A Nose for Justice by Rita Mae Brown

I have been a fan of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie for years, so I was excited to see that she had started a new series. Instead of being set in Virginia, this book is set outside of Reno, Nevada and is all about water. Water rights are at the heart of this mystery.

The main characters are Jeep; her grand-niece Mags; their dogs, King and Baxter; and Pete and Lonnie, the police. There are many other characters associated with properties, water rights purchasing, and land development. The novel has a major mystery–who’s blowing up water pumps and killing people related to the water rights of Horseshoe Estates–and a minor mystery–who is the dead Cossack found buried in the floor of the barn?

The novel is kind of scattered with two many points of view. I wanted the story to be told primarily from Mags and Pete’s viewpoints, but that didn’t happen. I enjoyed the artwork throughout the novel. I would recommend it, but I would also recommend reading either of Rita Mae Brown’s established series as well.

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