The Refuge

The Refuge

A Maxie and Stretch Mystery

Book - 2007
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
Maxie McNabb receives a frantic call for help that sends her flying to Hawaii to assist her old friend, Karen Bailey, in packing up her house, a job that is soon complicated by a mysterious prowler, telephone sabotage, and her old friend's secrets.

Blackwell North Amer
After nine tense months on the road, Maxie McNabb longs for her little house in Homer, Alaska. The sixty-something RVer wants nothing more than to breathe the briny air of Kachemak Bay and relax on her deck, sipping whiskey and enjoying the company of her miniature dachshund, the stouthearted Stretch.
But no sooner has Maxie parked the Minnie Winnie than she finds herself back in motion. A pleading phone call shatters her vision of an Alaskan summer idyll and sends her flying to Hawaii - and to the rescue of an old acquaintance. Karen Bailey, hobbled by an accident, needs Maxie's help packing up her house - or so she says.
Within hours of Maxie's arrival, a prowler tries to break in. Then someone sabotages the plumbing. But it's not until Maxie interrupts Karen whispering into the phone - "No, don't call here. I'll call you when it's safe - when she's..." - that she begins to suspect that the woman is hiding something. Far from home and no longer behind the wheel, Maxie finds herself taking off in unexpected and thoroughly unsettling ways.

Baker
& Taylor

Preparing for some much-needed Alaska-style R&R with her miniature dachshund Stretch, Maxie McNabb receives a frantic call for help that sends her flying to Hawaii to assist her injured old friend, Karen Bailey, in packing up her house, a job that is soon complicated by a mysterious prowler, telephone sabotage, and her old friend's secrets. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2007
ISBN: 9780451220479
0451220471
Branch Call Number: M HENRY
Characteristics: vii, 258 p. : map ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
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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