reviews

About “The Body in the Butter Churn”

“A gem of a mystery! Elaine Magalis rolls history, the practice of art restoration, arts administration, Internet research and police procedure into a big knitting ball of a tale about an improbable murder in an idyllic locale. Whether you live in Vermont or just wish you could, follow her two would-be detectives as they track down a killer in a town ripped right from a Currier and Ives print. It’s like taking a dip in a refreshing Northeast Kingdom quarry pool on sweltering afternoon, without getting wet.”

– Paula Behnken, award-winning journalist, author and publisher of Birds on a Wire blog.
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Ms. Magalis’ debut mystery—in what is going to become a series—is well worth picking up.

– Bethany Dunbar in the Chronicle

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It’s a page-turner, strewn with real and false leads, dead-ends and lots of suspicious characters.

– Sandy Atkins, Hardwick Gazette

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Crisp writing, compelling characters, and just the right measure of menace keep us avidly turning the pages. A book to savor and hope for sequels.

– Ellen Sovick

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“The Body in the Butter Churn” starts off with a bang – wasting no time killing off the victim – and then it’s off to a great story involving loveable (and not so loveable) Vermont characters. The suspense holds to the very end with lots of suspects and a delightfully complex plot. A real thriller. I look forward to a second novel from Magalis, she has a winning writing style and a great eye for character.

– TAA

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Just finished THE BODY IN THE BUTTER CHURN by Elaine Magalis. Absolutely perfect in matching means to matter. Don’t be fooled by the rather lurid title. This mystery set in and around a small Vermont museum is actually a witty and loving story of the unexpected friendship between a classic twelve-year-old boy and a somewhat eccentric but gutsy sixty+ woman. Can’t say enough about it!

– Goddard Graves, on Library Thing

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About “The Organist Who Wore Gloves”

Ms. Magalis’ mysteries remind me of a game of clue. The cast of characters is all there, and every one of them is a reasonable suspect with a plausible motive to commit the crime.

– Tena Starr, the Chronicle

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I couldn’t help but put myself into the story, whether I was hiding in one of the rooms of the museum waiting for the phantom organist or riding a bike down Shrubsbury’s maple lined roads. It was a pleasure from beginning to end.

– Rep. Sam Young, Vermont State Legislature

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This is a mystery that can be read by adults and kids. It is fun for those who live in the area, and for those who don’t, well, you can get an inkling of what it is like up here. It is fun, but with enough questions to make you want to find out, whodunnit!

– Lisa Sammett, head librarian, Jeudevine Community Library, Hardwick, Vermont

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….readers of all ages will enjoy this thumping good mystery, set in the Green Mountains.

– Sandy Atkins, Hardwick Gazette

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You did it again—diverted me from everything I should have been doing to get to the end of The Organist who Wore Gloves and find out who dunnit—which I never guessed! Thanks—I’m looking forward to number 3, I hope….

– Judy Carpenter

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If you love Vermont, or just have a vision of how idyllic life might be in a slower-paced, less congested locale, you may be surprised to learn that ordinary people are less than perfect everywhere, even in Shrubsbury, Vermont, and especially to its south, in the nearly heathen Brattleboro. Can’t wait for her third book in this series!

– Paula Behnken, award-winning journalist, author and publisher of Birds on a Wire blog.

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