The Tooth of Time: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery
New American Library, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Tim Davis
ixty-three year old Alaskan snowbird Maxie McNabb is on the road again. With her mini-dachshund Stretch as her companion in a thirty-foot Winnebago RV, the twice widowed Maxie is having a wonderful time with plenty of adventures while traveling through the American southwest.
hen Maxie and Stretch arrive in Taos, New Mexico, they find that the little town seems quite pleasant, restful, and hospitable. So, with some extra time on her hands, Maxie - a woman who enjoys knitting and needlework but has not yet tried her hand at weaving - stops by Weaving Southwest, a small shop that offers weaving lessons and plenty of supplies, and there she meets some new friends and sets about the challenge of learning all about a new textile craft.
owever, as Maxie soon discovers, all is not peaceful and quiet in Taos. When a local weaver apparently attempts suicide, and when an unidentified man's body is found on another weaver's property, Maxie - an amateur sleuth who would give Cabot Cove's Jessica Fletcher a run for her money - finds herself involved in a very puzzling and increasingly dangerous set of problems: larceny, kidnapping, assault, drowning, poisoning, and murder! But, of course, Maxie unravels the mystery and solves the problems (and peace and quiet are restored in Taos). She even gets a little help - and a bit of a scare - from Stretch.
he Tooth of Time
is a seductively enjoyable romp with lots of interesting characters and enough excitement to keep the pages quickly turning, and Maxie McNabb - as already noted by Earlene Fowler - is one of mystery fiction's most '
' sleuths. And Rick Riordan says that Maxie is '
the most refreshingly original protagonist to come along in years.
' Many readers will eagerly embrace the peripatetic snowbird and her mini-dachshund in
The Tooth of Time
. Sue Henry, author of
The Serpent's Tail
, has come up with another singular winner here, and readers will be hoping for more Maxie and Stretch mysteries to be on their way soon to bookstores and libraries.
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