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Murder Unleashed

(Mags Rogers #2)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  121 reviews
The next scintillating novel in this acclaimed authors delightful series featuring doggedly determined canine sleuths and their intrepid human companions.
Settling into ranch life with her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter, former Wall Street trader Mags Rogers doesnt miss the world of investment bankingbecause its destructive tentacles have reached Reno, Nevada, where
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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This new series just isn't my cup of tea. I'm a fan of the Mrs Murphy books and I also like the Sister Jane series. But in this series I just can't get used to the characters. I tried to give it another chance and read the second book. But it was even worse than book number one where I at least saw some logic in the plot. I probably won't read any more books in this series.
Bonnie Wilson
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
A book has to be really awful if I can't even stand to read it during a power outage when I have nothing else new to read, not to mention no internet or tv. This book is so badly written it beggars description. I had to go get "Pride and Prejudice" to get the awful taste of this truly awful writing out of my mind.

The book seems to have been written as a fictional response to the '08 crash. The main character is constantly spouting off her very muddled - some sort of improbable Libertarian +
Some interesting tactics going on here. It has the 'cozy' element, a lot of politics/social commentary, and queer characters who are incidentally queer -- not something that the plot revolves around.

That last bit was one of my favourite parts of the book. In university I read (and loved) Rubyfruit Jungle, which is one of those books that is all about being queer, and being out, and finding oneself. That's, you know, valid and awesome and all that, but at this point I really appreciate books in
This book tells about the effects of the foreclosures in Reno and the number of people affected by them
and the unemployment rate that are a part of the downturn in the economy. How people down on their
luck try to keep themselves and their children safe and secure.
It is a mystery and like Rita Mae Brown's other books it features talking animals who try to
participate in the solution in the murder of a Banker and others.
I can't say I enjoy the animals. Surely Ms Brown can find a better vehicle to
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I have read many and always like the cozy RMB dog and cat infused mysteries,charming characters,settings and murderers. Not sure about the lessons regarding mortgages,banking,economy,homeless state of the Union. But it did seem to be researched and fairly accurate. I guess she is trying to be relevant? Not sure it is necessary.
Meh- this book had it's moments when it held my attention but more times than not I was bored. This is my 3rd book by this author and my previous reviews have been similar. Sorry to say but I won't be reading any more of her books.
Deborah Wysinger
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable reading as always from Rita Mae Brown. Plus a little economic history.
Fred Nachbrunn
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An action mystery bonanza

This is a bonanza of thrills for every mystery reader.
A who done it that will test the skills of every arm chair sleuth.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#2 in the Mags Rogers mystery series. After her Wall Street career abruptly ends, 32 year old Mags, relocates to her 85 year old great Aunt Magdalenas (Jeep) Wings Ranch in Washoe County, Nevada to get her life back together. Three other important characters, besides Jeep who's really the star of the novel, are Reno deputy Pete Meadows (Magss unofficial significant other), her wire-haired dachshund and King, Jeeps German Shepherd. There is a strong social, political and economic commentary ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

What richness there was in a friendship nudging six decade.

You know, Howie, if more people worked at what they loved wed have far fewer problems.

The egoist is the easiest man for a woman to manipulate.

Never forget the Volstead Act, which made drinking liquor illegal. What it cost our nation will never be fully known, but one thing it did cost is a loss of respect for government and law enforcement.

I wonder if she knew what he was when she married him?
Does anyone? Mags fired back
Alton Motobu
The backdrop of this story is the banking/foreclosure crisis in 2010 in Nevada, specifically in Reno. Author expresses her views about the causes of the crisis and how it affected the people in Reno and their pets. All canines in this story can think and talk to each other, including coyotes, although they cannot communicate with humans. The canines provide commentary and clarification about what is going on, but they do not assist the humans in crime-solving.

In the previous entry of this
Both humans and animals talk. The humans dont understand the dogs. I loss track who was talking at times. It covers a big issue of the housing market and squatters. Plus there a side story about missing loot.

She wrapped it up nicely. Since there no more books in this series I say the series didnt go over well with people.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Rita Mae book. I wanted to see how a popular author writes. In short, I liked the storytelling. I like how she simplified the banking crisis and tried to personalize it against the backdrop of simple, ordinary people. Sometimes preachy and a little clumsy, but all in the spirit of moving the story along - in a direct and understandable way. So, she gets my vote!
Erika Harris
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty political, but at the same time made the reader want to make a difference. Enjoyed
This is not a Sneaky Pie Brown story and I honestly could not read it. I will try again in the future because I hate to admit defeat on a story written by an author I know is talented.
All in all, I liked this book. It was a bit over idealistic when it came to the "goodness" of people and how they act and speak. Or perhaps that is just my experience that I haven't run into folks like the characters portrayed in this book.

Two little pieces of this book that I enjoyed was the character introduction before the story even began. Just a rundown of who's who in a few sentences. Never have come across something like that in the past as far as I can recall. The second item was the
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This series is really growing on me. Quite a departure from the Sneaky Pie collaborations, this book endears you to a different location and group of well formed new characters that soon has you forgetting they are only characters in a book.

Spunky 80's something, Jeep Reed is our main sleuth. She is beyond wealthy but remembers to keep in touch with the everyday person. Jeep owns a cattle spread and the book opens with her neighbor, Howie Norris being attacked on his own land. While looking into
If you expect this novel to be similar to the ones in the popular Sneaky Pie series, you will be disappointed. Though well written, it seems less like a mystery and more like a commentary on social issues. Indeed, it is so liberally sprinkled with the characters opinions on everything from the homeless and hungry to squatters in abandoned buildings to drug dealers to hormone-infused animal feed, you may find yourself checking the spine (if you are reading a library book) to see if it really is a ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm happy to report that this new story line seems to be settling in. The formula of talking animals + educational, culturally relevant content + warm, likable, but uncommon in pop lit characters = win for me. The first book in the series felt more raw and I'm happy they're fitting together better. It's easy to spot the killer, but hard telling if that is because I've read the rest of her mysteries and am conditioned. RMB's are the only mysteries I read, so not having anything else to compare ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I have been a long time Rita Mae Brown reader and enjoyed her Sneaky Pie cozy mysteries that involved the cats of the main character. This is the first book I have read in her new series which involves the dogs of the sleuths. I had read several reviews that did not give this series as high marks as her previous books.

This book is quite different from her previous ones but I have to say I enjoyed it. It is not really a "whodunit" per se or a cozy mystery; but it does involve a couple of deaths
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers and dog lovers.
Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series is one of the reasons I became interested in learning more about the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed of dogs. Murder Unleashed is Brown's first of a canine series (no cats allowed). Her books are cozy mysteries but she injects them with a large dose of social consciousness. The big banks and the housing bust figure into this story. She's not preachy at all, rather she weaves her research into the story so as to make it integral for the reader. She foresaw that ...more
Denise Eggleston
Rita Mae Brown's animal books are true mystery "cozies." They're an easy and fast read. All of them are similar in terms of themes and even organization. The pets "talk" with each other, ponder on the eccentricities of their humans, and help solve some sort of crime. The primary human characters are interesting as people. They aren't just cardboard cutouts, even though so much of the plots are formulaic.

"Murder Unleashed" takes place in Reno instead of Ms. Brown's usual Virginia settings. Reno
I'm guessing this series didn't take off enough to be a real series since this seems to be the only other book besides the lead one.

Interesting setting for a murder mystery in the thick of an abandoned Reno neighborhood that's a casualty of the Great Recession housing bust. A real estate agent's chance visit to another better kept up neighborhood filled with squatters leads to efforts by Jeep, Mags and their faithful canines to help and prod others to help.

Lots of background info and plenty of
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I checked the first book in the series, A Nose For Justice, out as a audio book. When I saw this one in book form on the shelf I had to check it out. I love the setting, Reno, Nevada, and the two main characters, Jeep Reed and Mags Rogers. This time Jeep and Mags with their faithful dogs Baxter and Kings are approached by a local real estate agent to help people living in abandoned houses on Reno's Yolanda Street. Brown has done a massive amount of research on the housing bubble burst and does ...more
Sphinx Feathers
I continue to like this series. It's a nice break from super serious books and I love dogs. I think it's better written than the Mrs. Murphy series (although I like those too). I like the banter between the characters much more and how none of the characters take the lead over any of the others. I also like the fact that wild animals are included in this novel. The human characters are enjoyable enough as well. I also like the desert setting. I will definitely read the third book in this series ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
If you want to read something good by Rita Mae Brown, don't pick up this book.

This is a big disappointment for me. I love Rita Mae Brown's books. At least I used to.

This book for example is too silly for me to continue reading. I'm up to page 88, at that took three or four days. It's a bad book that has me prefering to play a computer game instead of reading it. And life is too short to slog through bad books. So it's official, I give up. If there is a real mystery in this story, I'll not find
Becky Galambos
Nov 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this zero, I would. I own all of this author's other series in hardcover. This is the FIRST time I have ever put one of her books down without finishing it, I just couldn't make myself read anymore. My mother gave up on it as well. IS there a mystery? I was more than three quarters thru and hadn't found it yet. This isn't a mystery. This is a thinly veiled political diatribe. I agree that homelessness, the shameful amount of people who go without food or utilities right here in ...more
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-choice
I picked this one up in the library while browsing. I have read several of the author's Mrs. Murphy books and enjoyed them, so I thought I'd give this a try even though it is not the first in its series.

I enjoyed the introduction of the cast of characters at the beginning. I occasionally lose track of characters, and this was a great reference. The mystery was good and I enjoyed the dog characters as well, but I felt that the author was a bit preachy about the mortgage/forclosure crisis. Not
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
For Brown lovers, Murder Unleashed has it all. Prolific detail, a sassy older woman of ambiguous sexuality, a young loveable supporting female, a kind hearted geezer, and a study love interest. Add in domestic animals that talk to wild ones with a dash of crime and it's classic Rita Mae Brown. If you're looking for a new Tucker and Mrs. Murphy you won't be disappointed. If, like me, you're tired of the same formula with limited suspense superfluous scene setting, look elsewhere. As much as I ...more
Julie Mink
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Rita Mae Brown's books with cats and Sneaky Pie Brown which take place in Virginia. This book features dogs and takes place in the ranches around Reno, Nevada area. The story line could have been taken right out of the news a few years back about the mortgage meltdown and the foreclosures that were making people homeless. This is the second book featuring Magdelena "Jeep" Reed an octogenarian rancher who was a former WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) in World War II and her grand Niece ...more
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Rita Mae Brown is a prolific American writer, most known for her mysteries and other novels (Rubyfruit Jungle). She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter.

Brown was born illegitimate in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was raised by her biological mother's female cousin and the cousin's husband in York, Pennsylvania and later in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Starting in the fall of 1962, Brown attended the

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