September 25, 2019

Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: A Buttermilk Creek Mystery (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 24, 2019)
ISBN-13: 978-1496721327

Book description
The first novel in Mollie Cox Bryan’s brand new mystery series, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will keep you guessing until the cows come home . . .

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 . .

Meet the author - Mollie Cox Bryan
Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. The first book in her Cora Crafts Mystery series, Death Among the Doilies, was a "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss” selection and was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where she works as a researcher and fact checker and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at

My thoughts
I loved the setting of this book and with the descriptions made it sound like a beautiful place. Then a murder happens. The main character Brynn was one of my favorite. I love that she was an organic farmer and cheese-maker.  The cows made the story for me. I just love Petunia.  The author does such a good job with the character development. I am looking forward to getting to know Brynn even better as the series goes along as well as some of the other characters. The author also did a good job of keeping you guessing up until the end. I am looking forward to more books in this series. 

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