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Old 03-08-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Comfort read recommendations?

I need some comfort reading. Doesn't have to be mystery, just has to generally be upbeat and comfortable, like a warm woolly blanket and a cup of hot cocoa.

I'm just off a Charlotte MacLeod re-read, have recently re-read all my Georgette Heyers, and before that Dick Francis. I've read the Elizabeth Peters Amelias too recently for a re-read, and I'm all caught up with the Liaden and Lois Bujold books. (as you can see, I'm a fairly eclectic reader.)

Any suggestions?
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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Sort of depends on what you consider comfort. For me the "Anne of ..." series works.

The Hitchhikers 'trilogy' also works for me though, so...

And since it is there
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Have you read the Hamish Macbeth series by MC Beaton? Macbeth is a village policeman in Scotland; these are cozy-type mysteries without graphic descriptions of violence.
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I haven't a clue, but I am on Elizabeth Peters' 9th book in the Amelia Peabody series, and I must say I love these books. I've listened to them all in audiobook, with Barbara Rosenblatt as the narrator, and I refuse to listen to them too quickly, I want to savor the narratives.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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Have you tried Tamora Pierce or Wen Spencer?
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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Have you read the Hamish Macbeth series by MC Beaton? Macbeth is a village policeman in Scotland; these are cozy-type mysteries without graphic descriptions of violence.
Her older books written under the name of Marion Chesney are great.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:43 PM   #7
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The Alpine books by Mary Daheim are some of my favorite cozy books.
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The Alpine books by Mary Daheim are some of my favorite cozy books.
I like those too. I would recommend reading them in order as relationships grow and change over the series.
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I like those too. I would recommend reading them in order as relationships grow and change over the series.
Absolutely, I should have mentioned that. This is very much a series where it pays to start at the beginning and go until you come to the end. But since she named them by alphabet (ie: Alpine Advocate all the way (so far) to Alpine Xanadu) there is a lot of reading to catch up if you like them.
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My wife and I are both currently reading Elizabeth Gaskell's "Cranford", about the characters in an English village c. 1840

Comfort but no mystery.
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No one has mentioned Alexander McCall Smith's Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series? They give me the warm fuzzies.
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Alan Bradley's "Flavia de Luce" cozy mysteries are well-written and a lot of fun.
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Good one! He has several series and they are all warm and fuzzy.
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Alan Bradley's "Flavia de Luce" cozy mysteries are well-written and a lot of fun.
Yes - I've read some of those, and was surprised how entertaining books told from the perspective of an 11-year-old girl could be.
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Upbeat and comfortable?
How's about a RomCom Fantasy/Farce?
John Moore's HEROICS FOR BEGINNERS.
http://www.sfreviews.net/heroics.html

Light, frothy fun.

Not quite as frothy but also a lot of fun:
Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley's BRING ME THE HEAD OF PRINCE CHARMING.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...rince_Charming

(This one has sequels.)
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