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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Nov. 28 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428196
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 191 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I thoroughly enjoyed the book - I couldn't wait to find time to read. Outfoxed is light yet intelligent with a fascinating glimpse at the communication between animals and their role in solving the crime. As an animal lover and avid reader, I highly recommend this book. As a recent mystery convert, I am hooked and cannot wait to read the second book in the series (Hotspur).
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By Rayhne on Nov. 12 2003
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....but found it confusing since I read Hotspur first. Apparently the author decided to ignore the details in Pete's will in the following books. (Doug to become Hunt Master, no Joint-Master.)
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I am getting the distinct feeling that many people are not happy with this information concerning fox hunting in America. Myself, I find it interesting (since Virgina is barely a hop, skip, and a jump away from Pennsylvania). Also, many readers are a little skeptical of Brown's anthromorphizing of the animals in her book. Even though we do not understand everything there is to know about animals, I do know as a scientist that many of the past ways of looking at animals are untrue. For years, scientists said animals did not play. That's been disproven on many fronts. When was the last time you saw an otter? Sometimes I think all they do is play and preen themselves. And zoos are now giving animals all kinds of 'human' things like balls, ropes, etc. because they found out that animals like bears and monkees are prone to depression if they don't have much to play with, or never see anything new to explore.
Enough of the ranting. I enjoyed this book. It obviously came before one of her other books I read with 'Sister' in it. Some of the talk between the animals is absolutely hilarious, just because I can imagine the dumb things that we do as humans probably amuse them. As for animals like foxes becoming used to people, it does happen...we went camping and had three skunks as visitors, who would munch on marshmallows for an hour while around the campfire, and then left to bug someone else. Screams all over the campsite but no one got sprayed. Those skunks knew we were a source of treats. I don't recommend feeding wild animals usually, and especially with rabies in raccons and skunks. But these guys were harmless, and just after our food. I imagine the animals got a big kick out of scaring campers too.
Rita Mae Brown has always been a favorite of mine, and will continue to be as she writes.
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By A Customer on Jan. 21 2003
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This is tolerable only if you really, really loooooove foxhunting. I don't. I fought through to the end, largely because I kept hoping it would turn into a Sneaky Pie level story. Unfortunately, it didn't. As others have said, wooden characters, thin plot, and entirely too much boring, tedious, trivial arcana about fox hunting. (Does anyone really care which way the ribbons on somebody's hat go?) Not recommended unless you're a foxhunter.
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I have enjoyed all of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries, in part because I'm a cat-and-dog person. The illustrations are a plus, done by people who really know and love animals. OUTFOXED is written in Ms. Brown's easy-to-stay-with style, with lots of commentary from the animals involved. The book may tell more about foxhunting than you might care to know, but Rita Mae Brown makes the human and animal characters so likable that you keep wanting to know what happens to them next. I hope she will give us more books in this style, as well as keeping on in her collaboration with Sneaky Pie Brown in stories about Mrs. Murphy's doings.
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This is a paean to fox-hunting Virginians rather thinly disguised as a mystery. (I'm sure that the fact that Brown is one of them herself in no way prejudices her.) I often wish that authors would not turn perfectly good essays or non-fiction into mediocre (if not downright bad) novels. The plot is subordinated to lauding fox-hunting, and the character development is pretty poor. Sister, the protagonist, is what used to be described as a "magnificent character" and is possessed of every virtue and good quality except a plausible, living personality. The rest are pretty flat as well, and taken as a whole, not good exemplars of the natural nobility that Brown claims for them.
The book's strongest point is it's description of the world of fox-hunting. I know several people who would revel all of the extreme detail, and would just love to fret over finding champagne versus cream-colored boots (or whatever). Personally, I find it mind-numbing either in print or in real life, but for them that likes it, enjoy!
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By tzefirah on July 3 2002
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Rita Mae Brown is such a talented writer. This entire series makes me feel like Crozet, Virginia, is my "summer place." I care about the development of the human characters, although the animals obviously don't develop and are starting to get stale.
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By A Customer on March 2 2002
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If you are looking for another Sneaky Pie Brown "type" book, this is and it isn't one of those. Yes, the animals talk, but it's mainly a "people" book. It's also just as interesting a read as her other fiction books, and the information about fox hunting was fascinating---if you like to learn about things while you read, this is a good book for that. I never realized there was so much tradition involved with this sport. The main character, Sister, is a wonderful woman. I enjoyed meeting her and seeing life through her eyes as an older woman who has lived most of her life already. Would love to hear more about her and the rest of the characters in this book.
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