The Serpents Trail

The Serpents Trail

A Maxie and Stretch Mystery

Book - 2004
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Penguin Putnam
From an author whose "twists and turns keep you turning the pages" (Denver Post) comes a brand-new mystery series starring Maxie McNabb-an independent retiree whose adventures across the country in her motor home are destined for murderous roadblocks.

At 63, Maxie is cruising down the Alaska Highway in her brand-new Winnebago. She's always been a gypsy at heart-and 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 burglarized her friend's Colorado home-and why. But 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...

Baker & Taylor
Cruising across America in her new Winnebago, with her dachshund at her side, independent retiree Maxie McNabb must put her wanderlust aside to investigate a burglary at her friend's Colorado home, but the closer she gets to the answer to the puzzle, the more her life is in danger. By the author of Murder on the Iditarod Trail. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
At sixty-three, Maxie isn't sure that leaving everything behind for life on the road is the best move. But once her belongings are packed and she begins cruising down the Alaska Highway in her Winnebago, she has no doubt she's done the right thing. After all, she's always been a gypsy at heart. With her mini-dachshund, Stretch, at her side and the open road ahead, she's never been happier.
Before her exploration of the Lower Forty-eight gets under way, Maxie is called to the side of her dear old friend Sarah Nunamaker. Terminally ill, Sarah made it clear she has a secret she needs to reveal to Maxie in person. But by the time Maxie pulls into Grand Junction, Colorado, her friend is in the hospital, barely conscious. And someone has broken in to Sarah's Victorian home, leaving her bedroom in shambles. While the police have no insight into who burgled Sarah's house - or why - Maxie is convinced it must have something to do with Sarah's delusionary ramblings. Now, as Maxie seeks an answer to this puzzle, it becomes chillingly clear that Sarah's life isn't the only one on the line.

Baker
& Taylor

Cruising across America in her new Winnebago, with her dachshund at her side, retiree Maxie McNabb must put her wanderlust aside to investigate a burglary at her friend's Colorado home, but the closer she gets to the answer to the puzzle, the more her life is in danger.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2004
ISBN: 9780451211224
0451211227
9780451411785
0451411781
Characteristics: 276 p. : map ; 24 cm

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ramananrv
Sep 30, 2015

A thrilling adventure to read, especially the second half of the book keeps you on the edge. I read all of the second half sitting late, through the night, because the story was progressing fast and plot too mysterious to take a break.

However, the author goes a bit too deep in her descriptions of the natural wonders and scenaries of the Rocky Mountains and its towns, which while informative, gets in the way of the plot. Also, the plot is not really water tight and has a few loose ends that don't eventually fit together. (Not describing them as they will turn out to be spoilers).

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 05, 2014

Maxie, 63, is called from AK to the deathbed of her oldest friend, Sarah, in CO, who needs to tell her something before she dies. When she arrives, Sarah's in the hospital and can only remind her of the hiding games they played in college. The nurse makes her leave, and in the morning, Sarah's dead. The post mortem shows she was smothered. Luckily, she'd given Maxie the phone number of her lawyer before Maxie got on the road, and told her he could be trusted. Sarah had changed her will, making Maxie the executor, cutting her son out. The son shows up, furious. So does the man Maxie and Sarah knew in college, who has been dating Sarah since both were widowed--but Sarah has't told Maxie. Then a young woman who looks just like Sarah appears, claiming to be her daughter, who had just found her birth mother a few months before, and was caring for her. As Maxie stays in Sarah's driveway in her Winnebago, intruders break into Sarah's house, ransaking her room. Things get more and more complex--in fact the plot gets a bit out of hand. But Maxie, her mini-dauchsund Stretch, and her new small Winnebago, are all great, well rounded characters. Maxie's a great role model of an active, curious senior detective. I'd like to be like her, though she does get into some pickles!

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