A Nose for Justice: A Novel (Mags Rogers #1) (Mass Market)

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This is book number 1 in the Mags Rogers series.

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A Nose For Justice by Rita Mae Brown is set in Nevada on a large ranch.  Jeeps is 85 years old, a self made woman, independent minded, and not about to order her life by the dictates of someone else’s rules.  She flew planes in WWII, came home and worked hard making smart moves every step of the way in a man’s world until she was one very rich rancher. Now Enrique, her adopted son takes care of the day to day running of the ranch and Carlotta, his wife, runs the house.  Jeeps still keeps her hand in the game, makes the major decisions, but it is nice to have help. Mags, her niece, is in her thirties and starting over.  She was one of the hot babes of Wall Street, when the house of cards crashed, she tried to make good with her clients and lost everything.  Jeeps has opened her home and her heart to Mags.  Not so with Mags’ sister Catherine who tried to cut Enrique out of Jeep’s will so there would be more for the “blood relatives”.  Instead Jeeps disowned Catherine and will leave all her wealth to Mags and Enrique.  That takes care of someday, but right now Mags needs to figure out how to make a living.  It isn’t just Mags who is starting over, her Dachshund Baxter is a city dog, country life is all new to him.  Jeep’s big Shepard mix is a little wary of a dog with such short legs, but they are soon great pals.  As the story opens, someone blows up Silver State Resource Management’s pump 19, it is just the beginning.  Water rights and the access to water are hot topics in the high desert.  Jeeps and Silver State are on opposite sides of the issue.  Jeeps is dubious of continued growth in such a sparse environment, she is convinced more houses means less water for ranchers and wildlife.  Silver State wants to buy up all the water rights possible and fuel more development.  Pete and Lonnie, the investigating officers are worried. This is an issue sure to escalate, no surprise when violence follows.  The other mystery is the skeleton of a Russian Cossack found in Jeep’s barn.  How on earth did the Russian end up buried for a hundred years under Jeep’s horse stalls?  Rita Mae Brown always writes with humor, the dogs are adorable.


— Deon Stonehouse


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, King. The growlings are mutual. Then someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders. In her search for answers, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep’s ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill. Drawn to each other, Mags and Pete join forces to solve various mysteries, as Baxter and King team up to protect their humans from a growing threat.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

Praise For…

“A hotbed of mystery and suspense . . . a humor-filled story that is loaded with quirky but lovable characters.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News

“Brown creates well-drawn characters (human and quadruped), fashions a nifty plot and mixes in enough local color and history to make the read as educational as it is entertaining.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The human and canine cast is strong and the whodunit exciting.”—The Mystery Gazette
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345511829
ISBN-10: 0345511824
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Mags Rogers