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    Murder, past and present

    Spring has arrived and volunteers are getting the National Beagle Club grounds ready for the first hunt of the season. Winter, however, hasn’t gotten the memo and a snowstorm is coming and completing the work will have to wait for another weekend. The next weekend brings two murders to the forefront as one of the volunteers is found murdered and a long buried woman is buried after her body was discovered in another family’s plot. Here the story line splits to tell both stories from the 1780s and today. I found the current day murder to have been a bit intriguing once it was solved. Having lived In Virginia on a Civil War battle field with mounds of old graves, I found the location and background to be intersting. But I had to get halfway into the book before I actually was fully vested. Not sure I would read another in this series.
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    Past and Present

    What looks to be a deceptively simple, animal-based murder mystery is, instead, an extremely complex look at American history, especially Virginia's history, ranging from just post-Revolutionary War to modern times, with overlapping stories many generations apart. There are a lot of characters--and a lovely cheat sheet right at the front--plus an overlying fount of information about hunting with beagles, but the casually included examination of slavery and race relations turns this cozy into a tale of depth and discernment.
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    Hounds F4R Heroes!

    pets, urban-fantasy, friendship, basset-hounds, beagles, murder, 18th-century, contemporary, Virginia ***** A fully dressed skeleton complete with obviously expensive jewelry and a neatly snapped neck is found atop a coffin buried in 1787. While preparing the field and kennels after a violent storm prior to the annual competition hosted by Hounds F4R Heroes, a local huntsman well known to the usual participants is discovered almost immediately after having had his throat cut. The investigation into these two murders is followed in alternating narratives to bring each to resolution. Of course Mrs Murphy and her fellow pets of Harry Haristeen are the main detectives, but are helped out in this case by a dog from 1787. Very interesting and engaging! Good sleuthing by all, and a totally unexpected resolution. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine via NetGalley. Thank you!
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