Fall is here! The past couple of days in Seattle have been cloudy, bit rainy, and with a nice crisp in the air! I popped over to the public library yesterday after work and picked up a few cozy mysteries to get me through the month.
This time of year is perfect for reading a nice mystery. Nothing like cuddling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a fall scented candle or two than with a good mystery. Sounds like a perfect night to me!
Here’s what I picked up.
The first book I grabbed was Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Now I’ll admit, I haven’t read any of Ware’s other novels, but I do own The Woman in Cabin 10. (It’s on my very long to-read list). The Death of Mrs. Westaway follows a young woman by the name of Harriet Westaway who gets a mysterious letter saying her grandmother has died and that she has been bequeathed a substantial inheritance. The only problem is….her grandmother died over 20 years ago.
I’ve heard good things about this book and since it was a Peak Pick at my library, I snatched it right up.
*A Peak Pick at the Seattle Public Library means that certain library branches around the city will have multiple copies of popular books on hand for people to check out without having to put it on hold for sometimes months at a time. If you live in a big city like I do, this is the best thing since sliced bread.
Since the book is a Peak Pick it means I cannot extend my loan past two weeks. So I started on this one right away. I’m not that far into it, but I am enjoying what I’ve read so far.
The next book I picked up is Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. I haven’t read anything by Horowitz before and to be honest I haven’t heard much about this book either. But it was an Amazon Kindle E-book deal the other day and I’m trying not to buy a lot of books at the moment so I decided to get it from the library.
The plot to Magpie Murders gave me huge Silkworm vibes. It involves a novelist who writes a book that may or may not have a hidden real-life story to the supposedly fictitious piece. It sounds like the author’s editor believes the theory of it being more real than what the author lets on and tries to find out. Sounds delightfully good! If you have read this book or anything by Anthony Horowitz please let me know what you think about his writing. I would love to hear what you think!
The final book I snagged is probably the coziest mystery of them all. The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham, follows Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and his Sergeant, Gavin Troy as they solve a murder of an elderly woman in the English countryside. If this sounds familiar to anyone that’s because Graham’s books inspired the British TV Show Midsomer Murders, which I LOVE. In fact, The Killings at Badger’s Drift served as the plot for the pilot episode of the TV Show. It’s the perfect cozy mystery TV show for a stormy cold day. I grew up watching Murder, She Wrote with my grandma, so it’s no surprise I would also love Midsomer Murders. I recommend everyone who loves a good lighthearted cozy show about murders to check it out! It’s on Netflix.
I haven’t heard much about the book series, other than Barnaby and Troy’s relationship in the books are slightly different than the TV show. I’m hoping that’s not the case because the relationship between Barnaby and Troy is one of the best things about the TV Show and I believe adds to the overall plot.
I hope I can get through all of these as I’m reading another book at the moment and I received an email from the library this morning saying one of the E-books I had put on hold is now available. It never ends, does it?