Title: Goodnight Moo
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Page Count: 320
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
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Welcome to Shenandoah Springs, Virginia, the bucolic small town where Brynn MacAlister keeps cows, churns cheeses—and is sharper than the ripest cheddar when it comes to solving mysteries . . .
With a foster cow in her corral and a new calf on the way, Brynn MacAlister has a lot on her plate. Especially since her micro-dairy farm is hosting the first annual cheesemakers contest at this year’s summer fair. A relative newcomer, Brynn’s hoping the contest becomes a tradition, bonding her even more strongly to the community. But when a mysterious tractor accident looks suspiciously like murder, Brynn suspects someone is up to
no-gouda . . .
Some folks say the lead suspect was just defending his underage daughter from a suitor more mature than a vintage provolone, but Brynn isn’t buying it. Especially when another dead body turns up and Brynn’s top cheesemaker falls under suspicion. It’s enough to make a girl bluer than her best Stilton. But not enough to stop Brynn from getting to the bottom of things. What she discovers is the small town harbors some pretty unsavory characters. And the closer Brynn gets to the killer, the deeper she gets into danger . . .
Goodnight Moo by Mollie Cox Bryan is the second book in the brand new cozy A Buttermilk Creek Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the murder mystery within will be fully solved within the book so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, there is of course character development that carries over from book to book for those that read from the beginning.
In the first book of the series we met Brynn MacAlister who had just gone through a break up so she packed up and headed to Shenandoah Springs in the Blue Ridge Mountains to begin her whole new single life. Brynn was settling into her new home along with her three dairy cows that she treats just like her family as they help her in her new business as a organic micro-dairy farmer and cheese-maker.
Now Brynn has gotten her business going and now plans to host the first annual cheesemakers contest at the annual summer fair. Before that can happen though there is an accident on a local farm when someone gets ran over with a tractor but police are suspicious. Then when another body turns up Brynn finds herself in a unique position when her assistant is a suspect with the evidence pointing his way.
As someone who loves a quirky mystery I couldn’t resist checking out this series when I saw the first book and I did really enjoy it. The main character in this is very likable and I thought it was fun to incorporate cows into the story the way she cares for them. This second book however did feel a little heavy to me for a cozy series with the outcome of the mystery which took away a tad of the lightheartedness I enjoy so I settled at three and a half stars this time around.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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