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The Tooth of Time

by Sue Henry

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I enjoy these cozy mysteries by Sue Henry. Maxie McNabb is a widowed lady from Alaska who travels in her 30 foot Winnebago with her miniature dachsund, Stretch. In this novel, the second in the series, Maxie moves to Taos, New Mexico when the whether outside of Phoenix starts getting too warm in May. One reason she chose Taos is because of the many artists who live there. Maxie knits and does other fabric arts and she has been ordering her yarn from a place in Taos that specializes in weaving. One of the first things she does in town is go to Weaving Southwest to get some more wool. And that's how the trouble starts.

One woman who had been taking weaving classes was found almost asphyxiated in her car. The woman, Shirley Morgan, denies that she had been trying to commit suicide. Maxie gets involved and invites her to stay in her motorhome but is dismayed when Shirley disappears without a word the next morning. Then Shirley is found dead in her bathtub apparently having slit her wrists. And Maxie's motorhome is broken into and searched while Maxie is out. Then Stretch is kidnapped and Maxie is told to get him back she has to give the kidnappers what Shirley left for her. Maxie does manage to get Stretch back even though she has no idea what the kidnappers want. She leaves town but soon returns when her conscience (or her dead husband's voice) makes her realize she has to help solve Shirley's murder.

Henry includes lots of details about Taos and the surrounding area as well as much information about weaving and wool dyeing. It was just the sort of quick, light read that I wanted for our vacation in Alberta. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 9, 2017 |
The main character, Maxie McNabb, is an older twice widowed woman who with her dog Stretch is from Alaska but during the winter, she travels in her small RV throughout the country. She is in the Taos, New Mexico area when a woman she let stay in her RV for a night is found dead. She befriends the local Detective and she makes friends with locals involved in weaving and working with yarn, including dying. I liked Maxie. She parks her RV and rents a car and checks out local landscape and other attractions. In the summer, she returns home to Alaska. The dog belonged to her last husband. I am going to check out other books in this series.
  taurus27 | Dec 13, 2016 |
That super sleuthing Dachshund is back once again with owner, Maxie McNabb, and traveling to New Mexico where they meet Shirley Morgan, whose hubby has left her for a younger woman! But when Shirley disappears, these two will discover a lot about her disappearance.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Sep 26, 2016 |
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 as she becomes an innocent bystander when a new acquaintance is killed after visiting Maxie in her Mini Winnie. Apparently the murder victim hid something valuable in the motor home because Maxie finds it ransacked and her beloved Stretch dognapped. Unable to find whatever it is the killers are after, Maxie fears for Stretch's life as well as her own.

This is the first book I have read in this series by Sue Henry and while it was a quick, light read I don't think I enjoyed it enough to continue with the rest of the books. The mystery itself was rather convoluted and strange but Henry's descriptions of New Mexico, Taos and the art of weaving are very interesting. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
6 hours, 52 min. Overly detailed boring murder mystery. I skipped the 5th disk and didn't miss much. Boring. She details the dying process of yarn etc. which has nothing to do with the story. Too much small talk dialogue. ( )
  gaillamontagne | May 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451412370, Mass Market Paperback)

She's the Winnebago-driving, pistol-packing sixty-something-year-old-and she's back, with her mini-Dachshund Stretch. She's Maxie McNabb-and criminals from the frigid Iditarod Trail to the scorching Southwest had better beware. This time, before leaving New Mexico's lovely warmth, Maxie sets out to turn one on-edge town back into a peaceful pueblo.

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Heading for New Mexico in her mini-Winnebago, Maxie McNabb and her dog, Stretch, find their cross-country odyssey interrupted by the attempted suicide of a local woman despondent over the infidelity of her middle-aged husband.

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