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

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

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by Sue Henry
 

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Drifter John Walker has no friends, but he's so engaging that Maxie invites him over for dinner. The next day he moves on-and is later found dead in his motel room. What looks like a simple suicide quickly grows more complicated when police discover that Walker was living under an assumed identity. Maxie tries to fathom why he would choose to end his life where the

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Drifter John Walker has no friends, but he's so engaging that Maxie invites him over for dinner. The next day he moves on-and is later found dead in his motel room. What looks like a simple suicide quickly grows more complicated when police discover that Walker was living under an assumed identity. Maxie tries to fathom why he would choose to end his life where the U.S. highway system ends-and where Maxie just might meet a dead end of her own.

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Publishers Weekly
In Anthony-winner Henry's so-so fourth whodunit to feature Alaska widow Maxie McNabb and her dachshund, Stretch (after 2007's The Refuge), Maxie and Stretch befriend John Walker, a lonely tourist. Later, in the room of the inn where he's staying in Homer, John apparently shoots himself in the head with a pistol. Earlier, John attended a supper party at Maxie's, where he'd shown no signs of being suicidal, though Maxie's visiting son had found him a little too vague about his past. Alaska state trooper Alan Nelson confirms that the victim was using a false name and enlists Maxie's skills in figuring out his true identity. The plot thickens after Maxie discovers someone broke into her home while she was visiting Anchorage, and a stranger shows up claiming to be John's sister. While Henry does her usual fine job of depicting the lovely Alaskan landscape, the rushed resolution and not knowing enough about John to care about his fate will dissatisfy some readers. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Maxie McNabb and Stretch, her faithful miniature dachshund, stay home for the winter and find another mystery to solve when they give a stranger a ride into Homer, AK, as a storm threatens. Soon the man is dead, but no one knows who he is or why he was in Homer. VERDICT The focus in this fourth entry in Henry's award-winning series (The Serpents Trail) is more on Maxie's daily life than the mystery. Readers looking for a gentle story à la Carolyn Hart will be pleasantly rewarded. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 12/08.]\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451227607
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Series:
Maxie and Stretch Series , #4
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
747,186
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Sue Henry is an Anthony, Macavity, and Agatha Awardwinning author.

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The End of the Road (Maxie and Stretch Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
She usually takes her RV and her mini dachshund Stretch to the lower Forty-eight during her get away from Alaska's cold. However, this Maxie McNabb decides to stay home in Homer. All the snowbirds have fled south so when Maxie and Stretch walk on the beach she is surprised to meet someone else there. She invites John Walker to dinner with her and some of her friends and her son. Johne seems evasive about his life before he came to Homer. The next day Maxie is sunned to learn John killed himself and he had no ID on him. When she goes to Anchorage Maxie sees a woman almost everywhere she goes, but the woman who seems to be following her makes no attempt at direct contact. Back home, Maxie sees her door ajar and smells perfume inside. A woman arrives soon afterward insisting she is John's sister Amy, but vanishes before Maxie can get her to talk with the police. Anxious with fear, Maxie tries to stay ahead of the woman because she has a bad vibe about her.. Alaska comes alive in this colorful amateur sleuth mystery starring an intrepid female sexagenarian who has the energy to light up the Arctic during the extended night. Saddened by John's death, Maxie moves on although events (and people) pull her right back into a deadly scenario. The support cast is solid, Stretch a darling and the heroine super, but Alaska is the superstar of Sue Henry's terrific THE END OF THE ROAD. Harriet Klausner
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
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 towards uncovering a mystery. This book, however, devotes most of its content to those interactions among characters who would better be described as “ordinary” than “quirky” – or “bland”, rather than “interesting” – and little to none with an actual mystery. As an aside: There is an undercurrent that surfaces in various aspects of the book, in which the character looks at the deaths of her former husbands, the advancing age of her dachshund Stretch, and the mortality of the lead character herself. Given that this turned out to be the last novel published by the author – an announced book in her other series has never seen the light of day – and frankly, the decline in quality over earlier works by the author, I have to wonder if Ms. Henry was sending a message to her readers that she was also contemplating her own mortality. RATING: 2 stars. I questioned whether it would be more polite for this amateur reviewer to simply “bury” the review rather than post it. However, it appears I am not the only person who felt this work to be weak when compared to the author’s earlier efforts. I hope that I worded it professionally and with courtesy to a living, breathing, human being who could be sitting at the other side of a computer screen reading what some stranger thought about her efforts.
RMJReviews More than 1 year ago
What a fun, adventurous series from Sue Henry! I loved the first book because it was a mystery set in my home town. Then Maxie and Stretch travel to another favorite RV destination in New Mexico. They even fly to Hawaii for one part of the series and finally here are back in Alaska. The series is really filled with a lot of inspiration to women traveling single in RV's as well as just being a good story. I think there were a few places that Sue wrote Maxie into a silly setting…i.e. after one break-in to my motor home I'd have had ALL locks replaced immediately! Anyway the plots keep you entertained on or off the road and are really fun 'reads.' You'll fall in love with Stretch as I did! I highly recommend this series. I was sad to see it end. Maybe Maxie will take those keys down and head out again sometime.
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lakota12 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the Maxie & Stretch books, and this one was also good. It is a light story for a cold night by the fire. It makes me want to visit Alaska, and I like the descriptions of the various locations.
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Sue Henry never fails to entertain. The latest in this series is one of her best books.
Mr-G More than 1 year ago
A very relaxing, not too intense, mystery with good characters and style. I will read more in the series.