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Moonlighting in Vermont (The Bree MacGowan Series) [Kindle Edition]

Kate George
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Moonlighting in Vermont
Sometimes a girl just has to get dirty

Professionally formatted 9/12 to reduce errors on the Kindle. If you have problems with typos or formatting please contact the author.

The first in the Bree MacGowan Series

Winner of the 2009 Daphne De Maurier Award for excellence in Mystery and Suspense, Mainstream division.

"... it was hard to put this one down! ...George’s heroine is a fictional treasure that is strong-willed, self sufficient, and not easily derailed!" - BJ Scott, Manchester Examiner


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 such thing as privacy anymore?


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 time?

Product Details

  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Kate George; 3 edition (August 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002P3LAT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character! January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bree is a character that I liked from the first few "pages". Complicated with a few issues, it's like peeling one layer of her at a time, as you get to know her. She does dumb things, makes bad choices, but is a good person. Her many pets who "own" her, are believable. She's the only one who doesn't seem aware of how appealing she is, to the many men in her life. Great read! I can hardly wait to see what trouble she gets into next!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but . . . October 10, 2011
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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.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and fun September 12, 2009
Kate's first, award-winning novel moves along with lots of action and romance. No graphic violence and no danger to the many animals appearing throughout the story. Different for the heroine as she gets beaten, stabbed and muddy while looking for the other "most likely to have committed murder" person. A good fast-moving read for an evening's entertainment with lots of twists and surprises.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problems but I want to read the next one March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed Moonlighting in Vermont from another Kindler through the website.
Overall: 3.5 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 stars
Definitely plot-driven, the book got off to a fast start before making a mercifully brief digression to provide the seemingly obligatory background. The frequent pauses for animal care annoyed me, as did Bree's falls and the sex scenes - they just distracted from the plot. Brooks' focus on Bree as his prime suspect turned into a serious plot hole. Whodunit was pretty obvious, and the red herrings were more satisfying than the actual resolution. But the bottom line is that this book kept me reading and made me want to read the next in spite of the flaws.

Characters: 4 stars
George's characters feel stronger and more realistic than they are. It wasn't until later that I realized I hadn't been given any reason to find Meg's wandering eye or Rob's protectiveness or Brooks' obsession with Bree's guilt believable. Tom's brother is sometimes named Beau and sometimes Beaux. But Bree is a likable and admirable heroine. She has decided what is important in her life. She wants a romantic relationship but not desperately enough to believe anything her erstwhile boyfriend says, a pleasant change from single women blinded by their emotional needs.

Writing style: 4 stars
Sentence structure is fine. Dialogue moves right along, but did not achieve distinct voices for the characters. Descriptions did not mesh in tone with plot action; several times I felt George was building up to something happening that didn't.

Formatting: 2 stars
The book had major formatting problems, and George really needs to pull the current sale file and revise it. Some paragraphs were broken in the middle. The type size changed frequently, as often as two or three times per page, a serious distraction from the plot. Neither adjusting the type size nor the type color fixed the problem.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Work Can Kill You... February 8, 2012
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An enjoyable read with fun and realistic characters and situations. Bree works 2 jobs - by day, at a newspaper, at nite as a maid at a local resort. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book - the writing is fresh and fun, the characters a bit sassy.

Just a note: the ebook formatting is terrible - sentences mysteriously continue a few lines later. Font changes size. Some text indented for no reason. Dialogue mushed together (or worse, separated by blank lines). But overall, a nice fun read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moonlighting in Vermont March 27, 2012
By mlee
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I liked Bree MacGowan, the main character, and thought her frantic life was quite exciting. Her animal rescuing and cutie pets added fun to the mystery.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Marginal September 14, 2011
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Moonlighting in Vermont was disappointing. The leading characters were mildly amusing, but shallow. The mystery was pretty mundane and the crime-solving was more a matter of wandering around than sleuthing. The motive for the crime seemed implausible. The main subplot was worse. There's a lot of just plain unnecessary fluff. The writing was fair, but the consecutively quoted conversations were a little quirky.

The formatting for Kindle was among the worst I've run into.

This book made it just above my cutoff for reading to the end. In retrospect, I don't think it was worth the time or the $2.50 price tag. I've read a number of $0.99 and free books that were much better. I recommend passing this one by, or at least reading the free sample before you buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Moonlighting in Vermont October 22, 2012
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This book started out so poorly. We have a murder right off, and then our character just goes on about how all the males in her life are in love with her and all the local women are being so mean to her. It isn't until the last quarter of the book that she finally decides to investigate. "The red herring" of the book is so unbelievable, it was a waste. But, I have to admit, the last part of the book redeemed the author, she did well concluding the story (many authors start great and then blow it). So since the last part is what I remember, I would probably pick up another one of her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I personally like my mysteries a little heavy on the mystery and ...
Entertaining enough, I suppose. Characters hard to keep up with (far too many and most of no consequence). Read more
Published 1 day ago by Missgrandmother
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
Loved the story! It was funny, romantic and a great mystery. I would recommend this to my friends as a excellent read.
Published 3 months ago by Michele
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of contradictions
Where to begin....this book makes such little sense. If I can find these errors skimming through the book how did an editor miss them? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beth Schrader
5.0 out of 5 stars Bree MacGowan Series Book 1
I choose this book strickly for the title. Growing up in Vermont was great, living in a small town where your neighbors knew each other was what the reviews promised. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R.H. McCort
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm sorry I invested any time in this book. It was engaging at times but the murder mystery was a big disappointment. Read more
Published 8 months ago by rushriver
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of a great mystery series.
Bree MacGowan finds a dead body on her job as a maid. Unfortunately for her finding the dead body leads to her becoming a suspect in the murder. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TBreak
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Kate George has written a fun little mystery with a good amount of humor. The characters are likable. The story has a couple of good twists. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pamela Jo
3.0 out of 5 stars So so book
This is the first book I've read by Kate George and it was just ok. Pretty outlandish plot and does no one proof read? So many typo's it was really distracting.
Published 9 months ago by S. Hastings
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Plum Meets Elly May Clampett
I don't read Evanovich's Plum books to see what will hapen: I know what will happen. Stephanie will be incompitent but lucky. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rock Star Kimberly
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read
Nice plot that keeps you interested. It reads very quickly and easily. Absolutely love Bree MacGowan's spunky personality, my kind of girl..
Published 11 months ago by Deborah Patterson
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More About the Author

Kate George is the author of the popular Bree MacGowan mystery series, which started when she took up a dare to write a book; the result was Moonlighting in Vermont. She was born in Sacramento, California, was raised on a ranch until the age of eight, and graduated from UC Davis with a degree in anthropology. She is currently working on her MFA. She has been, in no particular order, a paste-up tech, a motorcycle safety instructor, a waitress, an actor, a housekeeper at a swank hotel and the assistant to the dean of a medical school, all of which provide plenty of fodder for her novels. Currently, she lives in an old farmhouse in the backwoods of Vermont with her husband, four kids, three rescue dogs, and a *squirrel that lives in her bedroom wall, where by day she teaches and by night, she dreams up wild adventures for her characters. Visit her at, or contact her at She always loves to hear from readers!

*At least we think it's a squirrel. It could be a chipmunk, vole, fishercat, woodchuck or even a bat. But we've SEEN a squirrel so that's what we're betting on.

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