As the rain continues here in Chicago and the sun isn't predicted to make an appearance until Monday, it is the perfect weather to cozy up with a book. Pun intended. Though I'm not usually a fan of cozy mysteries, here are a few I really enjoyed:
If you're not familiar with cozies (mysteries where the violence and sex takes place off stage and the action centers around solving a puzzle) start with Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. She is the woman who started it all with her character, Miss Marple.
Once you have the background, you can move on to contemporary authors such as Julie Hyzy, author of the White House Chef mystery series. The latest installment isn't out until January, so take this weekend to catch up with HAIL TO THE CHEF and STATE OF THE ONION.
For a historical cozy, try Victoria Thompson's MURDER IN CHINATOWN. It is part of the gaslight mystery series set in turn-of-the-century New York and features midwife Sarah Brandt.