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Irish Hearts



Irish Hearts pb (omnibus)

contains Irish Thoroughbred (1981) and Irish Rose (1988) this edition Silhouette books 2000 cover art uncredited


Outfoxed

Ballantine Books, New York,  2000, cover: design Kristine V. Mills-Noble; photo photri/the Stock Market, 409 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2000, pb 343 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2005, pb 343 pp.


Jane Arnold is master of the venerable Jefferson Hunt, and is more than a tad worried about who will succeed
her.  Two unworthy candidates try for the post, one of whom is found murdered in the middle of the season’s
opening meet:  almost worse, a fox is found murdered too.

Hotspur

Ballantine Books, New York, 2002, cover: design Dreu Pennington-McNeil;
photo Will & Deni McIngyre/Getty Images
Title page illustration Lee Gildea, Jr. 345 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2003, pb


When a beloved horse dies and is buried, a skeleton is uncovered when
the grave is dug.  It belongs to a girl who disappeared from a party 21
years ago; eloped, everyone thought...


Finding the books:  all easy to find on both sides of the Atlantic.  First editions in very good condition of the earlier titles can be pricey.  


Links and sources:

Rita Mae Brown’s website

Time interviews Rita Mae Brown, March 18th, 2008



Bibliography - horse books only

Full Cry

Ballantine Books, New York, 2003, cover: design Dreu Pennington-McNeil;
photo WBob Kristill & Deni McIngyre/Getty Images, 387 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2004, pb
Thorndike Press, 2004, large print


The New Year’s Hunt is something you do not miss, no matter how hungover from the night before.  Everyone
struggles out, and Sister Jane announces her new joint master.  The festivities are spoiled by the discovery of a
body:  Sam Lorillard, a shining star, but by the end of his life, a hopeless drunk.

Hunt Ball

Ballantine Books, New York, 2005, cover art Peter Malone

title page illustration Lee Gildea, Jr. (identical to that in Hotspur), 310 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2005, pb


Agroup of students demonstrate about the unacknowledged role of slaves in a prep school's history.  A member
of staff is found murdered, and things get tense at Custis Hall. The hunt ball, soon to happen, provides distraction.

The Hounds and the Fury

Ballantine Books, New York, 2006, 315 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2007, pb


Sister and her host of dogs, horses, birds and foxes have their work cut out for themwhen a rival hunt is set up,
going over some of the Jefferson Hunt’s traditional territory.  Crawford Howard hunts with an outlaw pack, and the
whole thing threatens to tear the community apart.

The Tell-Tale Horse

Ballantine Books, New York, 2007, 278 pp.

Thorndike, Center Point Large Print edn, 2007, 316 pp.

Ballantine Books, New York, 2008, pb, 294 pp.


A nude female corpse turns up, tied to a fixture in a saddlery.  This is bad enough, but then a missing tropy turns
up in Sister Jane’s stables.

Hounded to Death

Ballantine Books, New York, 2008, 276 pp.

Thorndike, Center Point Large Print edn, 2008

Ballantine Books, New York, 2008, pb



It is the hunting off season, so Sister Jane is showing her hounds at the Mid America Hound Show in Kentucky.
During the show, an unpopular master is shot; a member of Sister Jane’s hunt disappears, and a local vet
apparently commits suicide.