Mags Rogers and her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter, dig up the dirt in the second scintillating novel from New York Times best-selling author Rita Mae Brown’s delightful series. The foreclosure crisis has hit hard in Reno, Nevada, where rows of homes sit unsold and forsaken. When a former banker is found murdered in one of the abandoned homes, the notion of cutthroat business practices takes on a whole new meaning.
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“The human and canine cast is strong …” (Mystery Gazette)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Johanna Parker did a good job narrating this book. Rita Mae Brown had a bit less involvement of the animals than she did in the Sneaky Pie Brown series. The animals are dogs instead of cats in this series. This story takes place in Reno NV and mainly has to do with the results of our economy. People homeless, looking for work etc. with murder tossed into the mix. Love the character "Jeep" reminds me of my great grandmother. Brown does her usual soap box political commentary but it was aimed at helping people more than her usual banter. Overall a fast reading book that is a change of pace with some humor that offsets the mayhem.
I usually love anything written by Rita Mae Brown. The first book in this series set in the south west was good, and I had hopes for this second in the series. I was disappointed. the various dogs, as usual, pay important and good roles, but the author goes on and on and on. And on and on. And on. About the unfairness of the "economic recession" of 2008 and its aftermath in Las Vegas, Nevada in the housing industry. Forclosures, utilities turned off, people living in empty houses. People who are out of work and so on and so forth. Its a decent story and important, but the author goes on about it way too much before getting into the actual murder mystery. Other characters are the "hated politician", the "good sheriff", and all the "good but unemployed" people living in the houses. There is also the unrealistic side story of the young man who starved to death (realistic) and his near starved to death dog who makes a fine recovery in days with a little feeding and love (unrealistic). Most who have worked with long term starved animals knows it takes time and more than food for the animal to recover. Just feeding often kills them, and this story glosses over this - saying one vet visit and the vet says the dog is fine. No knowledgeable vet is going to say that about a near starved animal. This book is not up to Rita Mae Brown's usual good standard. Johanna Parker does a good job trying to save this story with her narration, but even she isn't able to make it a good book. I am disappointed and do not recommend this book unless you are heavily into political issues.
Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
I've loved Rita Mae Brown's previous series, but sometimes they get to the point that the writer and the reader know the usual characters so much that the only thing left to explore is the rest of the story. This doesn't mean a bad book, but new characters, a new town and region of the world give us a breath of fresh air that brings Brown's writing skills back to the forefront. This 2nd book in the new series is a pleasurable and educational follow-up to the first.
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