The Serpents Trail (Maxie and Stretch Series #1)

The Serpents Trail (Maxie and Stretch Series #1)

by Sue Henry

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The Serpents Trail (Maxie and Stretch Series #1) by Sue Henry

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451411785
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Series: Maxie and Stretch Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 458,051
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sue Henry is the author of the award-winning Alaska mystery series. She has lived in Alaska for almost a quarter of a century and brings history, Alaskan lore, and the majestic beauty of the vast landscape to her mysteries. She teaches writing at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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Serpents Trail (Maxie and Stretch Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
bjsbar More than 1 year ago
I love reading Sue's books. I have Siberians and love mystery. How perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very descriptive almost to distraction of the plot. If you are a dog lover you might be upset with with the neglect of the little dog. The story moves along with twists and bends that kept me interested until the end, but was able to quess "who dunnit" well before the reveal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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, pdfbearlebanon
Bevs-Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this just got #2
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A great read. The book is light and pleasant. Holds my interst.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.