Mary Briggs' novel, "Christmas in Coyote Country" is a wonderful novelette. Not only was there a romance to be kindled, but a mystery to be solved, a woman's mental capacity to be determined, and a past to be forgiven.
Mary Briggs managed to pack quite a bit of story into her novelette. The characters of Sheriff Carter and Libby Hawkins grow as the story goes along. I found humor in the goat that seemed to be wondering around town. As for the aliens, well you're just going to have to read the story to learn that mystery.
I would have liked to have seen more pages to the story with all the activity that was taking place - it felt too short. All in all, I found "Christmas in Coyote Country" to be a good read.
In Coyote County, Christmas means festive lights, the town parade, hot coffee and cinnamon rolls...not creatures from another planet.
While a glowing green Peeping Tom with two antennae is a little hard to buy, Libby Hawkins doesn't believe her former school teacher suffers from either dementia or a runaway imagination. There's a logical explanation, and she intends to discover it before the older woman is placed in a nursing home.
After a twelve year absence, Sheriff Jackson Carter returns to Coyote County to clear his father's name. He never expected to be waylaid in his quest by alien sightings, and it doesn't help that stubborn Libby Hawkins--his former girlfriend--is determined to meddle in the investigation.
He hurt Libby when he left town after his father's death, but it was for her protection. Now Libby's stumbled on something dangerous. Can he keep her from harm this time? He doesn't know, but one thing is certain: Christmas in Coyote County has never been so interesting.