A Nose for Justice

A Novel
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Mags Rogers, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Co-author of the best-selling Mrs. Murphy novels, Rita Mae Brown launches a new series with this first mystery featuring Baxter the wirehaired dachshund.

When Baxter and his owner, Mags, leave New York for Nevada, they find themselves embroiled in a real head scratcher. First, the local water-pumping station is sabotaged. Then, a murdered man’s bones - dating back to the 1800s - are unearthed in a barn owned by Mags’ great-aunt. As Mags attempts to put the pieces together, Baxter readies himself to protect her at all costs.

©2010 Rita Mae Brown (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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A Nose For Justice: A Novel

Johanna Parker did a great job narrating this book. This is a change for Rita Mae Brown and I hope maybe a new series. I read Brown for her interesting animals trying to led the humans to the answer of a murder and her intertwining history into the story. Over the years she seems to get on a soap box over political issues. The political message in this book is an important one of water usage and conservation. Her other books take place in Virginia but this one takes place in northern Nevada, an area I know the history and geology. So I did catch an error in geography. This story is short and makes a nice break between longer and more intense stories.

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Bring back Sneaky Pie...

I am a huge fan of Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series, but I haven't been able to get into any of her other books. This one is no exception. The characters didn't have the depth and richness that I have come to expect (attributed to Sneaky Pie's influence!) and the plot wasn't as interesting. The narration was fine but not outstanding. Sneaky Pie is obviously the superior writer!

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Disappointed

I love Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy series and have listened to every single book. I also love the reader of that series. One of the biggest draws for me was all of the animals and the fact that they had voices along with the intricate stories. I have waited a while for a new story in this series and failing that started to try to find a different one by Rita Mae Brown. I was so disappointed in this book. Some of the characters were good but the reader was so bad that I can’t tell whether my struggles through this book were more to the inability of the reader to change her voice to match especially the male characters in the story, or whether it was the story itself. I almost stopped and returned the book multiple times without even finishing it. I did finish however and still feel so disappointed that I’m going to return the book. The only thing I did like about the book was the two dogs and Jeep. Unlike the Mrs. Murphy series- which I have been able to listen to the entire series again – I know this book will never ever see the light of day in my library again. So sorry Rita Mae – as II truly do love you!

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good story. well read

Rita Mae Brown always has interesting characters both human and four-legged which I enjoy a great deal. I also enjoy her inside into ecology environment water rights and all of the things that so many people overlook. as someone who has always felt deeply connected with nature and with animals I appreciate that in her books. the fact that she adds a perfectly good mystery into it is a absolute bonus

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It's greatI.

What made the experience of listening to A Nose for Justice the most enjoyable?

I loved the dogs! So Clever. Also the history. What a lot of research on Nevada History, , WACs, water rights issues, world wars and history and Wild Bill's Wild West show - then to put it all together in a double mystery story with a romance thrown in!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Nose for Justice?

The Ball with the list of characters, all those descriptions of the people in attendance and the whole idea of such a party in the doldrums of January.

Any additional comments?

This was the first Rita May Brown book I've read since I finished the Sneaky Pie series many years ago. Nice to find an old friend again.

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Wavering

Overall I found that there was just too much detail given about Nevada and water rights and that the main character was a little washed out. I would also like to see the dogs have a bigger role.

However it was still a unique and well-written book and I look forward to the next.

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loved those dogs!

As the owner/rescuer of many dogs and cats over the years, I have often considered what my critters might be thinking or saying. Usually I think they might be laughing at me. I totally enjoyed this book as it was much lighter than my usual reading.

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wonderful read

What did you love best about A Nose for Justice?

the clever plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

mags rogers she is sassy and very believable

Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

mag's aunt

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the relationship issues

Any additional comments?

this story is short but very believable characters and it leaves you wanting to know more about all of the characters, doggies includes.

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Not what I expected from Mrs. Murphy's author

Too many facts. Too little mystery and dog chatter. It turned into a boring read and I was really looking forward to meeting a new animal detective.

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Gone to the dogs!

What did you like best about this story?

It was a good story, not too long, not too hard to keep up with

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

voices, I gues

Any additional comments?

I am a Rita Mae Brown fan, for sure