Title: Well-Offed in Vermont
Author: Amy Patricia Meade
Series: Vermont Country Living Mysteries #1
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Book Source: Netgalley
“Leaving New York City behind for the rustic farmhouse they bought in rural Vermont, Stella and Nick Buckley discover that small-town life isn’t nearly as quiet and peaceful as they might have hoped. No sooner do the two arrive at their new home than they find a dead body in a well on their property, and they’re quickly exiled to a primitive campsite when the sheriff seals off the crime scene.
As if no electricity, no running water, and leaf-peeping tourists weren’t bad enough, the duo must also contend with an endless variety of quirky and eccentric locals. Quickly realizing that the only way they’ll get back into their farmhouse is to solve the murder themselves, the two dig deep into the life of the victim, who’d racked up more than a few enemies. And while they may never be able to shed their city-folk reputation, Stella and Nick just might nab a cunning killer before he can strike again …” – Amazon
Well-Offed in Vermont by Amy Patricia Meade was a treat to read and I kept turning the pages late into the night. It has a Nick and Nora (books by Dashiell Hammett) or Mr. and Mrs. Murder (TV show) vibe to it that was a pleasant change from the usual cozy mysteries that I read.
If you are a purist when it comes to cozies and don’t enjoy a bit of adult banter between husband and wife, along with wry comments, then this series might not be for you… but I really hope it is, or that you at least give it a try.
The chemistry between Stella and Nick was something that I wish every couple had, but so many don’t. They support each other, are sassy to each other, and are not afraid to show their passion for each other. The book is also peppered with quirky characters and ones that have a regional feel to them.Combining all these amazing characters together makes for a great cozy mystery.
Besides the great characters, Meade makes the reader feel as if they are actually in Vermont with her detailed descriptions of the town, food, and countryside. Combine this with a well thought out whodunnit, and I am totally stoked for the next book in the Vermont Country Living Mysteries.
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