cover image The Tooth of Time: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery

The Tooth of Time: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery

Sue Henry, . . NAL, $23.95 (242pp) ISBN 978-0-451-21765-3

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.)