Title: Goodnight Moo (Buttermilk Creek Mystery #2)
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Published on: 25th August 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Goodnight Moo is the second book in Buttermilk Creek Mystery series by Mollie Cox Bryan and can be read as a standalone.
The story starts with Brynn MacAlister getting ready for the first cheese makers contest at this year’s annual summer fair. Brynn is trying out the new cheese spread her assistant Wes has made when she receives a phone call from her friend Willow.
Josh, a fellow farmer has accidentally mowed down one of the farm’s summer help with his tractor. Brynn reaches the hospital to be with Willow but as soon as she reaches there, she learns the farm help could not make it. Josh is arrested.
Josh’s daughter Chelsea is sixteen and was supposedly sleeping with the farm help. Soon after this incident, Wes finds another body. Wes becomes one of the suspects in the murder. Brynn is currently fostering a cow named Jewel. The sweet little bovine has been alone all this time and finds it difficult to adjust with Brynn’s dog Freckles or her three other cows petunia, Marigold and Buttercup.
To add to the murder mess is a ransom ware that’s affecting many computers in the locality. Brynn must prove Wes’ innocence… before it is too late…
I absolutely loved every bit of this story. As the story began, we are introduced to many angles. The murder, jealousy and revenge (Josh killing the young man because he had an affair with Chelsea; a racist attack on Wes that leads to Brynn’s concussion, Brynn’s sister Becky arriving to look after her, Chelsea acting weird and the ransomware virus. Phew!
So many details packed in one story, imagine that! I really liked the fact that Mollie Cox Bryan has made use of the real-life scenarios in her story – cyber crime, racism and drugs. A couple of seedy characters leave a sour taste in the mouth – especially lecherous David.
Brynn, our protagonist is likeable, kind and charming. Her love for cows knows no limits. When Jewel first meets Brynn, the poor bovine is withdrawn and all by herself. Brynn’s recovers from her concussion and goes to the barn to meet her ‘girls’. It’s not just Freckles and the three cows (Buttercup, Marigold and Petunia) who are waiting to welcome her; Jewel’s eager to meet her too. At times I wished I could dive into the book and give Jewel a warm hug.
With so many angles, it is pretty obvious the ending would be mind-blowing. Almost at the end of the story, there’s a twist. I did not see this coming! This surely changed the course of the mystery – in a good way. The suspense is sure to keep one on the edge of their seat. Also, I could not identify the killer until their end. Don’t get started on their motive. I was like, my god! How can anyone be so evil?
How can I not mention the delicious cheeses mentioned in this story. There’s one character in the book who hates cheese. How can anyone ‘hate’ cheese???? Blackberry bread, tomato sauce with basil (freshly made) and all the other mouth-watering delicacies – as soon as I finished reading the book, I had to bake something delicious – with cheese!
Brilliantly written, likeable characters and a mystery that keeps you guessing till the end, Goodnight Moo is an engrossing and entertaining cozy mystery.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.