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Everyone knows about and maybe occasionally overindulges on "comfort food", but what about "comfort books"? You know, the literary equivalent of macaroni and cheese. Comfort books, like comfort food, soothe us with their familiarity, distracting us from our troubles with a happy visit to old friends. People can find escape from their cares by drinking, drug taking,or over-eating, but a much more benign way is to pick up a proven favorite book and get lost in the pages. Mystery Scene's Holiday 2010 issue asked mystery writers for their own comfort reads and traditional mysteries seem to be the overwhelming choice. Who wouldn't find solace in a well-loved mystery with a favorite sleuth? And who ever remembers whodunnit it anyway? So, in these hectic December days, in between shopping, cookie baking, present wrapping and bill paying, take a brief respite with a book. Curl up with an old favorite or choose one of the other suggested authors from below. Happy holidays to you all!
Any book by a Golden Age of Detective Fiction writer, such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, or Josephine Tey. You'll be transported to an English drawing room populated by people with impeccable manners.
Nancy Atherton's long-running series is a cozy delight starring the not at all scary ghost Aunt Dimity.
G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories are timeless, featuring the good and gentle cleric sleuth.
Mix food and murder together and what do you get from this irresistible combination? How about the mouth watering culinary mysteries of Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Fluke and Virginia Rich? Read, ignore the hunger pangs, and enjoy!
Laura Childs has written a series featuring a tea shop owner, and another highlighting scrapbooking. What could be more relaxing?