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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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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

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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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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  • 08-21-17

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

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different but still good

Would you consider the audio edition of A Nose for Justice to be better than the print version?

No

What other book might you compare A Nose for Justice to and why?

Similar to her other series with sneaky pie, not quite as good.

Which scene was your favorite?

N/a

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

N/a

Any additional comments?

N/a

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dachshund part well done-knew the personality

Would you try another book from Rita Mae Brown and/or Johanna Parker?

yes

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the dachshund. he was made out to be an intrepid, curious, devoted, smart little guy - just the way wirehaired dachshunds are.

Was A Nose for Justice worth the listening time?

yes

Any additional comments?

the story seemed a bit dry. maybe it would have been better read.