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The Serpents Trail: A Maxie and Stretch Mystery Series (Maxie and Stretch #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  706 ratings  ·  81 reviews
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 m ...more
Published March 19th 2004 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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This is the first of the Maxie and Stretch mysteries by Sue Henry and the first of her books that I've read. Since we were headed out in our camper for a couple of weeks, I thought this would be appropriate to read at the campground. The main character is an older, independent woman who lives in Alaska. After her husband dies she travels to the lower 48 in her RV with her mini dachshund to see the sights, visit family and friends, and to get away from the Alaskan winters. It is early Fall when h ...more
Well, it's summer and I am trying new murder mystery series. And what I am learning is I am a dithering old person who nobody takes seriously.


I am going to try another book in this series because I did rather enjoy the main character --- who is just a few years older than I but speaks of herself as an 'old' grandma type, even though she is not living an old grandma existence. She is driving around in her Winnebago with her mini-daschund and packing some heat (for safety purposes, of cour
This was my first Sue Henry book and I liked it, but am reserving further judgement until I read a couple more - hence three stars. This book was a cozy mystery and part travelogue on places our heroine is visiting. Maxie McNabb is an independent, free-spirited, level-headed 63 year old woman who travels around in a Minnie-Winnie Winnebago with her mini-dachshund named Stretch. She summers on the Kenai Peninsula, spent last winter in New Mexico and loves exploring the lower 48 states. Maxie rece ...more
Kimmy Yates
In my top 5 fav books. The whole series was great. There are 4 books in the series, and I wish Sue Henry (one of my fav authors) had kept the story going on into more books. This is a cozy with a bit of thrill. I loved that you have an older lady who lives in Alaska but takes her RV, along with her weenie dog Stretch, into the lower 48 for travel and adventure. Along the way in each book she visits a different state, a different murder. Or rather murder seems to find her. She is always the smart ...more
I picked this up because it was set in Grand Junction, with side trips to Salt Lake. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to keep me interested... it didn't help that I was listening to it (vs reading) and the reader kept mispronouncing place names. For example, Fruita Colorado was pronounced "Froo-ee-ta". Kind of took the fun out of it.
Twice widowed sixty-something Maxie McNabb and her traveling companion mini-dachshund Stretch have discovered the pleasures of RV traveling. Longtime resident of Alaska, Maxie has been wintering in the western state of New Mexico since starting her RV days. She seems to get mixed up in murder everywhere she goes. This story is no exception; her longtime best friend Sarah calls her begging her to start her trip early because she has found out that she has only weeks to live and she wants to have ...more
Cathy Cole
I was in the mood for a soft-edged, intriguing mystery filled with excellent characters, and that's exactly what I found in The Serpents Trail. Already familiar with Sue Henry's Jessie Arnold mysteries set in Alaska, I wanted to see what a wandering sixtysomething widow with a small dog and an RV could do.

Maxie McNabb is in the minority in the crime fiction community of characters. She's in her sixties. She's widowed after two happy and fulfilling marriages and has no inclination to go that rou
When I first picked up this book, I saw the name Sue Henry and immediately remember the Jessie Arnold series that I had started last year and thought that this was another in that series. Well, no, I was wrong; this is a series that involves Maxie and her dog, a mini-dachshund named Stretch, traveling in their trusty Winnebago.

When twice-widowed 63-year-old Maxie gets a call from an old friend living in Colorado, she decides that it is time to take a little trip. Sarah is her dearest college fri
Lena Jo
Loved! Can you believe I grabbed this book out of a .10 box because the back of the book said the lady was going to Grand Junction, CO - a place where I lived for a couple of years. It is a cozy - not my normal read but hey. For .10 it could fall apart out by the pool and I could throw it away. A real bizarre thing about this book. I am always doing a search for authors who include dogs in their stories - since my first book, Special Run, is about a dog. Totally unrelated I had downloaded a book ...more
Samantha Smith
I love camping and the outdoors and I love, love, love dachshunds. So how could I not read this book. I really like the concept of the book, a retired lady traveling around the country in her RV with her best-friend Stretch the dachshund. Maxie is a lady I would like to meet. She is an independent and energetic lady with a good outlook on life. I enjoyed all the description of the scenery (makes me want to go on vacation) and I liked the set up of the crime. The mystery is definitely a cozy myst ...more
It was very enjoyable. Mystery is good and was a little surprising. Has a lot of travel info as she describes in great detail the areas in which Maxie and Stretch find themselves. Ms. Henry obviously has a great love of the outdoors. We're hoping to do some RV traveling ourselves and she's given me some ideas of places to visit. Hopefully, we won't run into any obsessive murderers. LOL
I have not read anything by this author before. I'm not sure I'll read any others. This one is set in Grand Junction, which is why I picked it up. The "detective" in the series is Maxie McCann, a 63-year-old Alaskan widow, who travels around with her dachshund much of North America in an RV. Clever concept, and there is plenty of info about RVing included.

The mystery surrounds the death of an old college friend of hers in Junction just after she arrives in town. Maxie has been named executor of
She just beats you over the head with things. I keep thinking; show, don't tell. Not a horrible mystery, I didn't guess all the twists and turns. Why does every older woman in these stories sit down alone with her booze to brood and think? Very formulaic.
Jul 28, 2008 Sue marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Cozy Mystery. With her mini-dachshund, Stretch, by her side, 63-year-old retiree Maxie McNabb cruises across America in her Winnebago, indulging her wanderlust. So when Sarah, a dying friend in Grand Junction, Colorado, calls and asks Maxie to come visit, she does. Unfortunately, when Maxie arrives, Sarah is in the hospital and soon dies from very unnatural causes. Who would kill her? Maxie remembers Sarah's penchant for secrets and hiding places and begins puzzling out the answer, but the close ...more
Emily Crow
A decent mystery, and I really liked that the main character has a dachshund. The book did suffer, like many in this genre, from having the protagonist, Maxie, acting rather stupid. (view spoiler)
A mystery for me. Loved RVing as a kid and can't help but love a mystery, so it's a double wammy. I only gave it three stars because it wasn't a showstopper. I liked it nonetheless.
A friend recommended Sue Henry to me, and I enjoyed this novel about Maxie, a 63-year-old widow, who travels the country in her Winnebago with her little dog. It was a good mystery with no sex, but it did have some swear words. I liked it being set in Colorado and Utah and recognized some of the places, especially Salt Lake City. However, I did get a little bored with all of the descriptions of the scenery and I'm not as much of a dog lover as she apparently is and got a little bored with the do ...more
Essentially, this book and I were not meant to be BFFs.

While Maxie and Stretch were fun, and Maxie's lifestyle is an unusual and refreshing choice for a cozy mystery series, I had a difficult time reading this book. At least half of the sentences seemed to run on too much for a comfortable reading experience for me. It felt like they could have ended about 10 words earlier, it kept pulling me out of the flow of the story.

However, my Mom and three of her friends have all read and adored this se
I would give it 2 1/2 stars. Probably won't read any more of the series.
Good mystery with older sleuth and travelling..
Ryan Mishap
Bought this at the very National Monument where it is set, which turned out to be the most delightful thing about this unexciting mystery. The ingredients are all there for a decent amateur detective story but Henry's pacing and structure is messed up. For instance, she starts with our hero fidning an open door to her friend's house...and then proceeds to divert from this exciting development to give us nearly the entire background of the hero when she should have dribbled it out as the story we ...more
Julie Schmidt
Pleasant but predictable.
This was a great book, like a visit from a good friend. I plan on reading the rest of the series!
I love Sue Henry's Maxie and Stretch books. First of all I can identify with this independent older lady who travels with her dachshund in her Winnebago from her home in Alaska. In this particular story she goes to Grand Junction, Colorado where she has to solve the mystery of how her college friend has died. The descriptions of the area surrounding Grand Junction are very good and it brought back memories of visiting those same places as a child. The mystery was good and I love Stretch!
In a spin off from Sue Henry's Alaska series, she takes two of the secondary characters - Maxie McNabb and her dog Stretch - and sends them out of Alaska on the road, in this case down to see a friend in Colorado, where murder and mayhem inevitably ensue. Enjoyable. I haven't read enough of the original series to have met the characters in that context, but it works as a stand-alone mystery
Think menopausal mystery, but less hip than 'Murder, She Wrote'. That's right: I made a pun about Jessica Fletcher. Which should serve as a cautionary tale about the perils of reading about a 60+ year old in a Winnebago with a Dachshund. I did learn interesting facts such as: a tiny Winnebago is called a 'mini-Winnie', & ....OK, that's it really. Some SLC landmarks figured in the tale too. Why did I listen to this? Because I needed a book for the car, & the library was closing in 10 minu ...more
I enjoy reading about this independent 60+ year old woman, Maxie who travels the country along with her dog, Stretch in a Minnie Winnie camper. It makes me think I'd like to do that someday myself!
Like some other people, the descriptions can get a bit long - so I breeze through those parts that don't interest me.
Maxie travels to Colorado to visit her friend who is dying. Her friend is concerned about something but Maxie gets there too late to find out what it is. Maxie has to figure it out!

Gloria Mccracken
This is a slight departure for the author known for writing mysteries about a professional sled dog racer. This one is about an acquaintance, a 60-something woman named Maxie and her dachshund Stretch. And it takes place in and around Grand Junction, CO, rather than in Alaska. But it's still not a bad mystery nonetheless.
I enjoyed this book. Maxie is a lovable character and her dog Stretch is so cute.
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF CD'S: Mystery, 2004, 7 cds
CHARACTERS: Maxie & Stretch -- 63-yr-old retiree
traveling in RV w/ her dachsund, Stretch
TIME/PLACE: Present, Colorado
COMMENTS: Maxie goes to visit her old friend
who's health is not good. She dies before
Maxie arrives but not naturally. Maxie is
executor of the will & discovers there
were recent changes. -- 1st in a series
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Sue Henry is the author of six novels in her award-winning Alaska mystery series: Murder on the Iditarod Trail, Termination Dust, Sleeping Lady, Death Takes Passage, Deadfall, and Murder on the Yukon Quest. She has lived in Alaska for almost aquarter of a century, and brings history, Alaskan lore, and the majestic beauty of the vast landscape to her mysteries. Based in Anchorage, where she teaches ...more
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“Though weeks, even months, have at times gone by without contact, when we were separated by distance and occupied with busy lives and raising families, the thread of connection had continued true and deep, allowing us to pick up where we left off, as if there had been no time lost. Time had never been a part of the equation.” 0 likes
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