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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511836
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Muder Unleashed

"I love how she incorporates the animals and their particular way of thinking into the story and the line drawings that accompany the story are just delightful. Full of fast-moving action, a healthy dose of humor and well-written intrigue, Murder Unleashed is sure to satisfy both the mystery and animal lovers." --Ventura County Star

"Brown, who lives near Greenfield in Nelson County, is adept at fashioning a clever and relevant plot and filling it with amiable people — and animals. Murder Unleashed is no exception and adds to the author's large, entertaining body of work." --Richmond Times Dispatch

"This book will keep your attention riveted to see what happens next. From murder to loveable canines, this book has it all!" --Suspense Magazine
 
Praise for Rita Mae Brown’s A Nose for Justice, the first book in her thrilling new canine mystery series
 
“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
 
Praise for the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
 
“Charming . . . Ms. Brown writes with wise, disarming wit.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Nobody can put words in the mouths of animals better than Rita Mae Brown.”—Abilene Reporter-News
 
“[A] keen-eyed take on human misdeeds and animal shenanigans.”—Publishers Weekly

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), A Nose for Justice (the first book in her new canine mystery series), 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.

More About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sister Jane novels-Outfoxed, Hotspur, Full Cry, The Hunt Ball, The Hounds and the Fury, The Tell-Tale Horse, and Hounded to Death-as well as the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries and Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, and The Sand Castle, among many others. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

Customer Reviews

I love everything that Rita Mae Brown writes.
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I liked the book but it has too much political talk.
grandmsyd
The story had a lot of levels that kept me reading.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. Roth on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was hoping with the second book of this series that I may feel differently about the whole prospect of this new series of RMB. However, this is a boring book. The story is boring, the characters are boring. It just isn't grabbing me. I am disappointed because I am an avid RMB fan. But this feels like going down a road with no direction and no outlet. So unlike her previous works. When I pick up a novel, especially an RMB novel, I am expecting to be entertained, find something in the story line that I will probably research, like a bit of history (she's great at that and makes the book so interesting) and know I'm going to laugh and cry because in the past, her characters felt like people I knew. I could get really close to her characters and story line, no matter what book it was. I just can't get into this series. It's not as well written as her previous books. I'm glad I only borrowed this from the library and didn't spend the money on it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KBReads on October 8, 2011
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I will say at the beginning that I am a Rita Mae fan. I bought this book based on the author's name, expecting to find a good story built around animals that speak to each other while trying to understand their humans. Instead it was preachy diatribe about the banking industry and the questionable mortgages which led to the hundreds of homes being foreclosed or just abandoned. I found myself skimming the speeches to get to the story, which was pretty thin. The next book featuring these characters will be one that I check out from the library, if I bother to read it all.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Beverly J. Powell on October 15, 2011
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Rita Mae Brown's books have pleased and delighted me for many years. I have especially enjoyed her excellent older women characters who show spunk and wisdom as they meet challenges. Sadly, the level of political and societal commentary in this book has grown to the detriment of the plot and characters. I'm aware of all the sad stuff in society today. I read for entertainment and to get away from that. As a background it's fine, but when it's the primary book theme and overrides the story my interest wanes. More story and plot from these likeable and interesting Nevada characters and far less preachy commentary would vastly improve this book. The animals are cute but don't have the depth and interacftion in Rita's other books. In the next book of the series I'd love to see more full-bodied characters and interaction between them, and far less of the woes of the world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Henderson on December 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is just a long tirade against anyone involved in the bank foreclosure mess with very little story line or mystery. I've enjoyed most of Ms. Brown's previous books even though she tends to get on a soapbox. At least other books had interesting,coherent story lines.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2011
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I'm having a lot of trouble getting into this book, and wish I had ordered the free trial first. Perhaps if an editor had been able to work on it a little, it would have helped. It is disjointed, poorly paced, and quite frankly I think the basic premise is unrealistic. So there's this old lady, Jeep, and her friends and acquaintances who want to get the utilities turned back on in foreclosed houses that are being occupied by sympathetic (and neat) squatters. And there is a nasty political candidate lurking in the background ready to demonize said squatters, and a nasty supervisor at the utility company who fires his best team because they go against orders and turn on the power for a couple of hours. And a nice old man who gets shot at. And some dogs with college level understanding of the state of the world who are offering wise, and condescending, social comment in the background, like a Greek chorus. Perhaps it could have all come together into a coherent and interesting story, but I get the feeling that the author just didn't want to make the effort. I know Rita Mae Brown is capable of much better writing.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The financial meltdown nuked Mags Rogers' Wall Street career. Humiliatingly, Mags and Baxter the dachshund move onto the ranch of her octogenarian Great Aunt Jeep Reed and King her Shepherd mutt in Reno.

Nevada realtor Babs Gallagher tells her friends Mags and Jeep that several families she knows of live in squalid conditions in foreclosed homes; they have no utilities and if they did could not pay the bills. The three females are appalled that in this day and age in America people survive without running water. Led by Jeep they decide to launch a campaign to help the squatters.

Running for Congress on a tough on personal responsibility rather than government dole, Patrick Wentworth uses the unfortunates as a wedge issue. He plays up a homicide, another death and Jeep's neighbor who was wounded as proof the sinful non taxpayers are destroying the community. However the politico failed to count on the dog-gone sleuths.

The latest Jeep-King canine amateur sleuth tale(see A Nose for Justice) is more a moral condemnation of big business and the political puppets who dance as marionettes to the string pullers than a mystery; though the whodunit serves somewhat as an enhancer into the plight of homeless families. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Jeep starts her campaign for sustenance with dignity and never slows down as the women and the dogs investigate crimes that break the law and crimes against humanity (and pets).

Harriet Klausner
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