The incipit of my post may seem not at all original to the untrained blog reader, but if you resist till the end, I promise you will change your mind.
In this period of uncertainty – here I am with the not so original stuff – we all need to find our comfort zone, both in space – on the sofa, in bed, at the desk, on the balcony – and in time – early in the morning, late at night, at lunchtime – We have to find a moment of the day completely dedicated to ourselves, to do something that makes us feel better after the daily dose of bad news.
This is the reason why this morning, around 7, I stepped out of bed and went on the sofa, where I started reading the third book of a series that I like a lot. Guess the genre of this series? Cosy mysteries… yes, when I am feeling a little bit down or depressed, there is nothing like a cosy mystery to cheer me up. And the crazy part is that, before moving to Ireland, I didn’t even know what a cosy mystery was! Now I spend hours on Goodreads trying to find a new series that I usually read too quickly.
I just wanted to share with you my favourite Cosy mysteries and, who knows, you may find your feel-good genre, exactly like me.
- Agatha Raisin by M.C. Beaton
This has been my first approach to the genre. I still remember when: I was on holidays in Argentina, I run out of books to read (a rookie mistake I know), but, luckily for me, I had my Kindle and Amazon… I found Agatha while browsing, said to myself “Why not?” and well, the rest is history! I absolutely loved this “frustrated and endearing public relations agent, who is middle-aged and used to live in London”. She is the reason why I absolutely want to go to Cotswolds. Anyway, in the first book of the series “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death”, we meet the main characters: Agatha Raisin, James Lacey, Bill Wong and Roy Silver. Agatha just moved to Carsely and finds that people there are too quiet, the only chance of socializing is by entering into a quiche competition, even though she can’t cook at all. The judge of the competition dies after taking a bite of her quiche and she finds herself in trouble… Will she manage to solve the mystery and to gain the attention of her neighbour Mr Lacey?
- Ginger Gold by Lee Strauss
This has been the second Cosy series I have started and I have to say I probably liked it even more than the first one. Why? Well, because it’s set in the early Twenties, the time of Prohibition, cloche hats and Charleston. The heroine of this series is Ginger Gold, a young war widow fashionista. In the first book “Murder on the SS Rosa” she makes a cross-Atlantic journey back to England with her friend Haley Higgins. Unluckily the captain of the ship encounters a tragic end and Ginger, strong, clever and witty, is more than happy to help the handsome – of course – Chief Inspector Basil Reed in solving the murder.
This is just the beginning of a long series of Cosy Mysteries that I love… come back tomorrow for more tragic deaths and romance.