With deep and broad knowledge of the sport, the area and the people and animals who inhabit it, [Brown] infuses Homeward Hound—and the entire series—with unmatched authenticity, Southern charm, beloved characters and engaging storylines. Take time to go to ground with this holiday treat [.]
The list of characters in the front of the book is essential for keeping straight the names of hunters, horses, hounds, and foxes in this latest 'Sister Jane' entry from best-selling author Brown ... Only fans of Sister and the series will care enough to pick up this mystery.
A serial killer may be loose in Virginia hunt country in bestseller Brown’s intriguing 11th mystery featuring Jane 'Sister' Arnold ... The killer’s motive may be unconvincing, but readers will be charmed by Brown’s endearing characters, animal and human, all of whom are given to philosophizing on the state of the world.
The characters are developed through hunt members’ commentary on newer member Tootsie’s potential romance and through the bickering between animals less interested in mystery than their own cunning and sass. The biggest mystery may be the climax, which skims over the wrongdoer’s denial of a second crime in a wasted opportunity for a twist. The mix of well-established characters from previous series entries combined with a focus on the pomp and circumstance of fox hunting may not win many new readers; this is aimed at those in the fox-hunting and adjacent horse-fancying worlds who can appreciate Brown’s eye for accurate details throughout.