Nearing 70, Jane Arnold, called Sister, is the master of the foxhunt put on by the Jefferson Hunt Club. Although Jane is hale and hearty, she believes it is time for her to appoint a joint master, a decision not to be taken lightly.

There are two candidates for the post. One is Virginian Fontaine Buruss who was practically born in the saddle. However, he is also a scoundrel and a womanizer. There is also the knowledgeable Crawford Howard who is willing to use his own resources to ensure the future of the club. Unfortunately Howard is a Yankee, a major flaw.

Then a prominent member of the club is killed. Passions run high in fox hunting but could someone really kill to ensure that they become joint master? Sister feels there is more going on than meets the eye, and sets out to trap a foxy killer.

Rita Mae Brown, an experienced foxhunter, paints an entrancing, informative picture of Virginia sporting life in OUTFOXED. Animal lovers will delight at the hounds, foxes, and horses that take a hand at crime solving. My one caveat is that the crime does not occur until halfway through the book. (Dec., 400 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published February 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg