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Devotees of Henry's Alaska mysteries will be delighted to see 63-year-old Maxine "Maxie" McNabb, the Winnebago-driving, free-spirited widow introduced in Dead North (2001), starring in this gentle whodunit, the first of a new series. Summoned from Alaska to Grand Junction, Colo., to the bedside of her ailing old friend Sarah Nunamaker, Maxie and her adorable mini-dachshund Stretch wheel in just in the nick of timeâ"or do they? Sarah's final words to Maxie seem urgent, but leave her little to go on in order to investigate the wrongs to which Sarah mysteriously alludes. Much to the dismay of Alan, Sarah's adopted son, Maxie discovers she's been appointed Sarah's executor. She must also contend with a break-in at Sarah's home and her late friend's penchant for secret hiding places and secrets in general. Then Ed Norris, a college mate of Maxie and Sarah, drops a real bombshell when he reveals the identities of Alan's biological parents. A box of photos, an address on a card and a surprising stranger later leadâ"or misleadâ"Maxie and Stretch to Salt Lake City, where Maxie faces even greater dangers. Cozy crime fans of a certain age will love to live vicariously through Maxie and Stretch in what promises to be a long and popular run of adventures.
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Retiree Maxie McNabb, a spry 63 years old, gets a call for help from her old friend Grace and immediately sets off in her Winnebago on the lengthy jaunt from Alaska to Grand Junction, Colorado. When Maxie arrives, Grace is hospitalized, muttering deliriously about secrets--and then she dies abruptly. This mystery starts a new series by Henry, author of the popular Jessie Arnold novels. She appears to have another winner on her hands. The strong older characters are well developed and will appeal to fans of Mrs. Pollifax and Peter Abresch's Jim Dandy mysteries. The story builds suspense effectively, and the descriptions of the West, particularly the national parks, will draw the Nevada Barr crowd. There's even an appealing dog, a dachshund named Stretch, to attract canine mystery readers. Only a less-than-convincing ending keeps this one from straight As, but it's still a fine series debut. John Rowen
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I like a short mystery with enough tangled trails to not be obvious. The idea of a 63 year old woman on the road and traveling to her destinations intrigues me. Read morePublished 12 days ago by E. Clark
Have enjoyed every single one of Sue Henry's books. Love the characters.Published 4 months ago by Deaun
A bit more sinister than previous adventures. It kept me in the dark longer than most mysteries I've read recently.Published 8 months ago by Mary
As usual Sie Henry has created a suspenseful Cozy mystery that will keep you happily following her adventures and the wonderful characters she picks up along the way! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fran Covey
The main reason I really like this author is because she adds geographic, historical and/or other interesting features to the mystery. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cathy
Sue Henry books have two main caricatures and they are both very good. It is always fun to read a book with places where you have been in and I did 3 wks of Alaska last year. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carolyn C Shilling
A great story a of a traveler and her companion dog. An open door always has a question mark and I would love to travel the roads of North America and open some door. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carolyn G. Manuel