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Well-Offed in Vermont (Pret’ Near Perfect Mystery #1)

3.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  453 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Midnight Ink (first published November 1st 2011)
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Ebony *LilKoalaBooks*
A nice and light hearted mystery with fun and witty dialogue.
Feb 08, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Apr 25, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, owned, ebook
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 27, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
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
Aug 19, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Where's the follow up?! Whatever happened with Stella and Nick in Vermont, now that they have finally moved into their new home? Well-Offed was a fun first novel from Meade. As a born Vermonter, I took exception to some of the "mountain hick" stereotyping that occurred from time to time in this novel, but I reminded myself that that's just the current "flatlander" in me. A true Vermonter would rejoice in seeing her beloved state captured in these pages! The one area that did stick in my craw was ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Eh. This was adequate. I really liked the banter most of the time between Stella and Nick. The other characters were all entirely cliched. EVERYone was extremely quirky and crazy, but not in a fun way. One or two of these type of characters would suffice, but it seemed that everyone was just mad. The actual mystery wasn't bad. There were quite a few things that just didn't make sense either. This is fairly close to the beginning, but feel free to skip if you don't want ANY kind of spoiler, but w ...more
Apr 15, 2014 L rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm not sure why I bought this, since I DO NOT do cozies. Yet, there it was on my Kindle and I was home sick. I almost quit on about page 3, when the young couple was getting ready to celebrate their new home in small-town Vermont--just them, a fire, an air mattress, and champagne. But I decided to read another page or two, and I'm glad I did. Before they could get down to business, they found the blood. And the chase was on! The characters are enjoyable, including the stereotyped, small-town Ve ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Cori Rail
Apr 13, 2015 Cori Rail rated it did not like it
If you like painfully bad writing and lots of cliches, this book is for you. That's about as positive as I can be.
Aug 23, 2014 Marianthi rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Loathe the main characters. Finished it by sheer will power.
Terri Armstrong
Apr 11, 2012 Terri Armstrong rated it it was amazing
“Well-Offed in Vermont” by Amy Patricia Meade

Nick and Stella Buckley decide it’s time to leave the big city and move to Vermont where they purchase an 1890 white clapboard farmhouse.
Settling in doesn’t take long and the couple decide to christen their home, but are interrupted by a “well-meaning” nosey neighbor bringing cupcakes to welcome them to the neighborhood. After she leaves, Nick and Stella are ready to resume their earlier plans, after Stella washes her hands of the sticky stuff that w
Mar 25, 2012 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Well-offed, is a cute cozy mystery and a really fast read. If you want something to read over a weekend or on the plane this will get you thru. Meade sets her book in Vermont with the lead characters of "flatlanders" Stella and Nick Buckley. Well-Offed in Vermont is a great way to feed your love for a quirky NE town and its newest residents from New York.

Stella and Nick drive up the road to their new life and new home in Vermont. Nick is starting a new job and Stella is wondering what she is goi
Pauline Barlow
Nov 01, 2015 Pauline Barlow rated it it was ok
The biggest error the author commits is having "the flatlanders" on their second day in the state driving around town asking questions. I was born and raised in Vermont and know that the locals have to get to know new arrivals before they give them any information about themselves or neighbors. They never would have given Stella and Nick any facts. The only thing I really enjoyed was the banter between Nick and Stella. It was not a page-turner, and I really did not care who murdered Weston.
May 15, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Not fabulous, but the characters are interesting enough that I will probably read the next book in the series just to see where the story goes.

"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 w
Sep 06, 2015 Una rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and am disappointed that there are no sequels. Am going to try this author's other series as I liked this one so much. The story revolves around a young couple moving from New York to Vermont only to discover, upon arrival at their new home, a dead man in the well. The sheriff doesn't let them move in and it's the height of leaf peeper season. The wife isn't your typical sweet and demure MC, she's rather saucy and fun.
Jul 01, 2012 Dianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
The lack of consistency is why only two stars for this one. Early on there is comment made that she need not be concerned about being shot with a rifle because it was currently Bow season and then throughout the remainder of the book spoke of hunting season in terms of rifle season. Also the needle point vs cross stitch inconsistency mentioned previously. Then the town being so small but yet there are scenes of scads of shoppers in the town center. Where are these people shopping in this small t ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
This book is set during the first week of October in Vermont (where I live), so I enjoyed sharing a setting. While Well-Offed fulfills most of the Cozy Mystery requirements, the reliance on Vermont stereotypes for what little characterization there was, was perplexing at times, unfathomable at others, and always annoying. There was also no, absolutely no, action at all. Even the discovery of the body is "tell, not show". The book is one long series of completely unrealistic interrogations by sni ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I was excited about the prospect of a Vermont-based mystery series but this one was annoying and not particularly well-written. The main characters, Stella and Nick, have picked up and moved from Manhattan to a small Vermont town but apparently know nothing about Vermont...leaf peepers? A country store? Bars that don't serve appletinis? Huh. The day they arrive to move in to their house, a dead body is found in their well. The house becomes a crime scene and Nick and Stella take it on themselves ...more
Amanda Meggs
Nov 14, 2012 Amanda Meggs rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cosy-mystery
A light mystery set in Vermont, USA. From other reviews I'm guessing the devil is in the details - any time you read a novel set in a place someone knows well the locals get upset hat the description isn't accurate. So unless authors only write abou where they live they are going to get picked on. I also know nothing about stitchery so dint notice faults with terminology. I enjoyed the mystery and found the reasoning behind Nick and Stella looking into the murder a good one as often this is the ...more
I enjoyed this easy going mystery. My initial attraction was the Vermont setting. As an ex-New Englander I must admit my fondness for rural New England and Vermont is particularly beautiful. The author tells a nice little story but I just didn't feel the male characters rang true. I'd like to think we men fall somewhere in between what the ladies say we are and what they want us to be. But, that won't stop you from enjoying this if you can just keep picturing the lovely countryside. The author e ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Ann rated it liked it
This was an easy read cozy. Stella Thornton and her husband Nick have just moved from New York city to a small town in Vermont. On their first night in the new house they find a body. The local plumber is found head first in their well. What they thought at first was an accident is quickly found to be murder when it is discovered that he was shot. The couple have to move to a hunting cabin with no facilities while the murder is investigated. They drive a smart car and that takes them everywhere ...more
Mar 22, 2012 John rated it liked it
This was a fun read. The author was able to illustrate the difference between "flatlanders" and true Vermonters without being insulting or condescending of either. If "Mystery Novels Set in Vermont" were a genre, this is definitely a good addition. Not nearly as good as Archer Mayor, but a different viewpoint as it is the outsiders looking in. It is a straight forward murder mystery, couple from New York move to their dream house in Vermont and discover a body. With nothing else to do since thei ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it
Read like a modern day Nick & Nora, just in Vermont, without quite so much money. Still a funny & quick read.
Mar 24, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
3.5 Stars-And of course the week's reading would not be complete without a "cozy" mystery.
Nov 14, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-vermont
Nick and Stella move to Vermont and immediately find a body in their well. The love-lorn sheriff closes off their house, and only the kindness of strangers gets them a bed in an unimproved (no electricity or phone) fishing camp. So they explore their new home town by investigating the murder of the body in the well, who turns out to be a much-disliked local contractor. I really enjoyed Meade's other series, and I love Vermont, but Nick and Nora--I mean Stella--left me cold with their cute cross- ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 01, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, mystery
Stella and Nick Buckley have traded in life in New York City for a small town in Vermont. But when they arrive at their new home, they find a dead man in their well. Since they can't move in until the murder is solved, they dig in to catch the killer themselves. I enjoyed this debut, especially the main characters. Unfortunately, I felt the momentum in the beginning was slowed down by back story that could have been slipped in better later.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Erika M
Nice cozy. Makes me miss my summers in Vermont!! Quick, easy read.
Nov 03, 2014 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Really liked this book, took me 2 days to read. Fun Fun Fun :)
Jan 24, 2016 Tiara rated it really liked it
It was an easy read. I really enjoyed the book overall.
Dina Tanners
Jan 13, 2013 Dina Tanners rated it did not like it
This is the first book that I have not finished in a long time. I read about half and decided not to take any more time with it. I borrowed it form my library via Amazon to read while traveling.

The premise is not realistic--couple moving to Vermont from NY, murder occurs on their property so it is off limits to them. While they wait to get back, the wife decides to try to solve the crime. It is not the best way to get to know one's neighbors and just makes no sense to me. Characters are not dev
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Amy Patricia Meade graduated cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with degrees in both English and Business. She currently lives in Vermont, where she enjoys classic films, travel, cooking, and entertaining friends and family. Amy is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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