The Refuge

The Refuge

A Maxie and Stretch Mystery

Book - 2007
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After nine months on the road, Maxie McNabb is ready for some R&R, Alaska-style, with her miniature dachshund, Stretch. But no sooner has the sixty-something RVer parked the Mini-Winnie than a pleading phone call sends her flying to Hawaii. Because Karen Bailey, hobbled by an accident, needs Maxie's help packing up her house.

But within hours of Maxie's arrival, a prowler tries to break in and someone sabotages the plumbing. And when she hears Karen whispering into the phone- don't call here...I'll call you when it's safe, when she's ...-Maxie suspects that Karen is hiding something. Far from home and no longer behind the wheel, Maxie feels as though the ice is melting around her.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library/Penguin group, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780451220479
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 258 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Oct 18, 2014

Maxie, a 60-something widow, is a new character to me. Having spent way too long in the Southwest, she's looking forward to a summer in her home in Homer, with her miniature dachshund Stretch. Soon she gets a pitiful phone call from an old acquaintance in Hawaii, a recent widow who never learned to take care of herself. She's wearing two casts from an accident, and wants Maxie's help packing to move back to Homer. Reluctantly, Maxie agrees. That's her first mistake. All kinds of things go wrong, and Karen leaves everything to Maxie, while being totally indecisive. I wanted to kick them both. Maxie's best move is to hire Jerry, a plumber's apprentice who's quit to get out from under his step-father's abusive thumb. He's a great worker, funny, smart. Not as good as the Jessie Arnold series, fluffier, though Jessie and Alex appear. I did like Maxie's well rounded character, a great role model of a thinking, active senior.


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