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Moonlighting in Vermont
by Kate George   

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Publisher:  Mainly Murder Press, LLC ISBN-10:  9780615292021

Copyright:  July 2009 ISBN-13:  061529202X


Meet Bella Bree MacGowan …
sassy, sexy, and wanted for murder.
Bree is furious that Lt. Miles Brooks thinks she’s actually capable of murder. If he would concentrate on finding clues, instead of trying to pin the death of her boss on her, he might actually catch the perp. But if Brooks won’t look for clues, then Bree will, regardless of the danger.

Finding clues isn’t as easy as it seems, and Bree looses her boyfriend and her job in the pursuit of justice. Then a lethal encounter with a creepy soap star makes her wonder if she’ll be able to discover the murderer’s identity before she also loses her life…

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My name is Bella Bree MacGowan. I’m a typesetter and paste-up tech at a local weekly paper in small town Vermont. I’ve heard people say that nothing ever happens out here in the boonies, but there’s no shortage of excitement in my life. For example recently when my boss, Vera Post, was murdered I was the lucky one who found the body. Maybe that was more nauseating than exciting, but you get the point. The officer in charge of the case, sexy Lt. Brooks, gets the crazy idea that I killed Vera. A rumor got started that I was after Vera’s job, and there was that little detail of my fingerprints being all over the murder scene. But as Vera’s death caused me no end of trouble and I didn’t really benefit at all I thought it fairly short sighted of him to target me. Of course my thoughts don’t interest Lt. Brooks and he called me into his office not once, but three times. I spent two nights at the State Police Barracks. Let me tell you, sleeping in your clothes is highly overrated. Meanwhile, my archenemy, reporter Lucy Howe, wrote a story in the local paper informing the entire world that I was a suspect in Vera’s murder. I got the dubious pleasure of typesetting her article and placing it in the paper. More proof that life can really suck. People I’ve known my entire life started looking at me sideways, my boyfriend broke up with me and the two people I count on most in the world, my best friend Meg and her husband Tom, were tainted by association, risking Tom’s position. It became pretty clear to me that Lt. Brooks wasn’t going to change his mind about me so I decided I’d better take matters into my own hands. But how the heck do you figure out who murdered somebody? It’s not like I’m a police dog or anything. I don’t know how to sniff them out. So I decided to make a list. Meanwhile, Meg and I spent a day celebrating in honor of me having been dumped. Margaritas seemed more appropriate than cake and we got tanked. Not such a bad thing, Meg’s got a spare room and I didn’t have to drive home. But what I didn’t realize was that Tom’s brother Beaux had been planning on using that room. Long ago I vowed never to get involved with Beaux. I don’t have the greatest track record with men and I didn’t want a split to ruin my friendship with Meg and Tom. Well Beaux turned out to be quite the charmer and not at all put off by my state of inebriation. I broke my vow. Jeez. So I vowed never to do it again. Another promise I probably couldn't keep! Back to my list of suspects. I discovered Vera at my second job as a housekeeper at an exclusive resort. She died in a closet in a hotel room occupied by a handsome and popular soap star named Gunnar Ericson. I thought he was creepy and he seemed a likely suspect. I discovered that he was guilty of a few rather nasty things, but none of them turned out to be illegal. That was until he tried to kill Meg and me. That was clearly against the law, but he had an airtight alibi for the time of Vera’s death. He was no help in getting me off the hook. My list includes precious few suspects and none that seem to have a motive. About this time I’m getting desperate…. Ack! If I tell you anymore I'll ruin the ending of the story. So you'll just have to wait.

Professional Reviews

Hard to put this one down
Moonlighting in Vermont is a superbly written, romantic mystery with just a hint of comedy, by Kate George. Winner of the Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in the Mystery/Suspense category, Kate George shows us what truly incredible writing can achieve. The storyline was so absorbing; it was hard to put this one down! Bella Bree MacGowan, paste-up artist by day, housekeeper by night, describes herself as a Rachel Ray look-a-like "without the benefit of a hair and makeup stylist." George's heroine is a fictional treasure that is strong-willed, self sufficient, and not easily derailed!

The backwoods town of South Royalton, Vermont is typically a quiet venue where not much happens; a place where the rich and famous have been known to frequent to get away from it all, certainly not a place for murder? When Bree is assigned to clean one of the cottages at Whispering Birches, a super-luxury hotel, she finds her boss dead on the floor. Bree quickly becomes the prime and only suspect as Detective Miles Brooks does everything in his power to point all clues toward Bree. In the weeks that follow the murder, Bree manages to lose her boyfriend and her daytime job at the Royalton Star. She becomes the subject of much gossip in town and is even accosted at Vera's funeral! With nowhere else to turn, Bree scrambles to dig up clues, and carries out her own investigation in order to clear her name and avoid the fate that awaits her.

George's characters are both interesting and compelling because each struggles with difficult conflict. Can't wait for California Schemin'.

I highly recommend this book for it's original plotline, well thoughtout characters, and romantic flair with just a hint of comedy! A great book to curl up to on a rainy day!

Good read
Very good book, started California Schemin which was good from the beginning. Some references in that book made me wonder if there was another book that I should be reading first. Found out that this one was it so, I stopped reading that one and started this one.

I really enjoyed Bree and the uncanny way that trouble just seems to find to pick up where I left off with California Schemin...I'm sure it will be just as good!

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