©2004 Sue Henry; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Cozy crime fans...will love to live vicariously through Maxie and Stretch in what promises to be a long and popular run of adventures." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another winner." (Booklist)
This is the second book in the series that I've listened to. What I like: the main character, Maxie, seems like a real person; the whole traveling by yourself life in a Winnebago is so fun to "ride along" on vicariously; and Stretch plays a pretty darn good second banana. What I don't like: at times, the narration sounds like a travelogue; at other times, a very boring monologue. The narrator can go into excruciating detail about a local landmark - I'm guessing to establish a sense of place - and what's tougher for me to take, can also go into excruciating detail about her inner thoughts on a barely relevant but not especially interesting topic just when the external action starts to pick up. And Maxie, because in some ways she is so slow and deliberate, can sometimes worry back and forth over a conclusion that seems so obvious. I find myself telling my CD player, "Duh - you think?" All in all, it's entertaining enough, but if you like your action to move along at a brisk pace, this author's style may drive you crazy.
so love the series. she is out there driving her new mini wini. and solving crimes. it is a great escape read. especially if you are closing in on retirement like i am.
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