Christmas is a time for new beginnings, so after her big breakup, Brynn MacAlister takes the gouda with the bad. With her three Red Devon cows, she settles in bucolic Shenandoah Springs, eager for a new life as an organic micro-dairy farmer and cheese-maker. Then her dear cow Petunia’s bellows set the whole town on edge. But it isn’t until Brynn’s neighbor, Nancy, dies in a mysterious fire that her feelings about small-town life begin to curdle . . .
It seems some folks were not happy with Nancy’s plan to renovate the Old Glebe Church. But is a fear of change a motivation for murder? As a newcomer, Brynn can’t ignore the strange events happening just on the other side of her frosty pasture—and soon on her very own farm. Suddenly Christmas doesn’t feel so festive as everyone demands she muzzle sweet Petunia, and Brynn is wondering if someone wants to silence her—for good.
Titles in the Buttermilk Creek Mystery series include – Christmas Cow Bells –
Title: Christmas Cow Bells
Series: Buttermilk Creek Mystery #1
Author: Millie Cox Bryan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4 stars
CHRISTMAS COW BELLS is the first title in the new Cozy Mystery series, Buttermilk Creek Mystery. I was intrigued by this story from the first chapter and was easily drawn into this small town’s antics, quirky (and sometimes mean) residents – and fell in love with three cows and a dog. Really, what more could I ask for? Oh, an interesting Cozy Mystery as well. There is world-building in this first story, there has to be, and I completely enjoyed learning Brynn’s background, her reasons for the move, and more about the troubles in this small town.
As things start going bad and a neighbor is murdered, and Brynn is threatened, it’s time to get some answers. She may not be a trained sleuth, but she knows how to ask questions and does not hesitate to put herself in situations that she probably shouldn’t have. There are lots of twists, red herrings, and suspects to keep any mystery lover quite happy throughout CHRISTMAS COW BELLS. I was fascinated by the background of cheesemaking and micro-dairy farming. Yes, I can learn a thing or two while enjoying a Cozy Mystery. (grin) I loved one dog named Freckles and three cows with distinct personalities and bellow ranges as well.
If you love puzzles and Cozy Mysteries then you’ll want to get started on this new series. I enjoyed myself, didn’t really bother trying to solve it just enjoyed the ride to the end – and now I’ve questions that hopefully will be answered in the rest of the series. I’d not hesitate to recommend CHRISTMAS COW BELLS to any Cozy Mystery reader – I completely enjoyed myself in this world and look forward to returning soon.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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