The Tell-Tale Horse
The hunt is on in this new installment of Rita Mae Brown's clever and engaging series. Only instead of chasing foxes into their dens, the locals must track down a killer and save the life of one of the most beloved folks in town.It's February, prime foxhunting season for the members of Virginia's Jefferson Hunt Club. The girls at Custis Hall are finishing their last semester before heading off to college, the entrepreneurially shrew Crawford Howard is still smarting from January's breech in hound etiquette, and the Casanova Hunt Club is hosting its annual ball. New neighbours bring new friendships, and romance is in the air.
Then a shock event alarms the community. A woman is found brutally murdered, stripped naked, and meticulously placed atop a horse statue outside a tack shop. The theft of a treasured foxhunting prize from inside the store may be linked to the grisly scene, and everyone is on edge.
With few clues to go on, "Sister" Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, uses her fine-tuned horse sense to solve the "Lady Godiva" murder. As Sister gets closer to the truth, she could become the killer's next victim.