A Nose for Justice (Mags Rogers Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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The thrilling start of a tail-wagging new series!

With her high-powered Wall Street job in the rearview mirror, thirty-four-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep Reed’s sprawling Nevada ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, Baxter. At Jeep’s side—to Baxter’s distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual. Then someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s ...
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Overview

The thrilling start of a tail-wagging new series!

With her high-powered Wall Street job in the rearview mirror, thirty-four-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep Reed’s sprawling Nevada ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, Baxter. At Jeep’s side—to Baxter’s distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual. Then someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders. In her search for answers, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep’s ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill. Drawn to each other, Mags and Pete join forces to solve various mysteries, as Baxter and King team up to protect their humans from a growing threat.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Rita Mae Brown's Murder Unleashed. 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wings Ranch near Reno, owned by Jeep Reed, who served as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) during WWII, provides the appealing backdrop for the intriguing first in a new, canine-centered series from bestseller Brown (Cat of the Century). One of Nevada's wealthiest women, Jeep has outlived two "life partners," Daniel Marks and Dorothy Jocham, and welcomes a visit from her great-niece, former Wall Street banker Magdalene "Mags" Rogers. Suspicious explosions of local water pumps disturb their peace, along with an environmentalist's shooting "suicide" and a pump company employee's disappearance. Jeep, Mags, and their two dogs--King, a shepherd mix, and Baxter, a wire-haired dachshund--also discover a really cold corpse and, among the bones, a 19th-century Russian "Star of Guard" ring buried in Jeep's barn. The water issues subplot slows the action at times and the dogs don't have enough to do, but the search for the skeleton's identity will keep most readers turning the pages. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“A hotbed of mystery and suspense . . . a humor-filled story that is loaded with quirky but lovable characters.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Brown creates well-drawn characters (human and quadruped), fashions a nifty plot and mixes in enough local color and history to make the read as educational as it is entertaining.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“The human and canine cast is strong and the whodunit exciting.”—The Mystery Gazette

Library Journal
Brown (www.ritamaebrown.com), author of the highly successful Virginia-based mystery series featuring feline detective Mrs. Murphy, introduces a new, Nevada-based series featuring two dogs, Baxter and King, and their owners, Mags and her great-aunt "Jeep." Life on Jeep's ranch is punctuated by feuds over local water rights and two unexplained deaths, which Mags, Jeep, the dogs, and the local lawmen collectively try to solve. Unfortunately, Brown's growing tendency to insert political and social commentary into the mouths of her characters is excessively prevalent here; the book also has serious plotting issues. Still, even on a bad day, Brown is a better writer than most others in the mystery genre. Two-time Audie Award nominee Johanna Parker does a highly competent job with the narration, sounding as though she's truly enjoying herself.Verdict For Brown's many fans and anyone liking mysteries that feature animals. [Also available as an ebook, a large-print hc (Wheeler), a standard hc (Ballantine), and, in September 2011, a mass-market pb (Ballantine).—Ed.]—I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA
Kirkus Reviews

City dog meets country dog to solve crimes ancient and modern.

Magdalene Rogers's Wall Street life is a bust. So she and her dachshund Baxter head west to her feisty great aunt Jeep, née Magdalene Reed, who welcomes Mags to her Nevada ranch with open arms. Jeep has had quite a history. She served as a WASP (Woman Airforce Service Pilot) in World War II, had two concurrent loves, one male and one female, and now runs the ranch with her adopted son Enrique and his wife Carlotta. Her transition teaches Mags about a new lifestyle while challenging tiny Baxter to fit in with Jeep's shepherd mix, King. The pups annoy each other at first: Baxter has never even dug a hole in the dirt, and King is frustrated with the dachshund's naïveté. When Enrique unearths old bones in the horse barn, the dogs' excavation skills are put to good use. Mags teams with local Deputy Pete Meadows to research the demise of the man wearing a Russian war ring. Pete may have his hands full with more current homicides. He's almost linked a string of recent murders to a war over water rights between locals and Silver State Resource Management (SSRM). Can Baxter and King get together and protect their humans before the war for water gets too close to home?

Brown (Cat of the Century, 2010, etc.) has supplanted sassy cats with clever dogs, producing much the same results: a meandering mystery as much about ideology as anything else.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345523105
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Series: Mags Rogers Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 70,558
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series (which she writes with her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie) and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, The Sand Castle, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes.


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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    A winner

    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

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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 February 12, 2011

    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, 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.

    1 out of 2 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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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    let's hear it for senior citizens

    Gray hair does not mean no umph or brains. There are delightful characters in this book and not just the humans. The dogs are terrific too. Please keep writing Rita Mae.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Very enjoyable - particularly for the animal lovers

    If you have enjoyed any of Ms. Brown's fox hunting series, it is very likely you will enjoy this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    Very enjoyable reading

    Easy to read, entertaining. Looks as though we have a new set of friends with this series.

    I have been a fan of the Mrs. Murphy series for yeats. I expect I will enjoy the same reading with this set.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Great read for women, dog lovers and history buffs.

    I anxiously await the next in this new series. The characters compel you to identify with them, admire them and care for them. The locale details are great for those of us who only get to "see" Nevada from an easy chair. The touch of history is great for buffs. And of course the delightful dogs make you fall in love.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

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    First in a Great New Series

    Rita Mae Brown spins a great mystery in this first book in a new series. The characters live on the pages from the canine heroes, King, Jeep's four year old shepherd mix and Baxter, Mags' 3 year old wire-haired dachshund, to the many supporting and main characters. Born in 1924, Magdalene, "Jeep," Reed has done a lot of living. Shaped in the northern Nevada that she loves, Jeep has always made her own way, from serving as a Women Airforce Service Pilot to making millions in gold and silver as well as in salvage. She welcomes home her namesake and great-niece, Mags, a refugee from Wall Street who used her own funds to help some of her clients who lost everything. She disinherited Catherine Rogers, Mags' sister, when she tried to get Jeep to disinherit her adopted son, Enrique Salaberry. Jeep resembles Sister from Brown's Outfoxed series with her common sense, knowledge of both history and human nature, and work ethic. The main plot revolves around water rights and real estate. Soon after Mags arrives, a pipe bomb explodes at pump number 19 in Red Rock Valley. Deputy Sheriff Pete Meadows and Officer Lonnie Parrish investigate there and also at Wings Ranch when Jeep calls that they've found the long buried skeleton of a Russian in the barn they're renovating. While it takes a lot of time and words to explain the complex water issue in Nevada, it is well worth the reading for both the sake of the story as well as for your own knowledge. Brown manages to show how important water rights, the environment, real estate speculation, and politics are ti life in the western United States while furthering her story. As the first in a series, there is plenty of foreshadowing for the next novel as Catherine calls social services to report elder abuse at Wings Ranch after Mags refuses to try to influence Jeep to change her will. I'm looking forward to the next novel!

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