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A Nose for Justice

(Mags Rogers #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,029 ratings  ·  160 reviews
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, Kin
ebook, 300 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
This book is the first in a new series by Rita Mae Brown. All of her previous books have had some social commentary in them, about country living, humans getting away from nature, population growth, federal government regulations, etc. but this book was an overload of social commentary. Previous books would have a paragraph or two, at most, a page or two of it every few chapters before getting back to the story. This one, the beginning of a new series and set in a new state for her (Nevada not V ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Thought I'd try this because it has dogs but didn't get beyond a couple of hours. The dogs were not playing a big part and there was kind of an info-dumping thing going on about water issues in Nevada and California that really sidetracked the story. The aunt character was kind of preachy which really started to grate after awhile.
Not for me.
Oct 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally wouldn't rate a book I'd given up on after 14 pages. Considering I read Cat of the Century, this book was her last chance to redeem herself. I was pretty much irritated after reading the character descriptions at the beginning of the book. I just kept getting more and more irritated as I read and decided no more, I have better things to read. (Like Fall of Giants) Recycled characters, utterly bland and boring writing. After "Cat" and this book, I'm done with this author for good. My o ...more
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first in a new "dog mystery" series from Rita Mae Brown who writes a "cat mystery" series with her cat Sneaky Pie.
The mystery in “A Nose for Justice” involves water rights in Nevada, and there is a bonus mystery about hundred-year-old bones found buried in the barn. Water pumps are blown up out in the desert around Reno, then bodies start dropping. The protagonist—I think, it’s not real clear, because as much attention is paid to all the other characters—is a nod to the current econo
Apr 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, traded
It's probably unfair of me to rate this book when I never finished it, or even finished half of it...I so dislike the idea of giving up on a book that I have a five tries or fifty pages rule. I gave it five tries and I never made it fifty pages. The characters annoyed me...the author preaching at me annoyed me...I don't read cozies to read politics and the last few RMB cozies have felt like thinly veiled non-fic. She's welcome to her political views; I even agree with a few of them, but I don't ...more
Garrison Kelly
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a frosty winter in Reno, Nevada, former Wall Street executive Mags Rogers moves in with her great aunt Jeep Reed and brings along her wire-haired dachshund Baxter. During her stay, she becomes entangled in a mystery that involves blown up water pumps and dead bodies. Deputy Pete Meadows and his partner Lonnie investigate these strange events and unravel a conspiracy dealing with water rights, environmentalism, and land purchasing. The entire political landscape of Nevada is at stake and the k ...more
Altivo Overo
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers with patience
Shelves: mystery
Can't call this one "furry" though the dogs are great, as are the illustrations which all show scenes involving the dogs. I notice that this book received some negative reviews for length, complexity, and the amount of descriptive or background material. I just want to say that I enjoyed the book immensely and it was largely because of those elements. The plot line is complex, involving multiple murders, other violence, and a time span covering more than a century. Yes, it all comes together at ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
I would give this book an almost two. When I read a book, I am hoping to like what I read. I found very little to like about this one. I guess this is the first of a new series of "Mags Rogers" mystery crime books. I kept waiting for this novel to get interesting. It never did. The plot is not one to try and get into. It revolves around a wealthy landowner{who is one of the "good guys" } and water rights. Talk about BOOOOORRRRRRINNNG.!! the only relief I found was when the rare times it was focu ...more
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rita Mae Brown used to write some very good stuff. Lately her books seem to be both preachy and phoned in (please, no more of the stock feisty old lady characters who know just how the world has gone to hell in a handbasket). This mystery probably would have gotten 2 stars but I'll admit to being swayed into an extra star by the presence of a dachshund on the cover and in the story. ...more
I found Jeep very interesting and I did get a history lesson. Not one of her best
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tedious and preachy, it is a disappointment.
Susan Ferguson
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, mystery, paperback
New series. Magdaleine Rogers (Mags) used to work on Wall Street. With the big crash she was wiped out and has come to her Aunt Jeep's in Nevada to stay and get back on her feet. She helps out her aunt with the work on the ranch. Mags also has a sister, a beautiful actress, who is not the best of people. She keeps trying to get hold of some of Jeep's money and has been cut out of Jeep's will. She's still trying, through Mags. Mags meets a detective in the police department who's investigating th ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Interesting book. Nice mysteries and I didn't guess either killer until the end. I liked the characters and the animals. There was a little much about Nevada water rights, but other than that, I enjoyed this book. :) ...more
A.G. Lindsay
I wanted to like this book. In fact, parts of it I liked very much, but..

The "core dump" feeling that other reviewers expressed was valid. I believe this is because the author feels that the setting is also "a character" in the book. While Reno, NV does seem an interesting place, I wish she would have revealed the quirkiness and major issues of the setting more slowly. Say, over the first couple of books (since it was indicated that this was the start of a series.)

The two mysteries (the dead Rus
John Cleland
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It's a good thing amateur sleuths have dogs and cats to solve crimes for them. At least, that's been Rita Mae Brown's thesis for years. And she's right! If it weren't for Baxter, Mag Rogers' wire-haired dachshund, and King, her Aunt Jeep's German Shepherd mix, these two ladies might not solve the case.

Of course they do, but I haven't got that far yet and it's keeping me up nights!

Okay, finished.

Rita Mae Brown knows how to write a mystery that keeps you in suspense until the last minute. The stor
Sep 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like preachy books.
Absolutely terrible. I can't think of a single thing I liked about the book. Not only were the two mysteries uninteresting, the author needs to take a class on writing in such a way that things are SHOWN instead of TOLD. For example, early on in the book two characters who supposedly have romantic tension meet. This is unnoticeable until the attraction is pointed out by commentary by the dogs. In fact, throughout the book that dogs are nothing more than a plot device. Never mind the (view spoile ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting first entry in another new series from Rita Mae Brown. As an attorney, I found the discussion of riparian rights thoroughly interesting, thank you, Professor Freyfogle. Like her other cozy mystery series, Ms. Brown preaches the importance of nature, but I found the discussion of water rights in the American West so fascinating that I didn't feel as chastised as I normally do. It could also be that this time I happen to agree with her and believe that urban planning in desert areas ne ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-complete
I have read many of Rita Mae Brown's previous mysteries and especially liked her Mrs Murphy series. This is the first of a new series starring Mags Roger and her dachshund Baxter. I'm sorry to say after 75 pages I gave up. The mystery revolves around a dead body and water rights. I found myself bogged down and bored in all the extraneous information about Nevada water rights. Even some of the character development contained a great deal of unnecessary information. Just felt it wasn't up to the u ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love her books with Mrs. Murphy. I have read most of them; so I was looking forward to this new series. What a bore! I read fiction to escape. I do not want a political diatribe on every page coming out of every character's mouth. Yes I'm sure Nevada has a water problem. So does Texas. I don't care to hear about it to the exclusion of plot and character development!! ...more
Alton Motobu
Takes place in and around Reno NV from November to January with lots of references to Christmas. Main story line is about murders related to acquisition of water rights for expensive housing development outside Reno. Unusual subplot about discovery of skeletal remains and search for his identity; turns out to be unrelated to the other murders. Two dogs serve as "sideline commentators" but are not involved in solving the mystery until the murderer is revealed and they jump into action. Much of th ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I’ve read a good number of Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy series and enjoyed them. This book is a different series with similarities to the Mrs. Murphy series.

Set in Nevada, Mags Rogers and her wirehaired dachshund, Baxter, have relocated to the Wings Ranch, owned by Jeep Reed. Jeep is Mags’ great-aunt and the owner of Wings Ranch. Along with Jeep, her Shepard mix, King, and her son and daughter-in-law live and run the ranch.

When one of the Red Rock Valley’s water pumping stations is sabotaged by
Holly Taggart
Generally speaking, when a book begins with a list of the "Cast of Characters" I'm done. I skipped that part. Initially I read about 30 pages and thought I was done, but then, maybe because I didnt have any other reading material I picked it up again and eventually finished it. So, it was "OK" there were a lot of small details that maybe make things interesting for others, but I'm not a super fan of long winded descriptions of vehicles - using brand names and such. I also commend Ms. Brown for a ...more
Rebecca Oerman
I used to really enjoy Brown’s books and couldn’t wait for the next Sneaky Pie book to come out. The combination of mystery and the animals’ perspective is unique. However, in the past ten years or so, Brown spends as much time preaching on environmental and social issues as she does telling the story. She also lately tends to have some random side plot that, while historically interesting, has nothing to do with the main plot.
I had hoped this new series (?) would get me interested again. This
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#1 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 Magdalena’s (called Jeep who's the real star!) Wings Ranch in Washoe County, Nevada (one quibble, the story says the ranch is 22 miles south of Reno, but it should be 22 miles north of the city!). to get her life back together. Two other important characters, besides Jeep, is her dachshund, Baxter, and Jeep’s German Shepherd, King. There is a strong social, ...more
Peggy Sinden
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say. When you read a Rita Mae Brown book you learn so much about what is going on around you from fox hunting to water rights in Nevada. Throw in what it was like to be a female pilot during the war sprinkled with history from the Buffalo Bill era. I feel refreshed and more in tune with what Rita has to offer. Not to mention the fact that it is obvious she, the author, loves animals of all kinds. Baxter and King were dogs who loved their humans as well and in this book they came to th ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest this is probably a 3 1/2. It’s cute and fun and a mystery. It is full of political lectures and talking dogs which OK makes it a solid three star. But it was entertaining and most of the rants were... reminiscent of my grandmother.
Kathy Govreau
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sort of got tired of the Mrs Murphy series because it had changed so much from the original ones. I really enjoyed this (new for me) series and cant wait to read Murder Unleashed. (I will eventually finish the Mrs Murphy series where I left off at Nine Lives to Die.)
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were some aspects of this book that interested me, but there was too much info dumping about the politics of water in Arizona and I found too many of the characters alien and irritating. None of them were people I wanted to spend time with so I gave up around half way.
Not sure I'll read more of this series. Maybe Brown wasn't loving the series either since she only wrote 2, back to back, and none since 2011. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Usually Rita Mae Brown crafts clever mysteries with interesting characters but this one just didn't seem to work. ...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.

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