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A Nose for Justice (Mags Rogers Series #1)

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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When Wall Street tanked, many people lost their jobs including broker Magdalene "Mags" Rogers. Broke and disillusioned she returns home to her great-Aunt Magdalene "Jeep" Reed who owns the 10,000 acre ranch Wings in Nevada. She has bought more land and water rights to...
When Wall Street tanked, many people lost their jobs including broker Magdalene "Mags" Rogers. Broke and disillusioned she returns home to her great-Aunt Magdalene "Jeep" Reed who owns the 10,000 acre ranch Wings in Nevada. She has bought more land and water rights to other property in order to stop more mansions from being built that would use up the water and destroy the ecosystem.

On the day that Mags comes home, someone ignites a pipe bomb to blow up property belonging to SSRM (Silver State resource management); responsible for seeing that there is enough water to supply the citizens of the state. A man concerned with Nevada's water supply is found murdered in a hotel room. Not long after that another pump is blown up. An SSRM top official is killed. Some people who bought small plots in the Mini Mansion complex Horseshoe Estates are killed and one person is on the run. Others refuse to talk while the police begin to realize all these events are linked. Jeep and Mags becomes involved when a corpse is found on their property. They help the police with background information while their dogs can't make their humans understand their concerns.

Baxter who belongs to Mags and King who owns Jeep have interesting amusing conversations with each other as each believes they are the top dog except when it comes to the safety of their two women. As the canines argue over who is the lead, ironically much of book involves human reed on a scale of The Treasure of the Sierra Madres. This is the first book in Rita Mae Brown's new series and readers who enjoy the author's Miss Murphy capers will love A Nose for Justice as the human and canine cast is strong and the whodunit exciting.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 10, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

How disappointing

I had read other reviews before purchasing this book but couldn't believe it would be that bad -- not considering it was Rita Mae. I have read all of her books over the years -- and own most of them -- and they were very entertaining at the least.
Where have you gone, ...
I had read other reviews before purchasing this book but couldn't believe it would be that bad -- not considering it was Rita Mae. I have read all of her books over the years -- and own most of them -- and they were very entertaining at the least.
Where have you gone, Rita Mae? I plodded through the lectures on water rights and Nevada history, searching for the mystery. Here and there some of the primary mystery would pop up and finally the last quarter of the book was used to wrap it all up. Trouble is, the solution and motive were pretty flimsy. This should have been divided into a water rights essay and a novella.
When her next book comes out, I believe I'll just wait for the reviews and then maybe hit the library and save my money.

posted by TASmysteryfan on February 12, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Tremendously tedious and boring......and I bought it for fifty c

    Tremendously tedious and boring......and I bought it for fifty cents at a garage sale. It went to Goodwill. Maybe they can find a buyer. This is the third book by Brown that failed to impress me. There won't be another.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    I didn't mind the water rights theme. My state is highly populat

    I didn't mind the water rights theme. My state is highly populated and growth oriented with an apparent disregard for the water supply. so it was of interest to me.

    I have read 19 Sneaky Pie and 4 Hunt Series and never did I expect Ms Brown to use the dogs in that manner! I was literally stunned. I perceived it as, if you will pardon the expression, overkill.

    I will not pass on my copy to my friends and will not purchase any more of this series. Too bad, but I personnally think it was too far out of character from Ms Brown's normally compassionate portrayal of animals in her books!

    I would NOT recommend this book, in fact I am throwing it away!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Not up to par for this author

    I was excited to see Ms. Brown had started a new series involving animal detectives, so ordered the book as soon as it came out. However, I was sadly disappointed in it. While there is some mystery and entertainment value, it is mostly dull and boring. I've scratched this series off my "to read" list, although I love the Mrs. Murphy series and will continue to read those.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Skip this book!

    I never thought I would say this about a Rita Mae Brown book, however; this book is a waste of time, money, author's talent to publish. I am surprised it passed the book editor's inspection. If I wanted a book on water rights and water conservation, I would buy one. About three-fourths of this book dwells, even so boringly, on water rights. There is no effort to build character interest or a real plot that unwinds cohesively with this tale. I sincerely hope Ms. Brown will take more time and interest in her next novel. I also hope Ms. Brown will abandon this theme thus making this a stand alone and forgotten tale.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    i thought this book was awfully boring! had to force myself to f

    i thought this book was awfully boring! had to force myself to finish it. I will try the next one in the series. if it stinks also that's it for me and rita mae brown

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