Well-Offed in Vermont

Well-Offed in Vermont

In bucolic small-town Vermont, Stella Thornton Buckley feels out of her element—and not just because she's fresh from Manhattan. Mere hours after moving to maple syrup country, she and her husband, Nick, find a dead man, Allen Weston, in their well. The police investigation forces the couple out of their lovely farmhouse and—since the motels are packed with leafpeepers—int...

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Title:Well-Offed in Vermont
Author:Amy Patricia Meade
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ISBN:0738725900
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages

Well-Offed in Vermont Reviews

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    Oct 26, 2011

    I ordered this book thinking it was the next one in Ms. Meade's excellent murder mystery series "Marjorie McClelland." To my delight, this was a new series. What joy! And, to my profound happiness, the book was just that, a joy to read!

    Stella and Nick Buckley have shed their city clothes and are beginning a new chapter in their lives. They move to Vermont, in order to allow Nick to have his dream job, "Forest Ranger." The first five years of marriage they followed Stella's career, a museum curat

    I ordered this book thinking it was the next one in Ms. Meade's excellent murder mystery series "Marjorie McClelland." To my delight, this was a new series. What joy! And, to my profound happiness, the book was just that, a joy to read!

    Stella and Nick Buckley have shed their city clothes and are beginning a new chapter in their lives. They move to Vermont, in order to allow Nick to have his dream job, "Forest Ranger." The first five years of marriage they followed Stella's career, a museum curator. Now it is Nick's turn. The move does not come without pain, Stella loses the job she applied for, however, you can sense their love is strong and she is adjustable to life's surprises, happy or sad.

    Their move is challenged almost immediately, when they go to wash their hands and find the water red with human blood. The police move in and the young couple must move out (not that they had moved in yet,) and what to do but, investigate the murder!

    The town is very unusual but seem willing to talk to these new 'flatlanders.' That was just the bit out of character for me, but, the joy of cozies to me is the quirky characters that are the norm in the book.

    I really enjoyed the murder chase and getting introduced to Stella and Nick. I hope to be their 'book' neighbor for many years to come.

  • Kaye
    Feb 04, 2012

    (kindle deal of the day $1.99 02/04/12) A fun read with two new home owners, Stella and Nick, who just want to move into their new home. Unfortunatly, a dead body is found in their well and the police tell them they can't move in until the case is solved. Sheesh! Now what?

    It's leaf-peeping season and tourists are over running the bucolic little Vermont town. Nary a motel room is to be found so when the offer of a hunting camp is made, they grab it. At least they'll have shelter; that's about it

    (kindle deal of the day $1.99 02/04/12) A fun read with two new home owners, Stella and Nick, who just want to move into their new home. Unfortunatly, a dead body is found in their well and the police tell them they can't move in until the case is solved. Sheesh! Now what?

    It's leaf-peeping season and tourists are over running the bucolic little Vermont town. Nary a motel room is to be found so when the offer of a hunting camp is made, they grab it. At least they'll have shelter; that's about it though, as there is no running water, no bathroom and no electricity. How does one inflate the blow-up bed without electricity? Hah! That was a good scene. I could just picture Stella and Nick holding onto the bed that's perched on top of their smart car.

    Oh, yeah, they drive a smart car - in Vermont! Where big pickup trucks and four wheel drive is the order of the day!

    Since they can't move into their new home, they try their best to find out who the real killer is putting themselves into some dangerous spots. For these former New Yorkers, getting accustomed to the terse New Englander and life in a small town, life can be challenging. Funny dialogue and some great characterizations made this a charming read.

    Did I like it?

    Ayup!

  • Cindy
    Feb 04, 2012

    I am struggling to finish this book. Pretty cheesy so far, and the characters are not very believable. Most of the plot consists of the main couple entertaining various theories about a small-town murder and playing amateur detectives. Disappointing.

  • Kate
    Apr 24, 2012

    I picked this up hoping for a nice cosy mystery set in Vermont - and relatively near the part of Vermont where I live, no less.

    Well, it IS that, but it's sadly disappointing otherwise.

    When the characters are allowed to banter, the dialogue is cheeky and funny; Nick and Stella (I keep wanting to call her Nora, for obvious reasons) have a good back-and-forth and a cute little relationship, for the most part, although Nick get sadly stereotyped, especially in the really unfortunate side-track about

    I picked this up hoping for a nice cosy mystery set in Vermont - and relatively near the part of Vermont where I live, no less.

    Well, it IS that, but it's sadly disappointing otherwise.

    When the characters are allowed to banter, the dialogue is cheeky and funny; Nick and Stella (I keep wanting to call her Nora, for obvious reasons) have a good back-and-forth and a cute little relationship, for the most part, although Nick get sadly stereotyped, especially in the really unfortunate side-track about their smart fortwo car.

    The rest of the time, however, the dialogue is horribly stilted - as is the action description. People "roll up from a prone position" and "recount what they'd learned" - and those are the least jarring incidents. It just doesn't ring like natural language or action; instead, the author is very definitely TELLING us things that we need to know. Or that she thinks we need to know.

    There's little things, too, like confusing needlepoint and cross-stitch when we're dealing with a textiles curator. Or having a forestry service agent who doesn't know that there's bow season and rifle season.

    The Vermont angle is disappointing, as well. The depiction of the local "woodchucks" is colourful, sure, but in that same insulting sort of way that flatlanders typically depict Vermonters - as crazy, quirky, and all story-worthy. There are few, if any, representations of Vermonters who don't live in a double-wide and drive a pickup...and it's outright stated that having an interest in fashion makes you an outsider. Yeah, this is setting atmosphere, I guess, but it doesn't ring true. The only "Vermont" bits that were more wholly accurate were those dealing with the flatlanders and descent of the leafpeepers on the area in fall. Other than that, it was another "look at the quirky yokels!" setup. And Nick and Stella were horribly blinkered in this environment, too - they seem to have moved to Vermont on a whim, not understanding the local atmosphere or culture, or even knowing that they'd need a truck or wagon instead of a tiny smart fortwo. It was...jarring, to say the least, particularly when they suddenly got adopted by the community and told all the best gossip.

    The mystery itself was perfectly adequate - a few good twists and turns, and a slightly Agatha Christie whodunnit solution (although at least you COULD figure out who did it, and it wasn't the only person who'd never been mentioned as a suspect, as in some of Agatha's work...).

    A fast read, and a cute one, but the writing and depictions of Vermont are...pretty poor, if not actually bad. Just not my cup of tea. I'll go back to Archer Mayor, thanks.

  • Marianthi
    Jun 18, 2014

    Loathe the main characters. Finished it by sheer will power.

  • Cori Rail
    Apr 12, 2015

    If you like painfully bad writing and lots of cliches, this book is for you. That's about as positive as I can be.

  • Ebony *LilKoalaBooks*
    Mar 24, 2016

    A nice and light hearted mystery with fun and witty dialogue.

  • Barbara
    Jan 09, 2017

    Cute cozy mystery.

  • Amanda
    Jan 12, 2017

    I love cozy mysteries, and to find one set in Vermont is even better! This story moved at a good pace and the main characters were likeable. All the Vermont-y references were great, like some of the general locations and Wilcox Ice Cream, and I found myself using Google Maps to try to find some of the places mentioned. I didn't solve the mystery before it was revealed to me, which I love in a mystery. I see this book is listed as first in a series, and I hope there will be more!

  • Beth L.
    Feb 05, 2017

    I read it this afternoon. I was happy to find a new cozy mystery series but this one was just ok. Having lived in Maine for many years I thought the NE stereotypes were a bit much. I did like the occasional "literature" mentions that I felt were designed to go right over the top of the native's heads... like they never read.