A Buttermilk Creek Mystery
By Mollie Cox Bryan
So this year for Christmas, my cow Petunia will be in the living nativity scene at the local Presbyterian Church. I said we’d do it because I’m new to Shenandoah Springs and want to get to know people. And I secretly love the idea of other people fallen in love with my cow. They often do.
The only problem is my normally friendly, sweet cow is a bit depressed and moody. She lost a calf and hasn’t been the same since. I’ve been working with a vet and an acupuncturist to try to calm her. I’m not sure she’s going to come through enough to behave herself in public. I might have to use Marigold or Buttercup. Are you supposed that cows get depressed? I'm here to tell you--they do!
In the mean time, I’m getting ready for the holidays in other ways. I went to a Christmas tree farm and picked out a tree, with the help of Wes and Max, two new friends. And we’ve been decorating. Every once in awhile, I get a bit of holiday spirit. It’s been a rough year. But I’m hopeful for the next one. Hope is what it’s all about, right?
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Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Buttermilk Creek Mysteries, Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.