The Serpents Trail (Maxie and Stretch Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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At sixty-three, Maxie McNabb is cruising down the Alaska Highway in her brand-new Winnebago. With her mini-dachshund at her side and the open road ahead, she's never been happier. But before her exploration of the Lower Forty-eight gets underway, Maxie needs to figure out who burgled her friend's Colorado home-and why. And the closer Maxie gets to solving the puzzle, the more it becomes chillingly clear that her friend's life isn't the only one on the line.
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The Serpents Trail (Maxie and Stretch Series #1)

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Overview

At sixty-three, Maxie McNabb is cruising down the Alaska Highway in her brand-new Winnebago. With her mini-dachshund at her side and the open road ahead, she's never been happier. But before her exploration of the Lower Forty-eight gets underway, Maxie needs to figure out who burgled her friend's Colorado home-and why. And the closer Maxie gets to solving the puzzle, the more it becomes chillingly clear that her friend's life isn't the only one on the line.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Devotees of Henry's Alaska mysteries will be delighted to see 63-year-old Maxine "Maxie" McNabb, the Winnebago-driving, free-spirited widow introduced in Dead North (2001), starring in this gentle whodunit, the first of a new series. Summoned from Alaska to Grand Junction, Colo., to the bedside of her ailing old friend Sarah Nunamaker, Maxie and her adorable mini-dachshund Stretch wheel in just in the nick of time or do they? Sarah's final words to Maxie seem urgent, but leave her little to go on in order to investigate the wrongs to which Sarah mysteriously alludes. Much to the dismay of Alan, Sarah's adopted son, Maxie discovers she's been appointed Sarah's executor. She must also contend with a break-in at Sarah's home and her late friend's penchant for secret hiding places and secrets in general. Then Ed Norris, a college mate of Maxie and Sarah, drops a real bombshell when he reveals the identities of Alan's biological parents. A box of photos, an address on a card and a surprising stranger later lead or mislead Maxie and Stretch to Salt Lake City, where Maxie faces even greater dangers. Cozy crime fans of a certain age will love to live vicariously through Maxie and Stretch in what promises to be a long and popular run of adventures. (Apr. 6) FYI: Henry's first Jessie Arnold mystery, Murder on the Iditarod Trail (1991), won both Anthony and Macavity awards. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Maxie McNabb, a 63-year-old Winnebago owner from Alaska, arrives in Grand Junction, CO, just in time to chase a ransacking intruder from her friend Sarah's home. After imparting a few enigmatic words, Sarah dies unexpectedly; Maxie then remembers her friend's penchant for concealing things and uses the clues she discovers to good advantage. The appearance of mutual friend Ed provides another surprise: apparently, 40-odd years ago he and Sarah had an illegitimate son Maxie later adopted. The son makes himself scarce, but someone tries to kill Maxie and Ed. This first entry in a new series from the Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author of the Jessie Arnold series (Murder on the Iditarod Trail) features an involving tale of old secrets, new revelations, and an endearingly mature protagonist. For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Unlike her musher friend Jesse Arnold (Death Trap, p. 645, etc.), senior citizen Maxie McNabb drives an RV, owns a mini-dachshund instead of a husky-and is rarely tormented by serial killers. Nonetheless, her plan to spend time with an ailing friend is disrupted by violence. Firing up her RV, Maxie heads south from her Alaska home to her old friend Sarah Nunamaker in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sarah, who has only a few months to live, wants Maxie's company. More urgently, she needs Maxie's help with some problem that she refuses to explain. Maxie arrives to find Sarah's house ransacked and Sarah in the hospital. By the next morning Sarah is dead, not from natural causes, and Maxie, her executrix, must settle Sarah's estate, which she has left to her adopted son and any natural children of her own, the existence of whom no one has ever suspected until Ed Norris, Sarah's college boyfriend, claims that Sarah's adopted son, Alan, is actually his. Emphatically denying this birthright, Alan makes it clear that he resents Maxie's and Ed's presence. Puzzled and stung, Maxie searches Sarah's home for the secret hiding places her friend loved to devise, in between dodging car collisions at the Colorado State Monument and research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Luckily, Maxie is no Miss Marple, and those who like Henry's chatty style will like this departure, too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101098042
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Maxie and Stretch Series, #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 83,220
  • File size: 320 KB

Meet the Author

Sue Henry's first Jessie Arnold mystery, Murder on the Iditarod Trail, won both the Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel. Since then, the critically acclaimed series has extended to ten books. The Serpents Trail is the first in a new spinoff series starring retiree and avid RVer Maxie McNabb. Henry is a former college administrator who has lived in Alaska for 30 years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Author has little understanding of firearms

    As a 50 year old male, I don't think I am the typical reader of this genre. I am a voracious reader, tho, and read just about anything. I liked this protagonist and as I former Dachshund owner, I particularly liked Stretch. I would recommend this title to anyone who is into this type of book. Two things took away a little from the enjoyment. The first is the author's lack of firearms knowledge. Her contention that a shotgun is a better defensive weapon in the close quarters of an RV is way off as is her statement that a handgun can be more easily taken from its owner. Any rifle or shotgun can be easily wrested from most senior citizens. A short barreled handgun would be far more secure. At close range a shotgun must be aimed to get a hit, just like a handgun. I guess a shotgun wielding granny is a better visual, but the logic behind the choice of weapon is lacking. Of course, lack of firearms knowledge is almost universal among authors of this, and many other, genres. It is also a pet peeve of mine. The other thing that I didn't care for was the occasional use of third person in an otherwise first person narrative. If the story is being told by Maxie, she would have no way of knowing what the mysterious figure was doing.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    As always, a pleasant book

    I love reading Sue's books. I have Siberians and love mystery. How perfect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Maxie and Stretch are my new best friends!

    What a treat to find a mystery where the "stars" are a lady in her 60's and a dachsund. I love the characters. I enjoy all Sue Henry books, but being myself " a lady in her 60's" I especially enjoy this Maxie McNabb series. It is well written and interesting.... lots of scenery descriptions of interesting places... but not until it's boring. The mystery is well thought out and holds your attention. All in all, I think it is a wonderful series and I hope she writes a lot more. We need more smart and sassy "older women" in fiction. I identified more with this series maybe because I am of a similar age, but anyone would enjoy it, I think. Just as I also enjoy books with younger characters. I highly recommend this book, and all of the Maxie and Stretch series to anyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

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    Sixty-three-year-old Maxie McNabb leaves Alaska in her new Winnebago RV with her mini-dachshund, Stretch, to go see her friend Sarah Nunamaker in Grand Junction, Colorado. When she arrives, she finds her friend in the hospital and barely conscious and Sarah's house broken into with her bedroom being the worst. When she came, she knew Sarah was on her last days, but is still heartbroken when Sarah dies without Maxie really being able to speak to her. Sarah had tried to talk, but most of it didn't make sense. Unbeknownst to Maxie, Sarah, her best friend since college, had a baby during college. Maxie just can't believe it, but once she sets eyes on this newfound child of Sarah's she knows it is true. Plus an old flame of Sarah's and Maxie's appears on the scene. Sarah's son, Alan, is very angry and often causes an uproar. Maxie knows that Sarah was good at hiding things and must find the document she told Maxie she'd written to explain everything. Can she find this document and figure out what is going on before she finds herself needing help? I have never read anything else by this author. I really liked the characters and the fact that the protagonist travels in an RV. Great idea. Hopefully I will get to read more in this series to see how Maxie develops over time. I enjoyed her spunk and adventure! I recommend this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Maxie and Stretch

    I loved reading about Maxie on the Serpents Trail in Colo. Nat'l Monument, which I live near. I also loved Stretch--I grew up with a dachshund & it brought such fond memories back. Please, Sue Henry, keep writing about Maxie & Stretch-they are so great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Kept me interested through the end

    I read this book after meeting the author at a campground. It kept me interested and involved to the point of not being able to put the book down. I will now go back and read her other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A MUST READ

    I personally have not read this book yet, but read many other Sue Henry's books and if this one is like the rest better have a cath or bedpan at the ready as you are not going to want to put the book down. I read one book on one Saturday while I was home alone and the dogs were being good and quiet! Enjoy,

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    A Fun Read

    I really enjoyed reading this first book in the series! It was light, funny in some places and took some twists and turns that I did not expect. The author did a lovely job of building the characters and the relationships and I love her little dog!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    :)

    Loved this just got #2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    A great read. The book is light and pleasant. Holds my interst

    A great read. The book is light and pleasant. Holds my interst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    A snoozer

    After reading the Alaska sled dog series, I was somewhat dissappointed in this book. I felt the 'mystery' was lacking and the story not up to Ms Henry's standard.

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