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Serial Killers in Quarantine: Part 1, the Novels

31 Days of Resolutions – Day 4

Series in the time of Covid seems to be especially popular since everyone in my family is engaging in one or more of them during this winter of social distancing.

Netflix has been fun, but reading a real book has a special feeling and gets your eyes away from the electric screen. Another great resolution for 2021!

Jan Karon’s Mitford Series (booksellers, public library digital loans)

It’s been at least ten years since I first read At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon.

This is the first in her Mitford series. Mitford is a fictional town in North Carolina that is reminiscent of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry.

The main character is a well-read but down to earth Episcopal priest, Father Tim. There are plenty of other characters in this small North Carolina mountainside village.

Miss Sadie is the rich, generous spinster. Then there’s Miss Rose, the bipolar, fashion-challenged wife of Uncle Billy who is the town joke-teller and undiscovered artist.

Cynthia, the pretty but imperfect girl-next-door, and Dooley, the emotionally wounded foster child, help to make this series real and believable.

The first book is the best in my opinion. But that hasn’t stopped me from reading and enjoying them all. If familiar is comfortable, you’ll find the Mitford books cozy indulgences.

Flavia de Luce Mysteries (booksellers, public library digital loans)

Were you a fan of Agatha Christie back in the day?

Now, the storylines seem a bit predictable, but Christie’s characters were vivid and fun.

Alan Bradley brings those same qualities to his pre-teen crime detective Flavia de Luce.

The first book in this series is The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. We are introduced to Flavia and the de Luce family. We’re let in on Flavia’s sad motherless situation, which sets up the background story tying the books together.

The setting is the 1940s post-WWII English countryside, with all its charms.

Read this series in order, so that the background story makes sense and rolls out appropriately.

I can’t imagine that this book series won’t make it to the small screen one of these days very soon.

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