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The End of The Road (Maxie and Stretch #4)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  607 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
New from the multiple award-winning author of The Refuge, whose "grasp of storytelling and strong characterization matches her with Sue Grafton."(Colorado Springs Gazette)

Maxie McNabb and her miniature dachshund, Stretch, are just back from their latest adventure when a murder shatters the quiet in their hometown of Homer, Alaska. Now it's up to Maxie to find the killer-a
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Hardcover, 214 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Obsidian (first published October 14th 2009)
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``Laurie
Feb 01, 2015 ``Laurie rated it liked it
I could become addicted to these cozy mysteries if I let myself. It's all my mother's fault though - she practically insisted I read the Lillian Jackson Braun 'The Cat Who books.'
I kept resisting her will, told her I didn't read that sort of book...but mother is always right and I finally broke down and read The Cat Who Saw Red. I then proceeded to read every The Cat Who book in print and loved them.

I found this Sue Henry book on sale for a couple of dollars and thought I'd give it a try. Her c
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Donna
Dec 26, 2015 Donna rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime-mystery
It pains me to give this book one star. While these books are not great literature, I love the Alaskan setting and usually the story line is entertaining. I've also enjoyed the audios because the narrators have been great and they even pronounce all the Alaskan names correctly. When the pronunciation isn't right and because it is such a pet peeve of mine, it is like fingernails on the chalkboard annoying, when they haven't done their research.

This book had all of these problems. The pronunciatio
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DeeAnn
Oct 28, 2010 DeeAnn rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I was really disappointed in this book. Coming from Alaska and seeing that the author lives there I was discouraged when she didn't even get the spelling correct on the Dimond Mall. It is not Diamond...it is named after A.J. Dimond.

Next, were the problems with the story...if you came home from a short vacation and found your front door open and that someone had been in your home wouldn't you call the police? Not this dumb broad! Wouldn't you check your WHOLE house? Not this dumb broad!

I should
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Judith
Sep 07, 2013 Judith rated it liked it
I Enjoyed this mostly because the setting is Homer, Alaska and Anchorage where I have spent two great vacations . It was a slow paced cozy with a great sense of place. An apparent suicide of a very nice new acquaintance is both troubling and unsettling to Maxie, the protagonist. There are many questions about his identity and his life prior to coming to Homer. A belt which is found by Stretch, Maxie's little dachshund, commemorating 9/1, adds to the mystery and Maxie's sense of unease that thing ...more
Dyana
Jun 25, 2017 Dyana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been able to get above three stars in this four book series. It's a s-l-o-w-paced cozy mystery. In the first three books Maxie McNabb and her dachshund named Stretch traveled around the lower 48 during the winter in her RV. Most of those books read like a travelogue of the places she was visiting. In this one she has decided to stay in her home town of Homer, Alaska (AKA the end of the road) for the winter. Because of this, the fourth reads like a diary of her life in and around Homer, ...more
Christie Amory
May 16, 2017 Christie Amory rated it it was ok
I do love learning about Alaska and like the character of Maxie and her dog Stretch. I tried this one because I like Degrees of Separation by the same author. This was a relatively easy book to listen to and it was pretty short. I wasn't fond of the story because the solution to the mystery didn't introduce all the characters involved until the end. I also didn't think that Maxie made very good decisions based on how I thought the character was described to be. I'm going to try the other books b ...more
E Haight
May 21, 2017 E Haight rated it it was ok
Reads don't come any gentler than this. Even the mortal peril scenes are written with an eye toward minimizing adrenaline expenditure. Calculated to offend no one, it didn't offend me either, but neither did it interest me all that much. Just good people being unfailingly good, except for the villain, and only for that very, very brief moment. Read the book and time will go by at exactly the rate it always has. Neither faster, nor slower.
Maureen
May 10, 2017 Maureen rated it really liked it
I love Sue Henry's mysteries... right up there with other greats who write about Alaska, Must admit a preference for the Maxie and Stretch series... although I do love Jessie and Alex, too
Donna Davis
Hey lady! Anybody tell you not to talk to strangers? Don't let them in your car. Don't let them in your house. Don't ask them to spend the night there when your house has just been creeped! And when you finally change the locks, don't call someone and say you'll be upstairs but it's cool because you're leaving the front door open! Don't leave an entry to your home that is always unlocked, not anywhere!

When you find yourself indignantly talking back to the book, it usually means that something in
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Cindy
Mar 13, 2017 Cindy rated it really liked it
Pleasant series, mature woman main character - what's not to like. Well plotted, narrated and recommended.
Andrew
Sep 26, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it
Most of the pre-packaged food in the supermarket has a notice on the label, stating that the product is “Best if used by ” or words to that effect. There is no indication as to what might happen if you DO attempt to use the product after that date, nor any sort of sliding scale as to how bad the product might be in X days or weeks afterwards.
Books don’t have such a warning label. Unfortunately, some book series do deteriorate as they progress. Case in point: the “Maxie & Stretch” series by S
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Andrew
Sep 26, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Earlier books in Sue Henry’s “Maxie and Stretch” series have described the protagonists (human and canine) travels while wintering away from their base in Homer, Alaska. This book deviates from that pattern, in that the characters decide to remain in Alaska for the entire year.

I found this book to be frustrating. I certainly expect a cozy mystery to contain snippets of the main character’s daily activities, along with interactions with a set of quirky friends while stumbling into and working tow
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Diane
Jan 20, 2010 Diane rated it it was ok
Maxie McNabb is an retired widow who lives in beautiful Homer, Alaska with her miniature dachshund Stretch. Maxie is known to travel the US in her RV when the weather gets too cold for her in Alaska. She is always accompanied by her faithful companion Stretch.

One day while walking her dog in the now deserted tourist town, she comes across a lone tourist, a friendly man, who is staying at a local motel. Maxie offers to give the man, John Walker, a ride back to his motel, and invites him to dinner
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Nancy
Nov 17, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know an author is desperate to run up their word count when they rely on naming all the shops on Main Street, mileage destination on a local pole, items in a closet or even the name on whiskey bottles. That should have been my warning to close the book and move on, but no, this is the last book in the series and since I began with number one, I was determined to see it through to its end.

Instead of packing up her RV and heading south for the winter, Maxine McNabb and her faithful dog Stretch
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Kimberly
In my top 5 fav books. This is the last book in the series. The whole series was great. There are 4 books in the series, and I wish Sue Henry (one of my fav authors) had kept the story going on into more books. This is a cozy with a bit of thrill. I loved that you have an older lady who lives in Alaska but takes her RV, along with her weenie dog Stretch into the lower 48 for travel and adventure. Along the way in each book she visits a different state, a different murder. Or rather murder seems ...more
Kay
Apr 01, 2012 Kay rated it it was ok
I’m always wary of “human and pet” stories, but I have found a few that I do like. I did like this pair. The human here, Maxie McNabb does realize that Stretch is a dog. This is a big plus. Also, the reader is not subject to reading the dog’s thoughts. A few writers can pull that off that in a way that doesn’t annoy, but very few.
Maxie is a widow who has a home in Homer, Alaska, a city known as “the end of the road.” She has been traveling the lower 48 most winters, but has decided to stick it o
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Rhonda Gilmour
Jun 13, 2016 Rhonda Gilmour rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This cozy mystery is so cozy that there's practically no mystery, and yet I really enjoyed it. It just goes to show, I suppose, that a good storyteller can break the rules and still charm readers. Maxie and her miniature dachshund Stretch live in Homer, Alaska, where she encounters a drifter who later turns up dead, an apparent suicide. Subsequent events suggest that his death may not have been what it appeared and, of course, Maxie's investigation leads to personal danger. Sue Henry's strength ...more
Lisa Morin
Oct 16, 2015 Lisa Morin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Clever and Suspenseful Story

I have passed by this book several times and today I said why not? I am so thrilled that I gave it a try. This was an intensive story with plenty of humor thrown in to keep it cozy.
Maxie has decided to stay in Homer, Alaska this winter season instead of driving her RV to warmer climates. With her faithful sidekick Stretch by her side, Maxi is looking forward to staying warm and visiting with friends in the bleak Alaskan winter.
When she runs into a stranger in her
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Ellen
Aug 08, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing
"The End of the Road" by Sue Henry.

Maxie is not traveling as she usually does in her campr with stretch. Instead she's spending time at home with Stretch. Then something out of the ordinary happens. After a gathering that included John walker an new acquaintance...he is found dead an apparent suicide.

Maxie doesn't know very much about John Walker, as a matter of fact she really doesn't know anything about him. A search to find who he really was and if there are any living relatives to cast a l
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Carole
Jun 01, 2016 Carole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Maxie and Stretch decide that this winter, unlike several winters past, they will stay home in Homer, Alaska, instead of escaping into the lower 48 to warmer climates. She is out for a walk with Stretch when she meets and gives a lift to a young man. She likes him so well that she invites him to a supper gathering for her son and several friends at her home. He tells her that he will be going back to Fairbanks shortly. She finds two books he had bought left on her porch with a note from him. She ...more
Rachel
Jan 24, 2016 Rachel rated it did not like it
This is supposedly a mystery though really most of the book was about the main character Maxie hanging out with her friends and repeating endlessly, in great detail, the few events that do happen in the book. To describe what little plot there is, Maxie meets a man John Walker who is visiting Homer, Alaska and for no particular reason invites him and a bunch of other people to dinner. Then John is found dead, an apparent suicide and the state troopers seek Maxie's help in finding John's true ide ...more
Mary
Sep 09, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Sue Henry's cozy mysteries. I love Maxie and Stretch...but where's the mystery in The End of the Road? No character development, no clues, nothing. An opportunity to include Alex and Jess into the solution of the "mystery" was missed within several pages of describing their dinner together. And while on the subject of describing things...most of the text was describing clothing, buildings, weather, useless info- - -just filler. I wondered if Ms. Henry had to meet a deadline the ...more
Meagan
Jan 11, 2010 Meagan rated it it was ok
The End of the Road is one of Sue Henry's Maxie and Stretch mysteries, and it was selected by my book club as the next read. Perhaps it is because I haven't read the other books in the series, but I found this book to be flat and un-engaging. The characters have a lot of potential to be interesting, as they are all independent and eccentric types from small-town Alaska, but they never really seemed to come alive. The mystery was kind of loosey-goosey, and the author spent most of her time tellin ...more
Rhonda
Mar 30, 2014 Rhonda rated it liked it
Well this was a cute book. Read it in less than 24 hours. Nothing overly thrilling or suspenseful about it, but a good mystery all the same if you are not good as solving them.
This one, even though I could figure out most of the book before the ending. It was not all pulled together until the last page. The dog, whom plays "Stretch" is cute and adorable, but nothing outstanding as far as "dog Detective duo's go" in most books like these.

If you want an easy and fast read for an airplane ride, or
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Lbaker
Mar 27, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-female
I have enjoyed reading Maxie and Stretch while they've been on the road, but the descriptions of their home town makes me want to go north and visit The End of the Road where this book is set.

The characters are well rounded, I love the fact that her two series merge as friends, and was happy to see the sled dog Tank, and love to imagine Tank and Stretch together.

This series makes one think that getting older might not be too bad - after all there aren't any other options, I want to age like Max
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Debra
Sep 26, 2012 Debra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
In this Maxie and Stretch book, Maxie decides to spend the winter at home in Homer, Alaska instead of traveling the lower 48 in her RV. When she befriends a young man who later turns up dead of an apparent suicide, Maxie becomes involved in solving the mystery of who he is and why he came to Home to kill himself. The mystery turns even more ominous when Maxie returns home from a trip to Anchorage to find someone has been living in her house while she was away, someone she did NOT invite....
Elaine
May 30, 2011 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very short book and not up to Sue Henry's usual quality. This story could have been so much more. Better character development would have made for a much longer and more interesting story. It seemed like the author just got tired of writing this book and ended it. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 star just because I like the main character, Maxie, and have enjoyed her other adventures. I hope author Sue Henry does a better job on her next Maxie mystery.
Tanya
Sep 25, 2010 Tanya rated it did not like it
I've read some Sue Henry and enjoyed it, but was deeply disappointed with this one. The over description felt like the author was just trying to brag about how much she knew about this part of Alaska. I didn't care what every character thought and felt about every little thing. The murder mystery that was supposed to be the story was weak and boring. I stuck with it to the end, but never saw a turning point where the story/ writing improved.
Gerry
Jan 23, 2011 Gerry rated it really liked it
This one caught my eye on the Choice Reads shelf.
Maxie and her little dog Stretch, decide to stay home for the winter. Home, being Homer, Alaska. I've never been to Homer but have read about it and have a friend who lives there. And of course mysterious things happen and Maxie gets involved in a murder - or I should say murders?
Anyway, I'm sure I'll read more of the Maxie and Stretch series when I'm in the mood for a nice light mystery.
Mary
Mar 24, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok
Not my normal style, but I needed an audio book & this was on the shelf. Maxie is a widow lady & Stretch is her miniature dachhound. If I had been reading it, I could have skipped a lot of yada yada. It's only 5 CDs so I listened to the whole thing. Several dead bodies & a bunch of interesting folks who live in Homer Alaska. I was interested enough in Homer to google it. Nice little town, with gorgeous scenery!
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Sue Henry is the author of six novels in her award-winning Alaska mystery series: Murder on the Iditarod Trail, Termination Dust, Sleeping Lady, Death Takes Passage, Deadfall, and Murder on the Yukon Quest. She has lived in Alaska for almost aquarter of a century, and brings history, Alaskan lore, and the majestic beauty of the vast landscape to her mysteries. Based in Anchorage, where she teaches ...more
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