Book Review of Crazy Like a Fox by Rita Mae Brown


Crazy Like a Fox: A Novel (“Sister” Jane)

The Foxhunting Mystery Series with Sister Jane, represented by this current review is just one branch on the talent tree of Rita Mae Brown.

Her early life works featured varied themes, I’ve not explored all of those.

Her later life series’ focused on the intelligence and wonder of companion animals and wild creatures  ( a theme after my own heart)- her cat Sneaky Pie offering inspiration and writing her own series based upon the life of Mary Minor, postmistress of Crozet Virginia at the start of the series.

This series featuring two and four footed members of The Jefferson Hunt Club is a favorite of mine also.

Ms. Brown branched out on a limb for a time with a shorter series set in the west, which I believe featured a canine, but didn’t hold my interest very well.

Sneaky Pie and The Hunt Group have kept me captivated for decades:

Here are my thoughts on Crazy Like a Fox, incidentally, Ms. Brown is a Master of Foxhounds and Hunstman herself, so her technical details come firsthand:

The plot was a bit predictable, I feel, based upon the fact that I figured out who the “ghost” was quite before the conclusion, something unusual for me. A couple of not so subtle clues gave it away fairly early in the story.

Still, it was an enjoyable tale for those of us fans of Rita Mae, and her foxhunting themed series. Characterization was a bit complex but crafty, and there is a handy guide to human, canine, equine, and wildlife players of the plot.

The mystery involves the disappearance of a cow-horn from a museum of foxhunting, the appearance of an echo to the going home horn blow of Shaker Crown, huntsman of the Jefferson Hunt Club, at the end of each hunt, and reported sightings/conversations with the ghost of a man who hunted with a local club in the early to mid-twentieth century.

I believe that’s all I should reveal about the story. Though more simplistic in plot than most of Rita Mae’s books, it was a relaxing read featuring hounds, hunting, human foibles and failings, and the intelligence and good manners of horses, dogs, foxes, and generally all creatures great and small.

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