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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2011
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
on October 8, 2011
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
on October 15, 2011
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
on December 31, 2011
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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
When I pick up a mystery novel, I expect the mystery to be the center of the story. This is not the case here. This book seems to be a vehicle for the author to preach about what is wrong with the world. I agree that these issues need to be addressed, but the mystery was shoved to the side to the point that I ceased to care whether she solved it or not. I won't go out of my way to read onother from this series! The later mysteries in the Sneaky Pie brown series are getting this way, too. I have read probably over 30 of her books, (all of the SPB series, the two books in this series, Animal Magnetism (which is great). I'm working my way back to her older books now as they are much better than what she is currently producing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
I bought this book (Kindle version) because I have read most of Rita Mae Brown's books. Unfortunately, I can't say I liked it.

One problem is that it preaches endlessly about the mortgage crisis. Not what I look for in a mystery.

But a more serious problem is that the mystery itself is badly written, to the point where the denouement left me asking "who is that person who did it and why did he/she do it?"

This is an author who could do much better than this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
I liked this novel. It's true that it includes information about foreclosures and homelessness along with the story, but I'm a news junkie and don't mind that. I really like the characters and the Nevada setting is something new and novel for me. Who do I think would enjoy this book? People who don't mind reading about current affairs, who like dogs and don't mind if they talk, people who like having a strong older female character, and people who don't mind gay characters. My only objection was the price I paid to read it on Kindle, but that shouldn't affect my review of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
Rita Mae Browns books are getting too preachy for my liking. What used to be fun, interesting cozies featuring lovable animals are turning into essays on what is wrong with America. I can find that on the internet on in papers. I read cozies to escape and relax, not be reminded of why I want to escape and relax!
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