This installment of Brown's series, set in Virginia's fox-hunting country, centers on a murder at a prestigious girls' prep school. Amid the drama surrounding several local fox hunts, hunt master Jane "Sister" Arnold tries to find the culprit.

Speculation about the identity of the murderer is rife with rumor, especially since some of the students are upset by their recent discovery that the school was founded by a slave owner prior to the Civil War.

The characters, both human and animal, are colorful and captivating. The hunt, as viewed from the perspectives of the foxes and the riders, provides the perfect backdrop for the mystery. (Aug., 336 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick