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Rita Mae Brown books - a good read?

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  • #21
    I enjoyed the Sneaky Pie Brown books, and some of her other ones. When I finally drove through that same little town in Virginia years later, I was looking around for the landmarks from the books.

    What's the mystery one Tami Hoag wrote set around the show scene in Wellington? Was it Dark Horse? That was a fun read, as I recall.

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    • #22
      The new Jilly Cooper - Jump! - is wonderful. And because I love Jilly Cooper, I love Fiona Walker too. Her new eventing novel is out this month, and her Oddlode series (dressage-ish) is a blast too. Love RMB's hunting novels. Sneaky Pie not at all.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by blackhorsegirl View Post
        Loved Riding Shotgun. Hunt series is great. When is Brown doing a new one?
        She has a new one out, but it's a new series.
        Originally posted by BigMama1
        Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
        GNU Terry Prachett

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        • #24
          RMB

          RMB is MFH of the Oak Ridge Hunt in Nelson County, Virginia.
          Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc.

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          • #25
            I generally enjoy RMB's books, but there is usually at least one point in each of them when I wonder if slogging through all the preaching is worth it - and I'm a pretty liberal person who agrees with most of what she's saying. I can only imagine what it would be like if you had different views!!

            I totally agree with the Jilly Cooper (nee to read 'Jump) and Tami Hoag recs...
            Y'all ain't right!

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            • #26
              Jan Neuharth's books set in hunt country are great. I can't remember the order but they are:
              The Hunt
              The Chase
              The Kill
              Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

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              • #27
                I enjoy her books and have to agree about Riding Shotgun. I have the newest one to read but have not started yet. She is also a blast to hunt with! And yes she is Oak Ridge, not Jefferson.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by bird4416 View Post
                  Jan Neuharth's books set in hunt country are great. I can't remember the order but they are:
                  The Hunt
                  The Chase
                  The Kill
                  I agree! Got them for Christmas and they're better than I was expecting!

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                  • #29
                    Another amusing read by RMB with a lot of her bio in it is 'Starting from Scratch', not a novel but a how-to on writing.
                    Originally posted by BigMama1
                    Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                    GNU Terry Prachett

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                    • #30
                      Riding Shotgun is my favorite! Enjoyed the others..quick reads.

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                        #31
                        Thanks for all of the feedback and the other suggestions!

                        Well, I read the sample of Death by Dressage - it was painful. I don't know anything about the author but I hated the simplistic style and annoying references like "...a coat they call a shadbelly...", so I didn't buy it. I started to read Outfoxed and got about a third of the way through and it just isn't my thing. I'm just not in to who-done-its (I don't even watch the popular detective shows), so I don't know what I was thinking. I really felt like Brown was all over her story too (I also started another one but can't remember which)...I don't like when I can 'read' the author - I'm a very liberal person, and a feminist by definition, but I hated the reoccurring references of all over the place. Someone else mentioned it was "preachy" and I agree (Ex: "Why aren't there ever any womens voices in beer commercials?")....sadly, RMB just isn't my thing at all . It's unfortunate, because I really wanted to be a fan.

                        I love very colorful writers who offer almost too much detail. Laura Hillenbrand for instance. Her 2nd book is even better than Secretariat, though not horse related it's a phenomenal story.

                        But, I did start Water for Elephants - about a veterinarian and an equestrian in the circus. I'm captivated!

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                        • #32
                          Awe, too bad you didn't like it.

                          (Riding Shotgun is neither preachy nor a whodunnit tho)
                          Originally posted by BigMama1
                          Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                          GNU Terry Prachett

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                          • #33
                            I love Rita Mae Brown's novels! Read 'em all!

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                              #34
                              Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                              Awe, too bad you didn't like it.

                              (Riding Shotgun is neither preachy nor a whodunnit tho)
                              I'll give it it a shot then!

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by Coreene View Post
                                The new Jilly Cooper - Jump! - is wonderful. And because I love Jilly Cooper, I love Fiona Walker too. Her new eventing novel is out this month, and her Oddlode series (dressage-ish) is a blast too. Love RMB's hunting novels. Sneaky Pie not at all.
                                What is the title of the newest Fiona Walker?

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                                • #36
                                  Kiss and Tell. Comes out in late March. I can't wait!

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                                  • #37
                                    Loved RMB's first mystery books, but stopped reading them at some point because they got too formulaic. ( I stopped reading Dick Francis for the same reason.)

                                    But RMB is a really good writer when she is not following the formula. Love her non-mystery books like "Six of One" and "Bingo" and my absolute favorite "Southern Discomforts."
                                    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller

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                                    • #38
                                      Love all this new ideas ~

                                      Thanks for posting all these book suggestions ~
                                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by Coreene View Post
                                        Kiss and Tell. Comes out in late March. I can't wait!
                                        Thanks! Me too!

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                                        • #40
                                          Love reading the RMB books, all of them!! Some of my absolute faves!!

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