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Riding Shotgun Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 1997

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As a fantastic plot device, time travel doesn't compare in originality to narration by a cat, but Brown's new novel, in which a modern-day Virginian is transported back to 1699, proves every bit as giddily enjoyable as her series of Mrs. Murphy mysteries told by feline extraordinaire Sneaky Pie Brown. Pryor "Cig" Blackwood is a middle-aged widow who plays her many roles in life-mother, realtor, horse-farm proprietor and master of the local foxhunt-with simple aplomb and wit. Life hasn't been too much fun, however, since Cig's husband died a year ago-and it gets a lot grimmer when, during a foxhunt, Cig learns that he died naked in her sister's bed. Moments after that revelation, however, she's flung back into Colonial Virginia. There, she's accepted as the twin sister, newly arrived from England, of one of her ancestors, and learns much about the meaning of community and family. She also attracts two dynamic men, one of whom she beds, who fight each another for her affections. Then Cig is thrown back into the present, where she uses her newfound wisdom to reintegrate her life. With its feisty heroine, vivid period detail and well-turned plot twists, this novel is charming enough to make even the cranky Sneaky Pie purr with delight.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brown, perhaps the only novelist to acknowledge her cat as coauthor (e.g., Pay Dirt, with Sneaky Pie Brown, LJ 10/15/95), here tells of a Nineties woman who travels back in time to 1699.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572247
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,826,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book 7 times and never tire of it. My daughter is now reading it. The characters are wonderful, and having run my own barn, very believable and true to form. All in all it was one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I am looking forward to her next equine type book, although I have read most of her other ones and love them all.
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The period scenes are marvelous, as are the vivid descriptions of fox hunting etc. But Cig, the title character, was thoroughly unlikeable to me. Her treatment of her daughter sent chills down my spine. This woman was so totally selfish and self absorbed that by the end of the book I found it difficult to care what happened to her! Also, while the book was excellent in parts, it definitely dragged in others mainly because (as one reviewer has already pointed out), there was a lot of prior novel plot/dialouge rehashing. Not one of Rita Mae's best.....
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If the dunce from Kirkus Reviews had actually read Riding Shotgun, he would have learned that the reason Cig is named "Cig" is because one of her middle names is "Chesterfield".
Brown has the talent of writing stories which move, without being intense. Her knowledge of and attention to detail, both period and equestrian, are rewarding. She stretches a little to make the story of "Riding" hang together, but it's such an entertaining story, the reader is quite willing to stretch with her.
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Read this book. Read it! Brown captures the American fox hunt in a vivid manner. Then she captures something else wholly unexpected. Time travel. And she captures this with great skill and charm. Then she captures yet again another world; moments of our American history that are crystal clear to the reader and then she reveals a longer tale of our earlier pre 18th century history again vividly laid out like a wonderful buffet. This is a book I've reread 5 times since buying it for the first time in 2000. I'm charmed everytime I read it. I wanted to be part of this story of time travel and wanted that part of her tale to never end. It was that good. This book is a gem; a stand alone gem in popular literature. It is well written, credible in it's fantasy, and satisfying on several levels. Horse people will love this book. Mystery lovers will love this book. Those who love early American history will love this book.
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By Barbara on October 20, 2013
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Nice storyline. A little slow in the historical section. I have to admit I started skipping pages about a quarter of the way through it. Started reading more after she returned t o the present. I liked Cig as the heroine. She was flawed and learned to live with it. I like the fact that she left it open ended and hopeful. Well worth th price.
BARB S
Missoula, MT
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I love Rita Mae Brown. Period. And my intention is to read everything she has written. So Riding Shotgun came up on the list. I was thinking that Shotgun was a horse, named so in several other books. But no. I'm not even sure what the connection is between the title and the story. In typical RMB style everything seems to be thoroughly researched and nicely written. But the problem is, its boring. I just wasn't interested. Didn't like any of the characters, didn't connect with them. Just didn't care. Sorry, RMB. Just not your best.
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By A Customer on February 13, 1998
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I have been a fan of Rita Mae Brown's for a long time and I particularly enjoyed this book. Its an interesting story with very "real" and well-defined characters that seem like old friends by the time you've finished reading. I was intrigued by the storyline and could not put this book down. If Ms. Brown writes a sequel I'll buy it the minute it hits the shelves! Also, if you like horses you will really enjoy this book too.
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This is another fast read by Rita Mae Brown. This is a non-mystery book set in the usual Virginia foxhunting country. A widow under alot of stress somehow is transported back to the Virginia of her ancestors and a really interesting story goes on from there. The characters are quirky and real and the story really moves. Very entertaining!
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