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The Tooth of Time: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery Hardcover – April 4, 2006

Book 2 of 4 in the Maxie and Stretch Series

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In Henry's agreeable second outing for Maxie McNabb (after 2004's The Serpent's Trail), the 63-year-old Alaskan with the insatiable curiosity continues to explore the lower 48 in her "Minnie Winnie," accompanied only by her feisty mini-dachshund, Stretch. Her travels take her to Taos, N.Mex., where she meets an old friend from Alaska, makes new friends among the weavers of Taos and gets acquainted with a woman who may or may not have attempted suicide, Shirley Morgan. When Shirley disappears, Maxie finds herself in danger and flees Taos. The resilient and resourceful Maxie soon returns to Taos to face the danger and deal with a deadly and unsuspected killer. Maxie's cherished independence and her willingness to seek out new experiences alone and single should resonate with fans of cozy and atmospheric mysteries, though so far this series lacks the lovingly detailed descriptions of the environment that characterize Henry's Jessie Arnold books (Murder at Five Finger Light, etc.). (Apr.)
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Jessica Fletcher and Miss Marple aren't the only seniors who solve mysteries these days. Now, there's sexagenarian Maxie McNabb, an ordinary gal who travels around the country in a motor home accompanied by her dachshund, Stretch, meeting different people and seeing the sites. Taos, Maxie's current stop, affords her the opportunity to visit a local weaving shop, which, in a roundabout way, results in her opening her home to troubled Shirley Morgan. Then Shirley disappears without a word, and Maxie finds herself in possession of something Shirley left behind--. Unfortunately, somebody wants what Shirley left, and Maxie has no idea what it is. Maxie's sleuthing is more idle curiosity that actual investigation, but the laid-back approach has its own charms, and Henry give readers a grand slice of America's southwestern landscape (a far cry from the Alaskan setting of her Jessie Arnold series). Maxie is a pleasant heroine who not only acts her age but also loves her life and rises to the occasion when the occasion finally arises. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Series: Maxie and Stretch Mystery (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217653
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm afraid I can't make it past page 38 of this one.
C. A CAVE
Accurate description of her characters and travel combined with her love for strech's well being makes it 'feel good' reading.
Joseph B Davidson
Loved it especially because of local landmarks as a former Colorado resident who spent lots of time exploring in New Mexico.
Hollis Boughton

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ndenim on April 12, 2006
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The Tooth of Time caught my interest on the first page and kept it right up to the very last. I didn't want to put it down. Maxie McNabb and her mini-dachshund, Stretch, are on the road again in their Minnie Winnie RV. The descriptions of New Mexico and the character development are excellent as Maxie gets to know the folks in Taos. Along with the new friends she meets, she runs into an old friend from the first time we met Maxie in DEAD NORTH: An Alaska Mystery.

One of Maxie's first stops when she arrives in Taos is at the Weaving Southwest, a business she has shopped with in the past via mail order. One of their customers, Shirley, is in the hospital from an unsuccessful suicide attempt. While Maxie hadn't met Shirley before, she accompanies her new friend Pat, from the Weaving Southwest shop, to go to visit her. Shirley adamantly denies the suicide attempt, checks herself out of the hospital and, since Pat must return to her shop, goes home with Maxie. The mystery starts when Shirley leaves the next morning while Maxie is out having breakfast.

After Shirley's departure, Maxie's RV is broken into and searched. Stretch is 'dognapped' in an effort to get back something Shirley may have left in the RV. Maxie leaves town, but after locating what Shirley hid in the RV she returns to Taos to help Officer Herrera solve the mystery.

The Tooth of Time is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery. I think Maxie and Stretch are getting better with age as I enjoyed this newest installment even more than I did the first, THE SERPENTS TRAIL. Well done!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on April 30, 2006
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Maxie McNabb, a twice-widowed, independent woman of 63, is back on the road in her Winnebago with her beloved dashchund dog, Stretch. While touring the Southwest, she goes to Taos, NM, where the mountain breezes are cooler than some of the other places she has visited. She goes to a yarn shop and becomes acquainted with Pat, the owner. While at the shop, she hears about Shirley Morgan, who has supposedly made an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Pat takes her to meet Shirley in the hospital, and Shirley denies having anything to do with her own carbon monoxide poisoning. Maxie invites Shirley to stay in her RV, but soon Shirley leaves without any notice. When two people are killed, Maxie becomes embroiled in the investigation, to the point that her life and property are soon threatened. Author Henry paints an interesting background with the Taos setting, much as she did with her Alaska series. Maxie's character develops further as she demonstrates her independent and feisty nature, and her relationship with her dog should please readers who are animal lovers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 4, 2006
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Twice widowed, sixty-three years old Maxie McNabb, an Alaskan resident most of her life, tours the lower forty-eight with her "Minnie-Winnie" Winnebago and her dog Stretch. After leaving Colorado (see THE SERPENTS TRAIL) she tours New Mexico before stopping in Taos where she visits the Weaving Southwest, a tapestry gallery. Maxie and owner Pat Dozier hit it off and weave a friendship.

When new resident Shirley Morgan apparently tried to commit suicide, the two women visit her as she has become a friend of Pat. Feisty Shirley insists she was not trying to kill herself with carbon monoxide poisoning though despondent that her spouse dumped her for a younger woman. Maxie begins making some inquires and soon agrees that the woman was the victim of a murder attempt with the killer adhering to the proverb if at first you don't succeed try again.

THE TOOTH OF TIME is an enjoyable cozy starring sexagenarian Alaskan (it is a Sue Henry tale, duh), who makes friends while traveling the southwest. Maxie is terrific in her latest caper as she cannot help but getting involved with what happened to Shirley. Though the mystery starts towards the middle of the strong plot as friendships are first forged, fans will want to hitch a ride with Maxie and Stretch as they find the Land of Enchantment enchanting but dangerous.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on February 24, 2007
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Intrepid senior citizen, Maxie McNabb has set off once again in her Winnebago, accompanied by her mini dachshund, Stretch. This time she is intent on exploring areas of New Mexico and makes a stop at the town of Taos. A chance encounter with a strange woman who was rescued from death by asphixiation in her car, leads Maxie to offer her a bed for the night. She confides in Maxie that she was recently taken in by a con man who stole $100,000 from her and absolutely denies attempting suicide. Maxie becomes very interested in weaving after seeing an exhibition in the town's gallery but is horrified to learn that a man's body was found in a vat of the dye used to colour the wools used in weaving. What follows is is a collection of things that could only happen to Maxie...a burglary, a kidnapping, a murder/suicide...altogether too much for a woman in her 60's to cope with...chipper as she is! It's an ok read but has a lot of scenic padding to fill it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. W. Downing on February 13, 2007
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Once again Sue Henry has taken the RV Road to adventure. This time to beautiful Taos, New Mexico where she becomes involved in yet another mystery. I love this newest character she had created. Having RV'd many of the miles Maxie covers, I appreciate the detail and accuracy given to the surroundings. A quick and delightful read!
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