Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Murder Unleashed by Rita Mae Brown
Settling into ranch life with her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter, former Wall Street trader Mags Rogers doesn’t miss the world of investment banking—because its destructive tentacles have reached Reno, Nevada, where desperate families are squatting in foreclosed homes without water or electricity. Mags and her gregarious great-aunt Jeep Reed want to help, but they’re up against corrupt officials, ruthless politicians—and a merciless murderer. After a former banker is brutally slain, Reno deputy—and Mags’s unofficial significant other—Pete Meadows finds evidence of blackmail, shady real estate ventures, and other cutthroat business practices, but the killer seems to hold all the cards. Luckily, Mags and Jeep still have a few tricks up their sleeves: Baxter; Jeep’s German Shepherd, King; and some other canine detectives are officially off the leash—and on the hunt.
Murder Unleashed by Rita Mae Brown is a murder mystery told in third person, and set in modern Reno, Nevada during the recent recession. It is an easy read with engaging characters, although the dialog seems a little contrived at times. I most enjoyed the main character, Jeep Reed, an octogenarian who does not mince words. Ms. Brown is a master of description when it comes to surroundings. She gives voice to the pet dogs—an essential element in her plot—by revealing their thoughts. The dogs solve the riddle of hidden treasure while the humans solve the murder cases and address the economic challenge. The plot moves rather slowly in places, but overall I thought it was interesting and a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the light humor, especially between the dogs. This is not only a good murder tale, but also a story of restoration for a community during the recession—how a suffering neighborhood regains its dignity and hope through awareness and outreach.
Length: 320 Pages
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