The Tell-Tale Horse

The Tell-Tale Horse by Rita Mae Brown

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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 shrewd Crawford Howard is still smarting from January’s breech in hound etiquette, and the Casanova Hunt Club is hosting their annual ball. New neighbors bring new friendships, and romance is in the air. Then a shocking 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 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 try to solve the mystery of this “Lady Godiva†murder. The septuagenarian still has a strong spring in her step and her wits about her, but that may not be enough. As Sister gets closer to the truth, she could become the killer’s next victim. But humans aren’t the only ones equipped to sniff out the trail. The local foxes, horses, and hounds have their own theories on the whodunit. If only these peculiar people could just listen to them, they’d see that the killer might be right under their oblivious noses. Once again, this charming southern community finds itself caught up in a bone-chilling tale of murder and greed. It’s up to everyone, two- and four-legged alike, to band together, beat the bushes, and bring to bay the evil forces that have declared the Jefferson Hunt Club fair game–because foul play is never in season.

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Rita Mae Brown - American writer, screenwriter and publicist of a feminist orientation, advocate for the rights of lesbians. Best known for her novel "Rubyfruit Jungle", written in the genre of a parenting novel in 1973, and became a classic of lesbian literature. Brown also writes in the detective genre. Rita May Brown was born on November 28, 1944 in the American city of Hanover (Pennsylvania), and grew up in Florida. In 1962, Brown entered the University of Florida, from where she was expelled two years later for her active participation in the civilian movement for black rights (in those years, the university was racially segregated). She later moved to New York and continued her studies at New York University, where she earned her BA in English and Classical Literature. After graduating from university, Brown continued her studies at the School of Fine Arts in New York, where she studied cinematography. Rita May also received her PhD in Political Science from the Washingt...

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Rita Mae Brown - American writer, screenwriter and publicist of a feminist orientation, advocate for the rights of lesbians. Best known for her novel "Rubyfruit Jungle", written in the genre of a parenting novel in 1973, and became a classic of lesbian literature. Brown also writes in the detective genre. Rita May Brown was born on November 28, 1944 in the American city of Hanover (Pennsylvania), and grew up in Florida. In 1962, Brown entered the University of Florida, from where she was expelled two years later for her active participation in the civilian movement for black rights (in those years, the university was racially segregated). She later moved to New York and continued her studies at New York University, where she earned her BA in English and Classical Literature. After graduating from university, Brown continued her studies at the School of Fine Arts in New York, where she studied cinematography. Rita May also received her PhD in Political Science from the Washington Institute for Policy Studies. In the late 60s, Rita Mae Brown was actively involved in politics. She was an activist in the American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968), the pacifist movement, the gay and lesbian rights movement "Gay Liberation", as well as the feminist movement, in particular, she was a member of the National Organization for Women (National Organization for Women, founded in 1966 from), from which she was soon expelled for protesting against Betty Friedan`s anti-gay policies and calling for the inclusion of homosexual women on the agenda. She was a co-founder of the LGBT organization "Student Homophile League", took an active part in the Stonewall riots in New York. In the early 70s, together with others, she founded the feminist-lesbian newspaper The Furies Collective. Rita Mae Brown had partnerships with Martina Navratilova (from the late 1970s to 1981), as well as with American writer and actress Fannie Flagg. Rita May began her literary career with poetry. She published two collections of poetry: The Hand That Cradles the Rock (1971) and Songs to a Handsome Woman (1973). She is best known for her novels, in particular the 1973 novel Pomegranate Jungle, which has sold over a million copies. Her other works include Six of One (1978), Southern Discomfort (1982), Sudden Death (1983), Brave Hearts (High Hearts, 1986), Venus Envy (1993) and others. She wrote several screenplays for films. One of the most successful was the screenplay for the 1982 Emmy miniseries I Love Liberty, which was nominated for an Emmy in 1982. In 1985, Brown wrote The Long Hot Summer, which also received Emmy nominations. In 1988, Rita Mae Brown wrote an essay for aspiring writers, Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writer`s Manual. In recent years, Rita Mae Brown has written detective novels that make up two large series: in one, the writer is co-authored by her cat Sneaky Pie Brown, and in these books the crime stories are investigated by Mrs Murphy`s cat detective; in another episode, the protagonist is Sister Jane Arnold, who runs the village fox hunting club.