To start off, the complicated relations between three old families and their prize thoroughbreds must be untangled. And when Sister's troublesome nemesis Crawford Howard sticks his nose in, she must make a difficult choice. Someone has killed and will kill again to keep a dark secret, but Sister Jane is not one to let sleeping dogs lie.."--
Publisher: New York, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
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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