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Christmas Cow Bells

(A Buttermilk Creek Mystery #1)

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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Kensington
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Natalia  Ramlal
Our main protagonist, Brynn moves to a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's recovering from a bad break up and wants a fresh start as a cheesemaker. Brynn has her hands full taking care of the farm, her three cows, one of whom is grieving the loss of her stillborn calf and making her new business successful. Then her neighbor, Nancy dies in a suspicious fire, and soon after, someone starts harassing her. Brynn is convinced that there is a connection between the two, and she hopes to get to th ...more
Peggy R
What a delightful start to a brand new series for author Mollie Cox Bryan. I was completely engaged in the story from the very first pages and just wanted to keep reading to find out how the story would end. The author has set this series in a charming location. I have visited the Shenandoah Valley and her wonderfully descriptive writing style allowed me to picture it once again. The character of Brynn is easy to like. She is starting out on her own after calling off her engagement and has somet ...more
Lisa Morin
What a great first book in a new series!
Brynn is starting out small, a farmette with 3 cows and a big desire to make cheese.
Settling into her new place should be simple, but unfortunately, the death of a new friend has her rethinking her choices.
When she becomes the target of a prankster, Brynn understands that these pranks need to be taken seriously.
Luckily she has made some other friends who are quick to rally around her and help her dig for answers.

I absolutely loved this book. Brynn is a gre
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Rachel F
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan is a fabulous first in hopefully a long line of books in the new Buttermilk Creek Mystery series. It takes place in a “quiet” little town in the Shenandoah Valley/Blue Ridge Mountains, VA. The main character, Brynn MacAlister is trying to make her dream come true by running her own small artisan cheese company. She has purchased three beyond adorable cows: Petunia, Marigold, and Buttercup.
Brynn has her work cut out for her trying to take care of the mini
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Rachel F
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan is a fabulous first in hopefully a long line of books in the new Buttermilk Creek Mystery series. It takes place in a “quiet” little town in the Shenandoah Valley/Blue Ridge Mountains, VA. The main character, Brynn MacAlister is trying to make her dream come true by running her own small artisan cheese company. She has purchased three beyond adorable cows: Petunia, Marigold, and Buttercup.
Brynn has her work cut out for her trying to take care of the mini
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Michelle
Aug 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was different from a couple of the other books I'd read by this author. The setting was a nice small town, which is one of my favorite cozy settings. Brynn has a lovely farm where she makes rational cheese and is part of the local CSA. Her friend and neighbor is looking to convert an old historic church, where she also lives, into a community market for folks to sell their wares. Then tragedy strikes.
You can feel the love ,Byrnn has for her 3 sweet cows and her worry over
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Jacque
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Brynn has moved to a small farm in the Blue Ridge mountains to begin her life as a cheese maker. The plans had been made before she broke up with her cheating fiancé, but Brynn goes ahead and is settling in with her three Devon Red cows and getting to know the members of the community. Many are welcoming, but a few don’t like the newcomers. She is becoming friends with her neighbor when she awakens one night to a fire next door and her friend dies. Then she becomes the brunt of harassment and sh ...more
Aggie
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Mollie's book series of cozy mysteries and this by far was my favorite one she has written, but maybe its because I am bias due to the fact that it talks about cows and cheese in a lot and i love those things a lot. I like the hometown flair of this book being local to the area of staunton virginia and the feeling of peace the main character hopes to find there. The characters are well thought out and i was always kept guessing. Way to go with this one ! Cant wait for more!
Chris gerst
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Brynn moves to an old rectory with her cows . Petunia, buttercup and marigold. Petunia is depressed when she loses her calf. Brynn tries to get Petunia help. In the meantime her neighbor is killed in a house and brynn sets out to find the killer. In the meantime her new friends willow and schuyler (wrong spelling) help and try to heal Petunia. But freckles the dog helps. If you want to know more read the book
Kristin
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great first-in-a-series from a new-to-me author. I was a little hesitant to read this at first because I didn't think the cheese making would catch my interest, but it did. There wasn't too much technicality involved. It was a fun read. Very enjoyable!
Debbie
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought I was going to really enjoy this book, however, I grew very bored reading so much about cheese and cows. I did like the mystery aspect to the story. I enjoyed the characters for the most part.
Jane
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found it easy to get into the book from the start and truly enjoyed the setting and getting to know all of the delightful and quirky characters.
Thank you to Mollie Cox Bryan, NetGalley, and Kensington for the ARC.
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