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

3.1  ·  Rating details ·  516 Ratings  ·  84 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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Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
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!
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice and light hearted mystery with fun and witty dialogue.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, mystery, owned
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 26, 2011 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
Feb 04, 2012 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
Mark Baker
Jan 19, 2012 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.
Feb 04, 2012 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.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Loathe the main characters. Finished it by sheer will power.
Cori Rail
Apr 12, 2015 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.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wanted to hate this book, but I didn’t. Another blind date with a book purchase and reading the back I almost rolled my eyes. This was a pleasant surprise!

An easy read, reminded me of an adult goosebumps. They almost joke about the limitations of the story and the comparisons that could be made. It was super fun and really just enjoyable.
Marilyn Richards
Enjoyed this cozy mystery!

I think what I enjoyed the most was the clever banter between Stella and Nick, the husband and wife, who, together, figured out whodunit. It had me laughing out loud several times. I liked how Stella worked through the logic of the clues and how all was resolved in the end. I'll be looking for more from this author.
Sandy Todd
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! This cozy mystery is a delight! A husband and wife team in a cozy is a rarity, but, Ms. Meade pulls it off wonderfully! I am positive that this is my favorite read in 2017 so far! Looking forward to reading more of the Pret' Near Perfect mysteries.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Fun but unrealistic cozy mystery. What sheriff would feel the need to justify themselves to outsiders who have absolutely no power and are guilty of breaking into the house of a murder victim? But was it fun and has the flavor of Vermont.
Vickie Backus
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Beach read. Short - almost novella length. The local characters are like something out of the Newhart Show- which is referenced in the book.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute cozy mystery.
Terri Armstrong
Apr 11, 2012 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 03, 2012 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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 19, 2014 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
Apr 15, 2014 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
Jan 23, 2012 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
Oct 06, 2012 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
Jun 29, 2012 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
Feb 07, 2012 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 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
Mar 08, 2012 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
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 09, 2012 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
Beth L.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I really liked these characters. The book and story were rather simple and I'm sure Vermonters either love it or hate it. Never having been to Vermont and never really wanting to visit Vermont, I really could not care less about whether it is accurate or not. I just know that I like the characters in this book.

There were some really funny parts and a few witty parts. I felt the characters, especially Stella, really jump off the page to me. I'll definitely look up more of the Pret'near Perfect se
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