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Moonlighting In Vermont (A Bree MacGowan Mystery #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  436 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Rumor has it that nothing ever happens in small-town Vermont, but for Bella Bree MacGowan, there is no shortage of excitement. She becomes the prime suspect when she finds her boss dead in a pool of blood and can’t convince the officer in charge, hunky Lt. Miles Brooks, that she isn’t capable of murder.

Lt. Brooks believes two things: The first is that everyone is capable
Paperback, 242 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Mainly Murder Press
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Penny Watson
Mar 14, 2010 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
Moonlighting in Vermont by Kate George

Once upon a time, I lived in Vermont. I loved picking fresh blackberries in my backyard on a summer morning. I loved growing my organic garden. I loved going into the general store and choosing penny candy out of a jar and putting it on my "tab." I loved antiquing in an old barn, snowshoeing on fresh snow, and driving without fear of being run off the road by an enraged madman talking on a cell phone. Yes, I have very fond memories of Vermont and a distinct
SUMMARY: Sometimes a girl just has to get dirty! TROUBLE FOLLOWS SOME WOMEN... Bella Bree MacGowan is your average country girl. She works two jobs to support her farm and the menagerie of stray animals that accumulate there; she's almost always covered in mud; and everyone in her small town of South Royalton, Vermont, feels free to comment on everything from her love life ("That Jim just isn't right for you!") to her expired inspection sticker ("Better get that car looked at!"). Is there any su ...more
Jean Coldwell
Aug 09, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate George’s Moonlighting in Vermont starts out with a wallop in the story’s second paragraph. While at her job as housekeeper at The Whispering Birches, Bella Bree MacGowan discovers her boss, her DEAD boss, stuck in a closet. If I was expecting a nail-biter, I was mistaken. Two paragraphs later, I read, “Not throwing up is a life skill I haven’t developed. My name is Bella Bree MacGowan. Bella is Italian; Bree – well, technically, Brie – but my mom couldn’t spell, is French; and MacGowan is S ...more
Cheryl Goldyn
Jan 09, 2013 Cheryl Goldyn rated it it was ok
I finished this book because I hoped there could be a strong plot hiding away in the later pages. The e-book is poorly edited with dozens of missing and wrong words disrupting the sentences, and at one point, a dead character speaks -- the author used the wrong character name! Though mildly entertaining and occasionally humorous, the plot needs a transfusion early on. About 3/4 through the book, the author must have realized she was putting readers to sleep. Out of nowhere there is a double kidn ...more
Moonlighting in Vermont was an uneven book for me. It’s told from Bree’s point of view and I really did like her. She a trouble-magnet, but she’s fun and tries to be optimistic. She loves her animals and seems to more or less work to make money to take care of them. She’s not afraid to get dirty, but the mud fight with her best friend was a little unbelievable. She’s loyal and honest. And all the guys in town seem to be attracted to her – from the cop to the mechanic to her best friend’s brother ...more
Jo Notary
242pgs, When Bree finds a dead body at the five-star resort where she moonlights as a maid, her life careens out of control. Her lawyer boyfriend, Jim, dumps her; the surly and sensual investigating officer, Lieutenant Miles Brooks, keeps giving her the beady eyeball; and a reporter at the paper where she works names Bree as the primary suspect in the murder! Can your average hard-working country girl prove her innocence, rein in a love life gone wild, and maintain her sanity all at the same tim ...more
I love a good cozy mystery, Bree definitely has potential for stepping in it Jessica Fletcher style! The only thing that bothered me in this book it that it could figure out if it wanted to be a romance too.

Loads of great characters here, with just enough story building to keep you in the loop. I see plenty of potential for more mysteries in this sleepy resort town.

The dynamic with her BFF Meg is perfect. Reminds me of my BFF and I, always pals but telling it like it is, possible getting in mud
Kaye George
Nov 28, 2010 Kaye George rated it really liked it
Bella Brie MacGowan is an appealing protagonist who admits her name means either good cheese or beautiful cheese. She doesn't much enjoy being a housekeeper, even though it's at a group of five-star cottages. But when she finds her boss, Vera, dead in a housekeeping closet, she likes it even less. Even though Vera wasn't well liked, the handsome Lt. Brooks seems to think Bella is a prime suspect for her murder.

She keeps a menagerie at home, a pony, rabbits, chickens, a cat, and four dogs. Her p
Cathy Cole
Apr 05, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
First Line: "Why. Won't. You. Open!" With every word I pushed my shoulder into the door.

It's not easy being Bree MacGowan. She works two jobs in an effort to keep her farm going, her vehicle running, and her menagerie of stray animals fed. About the only time she's not covered in mud is when she's working one of her jobs as a maid in a nearby five-star resort. And when you live in the small town of South Royalton, Vermont, everybody knows you... and everybody feels comfortable telling you what y
Jackie Mandeville
Jan 05, 2013 Jackie Mandeville rated it liked it
I'm going to give this book 3 stars because it was a little long and drawn out. I did very much enjoy the book but I felt it could have a lot of less pages. The story starts out with a woman discovering her boss murdered in the supply closet. The local police feel she's the only suspect because she found the body. This drags on throughout the book. They have no evidence whatsoever so it gets a little tedious. There is some romance thrown in but mostly it's about the murder. Not long after she fi ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Lately25 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Good Read!!

Very Good Read!!

I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the characters and would recommend this read to anyone, and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Allison Ann
Sep 04, 2015 Allison Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: loaner, reviewed, ggames
Why didn't the stupid MC ever wear a pair of boots with traction? Good lord if she didn't slip and fall down every other page I'd be surprised. If I think about this too much longer the book is going to lose a star just for stupid footwear.
Jul 19, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


this mystery and murder are part of people who live in a small town.the way that a police person
investigates the crime is horrible.
Sep 29, 2013 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Kindle freebie
Shelves: kindle, mysteries
This first book has some potential but poor editing (or poor writing) detracts from this reader's enjoyment. I would also suggest cutting back on the details about the main character's sex life - innuendo is fine but I picked a mystery, not a romance or chick lit and the soft porn is not to my liking.

On the plus side, I liked the rural background - the town and all the animals. George did a good job with the small New England town feeling of everyone knowing everyone & all their business; h
Jun 21, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one. Recommend highly. Excellent book.
Debbie Reusser
Easy read

I liked this book. It had a lot of humor to it. This is the first book I read from the author, I will another 1.
Jeanne O'donnell
Mar 07, 2015 Jeanne O'donnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Get it

Funny interesting lovely read with all the elements of a read you can't put down want more? Luckily it's a series
Jan 27, 2016 Sidney rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Within two page,the language was horrible, I did not want to continue to read the book.
Cara St.Hilaire
Jul 20, 2010 Cara St.Hilaire rated it really liked it
I saw this book on Goodreads and I just had to purchase it. A murder mystery in picturesque Vermont? Sign me up. Bree, the lead character (animal lover, newspaper employee, and housekeeper at a posh Inn), is simply endearing. She swears, she has sass, and she isn't afraid to throw caution to the wind! The author did such a wonderful job creating her and the setting and I hope to read more about Bree in the future. The plot was a bit tepid and predictable, but I think George will get better at th ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Linda rated it did not like it
Crazy. I've never read a book with so many typos! Very distracting. The whole story was hokey. I can't believe I stuck with it long enough to finish it. I certainly would not recommend it to anyone else. It was a waste of time, but I didn't have another book with me to read. Won't be reading any more by this author.
If you can't handle reading kindle books with atrocious editing (formatting, spelling,context mistakes, et al) you probably want to skip this one or try the paperback version.

However, if you can get past the editing debacle, I think Kate George has good story telling abilities.

I will read the next book, California Schemin', with the hopes the story is still there and she found a better editor - will have to get from the library though, hate paying for a book that has so many errors.
Apr 21, 2013 Angel rated it liked it
There are things to love about this story. The main characters and supporting characters are very believable. The supporting / animal characters are DARLING. However, the editing is ATROCIOUS. Strange left out words, strange capitalizations, at one point a character is called by the wrong name. With some STRONG editing, this could be an amazing book. With that said, if I can find the next books free or close to free, I would read more because I really like Bree and her friends.
Mar 23, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
Recommended to Amy by: Sue Archer
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Amy Sperry
Oct 22, 2012 Amy Sperry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Bree MacGowan's life is a mess and I love it. Nothing comes easy for her and she constantly gets herself into hot water. Her character was so engaging and real. She's not some over the top kick ass girl or some bitchy socialite. She's a real woman who works two jobs, three if you count taking care of her animals, a good friend, and has the street smarts to figure out who framed her for murder. I can't wait to read more in her series.
It's classed as a cozy, but it seemed to have more relationship/friendship than mystery. What was mystery was in was good. For being a cozy way to much sex scenes. There's usually romance but not graphic sex scenes.

I did like the main character. She was clutzy, but had a solid personality. Not ditzy or annoying.

I would consider reading the next one in the seried, but only when I'm looking for a quick read.
Mar 20, 2012 Nancy added it
Bella Bree MacGowan, a part-time hotel housekeeper and a newspaper editor, finds the dead body of one of the cleaning staff at the hotel. Brooks, the police officer assigned to the case, thinks Bree is guilty; she's not. Bree eventually finds the murderer, the sister of the victim, who also works at the hotel. Bree and Beaux, the brother of Tom, the police chief and husband of Meg, her best friend, get together.
Dec 09, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a so-so mystery set in Vermont. Bree MacGowan is moonlighting as a housekeeper at a posh resort that caters to the very wealthy, as well as working in print set up for the local newspaper. When another housekeeper turns up dead, and Bree discovers her body, she finds herself as a suspect in the murder.

The e-book is poorly edited with too many missing and wrong words. I find that very annoying.
Kim Erskine
Jun 30, 2013 Kim Erskine rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books-kindle
I too had the Kindle free version. Just once I wish I could read one of these that didn't need basic editing. That being said it was a light and breezy story. Perfect for bedtime or by the pool. I would have like to see her interact a bit more with other people from the town, not just all the guys that were after her and her best friend. Everyone else is a bit one dimensional.
Nov 04, 2012 Lori rated it it was ok
Where was the PROOF READER!!!! Not only was the story a little "off" but there were some many mistakes it became a game to find the next one. Here's one example: since instead of sense. Plus, the main character has so many men after her that you know you will need to read the rest of the series to find out who she ends up with. No thanks... I don't need to know.
Ed Scott
Enjoyed this book. It sometimes amazes me how authors can paint a picture of an everyday personwho somehow can track a killer, be injured over and over again, but still find a way to "get the bad guy". I did find that the use of the character Gunnar really wasn't necessary. Perhaps other readers found him to be a suspect, but I never saw him that way.
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Having worked at a number of jobs ranging from Senior Assistant to the Dean of a Medical School to Actor/Booking Agent in outdoor theatre troop, Ms George has had plenty of experiences to bring authenticity to her characters. In fact, the idea for Moonlighting began formulating while she was working as a evening turndown maid at an exclusive resort for people with more money than sense. The layout ...more
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