|Rita Mae Brown|
"I can never understand how authors can write books without having animals become important characters. We share the earth with other sentient creatures and they often do a better job of living full lives than we do. One woman’s opinion but I like the chatter of all living creatures."
"You can hurt me. You can hate me, but do it because you know me, not because I’m a member of a group. Anyways, people aren’t grapes --- you can’t weigh them in a bunch, but I guess it’s easier than dealing with people as individuals. There, I’ve solved the riddle of prejudice: it saves time."
Rita Mae has recently begun writing a series about Mags Rogers, a former Wall Street banker moving from New York City with her dachshund Baxter, to her great aunt Jeep Reed's Wings Ranch near Reno, Nevada. The two books published so far are: A Nose for Justice (2010) and Murder Unleashed (due out October, 2011).
Booklist says this about A Nose for Justice:
Mags (for Magdalena) has left New York City, where the financial meltdown caused her to lose her banking job, and has moved to her great-aunt Jeep’s ranch in Nevada, not too far away from Reno. She has brought her wirehaired dachshund Baxter, who has to get along with Jeep’s German shepherd–mix King. The two women and their dogs first get drawn into the conflict between Jeep’s rural neighbors and Silver State Resource Management, a corporation that wants to control all the water rights in the area. They (women and dogs) investigate when SSRM pumps explode in what amounts to domestic terrorism, and then an SSRM executive disappears. This is the first in a new mystery series featuring Baxter and King and their humans; Brown narrates a good portion of the novel from the dogs’ point of view. The crime plot plays out at a leisurely pace, but the conflict over water rights is just as compelling as the mystery, making this a satisfying read not only for genre fans but also for anyone who cares about the environment.
|Tom Lowe and friend|
Tom Lowe loves history and the sea, and at one time he lived on a boat. He's written a series featuring Sean O'Brien, a recently widowed former Miami homicide detective, who lives with his dachshund Max on the St. John's River in Florida.
Booklist says this about A False Dawn:
Sean O’Brien’s lifestyle seems at first glance to be the envy of us all. Though barely on the shady side of 40, he has a riverfront cabin home on one of Florida’s signature wilderness waterways, the Saint John’s River. He is also proud possessor of a cabin cruiser birthed practically in the shadow of Ponce Inlet lighthouse. And if that isn’t enough, he has chick-magnet charisma, but he prefers as a companion a gator-bait dachshund by the name of Max. O’Brien is not a moneyed ne’er-do-well. He is instead a widower, a “retired” Miami homicide detective, and, according to Volusia County sheriff’s investigator, he’s a good prospect to take the fall for a string of sex murders, a situation that forces him back to crime solving.
|Mary Jane Maffini, Daisy and Lily|
There are currently five books in the series, and the first three are: Organize Your Corpses (2007), The Cluttered Corpse (2008) and Death Loves a Messy Desk (2009).
When Charlotte Adams agrees to help Emmy Lou Rheinbeck organize her stuffed animal collection, she never imagines she'll find herself fending off pranksters whose shenanigans lead to murder.
Look for my review of the third book in this series next week right here on Kittling: Books!
I know these winsome little charmers have probably stolen your hearts, and you're busily gathering up all the books about them, but don't forget that Celebrating Mysteries "With a Bite" continues next weekend. See you then!