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A Nose for Justice


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ISBN13: 9780345511812
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Explosive sabotage and the startling unearthing of a hundred-year-old skeleton on a Nevada ranch thrillingly start off this debut novel in a tail-wagging new series from New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown.

With the ruins of her high-powered Wall Street job now far in the rearview mirror of her rented silver Camaro, thirty-two-year-old Mags Rogers arrives at her great-aunt Jeep’s sprawling Wings Ranch to reassemble her life. In the passenger seat, with his suspicious nose to a cracked window, is Mags’s beloved wirehaired dachshund, the urbane Baxter. 

Mags was named for her great-aunt, Magdalena—though everyone calls the spry octogenarian rancher Jeep. From piloting planes in World War II to discovering one of America’s largest gold deposits, Jeep has enjoyed a lifetime jam-packed with love and adventure, and she’s not done yet. At her side—to Baxter’s low-down distress—is Jeep’s loyal German Shepherd mix, King. The growlings are mutual: King sniffs that Baxter is a “fuzzy sausage.”

Meanwhile, someone pipe-bombs Red Rock Valley’s pumping station, endangering the water supply near and far. Deputy Pete Meadows links the sabotage to a string of local murders, but he doesn’t yet know if it’s a corporate plot or twisted eco-terrorism. He’s also called out to Wings Ranch when human bones are dug up in Jeep’s barn; the dead man’s ring identifies him as an elite Russian military officer from the late 1800s, apparently knifed to death. In her search to find out whodunit, Mags uncovers fascinating history about Jeep’s ranch, including an intriguing connection to Buffalo Bill. 

Mags and Pete have mysteries to solve, among them why they are so drawn to each other. Baxter and King team up when it comes time to protect their humans. And all the while, Jeep Reed, the sassiest wit in the West, has a bold plan for Red Rock Valley in which they all will play a part.



In this first novel of a brand-new series, a city girl, canine companion in tow, discovers the Wild West, a sinister plot to divert its most precious resource, and the binding ties of family.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series (which she writes with her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie) and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, The Sand Castle, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes.

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Kaye, April 4, 2012 (view all comments by Kaye)
I love Rita Mae Brown's books. This is a new series set mostly in Nevada. The characters Mags Rogers and her wirehaired dachshund Baxter, Jeep Reed, her great-aunt and her German Shepherd mix King, Deputy Pete Meadows, and all of the others are interesting, sometimes funny, and generally make the book a good read. Part of the mystery is why a water pumping station was pipe bombed, and who did it. Water is a huge issue in Nevada and this book tackles some of the environmental issues along with keeping a good mystery forefront. The other mystery involves the remains of a Russian soldier, buried on the barn, and how he got there and what killed him. Mags researches the ranch's history and finds a connection to Buffalo Bill. In the meantime the two dogs Baxter and King learn to work together and so do Mags and Pete. All in all a satisfying read.
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Brown, Rita Mae
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