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The Tooth of Time

(Maxie and Stretch #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  773 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Zigzagging the country in a mini-Winnie means endless adventure-and Maxie McNabb is always up for something new. So she and her dog, Stretch, head for the heat of New Mexico, where Maxie plans to learn how to weave. But everything changes for the sleepy town when a local woman attempts suicide. A casualty of her husband's mid-life crisis, she was replaced by a newer, sexie ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by NAL Hardcover
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Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my top 5 fav books. This is book 2. 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 weinee 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 to find her. She is a ...more
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, in my defense I'm at the beach for the week and I think that you should read some pure fluffy books while sitting at the shore. My friend, Nelson, calls these books "black cover books" and I have to admit that much of the cover is either black or in dark tones. Also, I'm planning a trip out west this spring and this story takes place in Taos, which I'm planning to visit. Call it a peek into the future. That having been said, Sue Henry reminds me of the writing of Oklahoma City writer, Caro ...more
Molly Franks
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read by Sue Henry. I loved it!

I usually skip over the narrative about the rolling hills and crap. But I found myself reading hers. She has a way with words!

This about Maxine and her little dog. She's a widow from Alaska. Maxine has her RV and she and her dog spend many months each year on the road just going to where she fancies. She also gets caught up in murder and solves the cases. Really cute and fun to read.

I just found that she has written a bunch of books and I ha
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review: 4-1/2☆'s
Amazing descriptives of the area. Makes me want to hop into a motor home & set off on an adventure. I just wouldn't want to deal with all the murder & challenges that go along with it. I'd love to get back into weaving again especially on a floor loom. All the many colors of yarn sound wonderful. I'd love to see the Tooth of Time & visit Taos again. As for the storyline, in spots it's a bit slow but I guess that's why it's a cozy mystery. Sue
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this intriguing RVing, travelog mystery story. It was a good blend of the day to day and the mystery that needed to be solved before something else happens. It is refreshing to have the main character get into difficult situations and get out by such common place methods. I will definitely be looking for more tales of Maxie and Stretch to read.
Dana Franklin
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I like the premise of these books, and it’s been a while since I read the first one, but I’m disappointed. Between the paragraphs that end along the line of “If I’d only known...” and the excruciating detail of Taos, I couldn’t enjoy the book. I’ll read one more in the series, hopefully it’s better. PS: when is early 60s a senior citizen?!?!
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite. A convoluted story line with the confusing inclusion of a character from a much earlier story. I'm guessing that was just to wrap up a loose end from his previous appearance. To add to theconfusion, there was a flashback journal entry to tell the story.
Lesa Dierking
I didn't care for the second book in the series nearly as much as the first. I'll try the third to see if ogres better however.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining, lighter read. A couple parts were predictable, but it still kept me turning the pages.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wom2019
Maxie and Stretch find trouble in the weaving community in Taos, NM.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have not totally warmed up to this series yet. Although I would classify this one as a cozy mystery, it seemed more of a travelogue of Taos, New Mexico and surrounding areas with a murder thrown in as an afterthought. If I had ever been to Taos, this might have been appealing; but for me, this made the book a slow read.

The book begins with 63 year-old Maxie McNabb and her cute little mini-dachshund, Stretch, fleeing Taos in her Winnebago RV, because she fears a killer is out to get her. She be
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tooth of Time reads more like a travelogue of New Mexico than a murder mystery. I would say that you are about halfway into the book before the main mystery appears. There is a brief mention of a body in a yarn-dying vat prior to that, but it is quickly brushed over. It is not until the very end of the story, before you are told that the two murders that appear in the book are related.

Maxie McNabb and her dog Stretch are once again on the road traveling in their Minnie Winnie and exploring
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An RV (recreational vehicle) adventure with just a bit of mystery and a new hobby/craft.

Mainly I borrowed this book for the mystery. Maxie & Stretch stumble into the middle of some weird stuff, while Maxie knows she should stay out of things, she gets involved anyway! A friend of a friend is in the hospital recuperating from a recent attempt at suicide. Maxie's friend is busy and asks her to take care of the new acquaintance, Shirley. Maxie finds out a few things, and realizes that Shirley
Alaskan senior citizen Maxie McNabb, along with her weiner dog Stretch, have been traveling in the lower 48 states and the current journey takes them to Taos, New Mexico, in their mini Winnebago RV. While visiting the local yarn shop Maxie is mesmerized by the beautiful woven articles on display and soon she is knee deep in locally dyed yarns and her own small weaving loom. What should be a quiet, picturesque visit to a renowned American art colony quickly turns into a murder mystery for Maxie a ...more

The Tooth of Time: A Maxine and Stretch Mystery (Maxie and Stretch Mystery)
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A fun duo but not enough mystery, June 9, 2013

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"The Tooth of Time"

Since I have 2 dachsdhunds myself I've enjoyed reading this series. Sorry to say that this book in that series did not hold my interest as the others did.

Maxie is a 60ish owner of Stretch, a lovabl
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
Maxie and Stretch are on the road again in the lower 48 states, the southwest to be specific. This time it started off with the murder of her best friend and continued on to Taos, New Mexico, and Colorado. In Taos, Maxie gets involved with a woman who claims she did not try to kill herself, but evidence seems to indicate she did. Later, she succeeds, or was she murdered? Because of her connection to the woman, Maxie is pulled into the mystery and almost gets killed herself. But as usual, Maxie d ...more
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This Sue Henry is not the Alaska novels I've read by her before. Maxie McNabb is twice widowed and traveling in her Winnebago. She has arrived in Taos, New Mexico and goes to a weaving shop. From there she meets a middle-aged woman and then gets involved in a murder; she meets an old friend; she is robbed; her dog gets kidnapped; etc. The writing seems a little stilted and the book has lots of description and is a little slow moving. I didn't think the characters were well-developed, other than ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read a simple mystery after Natchez Burning so I chose this one about a middle ages widow who travels the country in her Mini Winnie RV. She is now in NM which is near and dear to my heart since our eldest daughter and her family lived there for 10 years, and it was fun to revisit through fiction! The widow is drawn unknowingly into a mystery as she tries to help another woman in distress through her friendship with a weaver. Anyway, it was a perfect "read" after a a complex "read" that ...more
Samantha Smith
Disappointing! First thing, Poor Stretch! Maxie shouldn't leave him alone in the car so much or in the RV so much. Once again Sue Henry has written a mystery full of loose ends and characters that do things only for the purpose of fooling the reader. There are things that don't make sense, plot twists that aren't ever explained, and weird foreshadowing that never goes anywhere. I enjoyed all the description of the Southwest, the book made me want to book a trip to the Southwest but it didn't mak ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is #2 out of a short series of 4. I enjoyed this one the most due to the Taos, New Mexico setting. I resonate to this series for many reasons--primarily since it is a "wish-fulfillment" experience for me. Maxie, the intrepid heroine, is roughly my age (60); she travels with a dog (ditto). But most of all, she gets around in a Winnebago. I love Maxie's down-to-earth personality and fearlessness. She is a good and loyal friend and has a good heart.
The series is a treasure!
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Refuge, the third book, before this one and was a little dismayed at several similar plot elements, but the story was light and enjoyable and the travel descriptions interesting--which seem to be the main point of this series anyway. I'm beginning to wonder if she's sponsored by an RV trade association.
Sue Henry was a new author for me. I really enjoyed her Winnebago driving Maxie McNabb, the Alaskan who is driving around with her companion, Stretch, her little mini-dachshund, and stopping where she wants. This trip takes her to Taos where she is quickly immersed in a dangerous mystery that involves murder and weaving. Somehow the murderer thinks that a woman she briefly befriended has given her something.
I will have to find some more of this author.
Holly Booms Walsh
A sort of a cozy mystery with a retired female protagonist who roams in her Winnebago and gets involvesd in solving local mysteries as she goes. This book is also thematic; the author makes sure to provide you with a lot of information about weaving, Taos, and Alaska. It does get very obvious when she does this. The character is likeable, and her little dachshund provides some comic relief. I don't think that the seris is particularly gripping, but it reminded me of my own mother-in-law.
While I adored the first book in this series, this installment was a serious letdown. Not only did I lose some of the love I had for the character of Maxie, I found the plot simplistic and ultimately silly. There were significant omissions in the "solution" and a number of unresolved points. I'm disappointed.


On reread: Meh.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Driving a mini winnebago across the country, Maxi McNabb and her dog, Stretch, end up in New Mexico where she wants to learn how to weave. The story takes place in Taos in a weaving shop I have been to visit several times. She finds herself helping a woman who attempts suicide and gets involved with the people of one of my favorite places in the USA.

Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I liked the premise of an older, independent woman traveling around the country and solving crimes. I liked the descriptions of Taos. I didn't like all the foreshadowing, though. It's a murder mystery; I know there will be bad guys and bad stuff happening so don't need to be told ahead of time. I also was distracted by a couple plot points that didn't make sense.
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I believe I read the first one, too, but it was some while ago. What more appropriate book for me, a senior woman wandering around in an RV. My life is considerably more sedate then hers, but then again, I'm not the heroine of a murder mystery. And I don't have her knack for making friends. This one is set in Taos and environs, and I just spent the summer in Albuquerque, so I really enjoyed it.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, cozy type mystery. Like the main characters, Maxine and Stretch her mini dachshund. Set in Taos, New Mexico where my husband and son are soon going hiking in the scout camp, Philmont. They will see the Tooth of Time while they are there.
LInda L
May 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
My first Sue Henry mystery == I loved it. Maxie is a not=young heroine who lives in Alaska, but travels around the country in her Winnebago. And of course, incidents occur wherever she goes! Great fun!!!!
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, rv
Wonderful new series. Maxie McNapp is 63 and travels over the country in her Winnebago with her mini-dachshund, Stretch. In this story, they fall into the middle of a murder mystery in Taos, New Mexico.
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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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