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A Nose for Justice

by Rita Mae Brown

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When Magdalene Rogers (Mags) flees the financial meltdown and her banking job in New York City for the Nevada ranch belonging to her great-aunt, known as Jeep to her friends, she brings along her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter. Mags is still getting used to the rhythms of rural life when she is recruited to help Jeep and her neighbors with a burgeoning problem: a local corporation is attempting to divert their water supply to Reno, and is willing to go to any lengths to do so.

The mystery doesn't have a great deal of depth but the dogs are adorable and the way they talked to each other was really cute. Depending on your point of view you may or may not appreciate the author's political lecturing on what she thinks is wrong with America. I doubt I continue with the series but a fan of her Sneaky Pie books will probably enjoy this as well. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
After a disastrous end to her Wall Street career, Mags Rogers and her dog Baxter are off to see her namesake, her great-aunt Magdalena, who now goes by the name Jeep Reed and her German Shephard mix, King, at her ranch in Red Rock Valley. The human and dog duo becomes mixed up in a potentially dangerous situation involving exploding gas stations, threatened water supplies, a string of local murders, and the remains of a human male that were dug out of Jeep's barn. Along with these dangers comes Deputy Pete Meadows, and a strong attraction between himself and Mags. Between these two, the sharp tongued Jeep, and the dogs who will do anything to protect their humans, the mystery of the wild west with connections to Buffalo Bill and the Russian Army come to an unforgettable climax.
  SalemAthenaeum | Jun 16, 2011 |
Good mystery, interesting characters. But a little heavy on water rights details. ( )
  aztwinmom | Jun 15, 2011 |
The illustrations are one of the best things about the book. The story is OK, but some of the characters seem too good to be credible. The dogs could have played a bigger role throughout the story rather then just at the end (where they saved the day). The sermonizing about the water resources is overdone and the carping about the state of society is tedious too. All in all I think this is for hard-core Rita-Mae Brown fans. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Dec 26, 2010 |
Disappointing, but so was Rita Mae Brown's last novel. Characters are likeable enough, but too much exposition and history lesson about water conservation and the region. Not much really happens in this novel. Also, animals aren't well developed or as entertaining. ( )
  retlibrary | Dec 19, 2010 |
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On Jeep Reed's Wings Ranch near Reno, Jeep, her great-niece, former Wall Street banker Magdalene "Mags" Rogers, and their two dogs King and Baxter investigate a pump company employee's disappearance, along with an environmentalist's shooting "suicide" and the identity of a really cold corpse.… (more)

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