In The Tooth of Time, Sue Henry's second Maxie and Stretch mystery (and sequel to The Serpents Trail), the 60-something Winnebago-driving adventurer and her canine sidekick are back for another scenic escapade, this time in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, where the ever-inquisitive "motor-homing senior gypsy" stumbles across two bizarre murders involving a close-knit community of artists.
Traveling through southern Colorado, Maxie McNabb decides to stop in Taos, New Mexico, to visit a renowned weaving store and meet its owner. Once there, she falls in love with the area's unique blend of Indian, Spanish, and Anglo-American cultures. The small group of artists who frequent Weaving Southwest are as friendly as they are brilliant; and Maxie, an avid knitter herself, decides to stay awhile and pick up a few pointers. But when she meets an emotionally disturbed woman who just got scammed out of $100,000 by a smooth-talking con man, Maxie unknowingly becomes involved in a dangerously complicated drama that could get her -- and her wiener dog -- killed.
Equal parts Charles Kuralt's On the Road and Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote, Henry's The Tooth of Time is an interesting change of pace for discerning fans of amateur sleuth mysteries. One thing is for sure: Readers will love Maxie -- an adventurous, AARP card-carrying protagonist as dignified as she is courageous and resourceful -- and her pint-sized dachshund, Stretch. Paul Goat Allen